Relativism, Perspectivism, and Environmentalism
My current research interests explore intersections between relativism, perspectivism, and environmentalism in music. I am particularly interested in how variations or changes in our perceptive experience affect out understanding of musical meaning and identity. My compositions often explore these ideas through the implementation of various dualities (such as sound vs. silence, and musical memory or what I call “association” vs. differentiation, and more). I am always looking for new creative ways to challenge the understanding of our environments and surroundings.
A sample of my research can be found below:
My short story on noise pollution was featured in the Fall 2021 edition of the Wasatch Magazine:
Russian Composers of the 20th Century
I have done a considerable amount of research in the slavic/russian composers of the 20th century, namely those such as Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke. My masters thesis (published 2018) includes an analysis of Alfred Schnittke’s polystylism in his third string quartet (1983). My music is often influenced by the dark harmonic and motivic languages of these composers.
Some of my other interests include:
Sibelius and Finnish Nationalism
Music of Sofia Gubaidulina
Music of Witold Lutoslawski
Music of Charles Ives
Arvo Part’s concept of “Tinntinnabuli”
Ontology of the Musical Artwork