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WORKS IN PROGRESS




Buck Jones, An Electronic Pop-Opera in Three Acts arranged for 5.1 surround sound playback and voices.


The Device: A Heuristic Fable, a children’s opera in one act, by Navarro and Stamps. Tentatively planned for electronic accompaniment.


Dispatches From Unnoted Stations, Book III: THEXPOSITION, for 5.1 electronics, early music instruments & narration.    


ALBUMS


CARSON, by MC Debris with Mr Deadman. 2017. A modern pop album that combines the biographies of 70s and 80s entertainers with music styles of the same decades. The entire album is being animated by Dax Norman.


THE SCIENTIST AND HIS SCIENCE, by MC Debris. 2014. A modern thematic pop album that combines autobiography, the future and ethanol. Available at iTunes here


LARGE ENSEMBLE

Goldsworthy Variations for Wind Ensemble and Electronic Media, 2003. Written for the University of Texas at San Antonio Wind Ensemble.  Premiere: San Antonio, Texas 2003. Other Performances: Laredo, Texas; Smithson Valley, Texas; Corpus Christi,Texas, Fall, 2003. 9 minutes.

Listen: Mvt2_Dandelions.mp3

Listen: Mvt3_Goosefeathers.mp3


CHAMBER ENSEMBLE


Still Point of The Turning World for Mixed Chamber Ensemble, 2011. 20-30 minutes.


Strange Frenzy: The Dance of the Seven Veils for Violin, Viola, Piano, Cello, Percussion and Optional Voice of Composer. Commissioned by Musical Bridges Around The World. Premiere: December 12th, 2010. 16 minutes.


The Sensuous Terrain for Violin, Clarinet, Piano, Cello and Two Percussionists. Commissioned by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble of San Antonio. Premiere: Spring 2011. 30 minutes.


Short Abstract: The piece continues my interests in weaving pop and jazz idioms through a post-modernist canvas and will be constructed, in part, through my continued exploration of extended graphic design in score mechanics. In addition, I am interested in applying the phrasing and voice-exchange concepts found in the music of the late Pakistani composer and singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. My goal is a kind of hybrid, or reconciliation, of Sufi devotional music and whimsical jazz-inspired impulses. SOLI would provide a perfect match, while their energy would heighten the work's post-modern whimsy.


String Quartet #2: Sketches from A Fakebook Landfill for String Quartet, 2007. Written for the Tosca String Quartet.

Premiere: San Antonio, Spring, 2008. 14 minutes.

Listen: SQ2_Fakebook_Landfill.mp3

Performed here by the Tosca String Quartet in the Trinity University Ruth Taylor Hall, spring 2008


Program notes: This work is a kind of soundtrack to a dream. In this dream, I fall from a plane, from a very high, into an enormous landfill containing nothing but discarded jazz fakebooks. After I hit the ground, I get up, staggering and a little dazed. I walk around. As I regain  awareness, I begin to pick up random fakebooks and flip through them and throw them back down, as if looking for something meaningful. At times, I pick up wet, pulpy handfuls of loose pages and pick through them. At other times, I find myself staying a while in certain passages from cleaner sheets that I pick from the air as they slowly blow by.


The work is not meant to tell a linear account of the dream, but rather act as a kind of collage of the sketchy memory of it; a wet, pulpy handful itself, in which the various elements of the traditional string quartet structure might behave nomadically and become rearranged in non-traditional ways.


I remember the declarative voice of the pilot of the plane over the intercom, just before I fell, quoting Zappa…”Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.”


Wildflowers: A Performed Lecture for Baritone Voice, Mixed Chamber Ensemble and PowerPoint Presentation, 2006.

Premiere: Fall 2009. 18 minutes. Watch special YouTube version here.


Molecular Biology of Tangos for Alto Flute and Contrabass, 2004.

Premiere: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 2004. 2 minutes.

Tango in Hi-Resolution for Flute Choir, Upright Bass and Vibraslap. 2003.

Premiere: Fall 2003. 5 minutes.

String Quartet no. 1: Inamoria for String Quartet and Computer Voices, 2002. Commission: The Tosca String Quartet

Premiere: Austin, Texas, Spring 2003. Other Performances: San Antonio, Texas, Fall 2004. 12 minutes.

Listen: SQ1_Inamoria.mp3

Performed here by the Tosca String Quartet at the University of Texas at San Antonio Recital Hall, fall, 2003


Four Instances for Soprano Saxophone and Piano, 2001.

Premiere: University of Texas at San Antonio, Spring 2002. 6 minutes.

Listen: four instances.mp3


SOLO WORKS


Still Point Concentrate I: Meditations and Intrusions, for solo piano. Premiered: Spring 2011. 10 minutes.



Une Recette por le Portage de Gingembre-Chanson for Guitar and Phantom Vocalist, 2005. Hammer/Nail Commission: Kristen Waligorda. Premiere: The University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2005. Other Performances: San Antonio, Texas, 2006. 5 minutes.

Listen: Une_Recette.mp3

Performed by Kristen Waligorda

Syntactics no. 1 for Solo Violin, 2002.

Premiere: Unperformed. 2 minutes.

ELECTRONIC


NIGHTLIFE, a Serial Podcast Pop-opera for electronic stereo headphone playback. Premiere: 2009. 60-75 minutes.


The Science of Side View Commuter, music for multimedia collaboration with video artist, Bogdan Perzynski.

Premiere: University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008. 7 minutes.

Watch: Science_of_Sideview_Commuter.mov

Dispatches From Unnoted Stations, Book 1: MICROCHIP-ÉCLAIR for 5.0 Surround Sound Electronic Playback, 2006.

Premiere: University of Texas at Austin, Spring, 2007. Other Performances: Kansas City, Kansas, Fall, 2007. 9 minutes

Listen: Dispatches_From_Unnoted.mp3


Lulled by an Imploding Lotus for 4-channel Electronic Playback, 2006.

Premiere: University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2006. Other Performances: Copenhagen, Denmark; Ames, Iowa; Lisbon, Portugal; San Antonio, Texas, 2006-2007. 10 minutes.

Listen: 01 Lulled_by_an_Imploding_Lotus.mp3


Baby Hobos for Brass Quintet and Electronic Media, 2004.

Premiere: (instrumental version) The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 2006. 9 minutes.

Bloom Like the Woofer Does for Marimba and 4 Boom-Boxes, 2004. Commission: Charles Fischer, Percussionist.

Premiere: The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 2004. Other Performances: San Antonio, Texas;

San Francisco, California, 2004-2005. 5 minutes.

Listen: Bloom_Like_The_Woofer_Does.mp3

Performed by Chuck Fischer

Consumer Feedback for Spoken Word, Piano and Electronic Media, 2002.

Premiere: Fall, 2002. 7 minutes.


Goldsworthy Variations for Wind Ensemble and Electronic Media, 2003. Written for the University of Texas at San Antonio Wind Ensemble. Premiere: San Antonio, Texas 2003. Other Performances: Laredo, Texas; Smithson Valley, Texas; Corpus Christi,Texas, Fall, 2003. 9 minutes.

Your Acquaintance for Clarinet, Electronic Media and Occasional Piano, 2002. Written for and Premiered by Stephanie Key.

Premiere: South Texas New Music Festival, San Antonio, Texas 2002. 9 minutes

Listen: YourAcquaintance.mp3

Performed by Stephanie Key


A Suspicious, Ticking, Neatly Packaged Box of Whimpers for Piccolo and Electronic Media, 2002. Commission: Jim Rains. Premiere: San Antonio, Texas, Fall 2002. Other Performances: Spring and Fall 2003. 5 minutes.

Listen: whimpers.mp3



Rock Music for Vibraphone and Electronic Media, 2001. Commission: Charles Fischer.

Premiere: Spring 2002. Other Performances: Austin Texas, 2002 and 2004. 9 minutes.

Listen: Mvt_1_GLAM.mp3

Listen: Mvt_2_GRUNGE.mp3

Listen: Mvt_3_SURF.mp3

Performed by Chuck Fischer


CHORAL

           

Speech for the President to Give in Case the Astronauts Were Stranded on the Moon for SATB Chorus, Organ,  Trumpets, Percussion and Theremin, 2004. Commission: UTSA Concert Chorus, John Silantien, Director.

Premiere: San Antonio, Texas 2004. Other Performance: SCI National Conference, San Antonio, Texas 2005. 7 minutes

Listen: Speech_for_the President_to_Give.mp3

Performed by the UTSA Concert Choir, John Silantien, Director
           

In Joy for Chorus and Piano, 2004. Written for the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Premiere: Unperformed. 3 minutes.

           

The Death of Tabitha (1843) for Women’s Chorus, 2 Flutes, Clarinet and Piano, 2003. Commission: The University of Texas at San Antonio Women’s Chorus, Gary Mabry, Director.

Premiere: San Antonio, Texas, Spring 2003. Other performance: Spring, 2004. 5 minutes.

Listen: DeathOfTabitha.mp3

Performed by the UTSA Women’s Chorus, Gary Mabry, Director


OPERA

The Device: A Heuristic Fable, a children’s opera in one act, by Navarro and Stamps. Tentatively planned for electronic accompaniment.

           

NIGHTLIFE, a Serial Podcast Pop-opera for electronic stereo headphone playback. Premiere: 2009. 70 minutes.


Buck Jones: an Opera in Three Acts for Chorus, Chamber Ensemble, Electronics, 2006. Libretto by John Navarro.

Premiere: (Staged Selections) Spring, 2006. 90 minutes.

Listen: Act1_Scene1_Howdid IGetHere.mp3

Listen: Act1_what_are_you_working_on.mp3

Listen: Act2_Scene2_Steakhouse_Pictureshow.mp3

Listen: Act2_Buck_Jones_Kidz_Klub.mp3

Listen: Act3_Buck_Jones_motto.mp3