Music for Piano and Backing Track
Having played Einaudi’s Night in concert and enjoyed the effect, I decided to see if I could write something in that style. He dislikes categorizing his music, but it is minimalist, cinematic, introspective mood music. The solo piano is played over a finely produced, lush accompaniment track.
For five months I explored many new digital sounds and techniques and blended them with traditional orchestral insturments and textures creating a set of twelve unique tone poems that can be played live with the recorded accompaniments. The entire cycle is just over an hour long. Sit back with earphones in a quiet place – you will find reward in experiencing the fine details of each piece.
1 – Circles
2 – Ripples
3 – Nautilus
4 – Galaxy
5 – Coriolis
6 – Time
7 – Ascent
8 – Luna
9 – Oculus
10 – Mandelbrot
11 – Sunflower
12 – Sunrise
Early Suite for Piano
This is a set of piano pieces written when I was 18-19 years old. They are among the few early works that I still distribute. Lullaby was published in the Northen Lights Grade 8 repertoire book. These pieces are suitable for intermediate pianists.
This piece was written during my undergrad at the University of Ottawa. We were studying Messiaen and modes of limited transposition, so I tried writing a piano solo in octotonic mode in the style of Brahms (whom I adore playing). I have always thought highly of the result.
This set was written at the close of my doctoral studies in Vancouver. They display an advanced tonal style and require an advanced piano technique. Two of these pieces (Prelude and Toccatta) were premiered in concert by Elaine Keillor of Carleton University in Ottawa.
Three Pieces for Piano
I wrote these as teaching pieces for young pianists. Hymn won first prize in the teaching piece category of the Alberta Piano Teachers Association’s original composition competition in 2008 and was later published in the Northern Lights piano series, Grade 7.
Concerto for Celtic Harp and Strings
I – Allegretto Scherzando
II – Adagio Cantabile
III – Moderato Elegante
Commissioned in 2001 by Gordon Johnson for the Strings of St. John’s in Ottawa, the Concerto for Celtic Harp and Strings was premiered in April 2002 by Lucile Brais Hildesheim. Lucile also performed it with a string quintet of players from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in May 2004 and at the national convention of the American Harp Society in New York city in 2012.