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Paka`a Lanakila! (2011) 
30 min. ca.
for narrator and wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon)

First Performances (coming up): October 3 & 10, 2011
Chamber Music Hawaii's "Spring Wind Quintet"
(Marsha Schweitzer, basson; Jonathan Parrish, horn; James Moffitt, clarinet; Scott Janusch, oboe; with guest Claire Butin, flute;  and composer as narrator)
Paliku Theater & Honolulu Academy of Arts
Honolulu, Hawaii

Commissioned with generous funding from the Honolulu Mayor's Office on Culture and the Arts, "Paka`a Lanakila!" was written for audiences young and young-at-heart.  With words and music, it tells the heart-warming story of Paka`a, a young boy of ali`i lineage, growing up on Kaua`i without his own blood father, and trying to get out in the world and make something of himself.  Themes of love, respect, courage, rejection, acceptance, family, and community resonate in this wind-themed story (which ends with a canoe race against all odds).
Outta This World (unplugged) (1998/2010)     
13 min.
for string quartet, amplified or acoustic

First Performance: May 8, 2010
ETHEL (Cornelius Dufallo and Mary Rowell, violins; Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, 'cello)
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert
Laguardia Performing Arts Center
Queens, New York

Premiere performance composer activities funded in part by Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program and an American Composers Forum ENCORE program award.

Two Dances from "Dances Ebb, Dances Flow" (2007) 
13 min. ca.
Messiaen quartet (violin, 'cello, clarinet and piano)

First Performance: February 14, 2007
New York New Music Ensemble
(Linda Quan, vln; Christopher Finckel,'vcl; Jean Kopperud, cl; Stephen Gosling, pno)
Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music
Rice University
Houston, Texas

In memoriam Patricia Hagan

Dances Ebb, Dances Flow (2006) 
22 min. ca.
Messiaen quartet (violin, 'cello, clarinet and piano)

First Performance: December 5, 2007
Ebb and Flow Arts Ensemble
(Iggy Jang, vln; Joanna Morrison, vcl; Scott Anderson, cl; Robert Pollock, pno)
Atherton Studio
Hawai`i Public Radio
Honolulu, HI

In memoriam Patricia Hagan

[Excerpt of Mvt. 2 from Ebb and Flow Arts Ensemble's live premiere performance]

[score-pdf]    [note-pdf]

Ko`olau Sketches (2001) 
13 min.
marimba quartet (two 4 1/3, one 5, one 5 1/3, and crotales)

First Performance: October 17, 2001
New York Percussion Quartet
(Benny Koonyevsky,  Joseph Perreira, David Rozenblatt, Pablo Rieppi)
Wolfensohn Hall
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey

For Benny, David, Joe and Pablo
[Audio - excerpt from NYPQ's live performance]

[score-pdf]    [note-pdf]

Outta This World (1998)     
13 min.
for amplified string quartet, sound effects processor

First Performance: May 27, 1998
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Second Helpings Series
DIA Center for the Arts
New York, New York

Commissioned by the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble with funding from the Jerome Foundation.

 [Outta This World.mp3]

Fore! (1996/rev. 2000)  
6 min.
for 2 horns in f, in and outside a performance space

First Performance: November 8, 1996
John Smith and Julia Pilant, horns
Paul Hall, The Juilliard School
New York, New York

For John Smith and Julia Pilant


Full Circle (1995) for choreography by Natalie Desch  
6 min.
for 2 pianos /4 hands

First Performance: January 18, 1995
Ilgin Aka and Orla McDonagh, pianos
Wednesdays at One Series
Alice Tully Hall
New York, New York

For Natalie Desch, choreographer
 [Audio - excerpt of performance by Ilgin and Orla]

Altered Path (1994) for choreography by Franck Baranek  
7 min.
for soprano, 2 perc, pno, 3 vcl

First Performance: January 18, 1994
Clemence Gegauff, soprano
Members of the Juilliard Orchestra
Jon Magnussen, conductor
Wednesdays at One Series
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
New York, New York

For Frank Baranek, choreographer

[Audio - world premiere performance]


(18 July 2008)

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