In April I’ll be performing at the Sensoria festival in Charlotte, NC, playing with a chamber ensemble, conductor Alan Yamamoto and working with choreographer Clay Daniel and his dancers from CCPC, where the festival takes place.

Clay asked to see some of the pieces that might be appropriate for dance so he can start working on them with his dancers, so I made this page for Clay but figured you all might enjoy seeing what we’re considering collaborating on!


BAROQUE FLAMENCO

In this story, a troupe of Flamenco Dancers discovers that their new guitar is really a time machine.  But they don’t notice it until they’re in the court of Marie Antoinette.  She’s hosting a ball at which all her court is dancing the minuet.  So the Flamenco Dancers attempt to fit in.

This performance is with chamber ensemble, from a 2014 performance in which I’m conducting, with harp soloist Eleanor Turner. [Harpists – buy the solo version of “Baroque Flamenco” here // learn about the Harp Concerto here]


ELECTRA’S LYRE – SCENE 1

This is a retelling of the myth of Electra – for solo harp and actress/singer.  This is a workshop performance at Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine a few years ago after I worked with coach Robert Post on the piece.  This is the first scene of the 5-Scene solo music theater piece.


UNDER THE BED

There’s no video for this (but there should be!) – it’s a fun piece in 7/8 (er … mostly in 7/8) about all those things that are under your bed.

This audio is from the original recording, “Flight of the Phoenix”

The following audio clip is from my 1995-ish live recording “Just for You” includes the text (and some great playing from Davey Tulloch on percussion and Wolfgang Diekmann on bass)


BRUBECKER

This is an original piece inspired by Dave Brubeck’s work

This is from a recent entry in the NPR “Tiny Desk Contest”


996

I’m not even sure this is playable with my current harp – it’s a harp/cello feature based on the 1001 Arabian Nights.  Just before the part you see, I tell the story of Sheherazade and why there are only 1001 stories … what happened on night number 996 that changed everything – and how the sultan was finally able to relinquish the power of violence when he discovered the power of story.

This performance is with chamber ensemble, from an 2005 test video in preparation for the filming of “Invention & Alchemy.”

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SOUS CHEF

This is for solo harp & voice – a love song from the sous chef to the chef

This is from a recent studio recording at StraightUp Studio in Arlington, MA


VERA CRUZ

This is a very rough cut from a recent show  (oops – this one isn’t ready yet, I’ll have to add it later!)


MUCHAS MANOS

This is an exploration of the harp by harpist & percussionist – here with percussionist Robert Schulz in 2005


PAVA DIABLO

(No video of this)

This was recorded at the Chicago Humanities Festival in the early 2000’s.  (If you know my “Catcher in the Rye” listen to the timpani part in Pava Diablo – you’ll hear the ideas starting to develop here that came to fruition in “Catcher in the Rye.”)


Likely to also be on the program without dance:

THE NIGHTINGALE

This performance is with chamber ensemble, from an 2005 test video in preparation for the filming of “Invention & Alchemy.”

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