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Fall Concerts

In September, Salastina is performing three concerts in Orange County, Pasadena and West LA, featuring pieces written by the three composers in my extended family — my wife, Michi, her brother, Paul, and me — as well as some wonderful “non family” repertoire. This concert was inspired by a fun online gathering we had with Salastina this past spring, and it’s wonderful to have that turn into a live event now that such things are possible. Tonight is at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, tomorrow is in the courtyard of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and Sunday is at the USC Pacific Asia Museum Courtyard in Pasadena.

On Monday, October 4, we’ll be giving a performance of excerpts from my forthcoming opera (with poet Tracy K Smith and visual artist Joshua Frankel), A MARVELOUS ORDER, on the front steps of the Brooklyn Public Library (on Grand Army Plaza). The opera takes as its subject Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, so we’re especially excited to inhabit this central urban space as a temporary canvas!

Josh’s animations, synced to my music and Tracy’s words, will be projected on the library’s enormous front facade, while Megan Schubert, Tomás Cruz, and members of NOW Ensemble (conducted by me) present the music. We’ll also show a couple of Josh’s short films set to my music, including what should be the largest version of Plan of the City ever seen.

The show will run from 8:00 – 9:00 PM and is all outdoors, so come spend a brisk, fun evening with us!

Tickets and more information here.


Last October, I premiered my percussion concerto, Move Like This, as part of the TROMP International Percussion Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. On Sunday, November 14, percussionist Sam Solomon and the Boston Conservatory contraBAND, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni, will give the US premiere. Sam is one of my oldest musical friends and an utterly remarkable musician — here’s a video performance of him playing a solo work he commissioned from me, We Shall Be Turned. Boston folks, come out!

Tickets and more information here.