African musicians have long adapted European instruments (accordions, guitars, keyboards) to great musical effect. In the spirit of this tradition, I too indigenize classically European instruments by treating them as if they were African instruments. Piano, violin and cello are made to imitate the tactile patterns found on a bow from the Kalahari, or the sticking on a Ugandan xylophone, the fractal harmonies of a Shona mbira, and so on. But instead of adding exotic timbres or percussive textures, we prefer to take another approach to the task of Africanizing sound.
Included on this page is a sampling of some of his works, including “Etude Miniatures (for Piano)” and “Type-Writer Opera” as well as authentic South African musical style samplings.
Etude Miniatures (for Piano) (2012-13)
Type-Writer Opera (with Carlin Wing, for Piano Duo) (2012)
Etudes (for Marimba) (2012)
Percussion Duo (2009)
Percussion Quartet (2005) 1. Skin
When one has the Feet of Wind (for Piano) (1999)
Tumbling Dance (for Piano) (1999)
Tumbling Dance (for Piano)
Masanga (for Piano Duo) (1998)