Chamber Music

We Are The Unbroken (2022)

Percussion Quartet and Fixed Media, 10'​

All Hail The Bufo Toad (2021)

Voice, Viola, and Fixed Media, 6'03"

The Monster You Made (2020)

Cello and Fixed Media, 5'46"

Turn My Heart To Stone (2020)

Vibraphone and Fixed Media, 4'39"

Electric Thunder Dunk (2020)

Trumpet and Fixed Media, 4'42"

At My Pace (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 4'59"

Log The Rhythm (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 3'42"

Till I Flat Line (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 4'52"

Inside The Kaleidoscope (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 5'12"

You Can't Make Fire Feel Afraid (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 4'

Let Me Save You (2019)

Voice, Saxophone, Trombone, and Fixed Media, 6'14"

Smacked By The Hand Of God (2019)

Spoken Vocals, Piano, and Drum Set, 6'45" 

​ Being an avid hip-hop and rap listener, I have always wanted to incorporate my love for this genre into my music. One thing that has troubled me about the lyrics of rap is that most popular music in the genre has difficulty staying on topic. From line to line, they don’t connect any elements from the previous line. In this piece, I really wanted to create a cohesive and comprehensive storyline for the entire duration. The storyline of this work describes God coming out of the clouds and departing his knowledge about the creation of the universe, heaven, and the meaning of life. 

 

The Devil Is Out To Play (2018)

Reed Quintet, 5'45"

​ Sun showers are a meteorological phenomenon in which it rains while the sun is still shining. When I was a boy, I asked my mother what it means when this happens, and she replied that the devil was out causing mayhem. Even now, I still imagine this every time I witness sun showers. In this piece, the upper winds represent the sun and the lower winds represent the rain, while the saxophone plays the part of the devil. 

 

Driftwood (2018)

Percussion Quartet, 2'

​ The idea for this work comes from the melodic shift between keys in each beat of the first measure. It reminded me of a piece of driftwood on the water, something that is so distinctly two things. The top is dry while the bottom is wet, yet still floats in harmony, the perfect balance. It does not lean one way or the other but simply exists. 

 

Ideal Unbalanced Perfection (2017)

Saxophone Quartet, 4'15"

​ Ideal Unbalanced Perfection is derived from the concept of the Three Loves Theory. The theory states that we really only fall in love with three people in our lifetime. The first love is an idealistic love. It is the kind of love story that seem like a fairy tale. It is a love that looks right but deep down is not. The second love is meant to be our hard or unbalanced love. This love teaches self-reflection and how we want or need to be loved. We think we are making different choices than with our first love but are simply just learning different life lessons. This love has high levels of drama associated with it. The last love is our perfect love and the one that lasts. It is the one we never see coming but makes us realize why the other loves never worked out. 

 

A Storm-Stained Sky (2014)

String Quintet, 2'30"

This piece follows a storyline of a young boy who is out in a field as heavy storm clouds build. The piece is an aural representation of his journey home trying to beat the rain. I used extended techniques such as harmonic glissandos in the cello and tremolo glissandos in the viola and violin to evoke the sounds of the storm.