Here are some of the projects I'm currently working on!
The Church of Quesadeity: a heavy metal opera about a cult that worships quesadillas. For Metal Band and Chamber Ensemble.
This will be my largest piece ever, and it all started with a Title and a Dream.
I have a list of things people have said that would make good titles for a piece, and for whatever reason I wrote down "The Quesadeity" and I always wanted to name a piece that. During my first semester at Michigan State, I was looking through these again and came across it. I also was thinking about the piece that I always wanted to write, which was a concerto for Metal Band (singer, screamer, 2 guitars, bass, drums) and Wind Band. This transformed itself into a fully-staged opera. I have having the time of my life writing this piece.
Here is a synopsis of the story:
The Church of Quesadeity, written by composer Christopher A. Kaminski, is a heavy metal opera about a cult that worships quesadillas. The story follows Dante, the 20-year-old son of the leader of the cult. After a typical service, Father, the current leader, announces that he will step down as Leader and will perform the Final Rite, the most sacred ritual in the Church. Father nominates Dante as the next leader of the Church and puts him through the Three Tests of Leadership: the Test of Worth, the Test of Knowledge, and the Test of Temptation. Through the three tests, Dante must summon the Quesadeity and be deemed worthy, recite every detail about the practices and rituals that the Quesadeity demands, and must take the journey into the Holy Grocery Store and face temptation, the likes of which he has never faced before.
Rank: Warmaster (Sci-Fi Video Game) Soundtrack
I will working on the soundtrack to a Sci-Fi game that will be coming out within the next few years, so be on the lookout for updates!
UPDATE: We have a blog now for the video game, and the team and I post some updates there. You can check out the title song on the blog, or on my soundcloud!
Heavy Metal Bassoon Concerto
I am currently writing a bassoon concerto for Dr. Christopher Wickham of Rutgers University, for bassoon and wind band. It is basically heavy metal entirely, and it has the potential to feature amplified bassoon, too. This will be performed in New Jersey in Spring 2019.
This is always in the back of my mind, and I’m never sure when the right time to make an album of my music is. If I got the opportunity to make an album, I would really put my heart and soul into it.
Last updated: 1/13/19