Atomic Typewriter performed at 60×60

Atomic Typewriter for saxophone was selected to be performed at 60×60 Louisiana Mix on April 10th & 11th. 60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces of music by 60 different composers. Each piece a minute in length or shorter. 60×60 has been presented in many performance formats including TV shows, radio shows, multimedia and multidisciplinary events, as well as published several albums of works. Since 2003, 60×60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries. Highlighting the work of a great many artists and composers, 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today.   www.60×

World premiere of “Inarritu”

A brand new composition of mine entitled Inarritu premieres this month at the University of California-San Diego! Inarritu is a piece for double bass, flute, and piano that was commissioned by bassist and fellow Fresh Inc. alum Matt Kline. The piece exists in two forms: in one, it is a four movement piece that explores four distinct sound worlds. In the other, it is one uninterrupted piece in which sections of the four original movements have been dissected, juxtaposed, and reassembled into one jumbled postmodern mess. I’m super excited to see what Matt and the other fine musicians do with it, and stay tuned for info on a recording.   Matthew Kline Graduate Recital Saturday, November 22nd, 20148:00 pmCPMC Concert Hall University of California, San Diego free Matt Kline is equally at home as a double bassist, composer and improviser. His music often combines all three of these areas and has provided him a very diverse musical career. As a double bassist, he writes extensively for the instrument using new and original techniques. In 2010, his piece Fragments for solo bass was awarded the grand prize in the International Society of Bassist’s composition competition. Recently, he performed as principal double bassist more »


The title for Isurus comes from the genus name of the mako shark, which is an incredibly fast type of shark that is migratory and requires constant motion to sustain life. This reflects the energy of the music, which thrives on constant propulsion and numerous angular twists and turns. Much of the music is written in perpetually evolving mixed meters, which adds great tension and momentum to the music. Isurus is written for alto saxophone and viola, which makes for a very unique and fascinating tandem. Both instruments, which are typically relegated to inner voices, possess a wide array of timbral possibilities, and they create a rich blend between them. Kelley Dorhauer, alto saxophone Marta Sophia Honer, viola premiere DePaul University Recital Hall April 12, 2014   Tweet

The New Collaborative

The New Collaborative will be performing a concert of the Seven Deadly Sins on May 18th at New York University.  John’s composition for Lust will be premiered. May 18th at 6PM New York University Also featuring these composers: Erin Tomkins Nathan Courtright Stephen Vincent Casellas Michael van der Sloot Eric Meyer Andrew Watts

Puzzle Lunch Tulips Cheezeborger

As a part of Fresh Inc Festival, Puzzle Lunch Tulips Cheezeborger will premiere on Saturday June 22 at the Music Institute of Chicago. Saturday, June 22, 2013, 7:00pm Nichols Concert Hall Music Institute of Chicago 1490 Chicago Avenue Evanston, Illinois 60201 Free Admission About the performers Latitude 49 is a dynamic new music ensemble, pushing boundaries and creating unique and charismatic performances for diverse audiences.  Follow them on facebook and twitter.   Visit the festival’s website.

5HE – The Widow

Fifth House Ensemble premieres The Widow     As previously announced, John arranged Mars Volta’s The Widow for Fifth House Ensemble’s Young Composers Competition in 2011.  See below for concert dates of this highly anticipated performance!  Visit 5HE’s website and find them on facebook to read about their innovative approach to chamber music. ____________ Arts Club of Chicago 201 East Ontario Street Chicago, IL Tuesday, May 1, 2012 6:15pm members only ____________ Austin Town Hall, Chicago Park District 5610 W Lake Street Chicago, IL Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6:30pm ____________ Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 East Washington Street Chicago, IL Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:00pm ____________ Grace United Methodist Church 300 E Gartner Rd Naperville, IL Friday, May 18, 2012 7:30pm Adults $18 | Seniors $13 | Students $7.50 buy tickets