Upcoming Performances




Saturday, November 11, 2017 TBA

Just Plain Folks Music Awards in Los Angeles

Thrilled to receive 8 nominations in the 2017 Just Plain Folks Music Awards! 

Experimental Song: Impossible Animals by David Aaron Jaffe on Wildlife, released by Well Tempered Productions. 

Solo Instrumental Song: Born FreeNo Torture, & No Slavery from Human Rights Suite on CD Peace Piece by Ole Saxe, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Classical Vocal Album: Rosas de Pulpa, Rosas de Cal: Music of Valdo Sciammarella, including his CREDO for Piano Quartet. Ricardo Sciammarella, soprano Diane McNaron, released by Hoot/Wisdom Recordings of Florida Atlantic University.

Contemporary Classical Album: Russian Soulscapes: String Trio and Piano Quartet by Ivan Sokolov, with violist Basil Vendryes and cellist Richard Slavich. Engineering by Sam McGuire at Denver University, with post production by Brad Smalling of Evergroove Studio. Recorded in Colorado, released by Ariel Ventures.

Solo Instrumental Album: Peace Piece by Ole Saxe. Recorded in Sweden, Lithuania & Colorado with pianists Ivan Sokolov and Justas Servenikas, and guitarist Volkmar Zimmermann, released by Neptunus Records and Ariel Ventures.

Soundtrack Album: Wildlife by David Aaron Jaffe, released by Well Tempered Productions.



Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Redwood City, California

Canada College Main Theater

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Eric Kujawsky, Conductor

Redwood Symphony

US premiere of David A. Jaffe’s 2016 Violin Concerto “How Did It Get So Late So Soon?”

The title comes from the poem by that name by political cartoonist and beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (“Dr Seuss”). It refers to the overlay of memory upon itself, time fading, and associations extending in all directions. Triggered by perhaps nothing more than a smell, thought or feeling, these connections reverberate across generations and continents.

The piece is an homage to Geisel, whose satirical creations included the megalomaniacal tyrant Yertle the Turtle, the inflexible narcissistic Zax pair, the status-craving xenophobic Sneetches and the corrupt opportunist who preys on their fears. Its three movements recall folk songs from the Great Depression of the 1930s, songs of struggle with striking relevance to the contemporary world.

Much of the material in the work is derived from Appalachian fiddle and religious tunes. African-American blues and religious hymns figure prominently as well. There is also frequent use of American bluegrass fiddle idioms. In addition to the folk material, there is a strong influence of Charles Ives, who forged an approach to composition that combined European traditions with quite different approaches to development and structure, use of diverse material, a broad spectrum of harmonic and contrapuntal techniques, etc. – DAJ


Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Chapel of Good Shepherd Center Wayward Music Series

Seattle, Washington

Karen Bentley Pollick, violin

Zibuokle Martinaityte, piano

“In Search Of Lost Beauty…” (2016)

For violin, cello, piano, electronics and video 

Concept, music and video by Žibuoklė Martinaitytė

“Beauty is the mystery of life. It is just not in the eye. It is in the mind. ” (Agnes Martin)

“In Search of Lost Beauty…” (2016) is an hour-long sequence of audiovisual novellas on the elusive subject of beauty. Here the experience of time is slowed down as to transport us into an alternate dimension where the commonly apprehended reality is inverted into the otherworldly mystique of reflections and shadows. The amplitude of this ephemeral search for beauty encompasses phenomena found in nature, everyday life, and in art. There is no particular narrative or story visualized in the piece. It is rather an invitation to pay attention to commonly seen and familiar phenomenon, which one could call beautiful but often wouldn’t bother to stop and take a closer look.

“In Search Of Beauty…” was born as a contradiction to an ever more increasing speed of our lives influenced by technology. So often people look at the illuminated screens of their devices rather than the surrounding world. This “search of beauty” gently induces to slow down our usual perception and ever-fastening mind, mostly operating in the mode of automatism, by bringing it to the current Moment of Being.

Parts: Prelude (subliminal), Blue, Ephemeral, Longings in Perpetual Motion, Interlude (transient), Serenity Diptychs, Shadows of Memories, Interlude (fleeting).“Je ne sais quoi”, Inhabited Silences, Postlude (evanescent).



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stanford, California

Stanford University CCRMA Stage

Celebrating current CCRMA faculty and graduate student composers and their mentors with new compositions for violin, electronics and video by Mark Kopytman, Ayal Adler, Jonathan Berger, Christopher JetteConstantin Basica, & Chris Lortie.