Program Note:My sons, Izaak and Declan, have profoundly changed and shaped the way I see the world. I initially set out to write a collection of vignettes about them, about childhood—a way to capture the beautiful, tender, and often silly and hilarious moments of their lives, but, my plans suddenly shifted after yet another all […]
Complete Recording available in Moving Sound mobile app Program Note: Together Alone was commissioned by Erika Boysen. Broken into two contrasting movements, Together Alone is a reflection on social media and its psychological affect on me. Although I believe in its power to connect me with other people, particularly with family, friends, and other artists […]
davebied · Detroit Steel (solo flute) Mike Avitabile, flute Program Note: Detroit Steel for solo flute was commissioned by Ashley Stanley for her Hustle Harder commissioning project. She writes: The mission of this Hustle Harder is to help give a voice to Michigan culture by featuring the unique perspectives and experiences of six composers, who all […]
Instrumentation: Version 1 (original): Flute & Clarinet Version 2: Soprano Saxophone & Alto Saxophone Version 3: Flute & Alto Saxophone Version 4: Soprano Saxophone & Clarinet Program Note: Staying the Night was commissioned by the Crescent Duo and Central Michigan University and is a collaborative project with poet Robert Fanning, whose poem should always precede this piece in performance […]
Instrumentation: Version 1 – Fl, Cl, A Sax, Electronics/Laptop, Pno, Vibr, Vln, Vc Version 2 – Cl, Vln, Vc, Pno Version 3 – Vln, Vla, Vc, PnoProgram Note: Red Vesper was written for Bill Ryan and the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble for their tour of the Western United States, including several […]
davebied · This Night Philip Brunelle & VocalEssence *Note this piece has been transposed down one semitone from the original performance recording posted above. Instrumentation: SATB a cappella choir and (optional) solo flute (alternate version with violin also available) Program Note: This Night is a simple Christmas carol, written for VocalEssence and Philip Brunelle (winner of the 2012 Welcome Christmas […]
davebied · Stomp (chamber ensemble) Conducted by David Biedenbender Program Note: The title, Stomp, refers to a heavy, syncopated dance with some serious attitude—picture a Saturday night jam session—in a barn—featuring a crazed country fiddle band and Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers.