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Duration: 6 minutes to ∞
nab·u·li can be performed by a single person with a looping machine, recorded to multiple tracks, or performed by multiple live performers. It is constructed of 15 musical figures in which the performer(s) select what to perform in a quasi “choose your own adventure” style. It is written in a flexible manner that more reflects the player than the composer by the choices that are made. The accompanying demo only utilizes only 4 or 5 of the figures. All figures are not required in performance.
Duration: about 52 mins.
The title of this work is a reference to the type of coffee Caffé Americano. The popular telling of how the beverage became named is that American soldiers overseas during World War II asked for their espresso to be served more similar to their regular coffee back home.
And in this way, Requiem Americano is an adaptation of the traditional requiem to include “flavors” of the United States through the inclusion of folk, popular, and nationalistic music. Using this common vernacular makes the work approachable without sacrificing the depth of the subject matter.
The nine movement piece is bookended by the Introit and closing Hymnus Ad Exequias Defuncti (from the mid-late 4th century by Prudentius.) And between them, each movement addresses different societal issues within the US, which are:
II. Kyrie: Civil War
III. Gradual, Tract: Social Isolation
IV. Dies Irae: Anti-immigration
V. Offertory: Hypercommercialism
VI. Sanctus: Gun Violence (School Shootings)
VII. Agnus Dei: Thoughts and Prayers
VIII. Libera me: Disproportionate Incarceration
Instrumentation: 2[1.2/pic]2[1.2/eng]2[1.2/BCL]2-4231-tmp+3-str-amplified cello with looping pedal
Duration: about 24 mins.
Co-written with Okorie “OkCello” Johnson, this three-movement composition is comprised of music originally written by Johnson for solo looping cello which has been adapted for solo cello and orchestra. Two of the utilized pieces within the work by Johnson are the results of previous commissions from the National Black Arts Festival and Freedom Park Conservancy in Atlanta.
Inspired by the Matrix movies, this is the end credits music for the fictional film “The Green Grid.”
Utilizing the text of John 11: 32-44, this piece tells the story of loss and resurrection. Originally intended to be part one in a three-part series, this work ultimately stands on its own.