- Hide menu


About the work: for string quartet duration: 12 minutes Co-commissioned by: The LA Philharmonic, with generous support from Helen and Justus Schlicting, and the Calder Quartet Premiere: December 7, 2017 at Walt Disney Concert Hall Score: This work is held in exclusivity until December 2018. About the work: Can’t and Won’t began its life as […]

Dear Friends, Hope all is well! I’m really excited to share what’s coming up this year. Last season was really fun and wild—it featured the premiere of Liminal Highway, a sprawling work for flute and electronics at Miller Theatre; Goldbeater’s Skin for percussion quartet and mezzo-soprano at Notre Dame; and Will There Be Singing (called “a stunning new piece“ by the LA Times) […]

Strange times, huh? Hope everyone is staying safe and sane. We’re taking real-time lessons in redoubling our role in participatory democracy (and I’m doubling my donations to the ACLU).However, music as always goes on, and I’m very excited to head to the University of Notre Dame University to premiere Goldbeater’s Skin with Third Coast Percussion […]

Hi, it’s been too long since I’ve updated this page! So here’s some recent works as the year ahead irons itself out!

Hi! Just got back from Milwaukee, and was overwhelmed by the amazing response to my new work The Branch Will Not Break for chorus and 10 players. The Shepherd Express wrote a really touching review of the work, but more importantly, take a listen if you have a second!

Hi! I’m headed back to the states in a week or so for the premiere of a brand spanking new, 20 minute work for 8 voices and chamber orchestra. It’s called The Branch Will Not Break and it set six poems by the amazing late poet James Arlington Wright. Present Music was kind enough to […]

Hello from Rome! What a few months it’s been. After returning to New York for a few convulsive weeks, I headed out to the American Academy in Rome which is just an amazing and beautiful space. My colleagues are brilliant artists and scholars, and Rome is, well, my favorite place on the planet. And the […]

Hi! So I’m currently up at the beautiful MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced. There’s chickens, there’s amazing lunches. Aaron Copland wrote The Red Pony score in my studio. In short: It’s great. I’m working on a new piece for Present Music in Milwaukee here. I […]

Introducing the 2015-2016 Rome Prize Fellows! @MorganLibrary pic.twitter.com/cjklrc2ddU — AmericanAcademy Rome (@AmAcademyRome) April 16, 2015

And here’s a video of David and Rachel’s beautiful performance of my Violin Sonata

—The amazing short story writer Tim Horvath interviewed me about composing Invisible Cities. At least it started that way, but found itself wandering into all sorts of divergent topics in and around composing and literature. It’s published on the Tin House blog. —Carol Ann Aicher and Kevin Chavez interviewed me for their Greenroom Conversations Podcast. […]

A little note on my new violin sonata which premieres this coming February 6th at Subculture in NYC.

Exciting January! Lots of performances coming up this month. The Cornell Glee Club are taking my new choral piece they commissioned Not One Word based on texts by Ryokan on tour throughout the North East, including performances in Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, and more. Dates and details. Several performances of Memory Palace […]

I’m going to try to keep this page fairly updated and fairly concise. Both seem challenging to me in general, but I’m really working on it. The Invisible Cities album is doing quite well. We’ve gotten favorite write-ups in the LA Times (“The music stays with you”), the Boston Globe (“gorgeous, dreamlike”), Thought Catalog (“You’ll […]

Starting today, Invisible Cities as a limited-edition CD Box Set and a digital download from most major retailers. INVISIBLE CITIES: An Opera by Christopher Cerrone by Christopher Cerrone, Marc Lowenstein, Cedric Berry, Ashley Faatoalia, Delaram Kamareh, Ashley Knight You can get the whole thing through The Industry’s bandcamp page, or find your favorite retailer here.