Night Sea (for Agnes)

Rilke said: "Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky." The strange act of writing a piece of music to accompany an image is a bit like Rilke's vision of love. Nothing can be translated perceptually. Yet the two art forms are like lovers: in the space between, new meaning is created.

ZOFO, the wonderful four-handed beast from SF will be performing a short work of mine entitled Night Sea (for Agnes) alongside other short works by composers from all over our planet. My particular piece accompanies Agnes Martin's Night Sea (1963) and tips its hat to my baby niece (also named Agnes), who came into this world just as I sat down at my desk to start sketching.

Two performances are lined up: here in SF, and in New York next month

 Anges Martin -  Night Sea (1963)

Anges Martin - Night Sea (1963)

Eighty Trips Around the Sun


In 2013, my good friend Sarah Cahill asked me to write a piece for Terry Riley on his 80th birthday. I came up with Shade Studies, a very quiet and contrapuntal work that Sarah has since performed miraculously. You can hear the work alongside other tributes and music by Terry himself on this wonderful new record. 

Listen here: Eighty Trips Around the Sun

Thank you for everything, Sarah.


I spent the last four weeks at Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. The company of brilliant poets, composers and visual artists, the 15th-century premises, the trips around central Italy—it's been inspiring beyond expectation, like a bolt of lightning.

What an honor. 

 Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri

NYC Shows

Two upcoming shows this weekend:

04.21.2017 | Spektral Quartet at National Sawdust

This terrific Chicago-based string quartet is performing my Quartet Movement alongside works by George Lewis and Katherine Young. Claire Chase joins the quartet for a recent work by Anthony Cheung. 

04.22.2017 | Emanuel Ax at Carnegie Hall

Manny Ax asked me to write some Impromptus. He'll be giving the NYC premiere of no. 2 alongside Impromptus by Chopin and Schubert.

For more info, please visit my events page