Channel Islands Suite

The Channel Islands Suite began in December of 2016. In an effort to increase awareness and protection of our "Galapagos of North America", I'm writing a chamber orchestra piece dedicated to the Channel Islands. I plan to visit all eight islands and write a movement for each one. With four islands down, and four more to go, check back for updates and performance dates! I hope to have the suite performed up and down the coast alongside their respective mainland cities (Santa Barbara, Ventura, LA, San Diego).

Santa Cruz Island is large and diverse. The full chamber orchestra (and then some) has been incorporated using themes inspired by Chumash singing rituals. Brass plays a big role in this movement, making the piece big and powerful. 

Santa Cruz Island is large and diverse. The full chamber orchestra (and then some) has been incorporated using themes inspired by Chumash singing rituals. Brass plays a big role in this movement, making the piece big and powerful. 

The wind, isolation, and story of the lone woman are the inspiration for the San Nicolas movement. Focusing mostly on strings and woodwinds, a single soprano voice carries the melody with hints of elephant seals and Dr Seuss trees making an appearance.

The wind, isolation, and story of the lone woman are the inspiration for the San Nicolas movement. Focusing mostly on strings and woodwinds, a single soprano voice carries the melody with hints of elephant seals and Dr Seuss trees making an appearance.

Anacapa Island, being the most popular and accessible, the music reflects this as well. The melody is cheery and hummable, played by a string quartet. A french horn or two contribute to the foghorn ambience. 

Anacapa Island, being the most popular and accessible, the music reflects this as well. The melody is cheery and hummable, played by a string quartet. A french horn or two contribute to the foghorn ambience. 

Santa Barbara Island is the bird island. After researching the resident birds and their calls, I incorporated a few of their songs into a woodwind, percussion, and marimba ensemble.

Santa Barbara Island is the bird island. After researching the resident birds and their calls, I incorporated a few of their songs into a woodwind, percussion, and marimba ensemble.