This piece is scored for soprano and tenor soloists, SATB choir and electronics. It is based on three Nahuatl texts attributed to the great philosopher, poet and ruler Nezahualcoyotl (1402–72). I wanted to use non-European poetry composed during the Renaissance to complement the early music ensemble’s standard repertoire, while also using contemporary vocal techniques and […]

Much of my work is inspired by language, and with the help of my trusty phonologist brother, Leandro. I have recently begun using more refined methods and techniques to analyze spoken language as a way of deriving rhythmic, harmonic, melodic and timbral materials for composition. Two pieces in particular were heavily influenced by phonology: aspirated plosives […]

I wrote a new aleatoric electroacoustic composition last month for the amazing free improv/new music trio Broadcloth (Anne Rhodes, Nathan Botranger and Adam Matlock). It’s called Big Crunch Singularity, which is a theory that the universe will end by imploding back into itself, creating a massive black hole. The tricky part about writing electronic aleatoric […]

One of my biggest problems as a composer is finishing pieces; coming up with ideas is easy, but expanding them into actual interesting compositions is where it becomes complicated. Every time an idea is born it seems to have infinite potential; it could grow up to become president of the united states or ceo of […]

I took my first crack at writing micropolyphonic music in the sixth (and perhaps my favorite) ouroboros miniature, Swell. It’s a cool little piece for guitar duet in which various chords played as very rapid ad-lib arpeggios begin pianissimo and slowly swell to forte, before returning to pianissimo, at which point the figure repeats itself […]

I love Messiaen – his harmonic language makes me tingle. Unfortunately, he never wrote a note for guitar. Since everyone and their grandmother seem to own a guitar today, I thought it would be fun to provide some resources for guitarists that draw on Messiaen’s musical language. As a guitarist/composer I’ve been exploring various applications […]