7 Dances for Flute, Clarinet, & Cello (2019)
7 Dances was commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players with other participating ensembles - Voices of Change, Dallas; Boston Musica Viva; Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings for the 2019/20 season as a result of the 2018-19 Rapido! Composition Contest. The piece consists of seven contrasting miniatures representing various styles of dances. I find it particularly gratifying to live in a country with such a wealth of culture and diversity, so it feels befitting to pay homage to many of the musical styles that have influenced my aesthetic. In this piece, I sought to insert my style into all 7 dance movements, becoming a chameleon of sorts, in hopes of serving each style well with the given instrumentation and the stylistic attributes of mood, color, and timbre. The piece consists of a tango, foxtrot, hip-hop groove, waltz, salsa, march, and hoedown.
*First performed by the Atlanta Chamber Players at Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse; Atlanta, GA Nov. 19th, 2019