Complete Work Title: 


Performance Medium: 

Bb clarinet, violin, and piano




To TrioPolis

Date Composed: 

July 2018-December 2019

Performance Information: 
  • 3 November 2021; University of North Texas (Denton, TX).
  • 21 September 2021; Southeastern Oklahoma State University Recital Hall (Durant, OK).
  • 14 April 2021; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) [premiere].

    TrioPolis: Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet; Felix Olschofka, violin; Anatolia Ioannides, piano.

Program Notes: 

recombinant  /rē-kŏm′bə-nənt/ adj
Relating to or denoting an entity (e.g., gene, protein, cell, individual) produced by the combination of genetic material from multiple sources, resulting in sequences that would not otherwise be found in nature.

In recent years, I have become intrigued by the idea of modularity, non-developmental processes, and non-linear forms— and consequently, in the juxtaposition of disparate recurring materials within a given composition, resulting in new ways of experiencing these musical elements. Taking this process a step further, I have begun appropriating and re-examining musical ideas from my own previous works, exploring their latent qualities within alternative musical environments. I have found this process of continuous recontextualization to be a fascinating and fruitful endeavor, as each new context elicits a deeper potential within the given musical materials.

Germinal material from several recent works of mine forms the basis of Recombinant: various permutations of the three instruments in the ensemble—individually, in pairs, and as a whole—allow for a variety of combinatorial possibilities in the exploration of these materials.

Recombinant was completed in December 2019 and composed for the members of TrioPolis—Kimberly Cole Luevano, Felix Olschofka, and Anatolia Ioannides—who first performed the work on 14 April 2021 at the University of North Texas.