I attended SUNY Purchase College from 2006-2008, having studied with Dr. Dominic Donato, Tomas Kolor, and Ted Piltzecker, and moved along to Brooklyn College in 2008 to study with Frank Cassara, Matt Ward, and Ursula Oppens where I received a Presidential Scholarship, “Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Music Performance,” the Robert Starer Award for performing works of living composers, and the distinguished Brooklyn College Alumni Association award for outstanding contributions to the music community.
REAL ADULT: solo project focusing on objects, electronics, feedback, and various methods of noisemaking
Ashcan Orchestra: collection of toy and real instruments guided by composer Pat Spadine
Why Lie?: living on the boundary between song and story, chamber pop unit led by Dave Ruder and Aliza Simons
Diego Clare: singer/songwriter extraordinaire, with whom I play vibraphone
Uptown Girls: guitar/percussion noise duo with Joe White
I was an active member of The Sweat Lodge (composer/performer consortium featuring Dave Ruder, Amirtha Kidambi, Joe White, Ian Munro, and Ellen O’Meara) and Iktus Percussion (flexible new music percussion-centric collective based in Stony Brook and Brooklyn). I was also the founder and percussionist of the BACK Voice + Percussion Duo with vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, co-composer and performer of the music for Lameness of a Horse (a 2012 theater piece by the Rady&Bloom Playmaking Collective), performed with the Panoply Performance Laboratory in their performance-art opera Nature Fetish, and have appeared with such groups as the Electric Eel Multimedia Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the CUNY Graduate Center, One World Symphony, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Symphony.
As a curator, I am the founder and director of Performers Forum, a month event hosted at Exapno in Brooklyn, and hosted a concert series called Stellar Frequencies in 2011, dedicated to presenting staple repertoire and newly commissioned works of avant-garde music in non-classical music settings. I’ve been lucky enough to coordinate, program and perform in shows and concerts all over New York, including Symphony Space, the Stone, Issue Project Room, Pianos, the Tank, Death By Audio, Zebulon Cafe, Northeast Kingdom, 1012 Willoughby, and the Thalia Cafe at Symphony Space. In 2009 and 2010 I helped launch the CUNY New Music Festival and curated and performed in a George Crumb chamber music retrospective at Brooklyn College. In June 2011, I performed works by Iannis Xenakis, Philippe Hurel, and James Tenney in concerts at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory.
There’s lots of other stuff, but luckily I love talking about stuff so you can always just ask.