You have reached the domain sharing my musical pursuits as composer, pianist, and performing/recording artist.
You may already be familiar with my work in endeavors offered through events and services held at Old South Church in Boston or through video presentations on my YouTube channel. As of late 2020 and into early 2021, content on YouTube has now included full-length livestream concert programs. Through all of these venues, you may have already experienced some tuneful and harmonious music, not conforming to any particular style, genre, or tradition. Also, you may have discovered some fresh musical settings of traditional texts, relevant takes on contemporary issues, and a focus on community-building, healing, and a greater good through music.
You are invited to linger here and to explore the various content presented. Currently, these materials include full-length recordings and scores available for download and purchase, video presentations ready to be experienced, and musical excerpts to peruse. You will also find information about my background as well as recent and highlighted activity.
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On Wearing Masks…: a song cycle for voice and piano
Eventually, this song cycle will comprise a group of up to six art songs about wearing different kinds of masks. While informed by the strong need to wear masks during COVID-19, this song cycle addresses the idea of wearing masks in other imposed and even compromising circumstances. Texts for these song settings to include poems by Paul Laurence Dunbar and William Butler Yeats, among others.
The start of my setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask,” is included here in the above excerpt.
This recorded performance of Into the Light occurred during COVID-19. While posted currently to the YouTube channel of George Sargeant, organist for this rendition of the work, the recording also appeared as part of the livestream service for Old South Church in Boston and for the occasion of All Saints Sunday 2020. This music has been featured frequently at Old South Church, especially along with its commemoration of the dead during All Saints Sunday services. Originally, the music was written for Sam Ou, cellist for also the above recording, as well as for Harry Huff (now deceased), organist and Minister of Music of Old South Church until November 2016.
This collaborative video represents a new kind of venture through including my own singing and accompanying in presentation of an original work. The words by Shirley Erena Murray have resonated with many people and have inspired two versions of the composition shared here: one in hymn form presented as above, and one as choral anthem for solo voice and mixed choir accompanied by flute, cello, piano, and (optional) organ.
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