One of several short, simple variations on happy birthday for solo piano written for a class.
Always despised this song. Seems ironic that it was at the top of the charts the day I was born, but there you are. I thought maybe making it a sort of a bastard tango might improve it. [more inside]
A tango-influenced setting of a hundred year-old poem by Trumbull Stickney, "Mnemosyne" is the title track of our new CD, recorded by Ljova and the Kontraband (music by Ljova, sung by Inna). Mnemosyne is the Greek goddess of memory, and this is a song of nostalgy and of memories that turn color like autumn leaves yearning for rebirth with a vibrant song in the spring.... We've long been looking forward to sharing this song with you all. [more inside]
Another snippet by the Crystal Palace Quartet for your pleasure.
Classical music meets instrumental tango salsa rock. Live recording from the Ohio Action benefit show, October, Kenyon College. I took the solo on this track, replacing vocals with a violin "guest vocalist."
More concert music: this is a piece that's part tango, part Tool (yes, really), and part just plain fun. Redline Tango is by John Mackey, and this performance by one of my university ensembles is the result of his visit and our rehearsal collaboration this past year. Enjoy! [more inside]