Following Two Falling Stars’ success with the ensemble, Josh asked me to write a new work for their celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birth centenary as well as local poets. He suggested I look at several wonderful poets from the southwest, leading to my discovery of the incendiary and brilliant poetry by Francisco Alarcón. His Canto blew me away with its lyrical language coupled with a profound understanding and sympathy for the immigrant experience.Read More
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I've never felt like an established composer, though I guess at this point I've been writing for about a decade. I started out determined to write a cycle I could premiere on my senior voice recital at Hartt, and once I was in Cantus, there were too many opportunities to try out new styles and texts for what Cantus needed. Now that I've been around a little bit, some of my pieces have taken off in the last few years, which is exciting.
What's REALLY exciting is seeing how these pieces' interpretations have also taken off...Read More