Welcome to my SCI page. Here you'll find the most recent news and links. You'll also see scores and hear recordings of four of my works, and read their program notes. The works featured will change routinely, so check back often!



September 2016 The new CD by South Hill Guitars (James and JP) which features THE CREATION OF THE WORLD has been officially released! It is available exclusively in CD format. Contact James at jreid@uidaho.edu to get a copy.

The Milan recording sessions are almost done, and mixing has begun. It's sounding great!!! More soon...

August 2016 we'll be heading into the recording studio in Milan with AWAKE, LILY OF FORCE, LOS CIELOS, and LITTLE WHITE SALMON. Francesco Zago will produce and engineer the project.

My newest piece, The Creation of the World for two guitars, written for James Reid and J.P. Shields will be premiered on June 10, 2016. James and J.P. will be making a cd by the end of the year, and will include CREATION. The title of the recording will be LONESOME COYOTE, after the name of one the sections in the second movement. The first movement is called "Ocean and Her Cloud Daughters" and the second is called "Coyote draws Yakail-Wimakl".

Bonzai Down (2016) was completed in April 2016 and has been submitted to several performance opportunities.

Awake (2015) for flute, soprano sax, and piano was written for and premiered by the ensemble trIaD on February 9, 2016. The concert also featured Little White Salmon, Lily of Force, Los Cielos, and Liminals. The recital also featured musicians Stefan Jarocki, Sy Hovik, Roger McVey, Jovanni de Pedro, and Christopher Pfund. Check out the score for and recording of AWAKE below.

The first movement of a new sacred choral work called All Those Who Wait (2015) for a capella TTBB chorus was written for and premiered by the University of Idaho Men's chorus in the first week of Advent, 2015. The four-movement choral work features the texts and chants of the propers for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

In September, 2015 Christopher Pfund and Roger McVey performed "Loon on a Late June Lake" from Liminals (2014).

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AWAKE (2015)

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In 2003 I had the opportunity to see an installation of Alexander Calder pieces in Washington DC. I had been interested in labyrinth walks, rosaries/akshamala, and mantras, Tibetan prayer wheels, P’u and other meditative focal points much earlier, and had been incorporating those experiences into my music—and Calder’s work seemed to have the same effect to me.

I am convinced that that’s how music works too: otherwise discreet objects, created to complement one another at any distance, animated by the sheer physics of an object suspended in time and space. I fell in love with the way this type of expression elicits silence, and can draw a person in. Of all of the types of expression that I’ve allied myself with, this concept has been the most consistent. The first pieces written after this Washington D.C. experience were A Study of Two Pears (2003) for two pianos, and Missa Semplice (2003) for voices, 2 marimbas, vibes and electric bass.

Lily of Force written six years later,confirmed my suspicion that the ‘suspended object’ approach was more than just a passing idea for me. Lily is inspired by an Alexander Calder mobile of the same name (google “Lily of Force Alexander Calder), and is the first to appropriate one of Calder’s titles. This piece is my attempt to get inside of the experience of the Calder piece. (It was most recently sold at auction on May 8, 2012 for $18,562,500!)

Awake was written for trIaD (Sarah Chae, flute; Arthur Sagami, saxophone; and Nicholas Zollo, piano) in December 2015. In this piece I use a rondo/arch form to express a mandala experience.

The recording is of the premiere by trIaD on February 9, 2016.


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LILY OF FORCE is for Soprano Saxophone, Vibes, Upright Bass, and Piano. LILY OF FORCE, inspired by Alexander Calder's piece of the same name, is a great example of my most recent work. LILY was first performed in the spring of 2009, and is one of my most frequently performed works.

This recording is of a February 9th, 2016 performance at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, by Arthur Sagami on saxophone, Nick Zollo on piano, Stefan Jarocki on electric bass, and Sy Hovik on vibes.


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STUDY OF TWO PEARS is inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder, and is based on the poem STUDY OF TWO PEARS by Wallace Stevens. This is a 'mobile form' composition, one of several works I've written that utilizes indeterminacy as structural component. Progam Notes:

"Each section of music can be viewed as a suspended object--the 'objects' remain unchanged except in regard to their respective locations in time. Each section of the piece is likewise not fixed, but animated by the following method of performance.

The score for STUDY OF TWO PEARS is intended for two pianos, consists of six sections labeled 1-6 (correlating to the six sections of Stevens' poem), and is notated as if for one piano. Each player will perform from these identical scores, but neither of the two pianists can know the order in which the other is playing the sections. Each performer will play the six sections either in an order determined prior to the performance or in an improvised order. The sections must be played exactly as written without regard for the other's tempi or dynamic. Each section must also be played twice but preferably not in immediate succession. (e. g., the order [3,6,2,4,1,5...], would be preferable to [3,3,6,6,2,2...].)

This recording is from my doctoral recital in the spring of 2003. Mendel Lee and I are the pianists.

"Sanctus" from MISSA SEMPLICE (2003)

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For over a year, unknown to herself as well as all of her friends, a close friend of mine had been suffering from a brain tumor. As soon as I got off of the phone with her the day she gave me the news, I sat down at wrote MISSA SEMPLICE. It took me most of the morning, and all of the afternoon.

The MASS is written for two marimbas, vibraphone, and electric or upright bass. This recording is of a performance featuring chamber choir and piano, and is from my doctoral recital in the spring of 2003.