The sitar & orchestra piece Gaurav Mazumdar and I had written had it's first performance on March 25, 2017 at the Shenzhen Belt and Road International Music Festival in China -- don't have a recording or video as of yet. Gaurav (the sitar player and co-composer) rehearsed and performed the piece.
Process: After recording his improvised sitar melodies, I edited/arranged them, then wrote the orchestral accompaniment, and later created the score and parts. I didn't get to go, so I just uploaded all the score/parts PDFs in DropBox to be printed by their orchestral librarian.
Wrote & recorded Djembes Will Dance In The Sky for a musician friend who passed in 2005. He was a wonderful guy, musician, and father. Since then, his wife and another musician friend have also passed -- this is dedicated to the three of them.
Workshop runs from September through mid-October in NYC - lot of communting ahead, but will be a blast exlporing the city's music, art, and film!
12 free-form improvisations; we gave our recording engineer (John Hegner at Starbell Hatchery) a bowl full of key signatures on paper scraps, and asked him to pull them out for us at random (sometimes we follow them, sometimes we don't :)
Here are some older charts for WMS Gaming slot machines ("Free Spin Bonanza" (2005) and "Up, Up, & Away" (2006):
April In Paris: A tribute to Mr. Robert Drasnin (1927-2015), television/film composer & teacher at UCLA Extension, who passed away recently. He was a wonderful teacher, and even sweeter human being. Music was lucky to have him :)
This is a music cue I'd done in one of his classes (2001).
He laid out scenarios, and we wrote to them. Best class I've ever taken!
And a few others from the same classes:
Gigue (from Baroque Suite below) performed by pianist Dain Yoon.
Baroque Suite and Theme & Variations for solo piano (Finale MIDI mockups)
Study in Baroque music #1: Baroque Suite
I chose four movements from J.S. Bach’s English and French suites (Allemande, Sarabande, Minuet & Trio, and Gigue) as a template for my own version of a four movement suite for solo piano. A Baroque musical language is retained for the majority of the piece, with the exception of a few jazz harmonies I have experimented with.
Study in Baroque music #2: Theme & Variations
Bach's Goldberg Aria was the model for re-constructing this theme + four variations in a Baroque style, with added jazz harmonies. Having to re-invent the same set of harmonies multiple times is a challenging study, and (through repetition) allows an in-depth exploration of your own harmonic and rhythmic interests, while still being guided by Bach's original composition.
Arranged and produced the Short Dance music for U.S. Ice Dancers
Alex & Maia Shibutani, which will be used for their 2014-2015 competitions.
Amoeba (our vibes and guitar duo) playing a free improvisation, "Improv 1", and a tune called "Portrait" (written by vibraphonist David Jennings.) They're a bit long - so grab a seat on the couch, close your eyes, and empty out all the noise in your head :)
3 Pieces for Solo Harp was be performed by the advancing harpists for Stage 2 of the
3rd International Harp Competition September 15-22, 2014, in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Was a nice visit to a beautiful city :)
Experimenting with visual programming in MAX6 - tinting and moving images, live sarod, live buffer loops, and recorded tablas/tampuras.
Technology and music make an interesting pair. The music is a bit hard to make out since both video/audio are recorded on a camcorder.
This is akin to "hello world" - so, now on to much cooler stuff! Some good books to get us there: Electronic Music and Sound Design by Alessandro Cipriani & Maurizio Giri.
Recorded Tabla Bhols: Kalyan Pathak
Sarod/MAX6/Photoshop: Vikas Deo
We are very pleased to announce winners of the 2013 composition competition: Paolo Geminiani (Ravenna) "Inner Counterpoints" for harpsichord & flute; Jonathan Howard Katz (NY) "Fantasy" for double bass & flute: and
Vikas Deo (India via Chicago) "3 Pieces for Harp on the North Indian Raag Ahir Bhairav".
Premieres of these works will take place in NY and Italy during the 2013-2014 season.
He played quite a bit of material into my little field recorder (to a click), which I then chopped up, slightly re-arranged, and then created an arrangement to support his parts.
The sitar part in is Raag "Shayam Kalyan."
Music used for the film White Storm's proof-of-concept website. The filmmaker wanted some Lo-Fi sounds mixed in with the orchestra (a la Tron: Legacy), and to be loop that comes and goes for website background music purposes.