respirateur is a series of four works after Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), 1915-1923, and The Green Box, 1934.


respirateur uses incidental features (one might say useless details) of Duchamp’s work as structural elements to create four independent chamber pieces, each with a unique instrumentation. But each part is in some way open, and when combined, these four chamber works become four interconnected panels of the larger work, respirateur, for 10 instruments and electronics.


The parts of the work were composed & premiered in the following order:


for flute, bassoon and prepared piano

Premiere: Aurea Silva Trio

National Flute Association Convention, Chicago, September 2014

Adage of Spontaneity - Sonic Hedgehog
00:00 / 00:00

Graft Blossom

for one player & electronics

(clavichord, prepared piano, toy piano) 

Premiere: Mabel Kwan, Dal Niente Presents

Constellation Frequency Series, Chicago 

January 3, 2016

3 Draft Pistons with Graft Blossom & Fruit Prison - Radio Voltaire
00:00 / 00:00

Adage of Spontaneity 

Premiere: Sonic Hedgehog –

Wiek Hijmans, egtr; Shanna Gutierrez, bfl ; Fie Schouten bcl

Het Bethaniënklooster, Amsterdam, September 2014

Graft Blossom - Mabel Kwan
00:00 / 00:00

Beauty of Indifference

for 2 sopranos and percussion

Amanda DeBoer, Liz Pearse, Mable Kwan and Jesse Langen

Premiered as :

3 Draft Pistons with Graft Blossom and Fruit Prison 

Green Mill, Chicago, October 30, 2016

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