For 10-string guitar (Yepes tuning,) written in 2012 for Jouni Stenroos, four movements, ca. 11 minutes.
I. I Split the Rock, II. And Calm the Sea, III. I Steal Your Light, IV. And Leave.
I was a bit apprehensive when Jouni commissioned me to write for the 10-string guitar. I figured I already have enough trouble with only six strings! But the Yepes tuning really opened up a whole new world of tonal possibilities, and writing for the instrument was liberating and something of a revelation. I hope I get more opportunities to write for it.
“La domenica mattina la passo a diteggiarmi questo bel pezzo! Un linguaggio molto fresco e, peraltro, con difficoltà tecniche ben precise: i suoi quattro tempi potrebbero essere degli ottimi studi… che alla chitarra a dieci corde, notoriamente, mancano.”—Leonardo De Marchi
Arrangements of “In a Sentimental Mood,” “Mood Indigo,” and “Prelude to a Kiss,” ca. 8 minutes, written in 2012.
“I love playing Ellington Suite! Great arrangements and extemporisations! A perfect synthesis of Classical & Jazz styles”–Lincoln Brady
Written in 2011 for NYC Duo, four movements, ca. 10 minutes.
Guitarist Michael Gilsinan asked for music that evokes the busy life of a musician in New York. I had recently visited the city, and I was able to draw on some fresh impressions as well as memories from my former life as a gigging musician. In the second movement I tried to capture the feeling of the big city melting away as you travel to Queens, and the third movement was especially fun to write, and is especially evocative for me.
III. There is Dance All Around (Jouni Stenroos)
IV. Still and Rising Still
Written in 2011 for Mark Clifton-Gaultier, five movements, ca. 12 minutes.
I’ve always been interested in vocal music, and “Songbook” is a song cycle where the guitar plays both the vocal and accompaniment parts. This was a very pleasant piece to write, and it felt natural and easy to come up with lyrical, mood-specific music.
Ten brief movements, ca. 11 minutes, written in 2011.
Featured in the Fall, 2012 issue of GFA’s Soundboard Magazine.
“We have to be grateful for talents like Michael who continue to provide us with great new sounds for the guitar. This is the kind of material our students are waiting for, refreshing, beautiful and inspired!”–Jan Depreter
Members of the Delcamp Guitar Forum banded together and commissioned this piece. I was aiming for a fun and easy score for seasoned players that could also work for some students. It was great fun to write and play, and I felt like I could have kept going on with it forever.
Next Year (Daniel Bolshoy)
Written in 2011 for Daniel Bolshoy, five movements, ca. 9 minutes.
“The piece is rich with tasty contrasts of rhythm and harmony, making for a set that will likely become popular program fare in a short time.”–Classical Guitar Canada
Daniel grew up in Israel, as did I, and I wanted to write music that reflects this connection. So I took the Old City as inspiration and tried to capture its elemental, strange, and unsettled essence. I enjoyed writing this piece, but I remember feeling strangely compelled to really strip things to the bone. Any kind of decorative flourish that didn’t serve a specific purpose ended up on the cutting room floor.