Solo Instrumental

.·. (fay çe que vouldras) (2005) • duration: 18'
Explores the Rabelais/ Crowley axiom of "do what thou wilt" through an eclectic language of tone clusters and colors both inside the piano and at the keyboard.  
solo piano 


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A Prayer for Nossis (2014) • duration: 6'
A mysterious pianissimo work for solo piano dedicated to the Greek lyric poet Nossis. 
solo piano 




As Above, So Below (2017) • duration: 6'
A virtuoso tour-de-force for solo cello inspired by the mystic phrase laid out in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus: "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing." 
solo cello 




Autumn Rhythm (2015) • duration: 12'
A bizarre improvisational piece for solo cello incorporating a variety of extended techniques ranging from improvisational noise to performing with two bows, one in each hand. Inspired by the "action painting" techniques of Jackson Pollock. 
solo cello 




Babel: the confusion of tongues (2013) • duration:8'
A magical realist fantasia on one note dedicated to Jorge Luis Borges. 
solo amplified cello 


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Cadenza: Ligeti’s Violin Concerto (2005) • duration: 1'
Written for violinist Jennifer Koh after getting permission from Maestro Ligeti himself, this is a very intense cadenza to one of the 20th century's great concertos. 
solo violin 




Cagliostro (2016) • duration: 5'33"
The controversial 18th century Italian occultist is evoked in this intense miniature for solo viola. The violist uses 2 bows to weave a swirling spell of 4-string tremolos. May also be performed by two violists. 
solo viola (two bows) or two violas 




Carny (1991) • duration: 14'
Ives, Tatum, Chopin, Messiaen, Monk, Beethoven, Scriabin, Floyd Kramer, Boulez, Nancarrow, cocktail piano...... Jumping moods and styles from bar to bar, this is a favorite of many young modern music virtuosos. Next to Cobra, my most oft-performed composition. 
solo piano 


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Ceremonial Magic (2011) • duration:20'
A magic ritual for solo violin with optional improvised percussion. Can be performed with a drum set player or as a solo piece. In four movements. 
solo violin 


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Dark River (1995) • duration: 9'
A sonic ritual for four bass drums. Sombre and hypnotic. 
four bass drums 


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Dead Ringer (1982) • duration: 2'
Extracted from the game piece Sebastopol, this brief piano miniature makes for a wonderful encore showpiece. 
solo piano 


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Goetia (2002) • duration: 20'
The connection of the violin to Satanism has been well documented, and Paganini's supposed pact with the devil inspires in part this set of eight variations/ incantations for contacting demonic spirits. 
solo violin 


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Gri-Gri (2000) • duration:8'
A very challenging and very difficult polyrhythmic piece for 13 tuned drums. Virtuoso voodoo. 
solo percussion 


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Là-Bas (2009) • duration: 6'
A wild satanic composition for solo organ using hypnotic ostinatos, sand bags and wooden boards to invoke the left hand path of the infamous Huysmans novel.  
solo organ 




Merlin (2015) • duration:6'
A highly virtuosic evocation of the mediaeval magician Merlin for solo trumpet, juxtaposing rigorous notated passages with extended sonic explorations and elements of improvisation.  
solo trumpet 


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Nijinsky (2014) • duration: 7'
A bravura portrait of Vaslav Nijinsky for solo piano. Propelled by a dramatic depiction of graceful and exhilarating dance moves, it is filled with leaps, fouettés, arabesques, pirouettes, cabrioles, pointe work, grand jetés, plies, a fleeting canon and a "petit saut" idée fixe which appears in no less than 12 transpositions throughout the work.  
solo piano 




Novalis (2013) • duration: 5'
A fast moving and virtuosic solo piece inspired by the mystic philosophy of 18th century German Romantic poet Novalis. 
solo piano 




Passagen (2011) • duration:16'
Dedicated to Elliott Carter and presented to him as a birthday gift, Passagen is a virtuosic tour de force for solo violin. 
solo violin 


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Road Runner (1986) • duration: 6'
An early exploration of genre busting in a cartoon format. 
solo accordion 


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The Book of Heads (1978) • duration:60'
35 etudes for solo guitar in idiosyncratic notation that can be played as written, or used as jumping off points for improvisation. 
solo guitar 


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The Nymphs (2012) • duration: 11'
A mystic dance for bass marimba. Originally composed for the ensemble The Gnostic Trio and released on the CD The Mysteries. 
bass marimba 




The Steppenwolf (2012) • duration:7'
For madmen only! Price of admission: your mind. A dynamic and colorful virtuoso showpiece for solo clarinet.  
solo clar in A 


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Three Preludes (2014) • duration: 20'
Novalis (2013) A Prayer for Nossis (2014) Nijinsky (2014) Three virtuoso compositions for piano collected into a book of Three Preludes.  
solo piano 




Untitled (1999) • duration: 14'
Nostalgia, romance and a touch of surrealism filter through a set of very private obsessions. Dedicated to artist Joseph Cornell. 
solo cello 


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