List of Compositions

Orchestra/Large Ensemble

Symphony of the Hawai‘i Forests: Reflections on Ka Wai Ke Kumu Ola (2023) Full orchestra

Tear of the Clouds (2022) 1011-0000-4221

Arrow of Time (2016) sinfonietta

Ripple Effect (2013) sinfonietta; (2015) full orchestra

Terra Firma (2011) jazz ensemble

Daydreams (2010) wind ensemble

Undercurrent (2010) sinfonietta

Sunrise From a Distant Past (2007) full orchestra

Concerto for Orchestra (2006) full orchestra

Seaching the Constellations (2006) full orchestra

Chamber, Solo & Duo

Stillness in the Mist (2022) violin duo

Koholā Sings (2021) solo harp

A Melody From an Unknown Place (2020) solo violin

Adaptation Variations (2019) fl, cl, hn, percussion, vln, vla, vc

Wavelengths (2019) fl, cl, vln, vc

But Beautiful (2018) koto and cello

Faded Aura (2017) shakuhachi, fl, cl, vln, vc

American Postcards: Picture Brides (Hawaii 1908-1924) (2017) string quartet (doubling on ukulele)

Sunburnt (2017) bassoon or saxophone quartet

Snapshots (2017) alto saxophone and bassoon

Reenactment (2017) gayageum and electronics

Crosscurrents (2016) shamisen and violin

Doublethink (2015) saxophone quartet

Iridescence (2015) solo piano

To A Balloon Laden with Knowledge (2015) SSAATTBB Choir

Conversations in the Garden (2015) viola, guitar, piano, sound installation

City of Imagination (2015) erhu, dizi, yangqin, sheng, pipa, guzheng

Taepyeongga (2014) ajaeng, ob. guit. pno. perc.

Of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi and koto

The Distance of the Moon (2014) shakuhachi, koto, and string quartet

Vanishing Act (2013-14) vln, piano, perc.

Secret Dimension (2013) cl, vln, vc, piano

A Glimpse of a Reflection (2013) guzheng and electronics

Trade Winds (2012) flute and piano

Across the Open Sky (2012) 2 violins, cello

Neon Flicker (2012) duo

Piano Trio (2012) violin, cello, piano

Palpitations (2011) alto saxophone solo

Afterimage (2011) cello solo

Parallel Divergence (2011) fl., b. cl., vln., vc., piano

Soliloquy (2010) piano solo

Intermezzo (2010) piano solo

Variations on a Theme by Brahms (2010) ob., c.a., cl., vln., vc.

Stargazing (2010) violin and electronics

Echolocation (2009) saxophone quartet

Event Horizon (2009) string quartet

Impromptu (2008) violin and piano

Automata (2008) piano solo

Sarcasms (2008) alto saxophone and piano

Toccata (2007) violin and piano

Delights and Shadows (2007) bass voice and piano

Recurrency (2007) cello octet

Imprints (2006) 2 pianos

Pins and Needles (2006) fl., cl., vln., vla., vc., piano

Sounds and Shapes (2004) fl., cl., vln., vc., piano, percussion


But Beautiful (2018)

for koto and cello

duration: 13 minutes



Score Excerpt: PDF

Perusal/Purchase: contact me

Performance History

March 4, 2018: Duo Yumeno, Honolulu, HI

April 29, 2018: Duo Yumeno, Ravenswood Fellowship United Methodist Church, Chicago, IL

June 16, 2018: Duo Yumeno, Kosho-ji Temple in Kyoto

July 1, 2018: Duo Yumeno, Matsuyama Civic Center, Saitama

July 8, 2018: Duo Yumeno, Myonichi-kan Auditorium, Jiyu-gakuen, Tokyo


Program Notes


But Beautiful is the title of a popular song from the '40s written by composer Jimmy Van Heusen and lyricist Johnny Burke that has quickly become a jazz standard. I borrowed the title because of the many dichotomies contained in the song (funny or sad; quiet or mad; good or bad - rather trite to read, but effective when sung withe Van Heusen's longing melody). This composition is completely different, but explores multitudes of dichotomies: the duality inherent in any duo; the duality between the two instruments from vastly different traditions and the challenges of balancing those two worlds; the vastly different sounds of the two instruments; even on the cello alone, exploring natural harmonics vs. ordinary sounds. There is no direct homage to the original song whatsoever, and borrowing titles is not something I have done previously, but I thought that it would be an interesting twist to name a work written for a Japanese instrument after an old American song. The piece was made possible by the Barlow Endowment General Commission.