Chaparral Music I

an hour-long composition for piano in tribute to California and its landscape
Chaparral Music I • April 19th, 2022 • Saybrook Underbrook • 8:00pm

When I first arrived at Yale my freshman year, I was very excited to live on the east coast and to adapt to the new environment. But before long, I found myself profoundly longing for my home of Southern California in a way I couldn’t quite pinpoint. I didn’t miss people or specific places – rather, I missed the vibe, the California climate, and simply – if it even exists – a ‘West coast’ way of life.

At the same time, my family was evacuated due to fires near our house, and a California red bark beetle infestation was destroying thousands of native California oak trees, wreaking havoc on the chaparral ecology. I grew up hiking extensively in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles: I realized that one aspect of my California life before Yale that I missed dearly was such easy access to nature and my feeling of being ‘at home’ in the chaparral. I began working on a piece in November 2019 and completed it in April 2020 with ample time to compose during the first months of COVID lockdown: with ongoing threats to and my yearning for the California ecosystem strongly mentally present, I was inspired to write Chaparral Music I, an hour-long one-movement work for solo piano channeling these feelings of longing and worry, but also a deep admiration and love of the chaparral.

Join me and pianist Max Hammond for the world-premiere performance of Chaparral Music I!

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Performance Dates & Times

April 19, 2022 - 8:00pm


Saybrook Underbrook

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via elevator near the Head of College's office inside entryway I. Balcony level seating is accessible via lobby entrance. Stage level seating requires the use of stairs.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date vaccination status.

Front of House staff will be checking tickets, IDs, and proof of vaccination.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.



Production Team