Art and Desire

Opera in one act for six singers and chamber orchestra

Synopsis: The scene takes place in the mid-1970’s, twenty years after the death of Jackson Pollock. It is set in a quiet near-empty bar in Manhattan. A sax player and a vibes player perform softly for a handful of patrons. The scene portrays a purely fictional meeting between Lee Krasner and Clement Greenberg. Lee and Clem have not spoken to each other for years. As their uneasy conversation unfolds, three more customers enter the bar, two attractive young women and a middle-aged man who bears a strong resemblance to the dissipated Pollock near the time of his death. 

These four tracks are a continuous section from the middle of the opera:

This track is the final scene:

The Turning

Three songs composed for the men's choir Cantus in collaboration with the Minneapolis-based Tubman Family Alliance, which provides support to families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. Texts for the three songs are a compilation of perspectives from male abusers.

About the Night

For string quartet

Morning Comes

MIDI version of a new one movement piece for string quartet (can be played separately or as a second movement to About the Night)

Thin Ice

For two vocalists, electronic percussion and sandpaper blocks

Her Light Self

For voice, accordion, pre-recorded voice, and pre-recorded accordion