After L'Addio / Felt is a two movement piece composed in collaboration with harpist Ben Melsky. The premiere of this work took place in a recital in which a performance of Sciarrino's Addio a Trachis preceded. After... features varying levels of referentiality and filiation with Addio, from literal quoting to variation, to more esoteric and personal connections. Generally speaking, After is a frantic and highly tactile piece in which different levels of friction between hands and strings become syntactically relevant. Felt appears as the textural opposite of After in that the contact between performer and instrument is reduced considerably: the right hand plays with a felt pick for the entirety of the movement and the left hand features, for the most part, harmonics. Click here for more information and a recording of the complete work.
Bilis Negra was composed specially for Argentine clarinetist Federico Landaburu. The clarinet is processed live with MAX MSP. Some of the constructive features that I employed for the first time in this piece are still traceable in more recent works, for instance, a way of unfolding the motivic discourse and overall form as progressive deceleration.
Sextet II actually began life as a solo violin piece, Mil Panaderos. In the process of translation into the new instrumental forces, the piece underwent a fairly substantial change in character. The texture of Sextet II is sparse. What in the original was virtuosity and bravura became, in the sextet version, intimacy and introspection. . While this new version opposes the extroverted nature of its predecessor it maintains certain features of the form i.e. pacing and the distribution of the objects in space. Sextet II: Apostillas a Mil Panaderos was written for Latitude 49 to be performed at the Fresh Inc. Festival 2013.
The Nokia Etudes are a series of loosely scripted works for prepared piano. The drone in the lower strings is set in motion by an Arduino-based device and controlled with Max-MSP. All the sounds in this piece are acoustic. No playback or digital processing is employed. Listening with a good set of headphones is recommended. Click here for a video of the device not installed on a piano
On Love is a peculiar take on the radio soap-opera genre. It is in three movements and features two distinct superimposed layers: music and text. The music layer, performed by the instruments and the soprano, constitutes an idiosyncratic re-imagination of William Byrd’s masses. The second layer (that remains "tacet" until the beginning of the second movement) is performed by the actors and could be described as "speech-music". The material employed to compose this second layer is every sentence in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that features the word “love” plus fragments of two soliloquies: Juliet's in the balcony (act 2, scene 2) and Romeo's at the grave (act 5, scene 3). Click here for more information, a list of performing personnel, and a video of the complete work.