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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 …

Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal

My video performance of Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal is finally finished. This increasingly-known work is for maraca solo and electronic accompaniment – the solo part is often in the style of the Venezuelan maraquero. Bill Sallak helped me with this project with his great recording engineering, and I pieced the video together …

Simone Mancuso and myself

Crossing 32nd Street 10th Anniversary Concert (2011)

This past October 15th, Crossing 32nd Street celebrated its 10th anniversary by inviting many past performers/collaborators to perform. It was quite an honor to be a part of such a group of talented musicians! …

Composer Glenn Hackbarth’s 60th birthday concert

Great concert of electro-acoustic music, all composed by Glenn Hackbarth and featuring Ben Hackbarth’s Open End, for vibraphone and electronics. Jenny Waleczek (piano) and myself participated by wrapping up the concert with Passage, for piano, percussion, and electronics …

Crossing 32nd Street – Steve Reich’s Drumming

Steve Reich’s evening-length masterpiece, Drumming, was performed through the Phoenix area including: Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival, the Phoenix Art Museum, Glendale Community College, and the Icehouse as part of the downtown chamber music series …