“Schreibeis’ notes leap in divergent directions into a mysteriously poignant realm...landscapes that dissolve one into the other.” —The WholeNote (Toronto)

Upcoming in US and China

Patrick Yim will continue has performances of my recent solo violin work, Fragile Remembrance, with events on his home turf in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame on December 7 and again at the Zhejiang Conservatory in Hangzhou, China on December 28. I will attend the performance… Read more →

Fragile Remembrance Premiere

Bravo to Patrick Yim for his outstanding premiere of my solo violin work, Fragile Remembrance, at Duke University!  My work is a big one, not just in length but in scope.  Patrick brought out the drama and also the nuance… Read more →

In Search of a Title (for solo violin…)

Choosing a title for a work is an interesting process.  In some cases a title comes easily, in other cases with difficulty; in some cases before composing starts, in others after the last note is written.  When I started jotting… Read more →

Passions in St. Petersburg

The title of this post is not the newest Bond flick, but rather an announcement (with pleasure) of an upcoming performances of my solo violin work, Passions, at CAMPGround23 in St. Petersburg, FL this March.  CAMPGround is the annual festival… Read more →

Incantation in Review

It was wonderful to hear Euna Kim and William Lane of Hong Kong New Music Ensemble present the premiere of the revised version of my 2013 violin and viola duo, Incantation, last night at Tai Kwun in Central, Hong Kong. … Read more →

Incantation in Hong Kong

Following their workshop in February, I’m pleased to share news of an upcoming performance of my violin and viola duo, Incantation, by Euna Kim and William Lane of Hong Kong New Music Ensemble at Tai Kwun in Hong Kong on… Read more →

Passions in Review

I’ve spent the last eleven days in Helsinki, concluding last evening with the premiere of my solo violin work, Passions, by Sini Virtanen at the Sibelius Music Institute in Hämeenlinna. Finland has offered me a much-needed pause, a calmness and… Read more →

Passions Premiere

After a multi-year delay due to Covid, I’m so happy to share that my solo violin work, Passions, will be premiered by violinist Sini Virtanen at the Sibelius Music Institute in Hämeenlinna, Finland on August 28.  Hämeenlinna is the birthplace… Read more →

Toolbox Percussion Lecture

This summer I’m working with a talented group of young composers at the Toolbox Percussion International Creative Academy. Led by percussionist Louis Siu, Toolbox is one of the leading new music groups in Hong Kong, combining performances, educational, and outreach… Read more →

Listen Adventurously to Planet X

Listeners in Madison, WI can enjoy a broadcast of my clarinet, violin, and piano trio, In Search of Planet X, next Monday, May 30, at 6am on WORT’s Listen Adventurously with Paul Baker. Planet X is one of five works… Read more →

Noticing on WUSF

Tune in to WUSF’s Modern Notebook on May 1 at 8pm EST for a broadcast of my duo, Noticing, as performed by clarinetist Sammy Lesnick and violinist Hanna Hurwitz.  The recording is from my Albany Records portrait CD. Read more →

Central Florida Lecture

Yesterday concluded my mini college tour with a virtual visit to the University of Central Florida, where I presented two of my works to undergraduate composers under the guidance of my friend, composer Alex Burztos.  Just like my visits to… Read more →

Buffalo Masterclass and Lecture

The last few days have been a whirlwind but a positive one.  It was an absolute pleasure to present my work at Eastman.  What talented and inquisitive young people these students were.  I was also able to spend time with… Read more →

Eastman Lecture

Over the next week I’ll be doing a small college tour with two in-person and one virtual visit.  The first stop is Rochester, my current locale, where I am presenting my work to the students in the Composition Symposium this… Read more →

Sandburg Songs Review

“Schreibeis’ notes leap in divergent directions into a mysteriously poignant realm…landscapes that dissolve one into the other…” Thanks to Raul da Gama and The WholeNote in Toronto for this review of Sandburg Songs. Those of you in Ontario can pick… Read more →

Incantation in Rehearsal

It’s always a pleasure to hear one’s work played well but even more so in the continuing era of Covid-19.  Yesterday I enjoyed listening to a rehearsal of my duo, Incantation, by violinist Euna Kim and violist William Lane at… Read more →

In Memoriam George Crumb

George Crumb (1929-2022). Often imitated. Never duplicated. We feel your music in our bodies as much as we hear it through our ears. From some primal state, it communicates with us directly, the way we experience Nature or the Spirit… Read more →

immaus in Finland

Finnish friends: look out for a performance of my solo violin work, immaus, scheduled for December 12 at the Sibelius Music Institute in Hämeenlinna. The work will be presented by violinist Sini Virtanen, who did a splendid job with it… Read more →

Parallel Lives Premiere

Last night I enjoyed the premiere of my new work, Parallel Lives, by ensemble mise-en at their venue in Brooklyn.  The performance was wonderful, and it was especially meaningful to hear my work live for the first time since the… Read more →

For Your Consideration

Very happy that Sandburg Songs, my 2016 song cycle on texts from Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, is on the first ballot for Best Contemporary Composition in this year’s Grammy Awards. Making this recording on Albany Records was a real labor… Read more →

In Steven’s World

I’ve spent the last two months at the Library of Congress going through the Steven Stucky Papers as part of a 2-year funded research project from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.  What began as a planned one-month visit turned… Read more →

Kent State Lecture

I’m looking forward to speaking with students at Kent State University this coming Monday, October 3! When speaking with students, I find it useful to think a bit about how we learn to compose and how our backgrounds and early… Read more →

Sandburg Songs on WUSF

My 2016 song cycle, Sandburg Songs, part of my recent portrait CD release, will be featured on this week’s Modern Notebook on WUSF in Tampa. Tune in to hear Tony Arnold, Zohn Collective, and conductor Tim Weiss this Sunday, September 26, starting at 8pm… Read more →

ensemble mise-en Premiere

I’m happy to confirm that my new work for ensemble mise-en, Parallel Lives, will be premiered on October 28 in New York.  This work was one of six that were selected from a worldwide call-for-proposals as part of the mise-en… Read more →

Stucky at the Library of Congress

After significant delays due to Covid, I’m on my way to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to begin archival research on the music of my former teacher, the late Steven Stucky (1949-2016).  My work is part of a… Read more →