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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 …

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 …

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 …