Writer's Block for String Quartet. Performed May 27th, 2015 at ECNU in Shanghai, China.
Leslie Parker and Tristan Aniceto, violins. Ivan Mendoza, viola. Kristina á Vàli, cello.
Ubi Caritas, performed by the Montclair State University Singers, Dr. Heather J. Buchanan, conductor, and Steven W. Ryan, accompanist, on April 25, 2015, at the Alexander Kasser Theater, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University. This was the winning score in the 2014-15 Cali Choral Composition Competition and was premiered at Carnegie Hall. Recorded and edited by Rodney Leinberger.
Fugue for solo piano, an original composition by Carlos Bandera. Performed on February 19, 2014, by Young Woong Cho, piano, at the John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University. Recorded and edited by Rodney Leinberger.
Antarctica for Solo Organ, performed on May 21, 2014 at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Maplewood, NJ
Written for and premiered by Peter Ngqibs Ncanywa.
When Peter Ngqibs Ncanywa asked me to write a solo organ piece inspired by Antarctica, I thought of the desolate, perpetual, and mysterious qualities of the continent. Weights sustaining a C sound throughout, representing the endlessness of the landmass. A simple chord progression is introduced and gradually developed and thickened, adding dissonances as if ice is cracking and crashing into itself. Morsecode and deep, booming horns from unseen ships are heard before the piece dissolves into the original sustained C.