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Selected from over 100 commissioned original scores for Dance, Theatre & Multimedia productions

I, Disappear 12 min. modern dance work for laptop, Turkish Saz, vocals, choreographed by Michael Foley. Commissioned by Bates Dance Festival, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 2010.

Rounds 23 min. all vocal score for playful contemporary ballet with juggling balls choreographed by Peter Davison, Artistic Director of Boulder Ballet. Premiered at Dairy Center for The Arts, Boulder, 2010.

I Am Still Waiting 12 min. post–modern work choreographed by Heidi Henderson, CU Boulder, 2009.

Lazer Vaudeville Lasers, juggling, black light, indoor kites and other circus arts directed by Carter Brown, featuring Cindy Marvell. 90 min. work presented at John Houseman Theatre Off Broadway, NY for most of 2005. Exhaustive touring in US, Canada, East Asia and Saudi Arabia, 1998–present.

Spirit of Adventure Sections on Egypt, Greece, India, and Nepal for travel photographer Mike David’s multimedia performances. 16 min. work for oud, violin, reed flute, percussion, voice; three shorter works. Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for performing arts, Denver. 2–6 performances annually, 2002–present.

Turning the Wheel, Inc., Several evening length Intergenerational Multimedia performances directed by Alana Shaw (Nearly Invisible, The Stringmaker, 100 Owls, Confetti Conspiracy), Seattle, S.F., L.A., Wilmington NC, Andover MA, Missoula MT, and CO. Educational outreach work. 1992–present.

Rainforest Quadraphonic 65 min. multimedia ballet by David Taylor Dance Theatre. Denver Auditorium Theatre, 1995. Numerous performances and educational outreach, CO, CA, WY, LA, MT, SD, 1996–present.

The Escape Artist by composer, vocalist & Cellist Robert Een, Collaborating performer, World Festival of Sacred Music, Redcat Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, Los Angeles, CA, September 2008.

A Collection of Keepers Culminating performance event for The Museum of Outdoor Arts’ “Design and Build” program, original percussion/vocal work, commissioned by Lonnie Hanzon, Denver, 2008.

Kiva: What Do We Hold Sacred 30 min. work choreographed by Deborah Reshotko (Speaking Of Dance) Honoring the 100th anniversary of Mesa Verde National Park, co-composer Michael Stanwood. Performed at Mesa Verde and Colorado History Museum, Denver. Educational outreach work, 2006.

I, Dancer TV production including dance piece with developmentally disabled performers. Prof. Nora Zuniga Shaw (OSU dance) and Mary Rathke (Ohio PBS), directors. Columbus, OH, 2005.

Mothers Acting Up 10 min. documentary film on the organization produced by Ontos Media, 2005.

Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) All new music for a 1940s Carribbean setting directed by Robert Cohen (CA); 30 min. for steel drums, guitar, cello, voices and percussion. Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 2005.

Once Before a Time a fairy tale film without words filmed in rural France by Nancy Spanier and TellStarr prod. 35 min. work for voices, concertina, lutes, cello, drums, and strings. Premiered in Sarlat, France, 2004.

Mountain Wake 55 min. multi–channel surround sound score with audience–interactive microphones for evening length contemporary butoh dance performance choreographed by Onye Ozuzu and Darrell Jones of Skeleton Dance Works. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art performance series, 2003.

Intimacy in Transiton with co–composer Mike Vargas. 10 min. Post modern piece by choreographer Chris Elam, Misnomer Dance Theatre. Premiered at P.S. 122 performance space in NYC, 2003.

A Night on the Silk Road 15 min. original work for tabla, bouzouki, soprano and cello in collaborative multimedia concert produced by Ken Green for the Golden Sun Foundation. Collaborating performer with Kitaro, Tibetan Flautist Nawang Kechog and others on their included works. Boulder Theater, 2003.

Soaring Contemporary ballet on Colorado’s wild birds choreographed by William Starn of Ballet Nouveau Colorado in collaboration with The Audobon Society. 25 min. work for birdcalls, woodwinds, cello, soprano, percussion and guitar. Continued regional touring and eduacational outreaches, 2001–present.

To Lie Tenderly Collaborating performer, 35 min. work with David Dorfman Dance and Amy Denio. BAM Next Wave Festival, NYC, December 2000. Continued touring in ME, NC, CO, AZ, 2001.

Junkwrath Choreography by Gabriel Masson. 12 min. work for four musicians playing a specially designed sculpture comprised primarily of car parts. Bates Dance Festival, Bates College, Maine, 2000.

The International Channel Contributing composer for IC Cable TV network i.d. spots directed by Jean Kopeck and produced by Kip Kuepper at Coupe Studios, Boulder, CO, 1999.

Hong Kong Sovereignty Ceremony composition and six channel interactive sound design for 40 foot high tech dancing dragon designed by Lonnie Hanzon (DEN). Commissioned for government handover ceremonies at Pacific Place, Hong Kong, June 1997.

Complete list of compositions available upon request.


University of Colorado, Boulder Dept. of Theatre and Dance (50% appointment) Instructor Musical Resources, Rhythmic Analysis, Graduate Music Seminar 2000–present; music director supervising 12 musicians 1991–present; dance accompanist 1984–present. BFA–MFA Thesis advisor, member of various committees.

Bates Dance Festival Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Modern dance accompanist, composer, workshop leader, performer, concert director. 2–5 weeks each summer, 1998–present.

Naropa University Adjunct faculty – music composition, dance accompanist, sporadically 1988–present.

Arizona Council on the Arts Artist Project Grant application review committee, Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 2007.

Colorado Dance Festival Music director and head accompanist, 1992–2000; instructor – “Interlocking Rhythms”, 1999, scholarship committee member, 1998.

University of Wyoming Dance Department music coordinator for 2005 American College Dance Festival regional conference, featured performer for Turkish Student Association cultural nights, 2003–2007.

City of Denver composer, performer; Denver Art Museum, Mayor’s office on Art, Culture and Film, Museum of Natural History, Botanic Gardens, Performing Arts Festival and others, 1992–present.

City of Boulder composer, performer; Downtown Management Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art, CATV 54, Dairy Arts Center, Public Library, International Festival and others, 1989–present.

Additional Professional involvement: American College Dance Festival, Goldern Sun Foundation for World Culture, Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, National Playback Theatre, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Mishkhah, Unitarian Universalist Fellowships, Moondance Intl. Film Festival, Intl. Conference of Jesuit Clergy, Coupe Studios, Immersive Studios, Wind Over The Earth Recording, New Directions Cello Festival, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Julien Hotel, Farell Lowe’s MIME, Planina Balkan Chorus, Northern Colorado Greek Festival, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Taste of Colorado, Sterling Regional Medical Center, Afro Samba, Orthodox Jewish National Conference, Muslim Student Association (CU and UWYO), Pomegranite Productions, National Nshei women’s retreat, KGNU, KRFC, Hospice, BCAP, and many others.


University of Colorado, Boulder B.A., Asian Studies, 1988. Also studied music theory, world music, impressionist composers, jazz improvisation, independent study in composition for dance.

East European Folklife Center week long intensive workshops, Mendocino Woodlands, CA; Greek and Turkish singing, bouzouki, oud, bağlama (lutes), Bulgarian gajda (bagpipe) and kaval (flute); regional folk ensembles with Bob Beer, Christos Govetas and others. Approximately every other year 1985–present.

Private Study Naser Musa (oud), Chris Kenney (voice), Bill Elliott, Patricia Burge (composition, piano).


Instruments played: “multi–limbral” one man band capabilities. Vocals, Lutes (laouto, bouzouki, bağlama, divan sazı, cura, oud, 6 and 12 string guitar), Percussion (darabukka, doumbek, riqq, tabla baladi, davul, djembe, djun family, conga, drum set), flutes (kaval, sipsi), keyboards (Kurzweil, Korg).

Project Studio: Mac–based studio in Boulder running Logic Pro, Steinway 1919 6’ grand piano, 24 channel digital mixer, MOTU 14x14 firewire interface, Grace and API pre–amps, AKG, Rode, Chameleon mics.

Foreign languages: French (pretty fluent), Turkish (basic), Indonesian, Spanish, Italian (subsistence).


Şerefé Balkan and Middle Eastern Ensemble co–founder, performer, workshop leader, Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Macedonian, and Bulgarian music, CO, CA, NY, WY, NM, 1997–present.

Barbelfish drummer, Balkan folk dance music, directed by Julie Lancaster, CO, 2003–present.

Latif Bolat Ensemble performer, concert producer; Turkish Devotional music. CO & TX, 1997–present.

The Peace Project directed by Kailin Yong, performer, co–arranger, CO, KA, NE, 2007–present.

Improvisa Exotica with Beth Quist and James Hoskins, world fusion improv, CO, 2008–present.

Robert Een collaborating arranger/performer, CO, CA & ME 2003, 2005, 2008.

Ariana Saraha co–producer, multi–instrumentalist, CO, 2006–present.

Rachid Halihal and Friends multi–instrumentalist, music of the Arab diaspora, CO & WY, 2003–present.

Meg York and Veelah drummer, High energy urban folk music from the Balkans, CO, 2002–present.

Boulder Klezmer Consort/Schmelki and Clueless Goy drummer, CO, WY, 2004–present.

The Buzz Band composer, performer; Founded by Michael Stanwood. New music on ancient instruments with an inherent buzzing sound. Semi–annual concerts in CO, 1994–present.

The Lost Angel Stone Ensemble composer, performer; with Tom Wasinger, new music on specially designed resonating stone percussion instruments; CO, 1991–2004.

Harambee African Dance Troupe directed by Letitia Williams, lead drummer, CO & WY, 1987–96.

DISCOGRAPHY/PRODUCTION (CDs of original music underlined)

Sala Sala with Şerefé Balkan and Middle Eastern Band producer, vocalist, multi–instrumentalist, 2010.

Rest Assured with vocal shaman Vickie Dodd and cellist James Hoskins, producer, performer, 2010.

Vibrational Sound Healing with Kimba Arem, for Andrew Weil, multi–instrumentalist, co–composer, 2010.

The Color of Sound with Quist, Yong, Arem, Stanwood, co–composer, multi–instrumentalist, 2009.

Arise with devotional Christian singer–songwriter Kate Eaton, multi–instrumentalist, co–arranger, 2009.

Straight Path to the Garden with Sufi troubadors Zevk Ensemble (NM), producer, multi–instrumentalist, 2009.

Bowing With The Flow with violinist/composer Kailin Yong, Multi–instrumentalist, consultant, 2008.

Kuluk Misafir with vocalist Brenna MacRimmon, co-producer/arranger, saz player, 2008.

Songs From The Second World with Tigger Benford & Peter Jones, Co–composer, producer, 2007.

Unlock The Mystery with vocalist Lara Jai. Arranger, co–producer, multi–instrumentalist, engineer, 2007.

Climbing Down (EP) with singer–songwriter Keir Kirkegaard, producer, 2007.

Tibetan Meditation Music with Tibetan flautist Nawang Khechog, Oud player, 2007.

The First Rose CD of accompanied short stories by poet Nick Shelton. Composer, producer, 2006.

Time Laps (sic) Excerpts from unreleased soundtracks, compilation, 2006.

Walk In The Light with devotional trio The Whippoorwhills. Producer, 2005.

Gül – Turkish Sufi Songs of Devotion with Sufi troubador Latif Bolat, multi–instrumentalist, 2005.

The Journey with Dijeridu player Rafael Bejarano, vocalist, concertina player, 2005.

Portal with multi–instrumentalist Micheal Stanwood, multi–instrumentalist, 2005.

Village Squared with Meg York and Veelah, drummer, 2005.

Golden Sun Collection Excerpts from unreleased soundtracks, 2004.

Mountain Wake Original Soundtrack 2004.

A Bomb in a Bull Jesse Bad Song and the Great Tambini, producer, multi–instrumentalist, 2003.

The Stringmaker Original Soundtrack 2003.

Dead Sea Strolls with composer Sheldon Sands, Greek and Turkish Lutes, 2002.

To Lie Tenderly with composer-multi–instrumentalist Amy Denio and Petunia, multi–instrumentalist, 2002.

Opium with Şerefé, producer, multi–instrumentalist, 2001.

Arc of a Buzz with Michael Stanwood, multi–instrumentalist, 2000.

Lazer Vaudeville Original Soundtrack 1998.

Across Many Oceans with composer Sheldon Sands, bouzouki player, 1998.

Şerefé eponymous debut, producer, multi–instrumentalist, 1998.

Birth with Melissa Michaels and friends, co–composer, multi–instrumentalist, 1997.

Lucidity with vocalist–multi–instrumentalist Beth Quist, multi–instrmentalist, 1997.

Rainforest Original Soundtrack, 1996.

Many Moons with Tom and Susan Wasinger, contributing composer, 1995.

Sea Spirits Excerpts from Original Soundtracks, compilation, 1993.

The Lost Angel Stone Ensemble with Tom Wasinger, co–composer, percussionist, 1992.

Music from Theater of the Vampires Original Soundtrack, 1991.

Ashes with vocalist–multi–instrumentalist Beth Quist, co–composer, producer, 1989.

True Nature with pianist–composer Mark Sloniker, guitarist, 1987.

Paths of Heart with pianist–composer Sloniker, guitarist, 1986.


The Whale Song 45 min. MFA dance/theatre work by Anna Tzakou, Naropa Institute, 2010.

just being 30 min. structured improvisational dance piece with co–composer Dave Willey, MFA performance choreographed by Cortney McGuire, CU Boulder, 2009.

Living Tides 10 min modern dance duet choreographed by Katie Whalen, BFA CU Boulder, 2009.

Within Us 60 min Afro-modern dance work by Onye Ozuzu, Naropa Institute BFA program, 2009.

Unrepeatable Moment 10 min. dance piece with musician Tigger Benford and dancers Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Bates Dance Festival Different Voices concert, Bates College, Lewiston ME, 2008.

Double Stuff Oreo 12 min. humorous dance piece by Cortney McGuire, CU Boulder, 2008.

The Thirteenth Tipping Point Day of the Dead performance/procession event in collaboration with Michelle Ellsworth and Bobbe Besold. Co–composers James Hoskins, Dave Willey. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.

22 Duos for 6 People modern/improv dance piece by Katie Trigg, ACDF finalist, CO, MT, 2007.

SKIN an MFA dance performance by AK Mullen, 40 minute improvisational work, CU Boulder, 2007.

The Gathering Of Waters Ice Sculpture ceremony with co–composers James Hoskins and Dave Willey, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Eco Arts, 2007.

The Monkey Saddle Post–modern dance/theatre piece by Michelle Ellsworth with co–composers Michael Theodore and Dave Willey. Premiered in NYC at National Performance Network showcase, 2006.

Taste Test 10 min. modern dance work by Deborah Reshotko/Speaking of Dance, Lakewood Cultural Center, 2006.

10 min. video documentary on Williams tower UCD design by Ken Miller and Mike McMahon, 2006.

Freeing the Bird of Prana Co–composer with Ty Burhoe, Yoga Instructional video by Tias Little, 2006.

Museum After Dark – a party of Jurassic Proportions Two musical performance installations celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Prehistoric Journey exhibit. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2005.

Sweetwater River Rise Post–modern dance piece by Onye Ozuzu, 13 min. work for Kanun (microtonal lap harp), cello, 2 voices, Frame drum, and mbira; several Denver area venues, 2005.

World Music Show KRFC radio, Fort Collins, CO. Created and recorded several original 30 second advertising spots, 2005.

Crushed Velvet a modern dance piece by Christina Briggs and Edward Winslow, Debaun Auditorium, Stevens institute of Technology, NYC, 2005.

Sweetness, I was only Dreaming 10 min. musique concrete/post–modern dance piece by Ashley Hartka, CU Boulder, 2005.

Lonely Balkan Road Trip 7 min. solo work for flute, piano, bouzouki, doumbek and voice. Bates Dance Festival Composer’s Concert, Olin Concert Hall, Bates College, ME, 2005.

Nearly Invisible 65 min intergenerational dance/theatre piece directed by Alana Shaw, Turning The Wheel Productions, Avalon Studio, Boulder, 2005.

Duct Tape Post–modern dance piece by Marianela Boan (Cuba), 8 min. work for concertina, drums, violin and electronics commissionrd by Bates Dance Festival, Bates College, Maine, 2004.

One Wish For The World 6 min. Solo work for Greek Laouto and voice (a whirlwind world music tour), Bates Dance Festival Composers Concert, Olin Concert Hall, Bates College, Maine, 2004.

Stairconcert: Up and Down, the Phases of the Earth Site–specific dance piece choreographed by Deborah Reshotko, 10 min. work for bouzouki, flutes, voice and percussion, Art Students League of Denver, 2004.

River Flow Co–composer with Ty Burhoe for Yoga Instructional video production by Tias Little, 2004.

Lonnie's World Co–composer with James Hoskins and others, television pilot episode produced by Hanzon Studios featuring the design work of Lonnie Hanzon. Produced by Jefferson Arca, 2003.

Peristyle Afro–modern–butoh dance piece by Onye Ozuzu, 12 min. work, CU Boulder, 2002.

The House Not Touched By Death a full length play by Janna Goodwin about death and denial. Colorado Shakespeare Festival, 1997. 2001 tour at hospice centers throughout New England.

My Magdeline (with co-composer Beth Quist) a new biographical play about Mary Magdeline by David Tresemer and Laura Lea Cannon. Subsequent video production. Premiered in Boulder, 2000.

Let It Be For Naught contemporary ballet setting of Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems choreographed by William Starn for Ballet Nouveau Colorado, 20 min work for 2 cellos, soprano, french horn, flute and strings, performances in Denver area, 2000.

In Darkness and In Light 25 min. modern dance piece about domestic violence choreographed by Deborah Reshotko – Speaking Of Dance. Commissioned by the Mizel Museum, Denver, 1999.

A Nice Piece on a Bad Day post–modern dance/satire by Nancy Seitz—McIntyre for Desperate Figures Dance Theatre. 60 min. work for large ensemble, Germany, various cities, 1998–99 tour.

Merci a Dieu 8 minute work for pipe organ, cello and SATB chorus commissioned by organist Robert Moore, Saint James Episcopal Church. National Guild of Organists National Festival, Denver, 1998.

Workspace 55 min. modern dance/theatre piece by Nancy Seitz—McIntyre for Desperate Figures Dance Theatre. Germany and The Netherlands, various cities, 1997–98.

The Industrial North 25 min. of music for educational CD rom on North American History, commissioned by Digital Creators, Inc. (Mark Schroeder) for KRMA Denver PBS, 1997.

The Shadow of a Bird’s Wingtip a film/dance peformance by Robert Schaller and Christy Harris, University of Colorado Dance Division, 1997.

Island Place Grand Opening composer, music director, week–long performance/installation collaboration with Peter Davison (of Airjazz), Berg and Prince (of Blinky’s Fun Club), and Hong Kong City Dance Company. Directed by Lonnie Hanzon for Swire Properties Ltd., Hong Kong, 1997.

I Dreamed 100 Owls 70 min. intergenerational dance/theatre work directed by Alana Shaw for Turning The Wheel Productions, Boulder, 1996.

Denver International Airport Grand Opening site–specific piece with choreographers Jan Justis and Carmela Weber. Mayor’s Office of Art, Culture Film (performance cancelled – construction delays), 1995.

Bytes In Flight computer animation video piece directed by Felicia Dryden and Nancy Smith Hall with live performance by Frequent Flyers Productions, Boulder, 1995.

The Gathering (with co–composer James Hoskins) university/community authentic movement collaboration directed by Liz Lerman. CU Boulder, 1995.

Maintain! Climbing the Walls (composer and dancer) rock climbing/modern dance – theatre. Carmela Weber Vertical Dance, Denver Auditorium Theatre, Macky Auditorium, 1994–5.

Mir Zienen Doh (with co–composer Mike vargas) modern dance based on WW II holocaust survivor stories. Jan Justis Dance Co., Denver, 1994.

Paper Doll Shadows 70 min. intergenerational dance/theatre. Directed by Alana Shaw for Turning The Wheel Productions, Boulder, 1993.

Encontre 13 min. modern dance piece by Kim Robards Dance. Performances throughout Colorado, and at Merce Cunningham studio theatre, NYC, 1992.

Second Breakfast 55 min. post–modern dance/theatre by Nance Seitz—McIntyre for Desperate Figures Dance Theatre. Germany, various cities, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bedlam Theatre, 1992.

Who’s There 60 min. intergenerational dance/theatre piece directed by Alana Shaw, Boulder, 1991.

Theater Of The Vampires 30 min. work for aerial dance/theatre piece by Nancy Smith Hall for Frequent Flyers Productions, premiered Boulder Theater, ongoing reprises, Boston, New Orleans, 1990–present.

Environments (with co–composer David Corell) 30 min. site–specific dance video production choreographed and directed by Mel Wong, produced at TellStarr Video, Boulder, 1990.

Round Seven 10 min. rhythm tap/modern dance by Bill Evans; Colorado Repertory Dance Co, 1989.

Falling Sky Event (with co–composer David Corell) 45 min. site–specific outdoor skydiving trapeze/dance/motorcycle event directed by Mel Wong. CU Boulder, 1989.

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