Guest on Podcast “Exile on Jane St.”

Check out the new podcast by a friend and great musician, Pat Hume. We talk about composition, Louisville music, computer troubleshooting , and all sorts of random stuff!

California Zephyr at Dreamland

My piece, California Zephyr (for solo cello) will be performed by Jari Piper at Dreamland (performance and visual art space) on Friday, July 11 at 8pm. The venue is at 810 E. Market in Louisville, KY (behind Decca restaurant.)  Along with my piece, six other wonderful composers will be presenting new works for a variety of ensembles.


JetStream – Jabez Co (for Flute and Live Electronics) (2014)

Chakra Study – Rachel Short (for Singing Bowl and Indeterminate Ensemble) (2014)

Four Yankee Songs – Justin Giarrusso (for Soprano and Piano) (2014)

Inferno: Canto XIV – Jon Silpayamanant (for Cello and Electronics) (2014)

Operate the Machine by Typing – Rob Collier (for String Quartet and Electric Piano) (2014)

Yari Piper – Cellist

Dawn – Ilkim Tongur (2013)

Tibetan Dance from Seven Tunes Heard In China – Bright Sheng (1995)

After Matisse (2 mvmts.) – Daniel Gilliam (2014)

Vez – Ana Sokolović (2003)

Allegretto from partita for solo cello – Ahmed Adnan Saygun (1953)

California Zephyr – Chris Kincaid (2014)

Sonata for solo cello – Gyorgy Ligeti (1953)

Omaramor – Osvaldo Golijov (1991)

Blackbird Variations – Kaitlyn Raitz (2013)

Jari Piper Bio
JARI PIPER is as comfortable performing in the concert hall as well as bars, cafes, or just the metro. Named the 2013 Young Alaskan Artist of the Year, Jari is currently on his second solo tour of America, playing contemporary works for cello in a wide variety of venues and collaborating with different artists along the way. Jari just released his first CD, “New Work for Solo Cello,” consisting of contemporary music by both emerging and renowned composers, on which are the premiere recordings of three new compositions. Classically trained, Jari is part of the new wave of young musicians who are showing the world that art music belongs both in and outside the concert hall, performing New Music that will bend your ears in ways that you did not think possible (and you’ll like it). His music takes inspiration from a global range of genres and influences: Classical, Jazz, Minimalism, and folk music from the Balkans and the Americas all feature within his programs. A firm believer in the importance of New Music, Jari has premiered numerous compositions, and strives to make modern music more universally accessible to the public through performance. Although the bulk of his programs consist of 20th and 21st century music, Jari still loves the opportunity to perform Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music as well.

Jari has performed across the United States, Alaska, Canada, and Greece. He made his solo debut in 2011, performing Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1” with the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. His current professional associations include the ME|2 String Orchestra in Vermont, the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and as a regular performer in Canada and America. He has broadened his education through a number of master classes with noted pedagogues and performers such as Colin Carr, Hans Jensen, Matt Haimovitz, and David Harrington. He holds a Masters in Music Performance from McGill University and a B. Mus from the University of Manitoba. Jari counts Dr. Minna Rose Chung, Yegor Dyachkov, and Linda Ottum as his principal teachers. You can find out more and have a listen to him at his website,


Mixing, Mixing, and More Mixing!

So I’m really honing my mixing chops this month! I have been working on the new full-length album by Twenty First Century Fox, new EP by For The Birds, new tracks by Versityle, live concert recordings of the Chamber Winds Louisville, virtual training videos for a large health insurance provider, and TWO releases by my band, Karass! One is our upcoming full length album and the other is a tape release collaboration with five friend-vocalists! I can’t wait for these tracks to be released! They’ve been so much fun to record and mix!

California Zephyr Featured on Upcoming Album

My newest piece, California Zephyr, for solo cello is in the process of being recorded right now by the talented cellist, Jari Piper and will be offered on CD very soon. However, these things cost money to record and print. Click here to purchase the album or donate to the process. We (composers, performers, and recording engineers) thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

One year down, one to go!

I have completed my first year of graduate school for music composition at the University of Louisville. In this first year I have written and had performed works for bassoon, electric guitar, mezzo soprano, classical guitar, piano, symphonic band, string trio, electronics, and cello.

The next year will be consumed by my first string quartet that borrows material from Kentucky’s rich fiber-art heritage , as well as my thesis: a short opera about the beheading of St. Dennis. If next year is anything like this year it will go by in a blink!

This summer I am working on some home improvements, researching and sketching for the quartet and the opera, as well as doing some recording and mixing work. I’ve got some upcoming projects that I’m really excited to be a part of. I have been upgrading gear in the studio including new mics, a beautiful sounding ad/da by Audient, and a new computer for mobile recordings.

Check back for audio and video from recent and upcoming pieces!

April is Here!


I made it through the crazy month of March and lived to tell about it! Four premieres (trio, bassoon and electronics, cello solo, and mezzo/electric guitar) as well as a ton of other stuff and school. The premieres were great and I should have video and audio up soon! April looks like the month of school. Papers, OpenMusic project, finishing up the extended cello solo piece, revising a band piece for another read through, and conducting a short guitar trio that was written last week (start to finish). The next thing I know it will be May!

I’ve got big plans for summer! Look for upcoming posts about Leslie and my work on a libretto for next year’s opera, house remodeling/finish touches, a raspi guitar pedal project running pd, final mixing of a new Karass album, a complete recording project (start to finish) of collabs with local vocalists, reviews of contemporary opera,  and maybe a trip out west/east!


March Craziness (I sure wish there was a good alliteration for that…)

Lot’s of great things coming up!

March 6th: I am the guest for local radio station ArtFM’s show, Keep Louisville Literary where I will play some of my music for voice and talk about the beautiful relationship between text and music!

March 7th: My band, Karass is playing a killer show at the New Vintage with Asm A Tik and Skull Avalanche.

March 15th: My piece, Full Sunlight (text by Conyer Clayton) will be premiered by the Mothership Ensemble at the Ogle Center, IUS. 7:30pm.

March 18th: My piece, Sequential Motion for bassoon and live electronics will be premiered at the UofL Electronic Concert in Bird Hall. 8pm

March 20th: I am moderating the local Albeton Live Meetup. 8pm UofL rm 130

March 24th: My piece, California Zephyr fragments will be premiered by the AMAZING cellist, Jakob Kullberg! UofL, Comstock Hall. 8pm.

April 2nd: My piece, Contents (words by Conyer Clayton) for Mezzo Soprano and Electric Guitar will be premiered. UofL Comstock Hall, 8pm.


Grad School is great! Tons of time to compose and I’m listening and reading scores of SO MUCH MUSIC!!!!! I am putting the final touches on a piece for symphonic band right now. It’s a first writing for that ensemble. So much power in that group! I can’t wait to conduct it in November.

I’m in the middle of composing a bassoon and electronics piece. The notes are coming way easier than the Max/MSP patch is (I complain a lot about max but the truth is I love that program so much!) It will be performed in February by myself and an incredibly talented bassoonist, Jackie Royce.

I just finished adding more wall-mount XLRs (can you really ever have enough?) and hanging some diy sound baffles for some recording I’m doing next week with the band, Shawn Sleeps Naked. The studio is almost almost finished!

This winter break is looking to be jam packed as well! I have been commissioned (and am in the process of confirming commissions) for solo cello, solo english horn, and clarinet/guitar. There is also a big recording gig that is pending. Fingers crossed because if that pans out, it’s upgrade city for my converters and monitors! Goodbye digi002/prolinear720s, hello fireface800/focalcms65s!!

I almost forgot! The call-for-scores for solo violin/foot percussion is in the recording stage! I have heard several takes of my piece and I can’t wait to hear it once it’s pressed on vinyl! I will have copies for sale probably late spring!

Graduate School

This August I began working on my master’s degree in music composition at the University of Louisville. I was selected as a Bomhard fellow, an honor that not only supports me throughout this degree, but also focuses on the nuances of the classical vocal style. Now that September is coming to a close, I am completely immersed in the program! I am studying composition with Marc Satterwhite and Krzysztof Wolek, two composers that have much to teach me. I am finishing up a piece commissioned by the Mothership Ensemble, a work for two channel live electronics, bass flute, viola, and cello. I am also in the early stages of a larger work for bassoon and four channel live electronics. As soon as this commission for the Mothership Ensemble is out the door I will begin working on a commission for the University of Louisville Community Band. This will be my very first foray into the world of band music and I can’t wait!