I want to share with you the story behind a piece of music I am working on. I have been researching and conceptualizing this work, a collaboration between poet Colette Inez and myself, for more than a year. The music is based on seven of her poems – specifically those that deal with her childhood. The final work will be for chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, piano and percussion), voice and spoken word. It will be premiered by Fuse Ensemble on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. The concert is free and open to the public. The ensemble will also perform works by Caroline Shaw, Mark Mellits and Ethan Jackson and will feature video work by visual artist Ethan Jackson.


For social media, I’ve divided the story into several parts, and will be releasing them individually. It’s a lot to read – but I think it’s an interesting story, and I hope you will too. On this website you'll find the whole story in one piece.