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Dream of A Thousand Keys: Number in God’s Creation (2014)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

It is a twenty minute concerto for piano and orchestra, which consists of a prelude and three movements. In God's creation, the Fibonacci series is easily viewed such as in galaxies, hurricanes, sunflowers, pineapple, petals, sea shells, etc. This series is used in this eclectic and multifarious composition to express powerful and sovereign God of creation. The Fibonacci series determines not only the structure of the work on a macro level but also the form of each movement and the sections on the micro level.

Cantus Curatio II (2nd Movt.)

Cantus Curatio VI (5th Movt.)

written for Carl Lundgren.  It includes visual elements, dramatic gestures, and visible motions.  It explores the origins of the instrument and transforms ideas about virtuosity, lyricism, and all the possibilities in trombone playing that we could think of through exploration and experimentation.  Leukemia is newly diagnosed in about 29,000 adults and 2,000 children each year in the United States. This piece is dedicated to the victims around the world who are diagnosed with leukemia.

Cantus Curatio VIII (Healing Melody VIII, 2011)

Trombone soloist, Trombone Quartet, and Piano

(Option with  Live Electronics or 2-Channel Electroacoustic Music)

The composer’s first experience with purely non-pitched material.  As such, there are some more non-traditional yet still idiomatic elements to the music that sets the piece apart from many solo works for snare drum.  Set in three movements, March simulates and accentuates the common fast-slow-fast pacing of a three-part work by also using a dense-sparse-dense arrangement.

Prelude (2002)

Solo Marimba


Trevizo, Italy

Berlin, Germany

Vienna, Austria

Lift up My Hands to You (2003)

Four Hands for Piano

   

Score arranged for Percussion Ensemble is available

at Keyboard Percussion Publications


premiered by Paul Hoffmann (founder of Helix! Contemporary Ensemble)                

and Jinny Park, NJ, USA

Healing Melody (2003)

Violin and Marimba


premiered by Seung Hee Yang (Concert master of P City Orchestra) and Peter James Saleh, NJ, USA

Hands (2004)

Flute and 2-Channel Electro-acoustic Music


premiered by Rachel Paper, TX, USA

Portal (2007)

Solo Trombone


Written for Lauren Husting


for audition, the Canadian Forces Bands (2011) in Vancouver Island and Ottawa, Canada

Deception (2007)

Film Scoring


Film director Andrew Herta, USA

Fanfare No. 1 (2009)

Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano


Commissioned for the USA Concert Tour

Brian Walker, Jon Gill, and Willem Van Schalkwyk.

Pontis (2007)

Solo Marimba


written for Peter Martin (Third Coast Percussion) is the composer's first virtuosic work for the instrument. Set in three primary sections (AB A'B' A"B"), the tempo alternates between slow and fast at the same time using a sparse-dense alteration in orchestration.  The first section begins...

Different but One Body (2003)

Percussion Ensemble (four players)

   

Score is available Keyboard Percussion Publication (mostlymarimba.com)

  

The opening gesture is a fanfare for drums. The orchestration then broadens by the incorporation of the smaller percussion instruments. The vibraphone then finally clears the palate and allows voices to participate, culminating in a brief imitative phrase and an extended vibraphone solo. The primary elements of the second movement are derived from the twelve-tone system characteristic of Arnold Schoenberg... 

Jessica’s Story: One Child’s Justice and Healing (2010)

Film Scoring


Film Screening at Children’s Advocacy Center, Lewisville, TX, USA

Film director  Ivana Corsale

Antigone (2007)

Music for Play by Sophocles (B.C. 442)


created an original score with an eclectic mix of music, including electro-acoustic, ballad, jazz, odes with a contemporary American feeling, a gospel prayer to Dionysus and a rock beat in one dance.  Also Ms. Choi applied Greek Traditional Music, which performed in grief for the dead since B.C 300-400, to prologue and curtain call. 

Mei Votum (2008)

Solo Piano



International Conference 2011 of the College Music Society

  

Written for Chie Watanabe. The single movement is toccata-like and requires virtuosic technique. The contrasts of registers, dynamics, textures, and tempi create different color effects.

Cantus Curatio (2008)

Fixed Media


International Computer Music Conference 2010,

Stony Brook University, NY,USA


describes the “healing process” in our bodies by using granular synthesis, Max Msp, original sound, voice (choir) and percussion instruments.

Cantus Curatio I (2008)

Alto Saxophone and Piano

   

commissioned by saxophonist Chiaki Hanafusa for the 2008 National American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. This work is dedicated to victims of breast cancer.  The structure is ABCA’B’C’: A (meditation of life) - B (vitality of life) – C (joy of life), with the same structure recurring with variation in the second half of the work: A’–B’–C’- Coda (cure of life).

Cantus Curatio II (2008)

Solo Violin


Written for Maria Romero and dedicated to victims of Cervical Cancer.  The significant musical language in this piece is Non-retrogradable Rhythm, modes from Olivier Messiane's Modes of limited transposition and composer's new mode (C-C#-D-Eb-F#-G-A-Bb).  It consists of four sections: A-B-C-A': Nonretrogradable rhythm is thoroughly used... 

Cantus Curatio III (2009)

Solo Piccolo


Written for Julee Kim and dedicated to victims who are diagnosed with diabetes.  It consists of four sections; each section comprises a mixture of fast staccato lines and legato passages; Also B, C and D sections contain contrast between time sense and timelessness by alternating tempi, often changes of time signature, and non-retrograde rhythms.

Cantus Curatio V (2009)

Solo Horn


dedicated to victims who are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  It consists of four short movements, each of which has its own unique character.  It is built on the basis of a pitch set 0,1, 6, 10, 11.

Cantus Curatio VI (2010)

Solo Violoncello


written for Esra Celikten is dedicated to the victims (estimated three million people) affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake, which occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010... The composition delineates the real, unmodified, and untransformed feelings of the victims and expresses hope... 

Cantus Curatio IV (2009)

Solo Trombone


premiered by Tony Baker

(*considered one of the finest trombonists of his generation.)


dedicated to victims who are diagnosed with breast cancer. This approach to aleatory is somewhat closer to Witold Lutoslawski's mature period "limited aleatorism" and Alfred Schnittke's extension of jazz improvisation than to the chance works by John Cage, Earle Brown, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Cantus Curatio VII (2010)

Sikuai (Chinese Traditional Instrument) Solo


written for percussionist Yi-Jan Liu. It consists of three movements: Fontis Curatio, Ventus Curatio, and Flamma Curatio (Healing Water, Healing Wind and Healing Fire).  The performer wears an Asian traditional costume, and displays Theatrical and physical movements.

Connected (2009/ Rev. 2011)

Jazz Saxophone Quartet

   

written for friends and listeners who appreciate jazz music and Baroque music that share many commonalities with each other; improvisation of the lead instrument and figured bass.

EGO (2008)

Poem, Bass Trombone, Piano, and Dance


presented at Codarts School for the Arts,

Rotterdam Conservatoire and Rotterdam Dance Academy

Rotterdam, The Netherlands


based on a prose "EGO" by Da Jeong Choi.  The form of the music, which is in three sections, follows the structure of the poem. Whereas the second section contains Jazz elements, the first section and the third section are constructed out of pointilistic figures and  pitch materials derived from the names Arnold Schoenberg (A-D-S-C-B-Bb-E-G) and Alban Berg (A-Bb-A-Bb-E-G ); these motives also appear in Alban Berg‘s Kammerkonzert (1923-5).

String Quartet No.1 (2009)


Premiered at The 18th International Review of Composers, 2009

Composers Association of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia


consists of three main sections set off by significant contrasts. The first section creates variety of textures by the mixture of polyphonic and homophonic settings, various ways of motivic transformation, and the use of highly extreme...

Chasing Invisible Light (2009)

Duo for Alto Flute


premiered by Carla Rees and Lisa Bost in London, UK


composed using a combination of diatonic and twelve-tone pitch systems.  The two middle sections in particular are based on a tone row, which comprises the BACH motif (Bb-A-C-B), inversion of the motive (D#-E-C#-D), and transposition of the motive (Gb-F-Ab-G), as used by Anton Webern in his String Quartet, Op. 28 (1938). 

Explorations of a Drum (2003/ Rev. 2009)

Solo Snare Drum

Old title: March for the Future


PAS Italy-International Competition 2011 on the suggested performance lists

The Second Prize the 2009 Con/un/drum Solo Percussion Composition Competition 

Score is available at HoneyRock Publishing 

                

Conservatorio Profesional de Musica Manuel Carra, Málaga, Spain

Reflection in the Glass (2008)

Vibraphone and Live Electronics


International Computer Music Conference 2010, New York, NY USA

The Society for Electro-Acoutsic Music in the United States 2010


divided mainly into three sections: A-A'-B, but indeterminate elements allow the performer to make decisions about the construction of phrases. In the vibraphone part, the two primary motives repeat with variation;

Top of the Mountain (2009/ Rev.2012)

Trumpet and Two Percussion Players


*New CD release (2010, Cristal Records Inc.)

premiered by John Holt (Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Yamaha Performing Artist), Christopher Deane, and Mark Ford



It consists of seven sections (A-B-A’-D-E-F-G), each of which has its own unique character.  The formal division is articulated by textural, timbral, and rhythmic contrast; however, musical coherence is derived primarily from such conventional procedures as motivic development. 

Mons Montis (A Great Rock, 2005/ Rev. 2011)

Multi-Percussion Solo and 2-Channel Electroacoustic Music


International Computer Music Conference (2011, United Kingdom)

The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (2011)

*Second Prize (PAS) Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest (2005)

   available at HoneyRock Publishing

        

Chi-Shan Hall, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Sookmyung Women University, Seoul, South Korea     

Tainan National University of the Arts Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taiwan

Benefit Music Concert Chapel Hall, Chicago Ave. Evanston, IL, USA  etc.

Jeshua Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh (2013)

(Jesus, Holy Holy Holy) Choir, organ, percussion, and piano


This particular worship cantata illustrates the history of choral writing from Medieval, Baroque, Classical, Korean traditional, Romantic, funky jazz to Contemporary styles in the structure of the biblical model of worship in Isaiah 6.

 

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