Bowers-Fader Duo at Tenri Cultural Institute

Oren Fader, guitar, and Jessica Bowers, mezzo-soprano will be performing at The Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan on Friday October 13, 2017. They will be performing a variety of compositions, old and new, including my songs “Ganga Yamuna” and two settings of poems by Herman Melville, “The Maldive Shark” and “The Enviable Isles.”

Vox n Plux at 2016 Queens New Music Festival

Vox n Plux (Oren Fader, Elizabeth Farnum, William Anderson) will premiere my settings of two poems by Herman Melville at The Queens New Music Festival, on Sunday May 23rd, 2016 at 3 p.m.

Duo Montagnard Performances

The Duo Montagnard (Joseph Murphy, saxophone, Matthew Slotkin, guitar) performed at Lehman College on November 2, 2015, including my “Aasai Neelavey” which they have performed dozens of times, nationally and internationally. They will return to New York  for a performance at Symphony Space on April 15th, 2016.

Mass Arrangement Published

In 2014 and 2015, I worked with singer and composer Father Joseph Palackal, helping to arrange and harmonize a mass he composed, which was published in the summer of 2015. The mass uses the Syro-Malabar Rite used in parts of Kerala, India. It was quite an interesting and challenging project. Some of the pieces were in South Indian Ragas, and a few were in the Aramaic language and used ancient melodies. I enjoyed working with Father Joseph, and look forward to hearing performances of this work.

Cygnus and New Thread Play Claman and Wuolle

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On Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Cygnus Ensemble and New Thread Saxophone Quartet will be playing several of my pieces as well as pieces by Matt Wuolle.

CD Release

In the fall of 2013, guitarist Oren Fader and saxophonist Christopher Creviston, released the CD “Thrash” on the White Pine Label, with the help of a Recording Grant from the Aaron Copland Fund.

Thrash Cover

Christopher and Oren are consummate musicians and give an excellent rendering of my piece “Aasai Neelaavey” and several other contemporary compositions.

Summer 2014

In the summer of 2014, the CD I made with composer pianists John McDonald and Ryan Vigil was released-at last!  The disc features two-hand and four-hand pieces composed by the three of us, performed by John and Ryan. The music is wonderful and varied and we enjoyed working together on this project. Special mention should also be made of the recording engineer, Joel Gordon. Joel did an amazing job recording and mastering the tracks and the piano sounds fantastic.

Keypunch Cover
The disc is available from Albany Records. Thanks also to Kate Vigil for her elegant and witty cover design.


October 2013

Two of my computer text pieces, “The Next Number” (2005) and “Brit” (2006) were played at the University of Huddersfield as part of a series organized by Braxton Sherouse.

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Huddersfield program exc (dragged)

Fall 2013 Performances

In October 2013, my “Loose Canons” for three electric guitars was performed in Como, Italy by the inimitable Seth Josel, et al.

Summer 2013 Update

I decamped to Chennai, South India, for eight months in May 2102, joining my wife Sunita who had gone there a couple of months eariler thanks to a grant from The Fulbright Foundation. She was there to do research on a fascinating project on the mathematical thinking involved in Kolam, an art form practiced by women in South India. This is a kolam:

I joined her to pursue my interest in collaborating with Indian musicians. Well, things always take longer than you expect in India, but ultimately there were some excellent results, culminating in two concerts dubbed “Saxophones and Swaras” in New York in April 2013.

Musicians participating in the “Saxophones and Swaras” concert at Tenri Institute in Manhattan, from left to right: Rajna Swaminathan, Stephen Klunk, Noa Even, Christopher Creviston, VVS Murari, David Claman, Sankari Krishnan, Demetrius Spaneas, Oren Fader. Not pictured: Jed Distler.