discog+

albums

Musica Orbis: To The Listeners
 LP, Rounder/Longdivity LD1 (no longer available---if you find one, hang onto it). Reviews. Site, memorabilia.

publications

operas

The Art of Memory  
Libretto Miriam Seidel. With Latin translation by KB. The stories of Augustine and Ambrose as they converge in 386 ACE Milan. Premiere: Avant Music Festival 2013, NYC.

Animal Tales  
Libretto, George Plimpton. Director/dramaturg Grethe B. Holby. Six animals each visit the vet, then set off to follow his advice as a hurricane blows in. SSTBBB, children's chorus, dj and puppets. Act I premiere: Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida. Act II premiere: Peak Performances, New Jersey. Ardea Arts and the Family Opera Initiative. Spin-off: CAT. Premiere: Central Park Zoo.

Fireworks  
Libretto, Billy Aronson. Director, Grethe Holby. Alien lands in Anytown USA on the 4th of July encountering five individualistic Americans. SMATBB, Baroque orchestra, Latin percussion. Premiere: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn NY. American Opera Projects.

Hildegurls: Electric Ordo Virtutum  
(see albums)
In collaboration with composers
Eve Beglarian, Lisa Bielawa and Elaine Kaplinsky. Director Grethe Holby. Technologized adaptation of 12th-c. abbess mystic Hildegard von Bingen's morality opera "Ordo Virtutum (Order of the Virtues)". Premiere: Lincoln Center Festival. American Opera Projects.

choral works

O Joy!  
(see publications)
SATB, Piano. Commissioned by
Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence for their 40th anniversary. Translations of Psalm 77 explore power of singing with medieval and gospel touches. Premiere: VocalEssence, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, and NPR's "Performance Today." Recording. Review.

Love, I Know Beyond A Doubt  
SATB, Jazz Quartet (Baritone Sax, Piano, Bass, Drums). Multitextual motet interweaves 14th-c. Machaut chanson with 11th-c. Occitans plainsong. In memory of Peter Gram Swing, Swarthmore College. Reading: VocalEssence, MN. Premiere: Vocal Chamber Ensemble with Tom Bogdan, Bennington College, VT.

symphonies

The Soul's Tale  
1st movement of "Native to Where." Revised 2014 and illustrated with photographs of the Maya in Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico, taken in late 1960s by anthropologist Frank Cancian.