Syriac Fugato 2 (2022) – 5′

For Two Violas*
Version for two violin, or for violin and viola also available 



Awards, Performances

  • Winner, Earplay – 2023 Annual Vibrant Shores Composition Prize (Syriac Fugato 2,  Violin and Viola Version)
  • Selected work, American Viola Society – 2024 Recording Project Album (Syriac Fugato 2, Viola Duo Version)

Premiered by Natalie Clarke and Dominick Douglas at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick ME, July 30 2022

Other Performances: 

  • Upcoming performance by Joseph Skerik and Brian Isaacs, American Viola Festival, Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA, June 2024, more details TBA
  • Upcoming performance by Earplay (Violin and Viola version), in CA, 2024, exact date and venue TBA
  • Upcoming performance (Violin and Viola Version) by Ensemble Phoenicia: Charlotte Loukola, Violin and Noémie Chemali, Viola, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY October 2 2023
  • Recorded by Joseph Skerik and Brian Isaacs, at Harkness Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT, December 17 2022
  • Performed by Natalie Clarke and Dominick Douglas at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME, July 31 2022




Performance Notes

Syriac Fugato 2 is a derivative work of Syriac Fugato 1. This series draws inspiration from Eugene O’Brien‘s Black Fugatos. What captures my imagination in O’Brien’s work is the seemingly independent time-layers of the various instruments in the ensemble – this sort of beautiful, organized chaos fascinates me. In Syriac Fugato, I employ a totally different technique to that of O’Brien’s controlled aleatory to achieve a comparable effect, all while crafting the work in my own aesthetic.

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