What I’m Up To

Summer 2018 News

This summer has brought with it some exciting developments for the upcoming year. First, in June I was informed that I have been granted a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, for the fall of 2018. I will be spending the month of November in the snowy woods of Peterborough putting the final touches to Los Caprichos as well as hopefully picking up work on the opera, Che.

On July 12, the H2 Quartet gave the world premiere of A Play of Mirrors, my saxophone quartet, at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb. A recording of that performance is coming soon.

In the last few weeks, word has come down that Montclair State University’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas McCauley will be presenting Last Breaths  at the 2019 College Band Directors National Association conference at Arizona State University. I’m very excited for this honor as it has been a dream of mine to have my music presented at CBDNA for years. Just in the past few days, I learned that, for the third time in my career I have been honored as a finalist for the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition from the Cintas Foundation. As a child of Cuban immigrants, I could not be more thrilled for this honor!

As the summer turns to fall, you will be able to hear my music at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, where Arcturus Theater Company and  Great Noise Ensemble  will workshop 15 of the 80 miniatures that comprise Goya’s Los Caprichos, the theatrical version of Los Caprichos conceived and written by Margeaux Martine. Later in September, I will appear on a panel at the very first New Music DC conference from the DC New Music Coalition. On September 22, my amplified violin piece, Tuschwill receive a performance as part of Stage Free’s second season of gala house concerts in DC. Finally, at the end of September, I will be conducting Great Noise Ensemble at the 2018 West Forks New Music Festival at Fairmont State University, where we will be presenting two programs of highly charged music, including four movements of The Books of Bokonon (don’t worry! The whole piece will have its DC premiere in October).

That’s it for now! Watch this space for news of more upcoming performances in the fall, winter and spring.


Puerto Rico Benefit at Alexandria Lyceum

Please join us for Opal Music Studio’s benefit to support hurricane relief aid to Puerto Rico. 100% of the proceeds of the evening will go to Unidos for Puerto Rico, a hurricane relief fund.

This hurricane has directly affected some families in our Opal community, and we are hoping that our night of music can raise some funds to help the people of Puerto Rico. We will be collecting donations at the event (cash or check only, please); anything you can give is greatly appreciated.

The concert features many of the Opal faculty. The program will include a variety of Latin American music, including traditional Puerto Rican music, as well as a performance of my Semblance of a Sonata for clarinet and piano. We hope to see you there! Please join us for an evening of music and the opportunity to help those in need.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/123488695000579/