Hi everyone, Let's all think back to Valentine's Day... a time for love, a time for chocolates, flowers, loneliness, and also the day the bathroom of our rental burnt down. This necessitated a few tasks: finding a new place, relocating to a hotel and then the new place, negotiating with our insurers, hiring recovery crews, … Continue reading 2021 Q1 Update (& Videos!)
Hi everyone, More backdated content! Woo! I was exuberant to receive this recording from the guys at invoke, which was recorded some months ago at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver. That's possibly the furthest north my music has ever been played. Grab some the details about The Ballad of the Young King Gambrinus or check … Continue reading October/November News
Hi everyone,In lieu of professional, in-person events, I'm uploading new-to-you, backdated content (content!). The first, moves, was my Masters thesis here at Mizzou, and was recently featured on the university's inaugural episode of the Monday Mashup Series. The piece's elements--chess, animations, and music--each take the lead at various moments, and I hope the video demonstrates … Continue reading September News
Hi everyone, Finishing school really took the wind out of this site's sails. Then covid and finding work.And much more importantly, I've been spending time in the past month engaging with the Black Lives Matter movement, considering my own biases, and supporting changes to the institutions that I engage with. It wasn't a time for … Continue reading July/August News
Pictured above: collage of images from Sō Percussion's 2019 Summer Institute, credit Andrea Tafelski. Written below: a retrospective on my self-indulgent summer travels, which began with the institute, led me to dear friends in NYC, and culminated with Bang on a Can's LOUD Weekend. In a bit more detail--my trip began with two weeks at … Continue reading Sō What?
I would like you all to meet Benny the cat, who lives with his somewhat more warlike cousin Stella at my airbnb in Brooklyn (read: friend's apt). Tomorrow, I am unfortunately leaving Benny to head tor Sō Percussion's Summer Institute. I am, however, elated that the members of Sō Percussion and esteemed students of the festival … Continue reading I’m attending SōSI 2019…and so can you!
Hi everyone, I write having just returned from sunny Arizona, where I was visiting the NASA Region 2 Conference (no, not that NASA). The weekend was packed with stellar performances: thanks to the hard work of the University of Arizona saxophone studio, I caught works by Biedenbender, Pann, Mellits, Zoulek, and on and on. I also … Continue reading superior cloud days
Hi everyone-- I'm very excited for the month ahead and I hope you'll join me on what promises to be the busiest months yet of my career. There will be four (FOUR!) performances of my tenor saxophone piece and the semester will cap off with the premiere of a new work for orchestra. Read on: … Continue reading Saxophone Saxophone Saxophone
Hello everyone, happy holidays. As the title notes, this semester has been mostly quiet, publically quiet. That's not to say memories haven't been made--Pulitzer-winning chamber choir Roomful of Teeth privately read a new work of mine, a new batch of ducks took the stage for the first time, and I premiered my first solo audio/video work … Continue reading a quiet semester, but with color
Dear adoring fans of Canvas the Bear, It's with great pleasure that I announce that the full-length version of Canvas the Bear will be making its Michigan debut this month. The work will appear at two concerts alongside other tunes commissioned by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble. Each piece was written specifically … Continue reading Canvas the Bear RETURNS (again)!!!