Straight Lines With Hard Edges Premiere @New Art/New Music – Rice Gallery

Thanks to the efforts of Dawson White and the Rice Gallery, my new clarinet + string quartet composition, straight lines with hard edges, will have it’s premiere on Saturday, March 17, at 5 P.M. My work will be performed alongside two other new compositions by composers Steven Bachicha, and Andrew Schneider. All of the works were written specifically for the event, and correspond in some way to the current installation by artist Joel Shapiro. For more information visit New Art/New Music on tumblr.


On Wednesday March 6 @ 8 P.M., straight lines with hard edges will have a preview performance as part of the Words & Art event also being held at the Rice Gallery.


David Wetzel to play Punk-Truck-Love @ SEAMUS 2012 national conference.

This Friday, February 10th, clarinettist David Wetzel will perform my bass clarinet and electronics piece Punk-Truck-Love as part of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music’s (SEAMUS) national conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.  I’m so excited to head up there to participate and hear all of the new and great electro-acoustic music from everybody here in the U.S.  I will also get a chance to assist my friend, composer Chapman Welch, on his piece for trombone, electric guitar, and live electronics, in addition to performing on a piece by Joseph Butch Rovan. Totally stoked about it all. I’m going to take my video camera too and maybe even make a little video piece while I’m there. Send me warm thoughts, I’ll need them.

VOYAGES features world premiere of new video

Next Monday, November 14, 2011, the AURA new music ensemble will be having their fall concert titled VOYAGES. I’m excited, because a new video work of mine will be adding visual counterpoint to  John Luther Adams’ Red Arc/Blue Veil for vibraphone, piano, and electronics. Rob Smith, their director, graciously commissioned me to create this work, and I’m totally stoked about it. Below are more details. Also, make sure to check out the promo video!

Monday November 14, 2011
7:30pm, Moores Opera House


featuring Stravinsky’s “In Memorium Dylan Thomas”
with special guest: Joseph Evans, tenor


works by John Luther Adams, Charles Amirkhanian, David Dzubay,
HyeKyung Lee, & Bright Sheng


& world premiere video by Dan Zajicek (J.L. Adams, Red Arc/Blue Veil)



Bubblegum Flesh to be screened in California

My newest collaboration with artist Andrew Zukoski titled Bubblegum Flesh has been chosen for screening in Los Angeles and Pasadena California as a part of NewTown‘s “Pop-up” festivals.

NewTown will appropriate a two block length of South Lake Street in Pasadena and an area in Los Angeles that remains to be determined, each for one night presentations of a ”Pop-up” festival of media arts. There will be:

  • outdoor, sit-down space(s) for single screen projections with sound;
  • rear-projection sites in empty store fronts, silent;
  • space may also be available for media installations.

Top 20 on The Chestnut Tree

A long supporter of my music, Ayn Morgan, recently notified me that my music had made the “top 20” for her program. It’s exciting to know that people are listening and I’m really appreciative of Ayn’s support. THANKS!

The Chestnut Tree is a radio program hosted by longtime KTRU Spoken Word deejay, Ayn Morgan, and broadcast out of Houston, TX on KPFT 90.1 FM. The content for the show spans the spectrum of divergent sound/word/and musical genres.  If you feel like expanding your understanding of the radio, take some time during your day and tune in.