The new CD is now available on Delos/Naxos Records! Listen to it and download it here. The main feature of the recording is my 2nd electric violin concerto, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos”, a 5 movement work based on iconic masterpieces of visual art recorded with the amazing Calder Quartet. The remainder of the CD is a 4 movement work of mine for electric violin and loop pedal called “Axis and Orbits”.
I’m proud to be premiering “Embrace”, the new electric violin concerto by Kenji Bunch. It was co-comissioned by 9 orchestras through an organization called the Orchestra Engagement Lab whose mission is to strengthen orchestras’ connections within their communities. The first premier was on April 6, 2013 with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra in Vermont and I’ve performed it recently with the Stockton Symphony, Berklee College Symphony and several others. there are still 2 more premiers coming up in Anchorage, Alaska with the Anchorage Symphony and in Avery Fisher Hall in NY with the Little Orchestra Society of NY in May. The piece coalesces on stage like a flash mob with orchestra members entering one by one from the audience and from various locations in the hall. It’s a joyful, beautiful work with plenty of room for me to improvise and rock out.
The Nashville Symphony and I performed the NY premier of a major new electric violin concerto, “The Palmian Chord Ryddle”, by legendary composer Terry Riley in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, May 12, 2012 on the closing concert of the 2012 Spring for Music Festival. Known as “the father of Minimalism”, Riley is one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. He changed the course of music history with his seminal 1964 work, “In C” which set the stage for composers such as John Adams, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich and even Pete Townsend of the rock band The Who, who paid homage to Riley with the synthesizer intro to the hit song, “Baba O’Riley”, (better known as “Teenage Wasteland.”)
This collaboration with puppeteer, singer, artist Brian Hull is a work in progress which will result in a 90 min puppet opera, with live video and a live musical ensemble including myself, string quartet and percussion.