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Pianist Nick Phillips releases my new solo piano piece, bill-y-tude, on his American Vernacular disc with New Focus Records.

Read more from WQXR’s Q2 feature of the disc on their album of the week series.

The Shadow of Sirius will see a multitude of performances this spring with an incredible lineup of soloists including Julia Bogorad-Kogan, David Cramer, Marina Piccinini and Christina Smith.

Listen to a recent interview about the piece.

Jennifer Higdon includes my Shadow of Sirius in her WQXR Q2 mixtape. Check out her excellent taste in music here!

“If these American voices predominate through the next generation, we have reason to hope for a resurgence of music for the violin that’s interesting, idiomatic, and accessible. 

Urgently recommended.”

Fanfare Magazine 


“a cathartic, almost ecstatic rise of melody and emotion unfolds.”

The Baltimore Sun

The music, like the astronomical phenomenon of the analogy, contains a density within a clarity, polyphony within the simple and – most importantly – is a beautiful and seemingly spiritual work.”


    “The luscious close, with the ethereal sound of rubbed crystal glasses standing out against the lowing chorus and orchestra, lingers in the memory.”

—Tim Page, The Washington Post

    “John Adams composed a compelling reflection on the tragedy, On the Transmigration of Souls, that won the Pulitzer Prize.  On Sunday afternoon at the Kennedy Center Concerto Hall, another work [Puckett’s This Mourning] that struck me as being of comparable expressive weight received its world premiere by the Washington Chorus.”

—Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

Change Date...[In Concerto Duo, the soloists] “soar in intertwining dialogues, jazzy and lyrical. With its shimmering waves of Michael Torke-like post-minimalism, "Concerto Duo" went down very easily.”

Chicago Tribune

“...sure to please any fan of violin and piano who is looking for something new.”

American Record Guide





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