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Letters From Brazil no I BH MG
Letters From Brazil is a set of three pieces each dedicated to a great Brazilian city: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador. The 'letters' are acronyms for the city and state - Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and Bahia respectively. Composed for saxophonist Douglas Masek and guitarist James Smith (2005-06), the work makes extensive use of popular music styles common to Brazil: samba, bossa nova, choro, and afoxe. The pieces will be featured on a 2007 Centaur Records recording made by Masek and Smith.

Letters From Brazil no II RJ RJ
see Letters From Brazil, I

Letters From Brazil no III SA BA
see Letters From Brazil, I.

Like a Zebra Towards the Island of Yesterday
Percussionist Gustavo Aguilar, now based in New York, collaborated in the final version of this solo percussion work from 2000. Gustavo recorded this piece for his 2001 disc "Looking for Aztlan". The work calls for water (originally gargling), various percussion instruments, and the recitation of Jose Juan Tablada's poem "The Southern Cross" from which the title is taken.

The Celestina Fragments mvt III Inside the Windmill
The UCLA Percussion Ensemble, Mitchell Peters director, performing the final movement of The Celestina Fragments (2001) my percussion sextet inspired by the novel Terra Nostra by Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. The recording is of a live UCLA Faculty composers concert performance in 2001.

Flutations excerpt two
An excerpt of The Los Angeles Flute Quartet recording of Flutations, for four flutes.

Five Scenes: I, Ankerwicke Manor
Midi realization of the first piece from the 'Five Scenes from the Life of Edward de Vere, for mandolin and English horn

Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Piano: mvt 3
Midi realization

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