Tilted Arc returns

Tilted Arc is back at it and creating more music than ever! If you’re interested in staying updated on new music releases and shows, let us know if you’d like to be put on our mailing list. Additionally, we’ll be updating our instagram regularly, so keep an eye/ear there for news.

In the meantime, we’re so pleased that our video collaboration with Troy Dance Factory and Chromoscope Pictures is finally out in the world. Check it out below. If you like what you hear, you can listen to the rest of the track here.

Just Announced: Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers


Applications are now open for the Creative Music Intensive, taking place at Arts Letters & Numbers this summer. I’m thrilled to be directing this workshop again alongside my dear friend and colleague Michael Harrison, and with visiting artists cellist Ashley Bathgate, composer Reiko Fueting, composer/performer/filmmaker Payton MacDonald, and saxophonist/composer/electronic musician Sam Torres.

We’ve made some structural changes from previous workshops that I believe will make for an even better creative experience. This session will run concurrently with other programming at ALN, but the Creative Music Intensive will be an independent workshop with full focus given to music-making and safe exploration.

Additionally, we will be producing not just one, but two concerts! The first will be be in Troy, NY at The Arts Center of the Capital Region as part of Troy Night Out, a city-wide event that draws thousands of people. The second concert will take place at ALN during the final, culminating festival at the end of the 2-week session.

Please send me a message if you have any questions whatsoever. More information and the application can be found here: http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/cmi2019


Review of HISTORIES in Inactuelles

What a beautiful surprise to have a new review of HISTORIES (innova Recordings) pop up recently!

"A great program, cleverly arranged..."

"The heart of the album consists of two compositions by Michael Harrison for piano in just intonation... A wonder!"

Full review, in French, can be found here

Just Announced: concert at The Linda to showcase their new sound system

Show Announcement: “Electro-Symphonic Piano” at The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY. In collaboration with my dear friend composer and electronic artist David Ibbett, this concert will be the premiere of a new program of David’s works for piano and live electronics.

Additionally, this concert is The Linda's first presentation of live music in immersive 5.1 surround sound! In 2018 The New York State Council On The Arts awarded The Linda WAMC's Performing Arts Studio a grant to upgrade its audio video system. The Linda was provided with an immersive 5.1 audio system from d&b Audiotechnik, allowing live music to completely use every aspect of the space.

David and I are very excited to be the first to showcase the surround sound capabilities of their new sound system!

Tickets are available now.

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"Hijaz Prelude" in Fait Accompli, a short film

I am delighted that “Hijaz Prelude”, from my album HISTORIES, was featured in a short film by Desiree Melancon and Marc O’Malley.

This film is a gem. WATCH: https://snowboarding.transworld.net/videos/fait-accompli-short-movie-desiree-melancon-marc-omalley/

PS Desiree is a dominating force in the world of women’s snowboarding…. and a badass filmmaker and artist. Follow her work on instagram (@desireemelancon) and elsewhere.

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Summer Workshop and Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers

Applications are now open for the Summer Workshop and Creative Music Intensive, taking place concurrently this July at the fabulous Arts Letters & Numbers!  I am so deeply thrilled to be co-directing the music intensive this summer with my colleague Michael Harrison.  We've got some fabulous visiting artists coming, including Nina C. Young, Anne Lanzilotti, Payton MacDonald, and Sam Torres (plus others to be announced shortly). 

ALN is a beautiful, creative, multidisciplinary place that's open to folks of all creative practices.  The four-week workshop will be led by Director David Gersten and a wide range of Visiting Artists, including Architects, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physics, Poets, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Theater Directors, Chefs, Scientists and Scholars.  Yes!  It's fabulous and always so richly inspiring.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. 

More information and application: http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/announcements/archive/cmi-2018

photo credit: Zele Angelides

photo credit: Zele Angelides

Creative Music Intensive

I'm so thrilled to be part of the exceptional faculty for this workshop, led by my dear friend and colleague Michael Harrison, alongside composer Nina C. Young, composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald, and saxophonist/composer Sam Torres.  This will be a really special opportunity to explore our individual creative voices, and grow and breathe and think and play! 

I can't put into words how deeply beautiful Arts Letters & Numbers is as a place to work and grow.  Please consider joining us, and please let me know if you have any questions.


Here are a few of the topics that may be covered, depending on the interests of the group ---

  • The art and techniques of musical composition 
  • Improvisation (group and solo)
  • Indian classical singing (ragas) 
  • Indian rhythmic cycles and patterns 
  • Polyrhythms and minimalist music techniques
  • Just Intonation (theory and practice)
  • Chamber ensemble and solo performance
  • Creating electronic and electroacoustic music
  • Developing a career in music
  • Developing interdisciplinary collaborations 

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Recital on Nov. 26 to benefit Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter

I'm so pleased to be partnering with the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter for my recital on Nov. 26 in Middleburg, VA.  They are an amazing organization that does so much for their community.  Please check out their website - http://www.lcsj.org/ and make a donation if you're able.  All proceeds from the Nov. 26 recital will sent directly to LAWS.

"The mission of LAWS is to serve adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; to empower, inform and advocate for adults and children; to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and to work towards the elimination of personal and societal violence."


"HISTORIES" included in 2018 Grammy Awards balloting round

Thrilled that HISTORIES was nominated for the first round of voting for the Grammy Awards!  Hard to believe it's been almost 3 years since I started working on this album... It's deeply personal, and I'm pretty darn proud of it.  If you haven't heard it, you can find HISTORIES in all online stores, or listen here.

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Next Up: MIT on 11/17/17

Next up: I'm very much looking forward to performing on the next Music of Reality event at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Nov. 17.  This program has been a very close collaboration with MIT scientist Irmgard Bischofberger, whose excitement and curiosity is contagious!  I've programmed "The Currents" by Sarah Kirkland Snider, a new piece for me that I'm falling more and more in love with as I get deeper into it.  The title of Sarah's work comes from Unremembered, a cycle of poems by Nathaniel Bellows --

But like the hidden current
somewhere undersea
you caused the most upheaval
on the other side of me.

The piece portrays the underlying emotional currents which ebb and flow beneath the surface, emerge unannounced, and shape us.  In this event, Irmgard will be discussing her research on pattern formations (the gorgeous video footage above is from her lab).  I see a synergy between Irmgard's research and Sarah's work: the "currents" that shape pattern formations in nature, and our emotional landscape, in unexpected ways.  As Irmgard will tell us on the 17th, there is still so much that is unknown about how and why specific patterns form, much like the murky terrain of our emotional selves.

I'll also be performing Donnacha Dennehy's "Stainless Staining" and premiering a new work by David Ibbett.  Guest artist Sam Torres (heard in the video above, and, incidentally, my wonderful life partner) will perform his amazing work for saxophone and live electronics, which is not to be missed...

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