Preview of VALENTINE now available on the Heretic Opera website

The first scene of “Valentine” is now available on the Heretic Opera website for viewing! “Valentine” is a unique project that I have been involved with for over three years now as part of my residency with Heretic Opera. Back in 2010, I composed this work as a jazz-opera, in collaboration with librettist Madelaine Coffman. Since then, the project has morphed into a “graphic novel opera,” with animated visuals that coincide with a recording we made in 2011-12. The visuals are still in development – however, they are well on the way to being finished. So, I invite all of you to check out this preview of the first scene – it has been a LONG time coming!


ACCIDENTAL MIGRATION featured on Next Reflex Dance Collective

My work ACCIDENTAL MIGRATION is being used as part of the Next Reflex Dance Collective 2012-2013 season.The work inspired Roxann Morgan Rowley’s new choreography “Manipulated Reactions” , premiering in en Route, A Touring Dance Project this spring. For more information, click HERE.

Texts for NERD SONGS

To go alongside my recent upload of Ann Moss’ premiere of NERD SONGS, here are the texts that I penned for those songs. To listen to these songs, follow this link:




Tragedy! Ill fate!
How could this happen?
Where did I go wrong?

The plan was perfect!
Immaculate. Unassailable.
My plus five demonic battle-axe of cleaving in my hands,
I was invincible.

But luck was cruel.
I rolled a ONE.
The goblin archer rolled a TWENTY.
I collapsed, my dwarven honor was crushed.

My days as a warrior done,
I will spend the rest of my years drinking mead,
Warning young adventures of the perils of
Goblin Arrows.


Is it true? Am I saved?
My loyal servant tells me so!
My hero has slain my captor –
MARIO comes for me!

Oh wonder, oh rapture!
I knew he would triumph!
No mushrooms, nor turtles, could
Stop his victory charge!

I think I hear him now!
He approaches my door!
It opens! And – what’s that now?
He went to the wrong castle???


note: the following text paraphrases a working segment of BASIC code – actual code is next to each line

TEN. Goto FORTY.                                                                            10 GOTO 40
TWENTY. Print A-String.                                                               20 PRINT A$;
THIRTY. Goto SEVENTY.                                                              30 GOTO 70
FORTY. Let A-String equal “L O Space.”                                   40 LET A$=”LO ”
FIFTY. Print “H E L.”                                                                        50 PRINT “HEL”;
SIXTY. Goto NINETY.                                                                     60 GOTO 90
SEVENTY. Print B-String “L D.”                                                    70 PRINT B$;”LD”;
EIGHTY. Goto ONE-HUNDRED TEN.                                         80 GOTO 110
NINETY. Let B-String equal “W O R.”                                         90 LET B$=”WOR”
ONE-HUNDRED. Goto TWENTY.                                                100 GOTO 20
ONE-HUNDRED TEN. End.                                                            110 END

Run.                                                                                                        RUN

HELLO WORLD                                                                                   Hello World.


This was fate.
My destiny is complete.
I die knowing I played my part.
I am thankful that, as my vision fades,
The last thing I will see is
My beloved red shirt,
Torn asunder from my chest,
Ripped to pieces by
A Klingon’s pet Targ.


In my childhood…
I believed in “turtle power,”
A plan always came together,
Raising a sword gave you the power,
Knowing was half the battle,
and there always was more than meets the eye.

Now with a child of my own…
“Turtle power” sadly does not exist,
A plan is hardly foolproof,
Raising a sword will get you arrested,
Knowing is definitely half the battle, if not more,
And while there may be more than meets the eye,
You may not want to know.