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highlighted recent works

Aeneas in the Underworld
(2008-18) chamber oratorio for guitar/orator with second guitar, string quartet, fixed media and video
description
| watch (complete)

City Lights and Other Stories
(2013-18) for solo piano
description
| listen (bandcamp) | watch (complete) | listen (vii. Khaen)

Zaum Box
(2015-16) for speaking percussionist
description
| watch (complete) | Telephon no. 2B-12z stage version | interpreter's forum | journal article: Zaum Box: New Music for Speaking Percussionist

Diomedea
(2017) for khaen and harp

description | watch

 

orchestral/large ensemble works

Violin Concerto
(2013) for chamber orchestra
description | PDF description | CD | listen

Lineamenta
(2000) for chamber orchestra and Thai instruments
description | listen

Pan-lom
(1998) for large ensemble of Thai and Western instruments
description | CD
| watch (Nief-Norf)

 

ensemble works: mixed chamber (Western instruments only)

Tempus Imperfectum
(2020) for guitar and harpsichord
description | watch (preliminary version)

Sensations of Metals (Dynamic Construction after Kazimir Malevich)
(2019) for violin and percussion
description

Mastodon Rises
(2016) for baritone saxophone, electric guitar, piano and drums
description

The Toy Robot's Mechanical Heart
(2015) for toy piano and percussion
description | watch (nnSF '16) | watch (Passepartout Duo)
| interpreter's forum

Fold (A Postcard Piece)
(2013) for ensemble (variable instrumentation)
description

Once, in a grove of tamarisk
(2012) for mallet percussion trio or a trio of any combination of piano, guitar and percussion
description
| watch | CD | interpreter's forum

Mirror / Fall
(2011) for oboe and trombone
(substitutions of other instruments are possible)
description | watch
| watch (soprano sax/bassoon version)

In tall and tufted reeds
(2009) for alto flute, cello and accordion
description
| listen

In Daylight and Cool White (to Dan Flavin)
(2008) for flute ensemble
description

Petit Hommage à Jehan Alain
(2007) for alto flute and cello
description
| listen

Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze
(2005) originally for oboe, bassoon, acoustic guitar, eletric guitar, piano and percussion
(instrumentation is flexible, see description for details)
description | CD | watch (nnSF'14) | watch (NIU) | Interpreter's Forum

Iris
(2003) for flute, guitar, cello and marimba
description | CD | listen (Chamber Cartel)
| listen (NOISE)

Thao
(1997) for flute, oboe, marimba, vibraphone, violin, contrabss and ching (handbell)
description
| watch

After This, Nothing
(1997) for bass clarinet and viola
description

Ritual Music
(1995) for oboe, viola, bassoon and piano
description

String Quartet
(1995)
description | watch (Tesla Quartet)

 

ensemble works: with Asian instruments

A City in Amber
(2021) for geomungo quartet

description

The Serpent's Dance
(2021) for violin (or melody instrument) and khaen

description | watch

Three Forest Characters
(2020) for shamisen, khaen, violin and cello

K's Crossing
(2019) for haegum (or melody instrument) and khaen
description
| watch

Diomedea
(2017) for khaen and harp

description | watch

Serpent of Five Tongues
(2009) for guanzi and sheng (Chinese oboe and Chinese mouth organ)
description
| listen

Music for a Royal Palace
(2006) for sheng (Chinese mouth organ), viola, marimba and percussion
description

Three Body Problem
(1999) for khaen and cello
description

Pan-lom
(1998) for large ensemble of Thai and Western instruments
description | CD
| watch (nnSF18)

Three Lai
(1996) for khaen, violin and viola
description | CD | watch

 

ensemble works: percussion

Microlude in Three Primes
(2012) for percussion quartet
description

Once, in a grove of tamarisk
(2012) for mallet percussion trio
description
| watch | CD | interpreter's forum

Nongak
(2011) for mallet percussion duo
description
| listen

Pines Long Slept in Sunshine
(2009) for percussion ensemble
description | watch (UK) | watch (NIU)

Signals Intelligence
(ensemble version, 2002) for percussion ensemble
description | CD | watch(UK)
| watch (NIU) | interpreter's forum | journal article: Mathematics, Automation and Intuition in Signals Intelligence for Percussion

 

ensemble works: with soloist

Aeneas in the Underworld
(2008-18) chamber oratorio for guitar/orator with second guitar, string quartet, fixed media and video
description
| watch (complete)

Aeneas in the Underworld, Act III
(2018) for guitar/orator and string quartet

Aeneas in the Underworld, Act II
(2014) for guitar/orator and tape with second guitar

 

ensemble works for improvisers

K's Crossing
(2019) for haegum and khaen
description
| watch

Cleopatra
(2010) for tenor saxophone, guitar and piano
description

Serpent of Five Tongues
(2009) for guanzi and sheng (Chinese oboe and Chinese mouth organ)
description
| listen

Mastodon
(2009) for bass clarinet, guitar and piano
description

Repudiation and Sacrifice (Music in Service of Revolution)
(2004) for voice, woodwinds, percussion, computer and electronics
description
| watch

I Want to Believe
(2002-04) for soprano saxophone and piano or trio with vibraphone
description | CD

 

instrumental solo works: percussion

Zaum Box
(2015-16) for speaking percussionist
description | watch (complete) | Telephon no. 2B-12z stage version | interpreter's forum | journal article: Zaum Box: New Music for Speaking Percussionist

Air
(2014) for glockenspiel
description | listen

Strata
(2011) for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''') or celesta
description | studio recording by Sean Dowgray, with score | live performance

Plenum Vortices
(2009) for percussion
description
| interpreter's forum | LP | listen | watch | conference presentation: The Calculated Groove of Postminimal Percussion

Motetus
(1995/2009) version for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''')
description | interpreter's forum | watch

Signals Intelligence
(solo version, 2002) for percussion
(virtuoso version, 2009) for percussion
description | CD | listen (studio recording by Robert Dillon) | watch
| interpreter's forum
| journal article: Mathematics, Automation and Intuition in Signals Intelligence for Percussion

 

instrumental solo works: keyboard

The Clockmaker's Torment
(2020) for toy piano

description

City Lights and Other Stories
(2013-18) for solo piano
description
| listen (bandcamp) | watch (complete) | listen (vii. Khaen)

Construct: for organ
(2016) for pipe organ

description | watch (premiere performance)

Strata
(2011) for extended range glockenspiel (c-f''') or celesta
description | studio recording by Sean Dowgray, with score | live performance

11 Sequences for Tom Johnson
(2010) for pipe organ
description
| listen

Bear Woman Dances
(2001) for piano solo
description
| listen

things that flow
(1996) for harpsichord solo
description | watch (2021 video) | listen (1997 performance)

Motetus
(1995) for carillon
description

Four Piano Sketches
(1992-1995) for piano solo
description

Carillon | listen
Untitled (1992) | listen
Homophonic Construction on Notes by O. Messiaen | listen
Pohn | listen

 

instrumental solo works: Asian winds

Clarion over the dreaming earth
(2015) for 37-pipe chromatic sheng
description

Five Cycles
(2002) for khaen solo
description | watch

Epilogue for a Dark Day
(2001) for khaen solo
description | CD

Telemetry Lock
(1999) for khaen solo
description

Tashi Delek
(1998) for khaen solo
description

the wind blows inside
(1997) for khaen solo
description | CD | listen

wind-chime
(1997) for sheng (Chinese mouth organ)
description

 

instrumental solo works: guitar

Spines
(2016) for solo guitar
description
| watch

Aeneas in the Underworld, Act I
(2011) for guitar/orator
description
| watch (complete)

Liber Pulveris
(2005) for acoustic guitar
description | CD | video with score

 

instrumental solo works: winds, strings

The Ash-Throated Flycatcher
(2019) for bassoon

description | watch (Sean Barela)

010 machine states
(2012) for flute
description
| listen (Maria Johnson) | listen (CD by Lisa Cella)

Jolie Sphinx
(2009) for violin
description | watch

Telemetry Lock II
(2006) for 5-string electric violin
description

First Spectrum of the Contrabass
(2002) for contrabass
description

Song for a Form Carved by Water
(2001) for soprano saxophone with drone accompaniment
description | listen

 

vocal works

Madrigal: Epitaphium Poliae
(2012) for choir SSAATTBB
description

Song for a Glacial Boulder
(2002) for soprano or tenor and saxophone quartet
description

 

electronic works

Piano Field
(2012) 2-channel audio
description | video (excerpt)

Hector Mine
(2004) 2-channel audio
description

Truisms
(1995) for reader and computer
description


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