In the Mind of Energy

“This division of energy into actual and potential seems to me to be defective. It prevents the direct comprehension in the mind of energy as being motion and nothing else; it leaves unexplained how a body perfectly at rest can come to move; and further implies the dissipation of energy . . . in a new phase, for, if all the actual energy in the universe were to become potential, all the real and positive motions which constitute life might indefinitely cease.”

- George Iles, The Constancy of Motion, Popular Science Monthly, Volume 10, December 1876

Written for and premiered by Transient Canvas at the ALBA Music Festival.

Performances:

ALBA Music Festival Wet Ink Concert Series, Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

Improvisations VI: Just, Plane, Natural

Improvisations VI: Just, Plane, Natural manipulates the improviser's playing to be different partials of harmonic series. Though the performer is free to improvise within the bounds of good judgment, the form is dictated by the order of events in the Pure Data software.

Performances:

Clarinova, Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Refreshing the Feeling, Friday, April 28th, 2017.

strengthen the body/enliven the soul

strengthen the body/enliven the soul

Commissioned by the Atlantic Music Festival, strengthen the body/enliven the soul refers to the scripture: 

"Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul." -Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-19.

Performances:

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra Concert Prelude, Friday and Saturday March 24th and 25th, 2017. (Professional World Premiere)

Music, Moods, and Moves feat. University of Miami Dance Studio, Saturday, December 3rd, 2016.

Atlantic Music Festival, Saturday, July 16th, 2016.

 

Four Miniatures and a Prelude for a Somewhat Large Chamber Orchestra

Four Miniatures and a Prelude for a Somewhat Large Orchestra features four miniatures based on similar thematic material (and also a prelude). The first movement introduces the motif through claustrophobic shifts between loud and soft.  The second explores juxtaposition in an off-kilter scherzo.  The third explores jazz and boogie woogie styles in a hectic shuffle. It is dedicated to those Louis who get people to dance. The fourth movement develops material from the second movement in a stark, silent, and dissonant close to the miniature set. (Following the miniatures is the prelude. It is a merengue.)

Frost Symphony Orchestra, Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Wend Your Way

Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists Student Commissioning Project, Wend Your Way is a fantasia on the classic Latter-day Saint hymn tune and text.  It progresses from the depths of sorrow for the martyrdom of the early members of the Latter-day Saint church's prophet, Joseph Smith, through the uncertainties of what lie ahead for the Saints, into the confidence and strength found in everlasting hope, and finally to the glorious joy of reaching a land of refuge and sanctuary, serving as a literal narrative and the personal spiritual journey we all strive to make in life.

Improvisations V: Two-Track Mind

The second piece in my Improvisations set, this piece experiments with randomized, manipulated loops of material produced by the improviser.  These loops inherently create rhythms, and the improviser performs according to the rhythms.  As with the first improvisation, the form is set, making it a unique and identifiable piece.

Performances:

  • April 9th, 2016 Denney, Findley, Taylor (Premiere)

Stone in Hand

for oboe, clarinet, and chimes

This work was commissioned by clarinetist Julia Lougheed, who premiered the work.

Scenarios

 I.        Let him first cast a stone (John 8:2-11) 

II.       I, the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men (Doctrine and Covenants 64:9-10)

 III.    And He shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind (Alma 7:11) 

IV.      Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all (Matthew 18:23-35)

 V.       But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings (Malachi 4:2)

 VI.     Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)

 VII.     Yea, come unto Christ and be perfected in him (Moroni 10:32)

Performances:

  • January 15th, 2016 Stone in Hand: A Concert of Works by Dylan Findley (Premiere)
  • April 16th, 2016 Julia Lougheed: Senior Recital at Virginia Commonwealth University

Terelj

Terelj is a work of three short pieces inspired by Mongolian culture.  Camel's Tear mimics the horsehead fiddle, which serves a central role in Mongolian culture.  Interestingly enough, it is said that camels shed tears in reaction to the instrument's beautiful sound.  Shagai!, meaning ankle bones, evokes the spirit of children playing a marbles-like game played, instead, with sheep ankle bones.  Ger, named for the portable Mongolian home, represents the calm and powerful energy of a united family.  And, central to their proud nomadic heritage, the piece cherishes the openness of their countryside.

Performances:

  • Visionaries Concert (Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival), June 14, 2015. [Premiere]

FOR 20 ELECTRIC KEYBOARDS

A free-form piece based off of both Terry Riley's In C and John Zorn's Cobra. Letters indicate repeated musical ideas and numbers specify which pianist performs which idea. The director has complete control over the order of the events, though there are three suggested sections to follow in order to create a departure and return.

Performances:

Brigham Young University ALMA Lab (Open Lab Time), April 11, 2015. [Premiere]

Improvisations IV: An Appeal to the [SOUND] Masses

This improvisation is fed through a Pd Extended patch, which processes, modulates, and loops the improvised sounds.  The structure is determined by a loop pedal, and the performer is encouraged to familiarize him or herself with this structure to take advantage of its unique qualities.

Performances

  • Group for New Music: Student Edition at Brigham Young University, March 26, 2015. [Premiere]
  • Student Composers Inc. at University of Miami, September 23, 2015.
  • FEASt Festival at Florida International University, November 7th, 2015.