Fort Johnson, dedicated to my girlfriend Sarah, is a lovely piece written for flute and clarinet. The melody is woven seamlessly like the natural beauty of the coastal area of South Carolina that we call home.
Del Herido Por El Agua includes the same number of notes as there are syllables in each line of the original poem by F.G Lorca. The inside of the piano seemed like a perfect match for the eerie images in Lorca’s poem. Every musical phrase is a sonic interpretation of Lorca’s words.
After visiting Lorca’s home in Granada Spain, I set off on a journey to capture Lorca’s poetry with sound. Written for unaccompanied soprano clarinet, wild clarinet effects and a rippling circular breathing section in the center of the piece evoke the sensation of a surreal dreamscape.
With the help of a loop pedal and circular breathing I created a four-movement work, Metamorphosis. Each movement is inspired by personal mind opening experiences.
The first movement, Simple, is about the struggle to find simplicity in life. It isn’t what I am doing in life to find true happiness, but what I am not doing. A very simple melody becomes a flowing pattern which makes its way to the contrasting and distorted section. This section is representative of elements which keep me out of the present moment: vices, old habits, etc. The distortion that you hear during the contrasting section is created by singing and playing at the same time into the clarinet. The main theme reappears at the end of the piece and flows downward into the next movement, Traitor.
Listen to the tension and element of deception in Traitor as two harmonies go back and forth with each other, slowly evolving until the end of the composition. This movement came to me after the eye-opening experience of being betrayed by someone who I truly respected.
Meditation has gotten me through the hardest times in my life. Close your eyes and see how the sound resonates with you.
Eurotrip tells the story of the greasy traveler embarking upon a long journey on the Euro Rail. Listen for train-like motion! Figuratively, Eurotrip symbolizes the ever-long journey one makes through life.
This project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.
Recorded live by Eastward Music