News and Site Update

Just came back from another great trip to NYC to hang out with the IAM folks. It’s always a pleasure to go up there and hear some great speakers and meet interesting artists of all stripes.

I am beginning work on a chamber opera I have been wanting to write for some time. I began this project with my friend Nicholas Barker. Unfortunately, he passed away at the end of 2009 and work on the project came to a halt. Recently, I came across the work of Dutch composer
Michael van der Aa and was deeply moved by his chamber opera/theater piece The Book of Disquiet. It is an inspiring work that generated a lot of creative thought in my own mind concerning the defunct opera project. As such I have decided to pick it back up and pursue getting funding in order to get it produced.

The opera is on the great theologian and pastor,
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. His work has had an influence in my life particularly his challenging The Cost of Discipleship. I am currently working on pre-compositional material and developing ideas that will form the framework of the piece. I find this part of the process both trying and inspiring as I work through the myriad potentialities that exist. I hope to have an aria, using Bonhoeffer’s poem Who Am I?, and the opening movement competed by this summer.

On another note, as you can tell I have updated my
site. If you come across any problems with it let me know so that it can be addressed.