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World Premiere of Lunsqui’s “Materiali”

This May 1st 2013, Rob Esler and I gave the world premiere of Alexandre Lunsqui’s new duo for percussion entitled Materiali: Dentro do Dentro. The concert focused on “found and re-purposed objects” …

Trio realization with Doug Nottingham and Simone Mancuso. Photo by Joe Perez

ASU West Electro-acoustic Festival

The ASU West 3-day Electroacoustic Festival was presented this April of 2013 by the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance. I performed with Crossing 32nd Street to give a concert as part of this festival …

Fourth International Symposium on Latin American Music

Recently, I participated in the 4th International Symposium on Latin American Music held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. This was a three-day event of musicians, dancers, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, and scholars from Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, United States, and Venezuela …

Patch interface.

Quocíente : Laços for berimbau and computer

Quociente : Laços is the solo version of my original work for berimbau sextet. Laços uses the assistance of a computer to layer the accompaniment parts in a complex system of delays …

Pd interface

27’10.554″ for a Percussionist and Computer

I re-realized this classic work of John Cage’s by adding the decision-making of a computer. By using the software, Pure Data, I’ve built a patch that will make decisions based on chance (using the I-Ching). The choice the computer has is which respective sample to use for Metal, Wood, Skin, or Anything …

Part of the "Materiali" setup

Materiali: Dentro do dentro

As part of a collaborative project, I commissioned a new piece from composer Alexandre Lunsqui. In this work, the idea Lunsqui and I wanted to explore were the sounds that are often overlooked or “overheard” – the inside sounds …

PASIC 2012: John Cage Focus Day

This November I participated in the PASIC Focus Day that was held in Austin, TX. I performed as part of a simultaneous realization of John Cage’s 27’10.554″ for a Percussionist that included six of us performing our own sections and versions from this work condensed into about a little over ten minutes or so …

Quocíente for six berimbaus

The Northern Illinois University “Bau House” (berimbau ensemble) directed by Greg Beyer, recently premiered a new work of mine entitled, Quociente in April of 2012. I am very excited with the work they put into this performance and pleased with the result. Watch the video from youtube below …

Play! A Festival of Arts and Technology

This festival was produced by urbanSTEW, an arts and technology collective. A lot of urbanSTEW’s work is through interdisciplinary arts (music, dance, installations, etc.) while using technology as an extension of these ideas. The theme of this festival was disability perception – limiting the art to the human body and technology …

Music for Botany

This is an original work of mine and part of a project to place folkloric instruments in a contemporary musical idiom. Music for Botany is for maracas, caxixí, and pre-recorded audio. As the name may imply, it is modeled after Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood. Read my notes from the score and my doctoral thesis excerpt to understand the relationship to Reich’s work while maintaining musical styles of Venezuela …