Art does not seek to describe but to enact. —Charles Olson

Selected Works

Midwinter Spring for Solo Carillon or Chimes  for Julie Zhu (2½’) (premiere:  Julie Zhu, Bartholomäusturm, Erfurt, March 2022)

A Curtain Raiser for Three Voices and Five Instruments (text:  Gertrude Stein)  for Julie Herndon (1′)

seed for Solo Piano  for Heather Gordon (40”)

In lovely blue for Solo Piano  for Mari Kawamura (28’)

Fanfare for Solo Trumpet  for Jeremy Prynne, in celebration of his Collected Prose (1½’)

Two Hölderlin Songs for Tenor, Flute, Euphonium, Viola, and Contrabass (text:  Friedrich Hölderlin)  for the Nova Ensemble of the University of North Texas / to Elizabeth McNutt, Andrew May, and Daniël Franke (2½’)

Snooty Tipoffs III, 53 for Harp, Soprano, and Two Violins (text:  J.H. Prynne)  for J.H. Prynne (1’)

to new forest for Solo Bass Flute  for Élise Roy / to Nicola Del Roscio (10’)

Skamandros II for Clarinet, Piano, Violin, and Cello  for Nick Gardner (9’) (premiere:  Earplay, Stanford, May 2022)

View for Solo Carillon or Piano  to Tiffany Ng & Julie Zhu / to Juan Cristóbal, Mercedes, & Cósima (8’)

Tribute Written in My Dream by Dieter Schnebel to Honor Carl Orff for Solo Percussion (3’)

Signal for Solo Trumpet  for Tom Dambly, Sergio A. Ortiz, & Glen Whitehead (5’)

Five Preludes for Solo Carillon  for Julie Zhu / to John Granger, Renée Dreyfus, Ebbe Borregaard, George Barth, & Jill Mellick (6½’)

the undesired stars | needed against the night for Solo Carillon  for Julie Zhu (8½’)

Leucothea for Tuba and Cello  for Luke Storm & Ashley Walters (14’)

Coronation of Sesostris for Solo Trombone  for Weston Olencki / after Cy Twombly (premiere [first version]:  Weston Olencki, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, March 2016) (15’)

Hedgerow for Solo Percussion  for Iván Manzanilla (11’) (premiere:  Iván Manzanilla, MUAC, Mexico City, September 2019)

Song for Solo Contrabass  for Aleksander Gabrys (8’) (premiere:  Aleksander Gabrys, Stanford, February 2020)

Skamandros for Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin, and Cello  for José Antonio Rosales and the Quartz Ensemble (8’) (premiere [first version]:  Quartz Ensemble, MUAC, Mexico City, November 2018)

Prelude to the Fugue of Bach’s A Minor Sonata for Solo Violin  for Giancarlo Latta (3’)

Little Resurrection for Piccolo and Violin  for Claire Chase and Giancarlo Latta (3’)

Pan for Flute and Violin commissioned by Da Camera Houston for Claire Chase and Giancarlo Latta / in memory of Cy Twombly (6’) (premiere:  Claire Chase and Giancarlo Latta, Houston, April 2018)

Au seul souci de voyager for Solo Piano for Dana Reason (4’) (premiere:  Mari Kawamura, UCSD, January 2020)

For E.M. Cioran for String Trio (4’)

Wenn aus der Ferne for Soprano and Three Percussion [text:  Friedrich Hölderlin] (10’)

Diver Concerto for Flute and Four Instruments for Elise Roy and Gnarwhallaby (16’) (premiere:  Elise Roy and Gnarwhallaby, wasteLAnd, Los Angeles, June 2017)

Lake for Solo Viola for Mark Menzies (11’) (premiere:  Mark Menzies, wasteLAnd, Los Angeles, February 2017)

Elysium for Flute and Cello New Version for Elise Roy and Séverine Ballon (6’) (premiere: Elise Roy and Ashley Walters, wasteLAnd, Los Angeles, April 2017)

The Unfinished for Solo Piano for Heather Gordon (3’)

Bagatelles for Solo Piano for John Mark Harris / to Marcia Scott (11’)

Permission for Solo Cello for Séverine Ballon / after & to Heather Gordon (8’) (premiere:  Séverine Ballon, Stanford, January 2015)

Ode for Solo Percussion for Aiyun Huang (13’) (premiere: Aiyun Huang, Ann Arbor, February 2015)

Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Cello, and Contrabass for Nicola Del Roscio & Julie Sylvester, in memory of Cy Twombly (20’) (premiere:  Ensemble, Ludwig Carrasco, cond., Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, August 2014)

days and days II for Solo Bass Clarinet for Anthony Burr / after and to Heather Gordon (14’)

Voice II for Solo Cello for Séverine Ballon / after Jasper Johns (7’) (premiere [private; first version]:  Séverine Ballon, Poto Festival X, Grass Valley, August 2013)

“Tout Orgueil…” for Piccolo/Flute/Bass Flute and Soprano (text: Stéphane Mallarmé) for Matteo Cesari and Lucy Shelton / to Larry and Paula Poons (9’) (premiere: Matteo Cesari and Lucy Shelton, UCSD, May 2012)

Eclogue for Clarinet, Ondes Martenot, Cello, and Contrabass for Earplay (11’) (premiere:  Earplay, San Francisco, March 2012)

Lacrimosa for Solo Flute for Cy Twombly (5’) (premiere: Elise Roy, CalArts, March 2012)

Woodland Glade for Solo Piano for Cy Twombly (9’) (premiere:  John Mark Harris, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, August 2014)

days and days for Solo Bass Clarinet for Laura Carmichael / after and to Heather Gordon (9’) (premiere: Anthony Burr, UCSD Sonic Diasporas Festival, January 2011)

Study for Eurydice for Solo Violin for the installation by Marcia Scott (17’) (premiere [first version]: Erik Ulman, Berkeley, December 2009; complete version: Andrew McIntosh, Stanford, March 2010)

Duo I for 2 Clarinets (2’) (premiere: Brian Walsh and James Sullivan, Little William Theater Festival of New Music, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 2010)

Duo II for 2 Tubas (1’) (premiere: Luke Storm and Doug Tornquist, Little William Theater Festival of New Music, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, September 2010)

Duo III for 2 Accordions (1’) (premiere: Daniel Corral and Isaar Schankler, Little William Theater Festival of New Music, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 2010)

Duo IV for 2 Violins (2’) (premiere: Andrew McIntosh and Andrew Tholl, Little William Theater Festival of New Music, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, September 2010)

Movement for Piano Quintet to the memory of Sol LeWitt (3’)

Styx for Flute and Piano for Calliope (2’) (premiere: Calliope, UCSD Sonic Diasporas Festival, January 2011)

Weights and measures for Clarinet and Cello for Carl Rosman and Séverine Ballon (14’)

Bacchanale for Oboe/English Horn, Flute/Piccolo/Bass Flute, Eb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Piano, Percussion, and Viola for Cy Twombly (4’) (premiere: Kyle Bruckmann, sfSoundGroup, San Francisco, September 2009)

this until for Solo Flute for Stacey Pelinka (10’) (premiere: Elise Roy, CalArts, February 2011)

Mnemosyne for Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Cello, and Piano for the sfSoundGroup / to Cy Twombly (17’) (premiere: sfSoundGroup, Milwaukee, September 2008)

Music for Three Films by Marcia Scott for Electronic Sounds (9”)

#10 In Other Words for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Violin, Viola, and Cello (Second Version, 2008: substitute Trumpet and Contrabass for Horn and Viola) for and after Heather Gordon (1’) (premiere [Second Version]: Modelo 62, Den Haag, June 2010)

Canto XXV for Cello and Piano commissioned by the Fromm Foundation for Rohan de Saram (11’) (premiere: Séverine Ballon and Mark Knoop, Huddersfield, February 2010; American premiere: Monica Scott and Hadley McCarroll, Tiburon, March 2012)

Fragment for Jules Olitski for Oboe, Clarinet, Piano, and Violin funded by Meet the Composer’s Creative Connections Program for the sfSoundGroup (2’) (premiere:  sfSoundGroup, San Francisco, August 2007)

L’Extase de M. Poher for Solo Cello for Charles Curtis (13’) (premiere: Séverine Ballon, Musiques démesurées, Clermont-Ferrand, June 2007; American premiere: Center for New Music, San Francisco, August 2013)

String Quartet #3 for the Arditti Quartet (18’) (premiere: the Arditti Quartet, Boswil [Switzerland], October 2005)

Smooth Landing for Soprano, Violin, Cello, and Piano (text: J.H. Prynne) for J.H. Prynne (5’)

Thoughts on the Esterházy Court Uniform for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Violin, Cello, and Piano for Plus Minus / to and after J.H. Prynne (10’) (premiere: Plus Minus, Mark Knoop, cond., COMA Summer Courses, Wakefield, July 2004; American premiere: Stanford, January 2006)

Summer for Solo Bass Clarinet for Anthony Burr (7’) (premiere: Anthony Burr [Elision], Brisbane, February 2004)

Deuxième Extase for Solo Cello (5’) (premiere: Frank Cox, Baltimore, April 2004)

Plus Minus (Partial) Realization of “Seiten für Ausarbeitungen” by Karlheinz Stockhausen for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Guitar, Piano, Auxiliary Sound Sources, Violin, and Cello for Matt Shlomowitz, Joanna Bailie, and Plus Minus (18’) (premiere: Plus Minus, BMIC Cutting Edge Series, London, November 2003)

Madonna for Solo Piano (7’; revision of early work) (premiere: Ian Pace, London, March 2004)

Spectre for Solo Piano for John Mark Harris (9’) (premiere: John Mark Harris, Avignon International Piano Competition, Avignon, March 2004)

Third Allegory for Mezzo-Soprano & Piano (text: Cole Heinowitz) for Shiba Nemat-Nasser (5’)

Showdown Opera (text: Cole Heinowitz) for Soprano, Baritone, Flute, Trombone, Piano, Electric Organ, and Percussion for Gruppo Ferruccio and Juliana Snapper (10’)

Gertrud for Solo Piano for John Mark Harris (18’) (premiere [revised version]: John Mark Harris, La Jolla, April 2000)

Empire of Flora for Flute, Oboe, 2 Guitars, Violin, and Cello for Jacqueline Leclair and Cygnus (10’) (premiere: the Cygnus Ensemble, Jeff Milarsky, cond.; Merkin Hall, New York, December 2001)

History for Flute, Amplified Guitar, Viola; 3 Percussion; Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Cello, and Piano/Electric Organ to Brian Ferneyhough/for SONOR (15’) (premiere: SONOR, Steven Schick, cond., La Jolla, February 1998; European premiere: the Nieuw Ensemble, Micha Hamel, cond., Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam, August 1998)

Fable for Piccolo and 2 Percussion for Attar (9’) (premiere: Attar, La Jolla, May 1996)

Two Stein Songs for Soprano and Flute (text: Gertrude Stein) for Virginia Sublett and Elizabeth McNutt (2’) (premiere: Virginia Sublett and Elizabeth McNutt, La Jolla, February 1995; revised 2019)

Les Amours d’Holoferne for Flute/Alto Flute and Percussion for Elizabeth McNutt (5’) (premiere: Elizabeth McNutt and Vanessa Tomlinson, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, August 1994; revised 2019)

Eliezer and Rebecca at the Well for Alto Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Violin, and Cello for Cole Heinowitz (8’) (premiere: UCSD Ensemble, Rand Steiger, cond., Emerging Voices, La Jolla, February 1995)

Drame for 2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Violins, 2 Celli, and 2 Pianos for Sabina Piersol (13’) (premiere: Cleveland School of Music Ensemble, Harvey Sollberger, cond., Cleveland, October 1994)

Sleep/Mini for 2 Flutes for Laura Koenig and Karen Bergquist (6’) (premiere [first version]:  Laura Koenig and Karen Bergquist, Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, August 1992)

Cage for Alto Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Piano, Celesta, and Vibraphone for Sabina Piersol (18’) (premiere: UCSD Ensemble, Harvey Sollberger, cond., La Jolla, May 1993)

String Quartet #1 (Firenze) to Sabina Piersol/for the Arditti Quartet (11’) (premiere: the Arditti Quartet, La Jolla, April 1994)

Roadblock for Solo Piano for John Cage (3’) (premiere: Steven Takasugi, La Jolla, April 1989)