Canyon Songs: Art, Nature, Devotion was released in 2018 on the MSR Classics Label. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and at online streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Read the review by Gramophone.
This recording is a project fifteen years in the making. It began with the discovery and exploration of several unaccompanied works from the contemporary horn repertoire, and grew to include three new works by composers from the Tucson area – Jay Vosk, Dan Coleman and Pamela Decker. Through the study and performance of this music, I fell in love with the genre. The unique medium of solo horn has the power to turn creative ideas into lyrical song, using the horn’s wide range of timbres and depth of sound to express emotions, stories, and landscapes.
One particular goal of the project was to share the music through interactive, multi-media performances. I collaborated with several artists to create short films to be shown as visual accompaniment during performances. The images translate the musical stories and ideas into visual presentations – they clarify and magnify the message of the pieces. They are also just fun to watch! Links to the videos can be found on the media page of my website.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support I received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and numerous private donors. Thanks to the many people who helped make this possible. I hope you will enjoy this music as much as I do!