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New Releases, New Projects

It's going to be a busy summer! I am currently working on a new piece for piano and electronics, for my good friend Keith Kirchoff. Keith is going to tour my peice, along with other new works by Scott Miller, Joshua Clausen, Benjamin Taylor, Miguel Chuaqui, Adam Vidiksis, all over the country in the 2014-15 concert season. He'll be premiering the piece, entitled Studies in Momentum on his new concert series (Original Gravity) in July (which pairs a local composer with a local homebrewer, for a sensorial evening of new music and craft beer. Brilliant, right?). There will be some of my bassoon+electronics pieces on the program, as well the Boston premiere of Impulse Control (commissioned by the Barlow Endowment in 2012). Also on my desk is a new piece for flute and electronics, for flutist Orlando Cela. Orlando will be heading up a consortium of flutists from around the world to perform this new piece next season.

I'm also finishing up a new wind ensemble piece, entitled Hivemind, which will be premiered by a group of American, Australian, and Italian in Verona and Venice in July under the baton of John Patrick Lynch. John recently programmed the world premiere of my winds arrangmenet of Slant Apparatus at the University of Georgia, and I jumped at the opportunity to write him a new piece for the Sydney Conservatory's inagural Estivo festival. I'm also beginning a new work commissioned by the Emory University Wind Ensemble: an action-packed concert opener that will share the program with the premiere of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Wind Orchestra. Conductor Nikk Pilato will lead the premiere in Spring, 2015.

The studio recording of HackPolitik, produced at the immaculate WGBH Fraser Studio in Boston with Juventas New Music Ensemble, is slated for a June 24th release on Innova Records. The album will also be available on iTunes, Amazon, Naxos, and a variety of other digital music sources. The album will also be for sale at the upcoming performances of HackPolitik at the Syracuse Fringe Festival in June, and the NYC Here Space in July.

I'm also thrilled to announce an upcoming release of Transverse Fractures, recorded by Orlando Cela and Christina Wright-Ivanova, on New Dynamic Records. The album, which should be available in early 2015, also features music by some of the immensely talented faculty composers at Indiana University Southeast. Keep an eye out for it!

HackPolitik on YouTube

Visit the HackPolitik Page for program notes, scene descriptions, and links to feature articles and interviews with Forbes, the BBC, the Daily Dot, CNET, The Clyde Fitch Report, and others!

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HackPolitik in the news

HackPolitik, my evening-length electroacoustic ballet composed in collaboration with Juventas New Music Ensemble and the People Movers contemporary dance, received two fantastic premiere performances in November, and received this glowing review from the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

The ballet has been the subject of recent feature articles and interviews in Forbes, Boston Magazine, CNet, The Clyde Fitch Report, and The Daily Dot, among others. It's very exciting to see such a wide response to this ambitious collaboration, and follow up performances in New York City are currently in-the-works! Stay tuned for video recordings of the premiere . . .

Premiere by Solar Winds

Solar Winds premiered Danzas Mecánicas at Brandeis University's Slosberg Hall in November, alongside works by Reicha, Cage, Berio, and Fine. The Justice's review of the piece had this to say:

"[Danzas Mecánicas] was modern but not overly inscrutable, experimental yet cohesive . . . The harsh dissonances and rhythms, slightly more syncopated and abstract than tango, fit in nicely with the dark humor from the Berio piece -- a serious musicality, with a bit of humor in spite of its tone." - - full review here

Check out the performance on YouTube!


2013





MacDowell Downtown

The folks at the MacDowell Colony have invited me to present at their monthly community outreach series, MacDowell Downtown during my time in residence. On June 7th at Monadnock Center, I presented a number of recent works of mine, performed some music for bassoon and live electronics, and discussed my work on my upcoming ballet, HackPolitik.

An article was run in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript about the talk, and my work at MacDowell Colony. Check in out here. Video of the presentation will be available soon, and I'll be sure to link to it here when it's available.

2012

Impulse Control

Impulse Control, a new piece for soprano sax, bassoon, electric bass, percussion, and electronics, received two fantastic premiere performances at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Quux Collective concert at VCU in early November. The piece was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. Check out the VCU performance on YouTube:

Lights in Motion: Aurora of Denali

Photographer Jacob W. Frank and I have collaborated on a short time-lapse photography project commissioned by the US National Park Service. I composed a piece of music entitled "Coronal Mass Ejection" specifically for this project. The video is up on YouTube, and will be featured on the Denali National Park site, the NPS.gov site, among others. The film features 8,000 images of Aurora Borealis from different locations in Denali National Park, Alaska. I hope to perform the piece, scored for two guitars, percussion, contrabass, and electronic sounds, live in performance with the video in the near future.
Watch it full-screen, in HD. Download an MP3 of the audio here.

Atlantic Center for the Arts

I will be in residence as an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, from June 25 through mid-July, hosted by composer and ACA Master Artist Melinda Wagner. I'm excited to have the opportunity to share ideas with other associate composers, as well as other master artists Pepón Osorio (visual artist) and Marie Howe (poet).

2012 Sound and Music Computing Conference, Copenhagen.

I will be collaborating with Expressive Instruments Musical Machines on a new piece for amplified bassoon and MARIE (Monochord-Aerophone Robotic Instrument Ensemble), which will be premiered at the 2012 Sound and Music Computing Conference at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark, in July. I'm excited to have the opportunity to compose for such a unique medium, and will be sure to share videos and recordings here after the conference. Check out EMMI's website to see MARIE in action, and learn about the fascinating work they do!

Lydian String Quartet + Jennifer Ashe premieres String Quartet No. 1

The Lydian String Quartet, with Jennifer Ashe, gave a fantastic premiere of my doctoral dissertation composition, String Quartet No. 1 for string quartet, soprano, and live electronics. The Justice described the performance as having a "dramatic richness. . . Lane reconstructed the elements of sound and the role of electronics and voice to form a new sort of musical, portraying the entire arc of life, death and renewal." (Viet Tran, The Justice). You can listen to the piece and see the score on the Works page.

Another Triptiek Release!

The folks at Navona have graciously included Triptiek for tenor sax, bassoon, and electronics on a new digital release entitled Fine Music, Vol. 3. Check out the CD here.

2011

Barlow General Commission for the Quux Collective

I'm honored to have received General Commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition to write a new piece for The Quux Collective. The work will be for sax, bassoon, electric bass, percussion, and electronics. For the Barlow Prize and Commission recipients announcement, click here.

7 RANTS premieres at Wellesley Composers Conference

On July 30th and August 6th I'll be conducting the premiere performances of "7 Rants," a new piece for wind quintet and piano commissioned by the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College. It's bound to be a blast. More Details Here.

BNMI performs Fugue State

The Boston New Music initiative will be performing Fugue State, for brass quintet, along with works by Tim Davis, Moon Young Ha, Jeff Myers, Eric Nathan, Thomas Strum, and Kirsten Volness. A program not to be missed! More Details Here.

BEAMS Electroacoustic Marathon

I will be performing two new works for bassoon and electronics on theBrandeis Electroacoustic Music Studio Marathon on April 30th. Hydromancer, written by yours truly, and Lakefire Resolution, by Ferdinando DeSena. [UPDATE: I didn't perform Hydromancer at the Marathon, because I'm a slacker and didn't finish the final edits in time. Actual premiere coming soon!] The Marathon features 12 hours of exciting electroacoustic music, involving composers and performers from all over the world. For more info on the Marathon, click here.

New York Virtuoso Singers Premiere

To The Sun, To The Risen, a setting of the poem by Pulitzer-winning poet, Franz Wright for chamber choir to be premiered at Slosberg Hall at Brandeis University. For more on the New York Virtuoso Singers, click here.

Performance at The SEAMUS 2011 National Conference

My piece, TRIPTIEK, for bassoon, tenor sax, and electronics has been programmed at the 2011 SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the Unites States) National Conference. The conference is January 20-22 at the University of Miami. Saxophonist Philipp Staüdlin wlil be performing the piece with me on bassoon. For more details on SEAMUS 2011, click here.

TWO COMMISSIONS FOR NEW WORKS

I'm very excited to report 2 recent commissions for new works for this concert season: DINOSAUR ANNEX MUSIC ENSEMBLE has commissioned a piece for their annual Young Composers concert. The piece will be for the full ensemble, with added student musicians as part of their educational outreach program associated with the concert. The piece will be premiered January 30, 2011. THE WELLESLEY COMPOSER CONFERENCE CHAMBER MUSIC CENTER has commissioned a piece for the upcoming Summer conference. I'll be writing a new piece for Wind Quintet + Piano for the festival's chamber music participants. The piece will be premiered at the 2011 conference in late-July.

QUUX COLLECTIVE PERFORMS TRIPTIEK

Virginia-based new music presenters, The Quux Collective, will be performing Triptiek, for tenor sax, bassoon, and electronics at the VCU Alumni Concert. James Black Music Center, 11/14/10, 3pm. Sheri Oyan, tenor sax :: Ivy Haga, bassoon. Click here for more info on The Quux Collective .

2010

BNMI PERFORMS SLANT APPARATUS

The Boston New Music Initiative will be performing Slant Apparatus, for chamber orchestra on 11/14/10 at Pickman Hall (Longy School of Music), 7 pm. I'll also be playing bassoon on a piece by Boston composer Tim Davis, and on a performance of Barber's Violin Concerto. Click here for more info on The Boston New Music Initiative .

JUVENTAS PERFORMANCES OF TRANSVERSE FRACTURES

Transverse Fractures, for flute and piano, will be featured on Juventas New Music Ensemble's concert series, Exquisite Corpse. The piece will be performed by Zach Jay and Julia Scott Carey. September 18th, 2010, 8pm @ MIT's Killian Hall. September 19th, 2010, 2pm @ Boston Conservatory's Seully Hall. Click here for more info on Juventas New Music Ensemble.

FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Aeromancer, for bassoon and electronics, will be featured on the 8th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco. The festival is run by composers Brian Bice and John Bilotta. The concerts are July 17th and August 7th. I'll be performing on the second concert. For more info on the festival, click here.

 

SLANT APPARATUS @ WELLESLEY COMPOSERS CONFERENCE

Slant Apparatus, for chamber orchestra, will be premiered under the direction of James Baker at the Wellesley Composers Conference, run by Mario Davidovsky. I'll also have the opportunity to work with conference guest composers Melinda Wagner and Michael Gandolfi. The performance is July 24th, at 8pm. Jewett Fine Arts Center at Wellesley College. Free Admission. Click here for more info on the Conference.

SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS 2010 CD SERIES

Triptiek, for tenor sax, bassoon, and electronics, will be featured on the 2010 Society of Composers CD Series. The CD will be released on Capstone Records. For more info on the CD, click here.

 

JUNE IN BUFFALO

I'll be at the Center for 21st Century Music's June In Buffalo Composers Festival, partaking in workshops with a number of fantastic composers including Bernard Rands, Augusta Read Thomas, Steve Reich, and others. My chamber piece, Magana, will be performed by SIGNAL Ensemble on May 31st. SIGNAL will also perform a program of Reich's works at night. Click here for more on June in Buffalo.