On December 11th and 12th (2017), my opera collaboration with John Grimmett, Nothing in the Nothingness, was performed by the Nautilus Music-Theater in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Nothing in the Nothingness chronicles the thought process of a young man trapped in a coma. During a visit to the beach, he was pulled underwater in a strong undertow, and after twelve minutes without oxygen, was rescued and hospitalized, but has yet to regain consciousness. This one-act operatic monologue (recently featured in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers program) explores what it means to be alive and functioning in a vegetative state when consciousness is not possible. It featured Nautilus performers Eric Morris and Cathleen Fuller, with music director Mind Eschendor. A big thanks goes to Ben Krywosz for spear heading the whole thing!
On May 25th, in Castelo Branco, Portugal, Gonçalo Lourenço and the ESART singers will perform my new a capella work for SATB choir, The Clod and the Pebble. If it wasn’t for Gonçalo, this piece would be languishing on my book shelf, half-finished and never heard. Thanks you, Gonçalo and the ESART ensemble. I can’t wait for the recording!
I’m so excited! On Friday, Feb. 5, @ 7:30 P.M., the Phil Kramer Recital Series is presenting an evening of my music. Featured on the recital are two of my multi-media operas, Portrait-TV-Man, and the world premiere of my collaboration with John Grimmett, titled Nothing in the Nothingness. I have worked so hard on these pieces, and as the days count down can’t wait to share them with the world.
On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, Jerry Hou and the Rice Symphony performed my orchestra composition, Grand Variations. Completed in 2012, this work is a theme and variations for large orchestra and features the flugelhorn. The performance included two other outstanding new works: Impact by Charles Halka and Dream Collage by Joungbum Lee. It was really a great experience, and I am so thankful to the Shepherd School and everybody else who helped make it possible. Look for recording in the coming weeks.
Piano and percussion duo Sole Nero (Jess Johnson, piano; Anthony Di Sanza, percussion) is using my video for their performances of John Luther Adam’s Red Arc/Blue Veil. The two performances take place on February 22nd in Madison, Wisconsin, and on May 5th at the University of Iowa. When Jess contacted me about using my video, I was so excited. In addition to these performances, I am now slated to compose a new piece for them. Look forward to that and some other projects in the coming months.