Musical Compositions

I started playing trumpet when I was about twelve years old. I was never very good at the instrument but I can say that marching down the street in a band playing snappy marches was an early experience of ecstasy for me. Some years later I took up guitar, which led me to a brief career as a rock 'n' roll musician in a band called The Shrews (Well, we were from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts). A few years after graduating from Mass College of Art I took up the study of music more seriously. In the late 1970s I had the good fortune to receive lessons in jazz improvisation from the late Charlie Banacos, a highly sought-after musician and master teacher. During those same years I studied composition and music analysis with the contemporary composer Richard St. Clair, who conducted small private classes in his home. I read with interest that St. Clair became a Buddhist practitioner during the 1990s and has written compositions based on Buddhist texts. Both Banacos and St. Clair were influenced by Margaret Chaloff, who was then in her eighties. I had the good fortune to meet her myself. While I wasn't able to study piano with her, my two personal interviews with her were life-changing. She approached art and life at the most profound level. Around 1980 I became friends with the late composer Peter Lieberson, whose kindness and instructions remain with me today.

In 2001, after quite a few years of musical inactivity, I returned to the keyboard and began learning the varied and marvelous possibilities of digital music composition. I'm including here a few samples of that engagement. I expect I'll be adding to this page from time to time, since I'm experimenting continuously.

Random Collection

This is a selection of various approaches and styles, some of them are imagined as movie soundtracks; others are explorations within musical ideas; still others are purely percussion experiments.

Rogero ~ For sax, trumpet, & percussion

Prostomium ~ For solo piano and cello ensemble

JanPerc Seven ~ Percussions 'n' repercussions

Zöe ~ For piano, saxophone ensemble, & acoustic bass.

May Day ~ Probably to accompany a semi-tension-filled scene from a thriller staged somewhere in Indonesia.

Khatid ~ Music for final credits in the ten-part family odyssey of the Khatids.

March Perc 10a ~ One of many parade ground street beats arising since the legalization of cannabis.

Trumpets Replika ~ Duet for trumpets with cello & bass.