WORKS

DIPTYCH
For trumpet, violin, and cello

Duration: 4-8 minutes

 

SCORE          

 

Diptych is in two equal parts that share a proportional rhythmic and gestural structure. The score is roughly proportional, but gives the musicians a high degree of freedom to decide on exact rhythm and shaping.

 

BLOSSOMS
For soprano, flute, cello, and piano

Duration: 4 minutes

 

SCORE

 

This piece is a setting of Harry Thurston’s poem “Blossoms” from his 2015 collection Keeping Watch at the End of the World. I was drawn to the poem’s sparse language, and to its journey from the natural world to the inner self.

 

HUNGER
For flute and bowed vibraphone

Duration: 12 minutes

 

SCORE 

 

Hunger is a sparse piece that evokes the gaunt stillness of forests in late winter.

 

CLOUD/MASS
For wind ensemble

Duration: 10 minutes

 

SCORE         AUDIO 

 

This piece was inspired the weight and presence of a singular mountain, by the clouds shifting in form as they move around the peaks and ridges, and by the messy symmetry of nature. The piece exists as a series of colours and textures shifting over time.

 

CLOUD/MASS
For flute/piccolo, Bb clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano,

percussion, and wine glasses

Duration: 10 minutes

 

SCORE  AUDIO

 

This is a revised and arranged version of a piece originally composed for wind ensemble (below). This piece was inspired the weight and presence of a singular mountain, by the clouds shifting in form as they move around the peaks and ridges, and by the messy symmetry of nature. The piece exists as a series of colours and textures shifting over time.

 

WINTER MUSIC
For audio and improviser(s)

Duration: 10 minutes

 

SCORE         AUDIO

 

The audio track for Winter Music consists of sounds recorded near Banff in January 2017. The performer(s) improvise, exploring their relationship to the audio soundscape.

 

BOUNDARY
For piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet, violin, viola, and cello.

Duration: 3 minutes

 

SCORE

 

This work was inspired by a visit to the north coast of P.E.I. in December 2013. The title of this work, Boundary, refers to this spot as a meeting point of powerful forces of the sand, sea, and air. The piece is unmetred, and is based on the natural harmonics of the strings.

BEACH GLASS
For viola and piano

Duration: 5 minutes

 

SCORE

 

This piece was similarily inspired by a visit to P.E.I. The music evokes the freezing wind, waves, blowing snow, and frozen sand dunes of the beach with gradual transformations and a lyrical sense of motion.

 

MER
For narrator, string quartet, and pre-recorded audio

Duration: 18 minutes

 

SCORE          AUDIO

 

Mer is a setting of poetry by Sue Goyette that illuminates the relationship of the people of Halifax to the ocean around them. Recorded interludes made up of sounds from around Halifax seperate movements performed by the narrator and quartet.

 

ISLAND

For 4 Bb clarinets, 4 vibraphones, 4 violas, and pre-recorded audio

Duration: 15 minutes

 

SCORE          AUDIO

 

Island is an immersive piece in which the audience is surrounded by music derived entirely from weather data contained in the 0048 shipping forecast of July 17, 2015. The accompanying storm was recorded in Cambridge, UK as the the forecast was broadcast.

 

QUARTET

For Bb clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

Duration: 11 minutes

 

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Quartet is composed in three continuous movements. The piece is influenced by the sounds of northern peopel and environments including Sami joiking, the creaking of forests in winter, and the rhythms of Inuit throat singing. There is a strong sense of breath throughout the piece.

 

MOR

For flute, Bb clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and bass

Duration: 11 minutes

 

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Mor is structurally tied to a recording of waves of the coast of Cornwall. The imposed structure of the wave cycle guides the composed musical material and creates a circular sense of time as new waves continually appear as others approach their break.

 

SKAFTAFELL
For eight percussionists

Duration: 7-10 minutes

 

SCORE          AUDIO

 

This work evokes the character of the Skaftafell region of Vatnajökull National Park in southeast Iceland. The area is characterized by its stark forms and contrasts created by the violent geology of the region. Glaciers and mountains surround a black, sandy wasteland formed by glacial floods.

KUMANDANG
For string quartet

Duration: 5 minutes

 

SCORE          AUDIO

 

Kumandang is based on the degung klasik style of Sundanese gamelan degung. Pieces composed in the degung klasik style are heterophonic. One performer plays a core melody while others play simplified or embellished versions of the same tune. In this piece, the core melody and other roles are passed between the players, who imitate each other frequently. Kumandang is an Indonesian word meaning repercussion, resonance, or echo. The title refers both to the imitative nature of the piece, and to its conception as an echo of the traditional klasik style.

 

 

 

FIGURES I-XI (FROM GASPEREAU RIVER)
For electronics with video

Duration: 7 minutes

 

VIDEO

 

This piece consists of an audio realization of eleven photographs taken of objects found near the Gaspereau River near Wolfville, NS.

 

FIVE LANDSCAPES
For wind ensemble or Pierrot ensemble

Duration: 15 minutes

 

WIND ENSEMBLE      SCORE   AUDIO

 

PIERROT ENSEMBLE SCORE   AUDIO

 

There are two versions of this piece. It was originally composed for wind ensemble, and arranged for Pierrot ensemble. The piece presents a series of five musical landscapes. Each one is conceived as a distinct, largely non-developmental soundworld for the listener to observe and inhabit for a short time. Like the natural world, the piece consists in part of gradual processes combining to create larger features that nonetheless display a sense of organicism.

 

STILL
For violin and piano

Duration: 3-5 minutes

 

SCORE

 

This piece creates a quiet, stark texture dominated by short gestures on the violin. It may evoke the feeling of a silent, grey day in late autumn.

 

 

 

TUNDAR

2013 revised 2014

For string quartet

Duration: 9 minutes

 

SCORE          AUDIO

 

This piece evokes the experience of the high alpine. The environment consists of bare peaks, moraine, scree slopes, drifts of snow, and the occasional glacier. Tundar is a Kildin Sami word meaning “elevated wasteland”. It is the root of the English word tundra.

 

 

 

LAGU BIOLA
For viola and gamelan degung

Duration: 9 minutes

 

AUDIO

 

Lagu Biola is loosely related to traditional Sundanese gamelan forms, but introduces the viola to the ensemble as a solo instrument.

 

 

 

SPINE
For amplified string quartet

 

SCORE  AUDIO

 

Spine was inspired by the stark whiteness of birch trees, which remain hard and fixed as the seasons change around them.

( )
For solo viola or solo cello

 

SCORE  AUDIO

 

( ) was composed for India Gailey, and arranged for viola for Sarah McCabe. It explores the idea of breath.