Turquoise Lake, a brand new project that I am co-leading with Afghan-born singer Humayun
Khan, is an eight-piece band that blends the raga traditions of North India and Afghanistan,
Farsi poetry of the great Sufi masters, Afghan folk melodies, and ghazals, with the
improvisational techniques of jazz and rock. Our debut is on March 12th, 4pm at National
Sawdust in Brooklyn, as part of the Spring Revolution festival. Info and tickets here.
Dallas Opera is presenting Arjuna’s Dilemma in a concert version at the Winspear Theatre on May 4th, 2017, as part of the Opera America Conference. Conducted by Nicole Paiement, featuring singers Tony Boutté and Humayun Khan. Info and tickets here.
A new piece for shakuhachi flute and cello to be performed by James Schlefer and Wendy Law. To be premiered November 19, 2017 at Tenri Cultural Institute in a program presented by Kyo-Shin-An Arts.
Ashes & Snow will be premiering at Pittsburgh Opera in 2018 (February 17-25). An evening of music-theatre piece featuring tenor Eric Ferring and a three piece band, directed by Jonathan Moore. “Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett... 21st century art-song, acid jazz, punk energy.... a journey to a Dante-esque underworld. And possibly back, to redemption...”
Audio Link: The Fate of His Ashes; A Requiem for Victims of Power , for chorus and organ. Premier performance by the Seraphic Fire and Nathan Laube, November 2016 in Coral Gables, Florida.
Objects in Mirror performed by Orchestra of the Swan, from the November 2016 premier in Stratford-Upon Avon, UK, and conductor David Curtis talking about the piece. For chamber orchestra, a companion piece to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto.
Deliquescent for solo cello, written for my father in the last days of his life. Performed by Ashely Bathgate, May 2016 at the Tribeca New Music Festival, New York City.
Excerpts from a performance of 21st century art song at The National Opera Center in NYC, March 9, 2015. Personnel:
Tony Boutté - tenor | Alan Johnson - piano
A brief preview of Film to Stage, the concert I'm curating at the Tribeca New Music Festival on May 14th
A 3-minute video trailer for my new opera, Doubt
This is a 10-minute video on the making of Doubt
My interview at the Opera Center in NYC, as part of their American Voices Salon series
An interview with Philip Blackburn from Innova Records