The Old Cellar Performance

September 12, 2015

I was so pleased and surprised the outstanding Duo Harpverk performed my work “The Old Cellar” at their annual concert at Cafe Rosenberg on September 8th in Iceland.  The Old Cellar is a fairly short minimal-esque fantasy which was specifically composed for and dedicated to Duo Harpverk — the two performers being Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley.  The score, as with all my scores, was pretty bare in terms of instructions, but DH interprets it beautifully (twice performed previously this year).  I hope to work with them more in the future.

“The first piece is Currents and this piece begins with a series of fast trills that roil and surge like a river” Read full review

“With this collection J.C. Combs revels in the splendor of lush tones.”  – Beach Sloth    Read full review

I finally was able put together an album of improvisations performed over the last year (Cellar Door Records).  Also included are a couple works, “Currents” and “Elevator to the Moon.”  In the near future I will be releasing an album of sound art-related works titled “Songs of the Singularity.”  Stay tuned.  – JC

It is exciting that Duo Harpverk will be performing The Old Cellar this Sunday at Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland!

I will be visiting Bellingham for the Sound Culture:  Adventures Festival – April 30 thru May 2, 2015, My set will include two music/video presentations, an excerpt of my work Passi as the music to Susan Haines’ short dance film “A Study in Red #4”, and a video re-showing of “Gazing;” the contemporary dance (choreography Susan Haines, music myself).  Lastly, I will be premiering an electroacoustic work for the festival titled “Alarm Will Sound.”


As you know, I had the pleasure of being performed by Duo Harpverk in Iceland at Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum.   They were kind enough to send along the recording of their performance of “The Old Cellar.  A minimalesque-fantasy.  Enjoy!

Currents Video 2015

February 21, 2015

Artwork “Geometropolis” 2007 by Jon Brenner.

Painting by Sibyl Allenson “Life, Beginning” (1960s)

Pleased to announce the premiere of The Old Cellar, a piece written for percussion and harp – scheduled to be performed Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm UTC, Reykjavík, Iceland by Duo Harpverk.   Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley are the two members of the duo (also members of the Icelandic Symphonie Orchestra).  Duo Harpverk has performed in many excellent venues, including here in the states at The Kennedy Center.

“During the Icelandic Museum Night we will play our ‘Passport’ concert. This concert has pieces from all over the world, including the 100th piece ever written for us! Come hear all world premieres by J.C. Combs (USA), Michiharu Matsunaga (Japan), David Otten (NL), Nicolas Marty (France), and Alexander Sigman (USA).”  – Duo Harpverk