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Though I mostly listen, from time to time I have a few words to say. Here you will find news, reflections, musings, bits of inspiration, and (maybe) even an occasional poem.

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Connect . The . Dots . 2

September 7, 2017

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September 21, 2017

Try as I might, I still don’t quite know what makes a piece click for a listener. Sometimes, a composition I think is brilliant gets little more than a lukewarm response. Other times, something that I think is pedestrian has audiences applauding for more. My own fluc...

September 7, 2017

A while back, I ended a post with the words “Connect . The . Dots 2 is coming...”

Well, Connect . The . Dots . 2 is now here.

For those not yet familiar, the project seeks to empower people to better understand and connect to new music by involving them in the creative p...

April 18, 2017

Nearly three years ago I began a project that would become the definitive catalyst in my search for a voice as a composer, artist, and even human. I know; that sounds like hyperbole, but it really was one leap of faith that emboldened me to brave many others by embraci...

Teachers are vital. Without them, progress would be like a needle at the end of a record, endlessly skipping back. Thankfully, they do exist. More than that, advances in technology have allowed them to do so in numerous new guises that go beyond the chalk-in-hand stere...

February 18, 2016

This is a continuation of Part 1.

As anyone reading could probably guess, I speak quite passionately about art. Though this has always been the case, this is especially true now because of where I am as a composer, both musically, and, more broadly speaking, in life.


February 9, 2016

(Header image: Painting (Peinture) by Joan Miró. More information on the header image can be found on the Guggenheim website.)

I love reading Maria Popova’s writings. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that Brain Pickings, her “one-woman labor of love — a subjec...

March 1, 2015

I don’t often bring too much attention to repeat performances, especially not in retrospect, but, in this cas e, I simply have to make an exception.

This past Thursday, For Now the improvisatory (for now…) piece that Tanya Sweiry and I devised as part of the...

February 25, 2015

Writing a piece of good music is not easy. If I had to estimate, I’d say something like 95% of the process is just failing in an impressive array of different ways. Then again, failing, done right, is not failing at all – it is learning.

Looked at in that light, I’ve b...

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