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:

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