MAP SCORES

YERBA BUENA for solo saxophone - commissioned by SOMArts gallery, SF (2018)

greenlief premiering

YERBA BUENA FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE

video by amy trachtenberg

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YERBA BUENA FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE

video by amy trachtenberg

HISTORY

i began creating MAP SCORES for the 2+2 project with jon raskin in 2005 and have since created numerous works for solo and ensembles. these piece feel like the some of the first works where i was striking out without a mind to satisfy any particular genre, but was looking for something that could be played with just a quick talk-through before the concert - something that leaves a lot of space for improvising, but also gives some specific compositional elements to create the kind of ensemble unity that can go missing in improvised music. 

 

the works have evolved a great deal over the past 14 years, and i have tried in recent years to create compositions that can work with multi-disciplinary platforms.

 

over the past few years these works have been the centerpieces of workshops that i teach that i refer to as composing for improvisers (see more about this on the TEACHING page of this site). 

here is a list of works for solo and ensemble

MAP SERIES WORKS - SOLO (2006 - 2016)

#1 Boulogne for Kristen Miltner (electronics)

#2 St. Denis for Shayna Dunkelman (percussion)

#3 Asnieres for Mary Halvorson (guitar)

#4 New York City I for Jon Raskin (saxophone)

#5 New York City II for Aurora Josephson (voice)

#6 Tokyo for Philip Gelb (shakuhachi)

#7 Florence for Liz Allbee (trumpet)

#8 Antarctica for Phillip Greenlief (clarinet)

#9 Maine for Bb Clarinet (for Claudia LaRocco)

#10 Maine (#2) for Bb Clarinet (for Richard La Rocco)

#11 The Fifty States for Tenor Saxophone

#12 YERBA BUENA for Tenor Saxophone (commissioned by SOMAarts)

 

MAP SERIES WORKS - ENSEMBLES (2007 - 2015)

#1 Paris for 2 + 2 (dedicated to Margaret Greenlief)

#2 Tokyo for duo b (dedicated to Setsuko Hara)

#3 Roma for Citta di Vitti (dedicated to Monica Vitti)

#4 Florence for FPR Trio (dedicated to Dante Aligheri)

#5 Oakland for Any Ensemble (dedicated to Darren & Sarah @21 Grand)

#6 London for shudder (dedicated to Francis Bacon)

#7 Berlin for 2+2 (dedicated to Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

#8 San Francisco for ROVA Saxophone Quartet (dedicated to Lenny Bruce)

#9 South Central Soviet Union, China & Mongolia, Central & Southern Argentina,

Eastern Brazil for Quartet - poetry by Claudia LaRocco (dedicated to Roberto Bolano)

#10 Muir Woods for 2+2 with poets (Claudia LaRocco and Elizabeth Robinson (dedicated to Agnes Varda)

#11 THE STATES UNITED - for any instruments or performers (dedicated to William S. Burroughs)

#12 Bellingham for David Ireland - commissioned by 500 Capp Street Foundation (dedicated to Bill Berkson and Pauline Oliveros)

BELLINGHAM FOR DAVID IRELAND

commissioned by 500 Capp Street Foundation for a performance at the David Ireland House by OCTET:

Gabby Fluke Mogul - violin, Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Carl Ludwig Hubsch - tuba 

Aurora Josephson - voice, Kip Kipperman - contrabass, Karen Stackpole - gongs, percussion

Zachary James Watkins - electronics, Wobbly - electronics

recorded by Philip Perkins, assisted by Sarah Thompson

THE FIFTY STATES FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE
 

In January 2014, due to extreme weather and flight cancellations on the east coast, I hopped on a Greyhound bus in order to get back to the bay area in time for a recording session with Henry Kaiser and a gig at Duende with The Lost Trio. Despite the relative lack of comfort when one sits on a bus for 93 hour straight, the trip offered an amazing view of the country and some of its citizenry. While I was crossing the country and posting updates on social media, my friend Charles Smith commented, "you've got to make a MAP SCORE inspired by this".

 

The thought both amused and inspired, and I let the idea sit for a few years. In the wake of the last presidential election, I was thinking a lot about our country and wanted to find ways to express my thoughts and feelings. While hanging out in Maine for our annual winter holiday, I created THE FIFTY STATES FOR TENOR SAXOPHONE. I will be performing the San Francisco premiere of this work on February 

THE FIFTY STATES part one

THE FIFTY STATES part two

THE FIFTY STATES part three

THE FIFTY STATES part four