Friends, fans, and colleagues, I am in Bend, Oregon, busily and joyously composing the music to Vía Láctea: An Opera in Two Acts, an opera based on the verse novel “Vía Láctea” (subtitled "A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino") by award-winning author and poet Ellen Waterston of Bend, Oregon. The story is a colorful, fictionalized account of her 2012 pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Other project collaborators include OperaBend as the resident company, an orchestra conducted by Maestro Michael Gesme of the Central Oregon Symphony, and set designs incorporating the book's original illustrations by Bend artist Ron Schultz. OperaBend is holding auditions on Saturday, July 11th. The first three performances of Vía Láctea will be presented on June 10th-12th, 2016 in downtown Bend's historic Tower Theatre. In support of my work on this project I'm pleased to say I received a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission.
Three of my choral works (Pied Beauty and Reciprocity, both SATB a cappella, and Wise Words of Love for SSAA/piano), and two of my chamber works (Field Report: News from Rural Oregon for clarinet and piano, and Aesop's Fables for woodwind quintet and narrator) were selected as finalists for The American Prize in Composition in 2014 (professional division). I had also progressed to the semi-finals in the orchestral category.
I composed the title theme for Runestone, an epic fictional miniseries coming in 2015, produced by Road's End Films. Here's the premise: In the late 9th century a group of Vikings flee Iceland into unknown waters. After a powerful storm at sea they make landfall in the New World.
I was fortunate to be on location at the Oregon coast with the terrific cast and crew during the filming of the trailer last May. I encourage all my friends and fans to Like the Runestone page on FaceBook for progress updates.
My MP3 album Aesop's Fables (woodwind quintet with narration) is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and here on my online store. This recording features the Arrieu Wind Quintet, with JoJo Jensen, narrator, all from Eugene, Oregon. The MP3 album includes:
• "The Ant and the Grasshopper"
• "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"
• "The Hare and the Tortoise"
• "The Wind and the Sun"
• "The Lion and the Mouse"
Priced at just $4.95 for the set of five tracks, this 12-minute mini-album is a must-have for every audio library, and will delight listeners of all ages!
My composition "Aesop's Fables" was also released this past fall on a CD by Quintetto Andersen, a premiere woodwind quintet from Italy! Their version, with the translated title of "Fiabe di Esopo (Aesop's Fables)", has Italian narration, and is available in Italy.
My solo piano CDs Whereas and October Wind are available from my online store, or from CD Baby; and in Eugene, Oregon at Tsunami Books. MP3s are available from my online store, and also from iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and CD Baby.
PDF sheet music for selected songs from my solo piano CD October Wind and for "Claro de Luna (the 'Moonlight Sonata' Tango)", as well as coil bound songbooks of all the songs from my Whereas CD, are available exclusively from my online store.
My single MP3s are available from my online store. Tracks include "Sleep, Child" (string orchestra); "Finding the Murray River" (orchestra); "Pray, Tell Me How" (sacred acoustic pop song); "Barbara" (flute quartet); "Tin Roof" (prepared classical guitar quartet); and "Claro de Luna (the 'Moonlight Sonata' Tango)" (solo piano).
My recordings are available for licensing.
I am open to new music commission opportunities, and can write new music in nearly any genre. Please send an email if you'd like to discuss your project.