- The Aviary, for orchestra.
- My Beating Heart, for jazz ensemble.
- I saw a man, for oboe, soprano, and piano.
- Songs and score for Twelfth Night.
- The Nice Model for cello and vocoder.
- The Rise for piano.
- Tick-Tock, for oboe and electronics.
[Echoes of Rom, Neitzche’s Circus, Genesis, and Words and Deeds are all collaborations with Kim Vetter. Video and details of these works are here.]
Genesis (2005, 20 minutes)
electronic score for modern dance
This is a mostly abstract work that mines the concepts of evolution
(Darwinism) for the wealth of images and sound they suggest.
Almost all of the music is vocal, though some of the singing
has been altered by distortion.
Words and Deeds (2002, 20 minutes) webpage
theater-dance, cello and pre-recorded
A mediation on the tragic events of 1993 involving the Branch
Davidians and Federal agents in Waco, Texas.
Words and Deeds, actor version (2007, 20 minutes)
theater, cello, 2 actors, sound designer
This version has a greatly updated spoken component, and the
pre-recoded material is now controlled through samples, and
is much more flexible.
Jeffrey Dahmer Drinks a Cup of Coffee (2002, 4 minutes)
a scene for 2 actors
tenor, baitone, 2 pianos (also 1 piano version)
Text by Bridget Carpenter
This song was my first piece to have a warning label
attached to it for the performance. Another one was 2002’s
Words and Deeds.
Information, Knowlege, Wisdom, Truth, Beauty, Love, Music
(2001, 16 minutes) webpage
singers, dancers, piano, pre-recorded music
Co-composed with Szu-Hsien Lee
This is a multi-media piece, heavy on dance. The singing
isn’t songs, but it is attractive. It blends live performace
using unconventional instruments played by the dancers–
horns out of pvc pipe, etc–with pre-recorded sound.
Body by Gran (Baby) (1997, 5 minutes)
SAT soloists, 2 percussionists
This is a wacky theater kind of piece that uses the word
“baby” as (almost) it’s sole text source. It came out of a
conversation about how none of my friends at the time used
the word baby with their girls. With all the white hip
hoppers maybe that has changed. The piece is funny and cool.
She Kills Monsters (2015)
Underscore for the play by Qui Nguyen. “Deceptively breezy and rather ingenious. The whole enterprise is kind of dopey and kind of invigorating and kind of remarkable. It will slash and shapeshift its way into your heart.” – The New York Times
Twelfth Night (2014) webpage
Songs and underscore for the Shakespeare play. This production set on a island amongst society Paris Hilton would be comfortable in. The songs include a mid-tempo ballade and a hip-hop version of “Hey, ho the wind and the rain,” and a ballade of “Come Away Death.”
The Big Meal (2013, 30 minutes of underscore) webpage
John of England (2010, 35 minutes of underscore) webpage
Music for the rarely-produced Shakespeare play.
Jack vs. Giants (2010, 1 hour)
A children’s musical.
Book and lyrics by Christina Biggs.
The great-great-great grandson of Jack returns up the bean-tree
and unleashes the giants on an unsuspecting metropolis. But,
Penelope, a bookworm with an ear for history helps him heed his
grandmother’s advice and save the city.
The Perfect Feet (2007, 35 minutes)
A one-act musical.
Book by Eric H. F. Law, lyrics by Christina Biggs.
The world’s most famous foot model is guided through a homeric
quest up an elevator to her most important gig by
her assistant Cindy who’s life will be changed forever.
True Believers (2006, 2 hours)
A rock musical
Book and Music, Charles Gran. Lyrics, Nikos Tsakalakos
Bridget gets a job at SuperQuick, gains ultimate power over the
universe, then uses it to reunite her favorite rock-band. The four
musicians find themselves playing for the fate of the world.
Introducing (a remix of expectations) (2008, 6 minutes) webpage
Musique concrete meets top-40 mash-up. So 2008… and 1608.
Also see the works in Dance and Multimedia as well as The Nice Model fro cello and vocoder, Tick-Tock for oboe and electronics, Sensing Angels for clarinet and electronics, and She Begins for 2 flutes and electronics.
The Aviary (2016, 8 minutes)
A collection of very short movements on birds: Tidings of Magpies, A Charm of Finches, A Mob of Emus, A Parliament of Owls, A Murder of Crows, An Exaltation of Larks.
Sensing Angels (2009, 18 minutes) webpage
clarinet with computer manipulation
This piece uses the free csound software with midi control
to create an engaging solo work for the clarinet.
Hidden Places (2002, 14 minutes) webpage
sonata for pianoforte in three movements
War is Kind (2007, 20 minutes)
high baritone/tenor (to A)
A setting of poems by Stephen Crane
“Three little birds”, “In the desert”, “I have a thousand tongues”,
“Comrade! Brother!”, “In the night”, “Ranged in Rows”, “War is Kind.”