Chamber Music

Ghost Trap (2017)

Performed by Siroko Duo

For two flutes and live electronics

Performed by Siroko Duo (Jessie Nucho and Tori Hauk, flutes). Ghost Trap is a piece commissioned by Siroko Duo and the Guerrilla Composers Guild. The piece was written during a coresidency with the performers and composers at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire. 

In this work, the flutes encounter a ghostly flute that plays along with them, sometimes serving as a foe and sometimes as a friend. As they get used to it, they eventually play an electroacoustic climax before the flutes fade away...


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The Color Festivals (2016)

Performed by Elevate Ensemble

For harpsichord and string quartet.

Performance by Derek Tam, harpsichord, with Elevate Ensemble, Chad Goodman, artistic director. ( 
I. The Enchanted Tree
II. Discontented Dewdrop  
III. The Grumpies
IV. Towser
V. The Land of "I Forgot" 
VI. The Magic Gloves
The Color Festivals, as explained by Nick: When I was young, my dad loved to find out-of-print story books and read them to me, as if they were lost treasures. This set is based on the book Told by the Sandman written by Abbie Phillips Walker in 1916. This is the 100 year anniversary of these stories. Of all of the books my dad read to me, this one stood out the most.

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Recyclate (2015)

Performed by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

For flute, oboe, bass clarinet, violin, viola, and cello.

Performed and commissioned by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble ( at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Inspired by El Anatsui's Hovor II in the de Young Museum. This piece is about bringing together different types of recycled material and refuse floating around in my head to make something that is very me, but very pastiche at the same time.

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For Max and Hannah (2015)

Performed by Carla Fabris and the Balboa Players

For harp and string quartet. 

Music written for my friends Max and Hannah. Performed at the Balboa Theater in San Francisco as part of their black and white silent film series. Performers: Carla Fabris, Katie Von Braun, Abigail Shiman, Natalie Raney, Paula Karolak Film: Children in the Surf (1904), Panorama of Ocean Beach and Cliff House (1903).

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None of us was overly concerned... Movement II (2015)

Performed by Guerrilla Composers Guild

For flute, cello, and piano

Performed by the Guerrilla Composers Ensemble
Presented by Composers Inc

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since feeling is first (2013)

Performed by Bennington Chamber Players

For string quartet

On Breathing (2015)

Performed by Ignition Duo

For two electric guitars

The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Ignition Duo to explore, examine, and exponentially expand the repertoire for two electric guitars at the Center for New Music. Forged in 2011 by David Gonzales and Ramon Fermin, Ignition Duo has set out to create a new and vital repertoire for two guitars.

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Bog Bodies & Other Macabre Miniatures (2014)

Performed by Guerrilla Composers Guild

For flute, electric guitar, cello, and marimba

I. Old Croghan Man - Lennie's Dream
II. The Girl of Uchter Moor - Summer of '69
III. Tollund Man - In Cold Blood
IV. The Lovers of Valdaro - "Parting is such sweet sorrow"
V. Ötzi - The Iceman

In Northern Europe it is not uncommon to find naturally mummified remains of ancient people in peat bogs, which perfectly preserve bodies in an oxygen deficient environment. Often forensics experts will think they have encountered a crime scene, only to realize these individuals have been deceased for thousands of years. All of these bodies have a different story to tell and each of these miniatures explores the emotions and experiences of their final moments alive through a mixture of both fact and fantasy. John Angel, guitar Elizabeth Hall, marimba Christy Kim, flute Helen Newby, cello

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None of us was overly concerned... Movement I (2014)

Performed by Phonochrome

For flute, cello, and piano

Performed by Elizabeth Talbert (flute), Laura Gaynon (cello), and Anne Rainwater (piano) "...none of us were overly concerned..." 

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Copycat (2016)

Performed by Areon Flutes

For three flutes

The Guerrilla Composers Guild is joining forces with the Areon Flutes to build and expand the flute repertoire

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Petrichor (2011)

Performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble

For bassoon, violin, cello, vibraphone, piano

This track was performed by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble at Walden School's Creative Musician's Retreat.