Contemporary / Classical
These works represent my output during and after training in contemporary academic composition from 2010 onwards. It was when I moved to Riga in 2012 that I began to discover my own language within musical design, and since then I have tried to output 3-5 works each year.
I invite you to listen to the recordings below, categorised according to ensemble size: Orchestral, Ensemble, Solo/Duo.
FOR THE LARGE CANVAS
Writing for the orchestral palette provides the ultimate opportunity for the maximum range of musical colours and forces. These have been the most challenging and rewarding experiences, working with some of the finest musicians and conductors in Latvia and beyond.
ENSEMBLE / CHOIR
FOR 4 - 24 INSTRUMENTS / VOICES
Writing for ensembles is exciting and gives many opportunities to explore possibilities within specific constellations. It's been strictly a pleasure working with each of these groups to realise performances and projects to completion.
SOLO / DUO / TRIO
FOR 1 - 3 INSTRUMENTS / VOICES
These works focus on one to three players only, an opportunity to maximally explore the potential possibilities of each instrument or voice. Working with individuals allows for a more intimate understanding of their natural strengths and preferences, and has led to meaningful and fruitful collaborations.
For solo multi-instrumentalist Arvydas Kazlauskas
Tumulus is an adventurous work for solo multi-instrumentalist Arvydas Kazlauskas, on saxophones and timpani. Premiered on April 11 2017 at Riga Saxophone Days Festival held at Jazep Vitols Latvian Music Academy.
For Orchestra 'DD'
REFRACTIONS IN AMBER
Light divides itself and changes speed when it enters different mediums. Refractions in Amber is an expression of light’s journey: passing first through Air, then Water and finally the Baltic sea jewel Amber. The music also endeavours to illuminate the beauty of this jewel, and the memories contained within.
For JVLMA Mixed Choir
AUGSTI DZIED CIRULIS
Performed in Riga and Rezekne, in March 2014, conducted by Maris Sirmais. This short piece uses three separate texts gleaned from Krisjana Barona's 'Dainas'. The focus of this work was to combine the texts in a meaningful way and to use them as a starting point for shaping a narrative melody.
For Saxophone Ensemble
LAKE OF DREAMS available at Forton Music
Performed by 12 saxophones from Jazep Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki in November 2014. The movement of time within dreams in beautiful and mysterious, as in the way scenes change. Reflections on a lake are broken by rain or ripples under skimming rocks but underwater life carries on serenely, rocked by other currents.
LIST OF WORKS
Hail & Sunshine - for piano trio
Furrows in the Fold - for mixed ensemble
Asylum & Refuge - for mixed ensemble
Planetarium - for solo cello, electronics and tape
Ships - for brass quintet
Spindles - for percussion duo
On Mountain Stone - for mixed ensemble
Murmurations - for string orchestra “Sinfonietta Riga”
Augsti Dzied Cirulis - for mixed choir “JVLMA”
Lake of Dreams - for saxophone choir available at Forton Music
Five Orationes - for piano and violin
Cirqitri - for accordion quartet and strings
Refractions in Amber - for orchestra “DD”
Cosmic Radio - for recorder and voice duo “Ums ‘n Jip”
The Dark Continent - for french horn and percussion
Ubi Est Mors - for choir “Dziesmuvara” and ensemble
Leaves Upon the Wind - for wind orchestra “Riga” available at Forton Music.
Tides and Shadows - for orchestra "DD"
Rituals - for mixed choir "JVLMA", piano and percussion
Whirlpools in a White Sea - for cello and piano
Tumulus - for solo multi-instrumentalist (saxophones & timpani)
Mechanical Devils - for Percussion Trio "Perpetuum Ritmico"
Gardens on Mars - for Saxophone Quartet "Atomos" available at Forton Music
Undulatorium - for solo drummer and electronics
Tropos - for chamber orchestra "Sinfonietta Riga" with real-time audio-reactive EEG visualisation