New Video: Septet

June 27th, 2015

Exceptet performs Septet:

New Video: Mike Tyson Will Eat Your Children

June 27th, 2015

Fragments Duo (Justine Aronson and Sarah Goldfeather) perform Mike Tyson Will Eat Your Children:

New Recording: Violin Sonata

February 22nd, 2015

And here’s a recording of the world premiere of my Violin Sonata by Rachel Lee Priday (violin) and David Kaplan (piano), from a concert of music for violin and piano that took place at Subculture on February 6th, 2015 under the auspices of a MATA Intervals concert! They did such a great job with a really difficult piece.

A blog said this about the sonata: “Kaplan described Eric Shanfield’s Violin Sonata as “disorienting,” and its clipped phrases, artfully assembled into a parade of stuttering rhythms, seemed plucked from a sheaf of sonatas from the 19th century.” These words, though appearing on the internet, are not incorrect.

1. Con moto
2. Meno mosso

If you liked that and want to hear a sort-of-the-same, sort-of-completely-different version for soprano saxophone and piano, then head to Minot, North Dakota, where Jim Fusik and Karl Larson will be premiering Not A Violin Sonata in March.

And if you liked that and want to hear my artful Violin Sonata in its original version performed by its dedicatees, Sarah Goldfeather and Timo Andres, stay tuned. There will be a concert in the fall, sometime, somewhere: exact details are existentially unknowable at the moment…

New Recording: Borrowed Love Poems

July 27th, 2014

So you’re not going to believe this: another actual recording of my music, performed by real live humans, not their midi overlords!

Fresh from the 2014 Tribeca New Music Festival, here is the world premiere of my 2006 composition Borrowed Love Poems, featuring the incredible soprano Mellissa Hughes, my illustrious Red Hook compatriot, pianist Karl Larson, and featuring special guest interloper violinist Sarah Goldfeather. Enjoy!

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New Work: Plastic Robbins Band

June 27th, 2014

Michael Robbins, y’all. Love him or hate him. I happen to love him. Except when I don’t. Like everything else in life. Some of the ones I love most I’ve set to music. The piece is Plastic Robbins Band. Soprano and string quartet. Ima try and get this one performed. It’s a lot of fun. Quarter tone pop for the people.

Also while we’re at it I just did a new revised version of Little Kingdoms, my first real grown-up piece. There’s an actual recording of actual players on that page! What! Not of the new version, though. Not yet. I have a lead though. Anyway all I did was return the piece to its original three movement form (the three good movements of the withdrawn After the Quake’s six), added phrasing and slurs, changed the instrumentation from saxophones and clarinets to just three clarinets, and re-engraved the thing. I think it’s nice now! This is where it all began. So…many…eighth notes….

New Revisions

May 10th, 2014

Ugh, I haven’t composed anything new in 2014 (unless you count the completely rewritten Spiral Jetty), but I have been hard at work rewriting, revising and engraving new versions of old pieces:

Late Sun (2003.1b) - New version for voice and string quartet

The Admonitory Hippopotamus (2007.6) – New engraving, some revision

Postcards (2007.7r) – New engraving

If Not, Winter (2007.12) – New engraving, some revision

Orfordness (2007.8r) – New version for baritone and 2 violins, new engraving

On the Natural History of Destruction (2008.7) – New engraving, some revision

Songswarm (2008.10r) – New engraving, some revision

Knots (2008.11) – New engraving

F-111 (2008.12) – New engraving

The Method She Employs Against That Which Cannot Be Seen (2009.5) – New engraving

Short Book Reviews

March 19th, 2014

I read a lot of books so I started writing about the books I read. What I write about them is short. Because, really, who has the time. Thus, short book reviews dot tumblr dot com.


March 17th, 2014

On March 12, 2014 – a day that will live in infamy – the gentlemen of BEARTHOVEN gave the world premiere of my composition Lightning Field at the New Amsterdam space in lovely Red Hook, Brooklyn. Special thanks to Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (drums) for their hard work learning this incredibly difficult and intense piece!

Here, then, are the glorious results, available for free download:

Lightning Field – World Premiere by BEARTHOVEN

And the score, for those who are into that kind of thing:

Lightning Field – Score

In a few months we’ll be heading into the studio to make a studio recording of Lightning Field for eventual release; in the meantime, enjoy!

More Pitchers

February 2nd, 2014

The Little Kingdom of J. Franklin Payne has a lot more pictures now. Check it out!

New Work: What Is Amazing

December 31st, 2013

‘Twas the day after Christmas and I didn’t want to feel like I was wasting my life, so I wrote a little piece. What Is Amazing sets a wonderful poem in four parts by Heather Christle for soprano with two violins and tuba (an obvious combination). Not my greatest work, and does not quite make my selected works list, but it has got its moments. Also I like that it was composed entirely with pencil on paper, because it is nice to be old-fashioned sometimes.

You know what is good? An old-fashioned. I didn’t know that until this year. Thanks, Elise!