I Dream of Wires

Nobody’s ever been able to accuse me of possessing excess business savvy. But it seems extra perverse, even for me, that hot on the heels of being graced with some actual ‘jazz’ cred, my first two releases of 2015 should be solo electronics. Ornery solo electronics. Of ostensibly incompatible genres from each other, no less. But to the hypothetical ideal listener who cares deeply about the long arc of my work (cough), I’m convinced this makes perfect sense…

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Critical love for (W).A.S.T.E.

Wrack’s …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire registered on a few year-end Best Of 2014 lists, including the 7th Annual En Intruso Critics’ Poll, Delire actuel, and #1 Jazz and Improv album in Magnet Magazine.

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(W).A.S.T.E. wrapup

I’m still coming down from a dizzying week with my beloved comrades in Wrack realizing (at last) …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire, my Chamber Music America 2012 New Jazz Works Commission inspired by the early novels of Thomas Pynchon. A rip-roaring premiere at the Outsound New Music Summit was followed by two more concerts in West Hollywood and Sacramento, then two days recording with certified Supergenius Myles Boisen. I couldn’t be happier with the results, and man oh man I can’t wait to get this music released...

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CMA conference reflections (1.22.13)

Thanks to the 2012 New Jazz Works grant, I was able to attend Chamber Music America‘s annual conference in NY. As a first-time attendee, it was more than a little dizzying – a collision of so many ideas and approaches from multiple musical perspectives, and a nonstop crash course in the fine art of schmoo…I mean networking (not exactly my forte). Luckily, angels inside the organization were really looking out for the other NJW composers and me – it was great to meet them all (past and present grantees in attendance included...

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New solo electronic album preview (11.5.12)

I’m honored to be getting mixed up with this fine and feisty label. A new solo electronic album – Technological Music Vol. 1 – is coming out after the holiday blitz; sneak preview here, NOW!

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Wrack receives New Jazz Works grant from CMA (7.9.12)

I’m giddy to report that I’ve been awarded a New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development grant from Chamber Music America. I’ll be writing a massive piece for Wrack with the welcome augmentation of trombonist Jeb Bishop (a member of the original lineup from 2002!) and Bay Area treasure trumpeter Darren Johnston. The piece will be based on the early novels of Thomas Pynchon, incorporating oblique instrumental settings of the many ribald and hilarious lyrics to imaginary songs peppered throughout V. and The Crying...

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Summer projects (5.27.12)

I’m really grateful for a summer with a disproportionate amount of creative time! In addition to outings with all of my current local improv working groups (shudder, Addleds, and Ghost in the House), there’s sfSound’s celebration of John Cage’s centennial, with a slew of concerts still coming together. The big left field opportunity, however, is a dance collaboration I’ll be doing in Hong Kong under the music directorship of slippery art-funk genius PC Muñoz. Please watch the skies for details.

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Wrack Euro tour fundraising campaign

I’m in the midst of a fundraising campaign through USA Projects to help bring Wrack to the Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon festival in Austria at the end of April. Please check it out!

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Dusted review (2.20.12)

some rather sweet press is starting to surface regarding the new Wrack record! like this one in Dusted, with which I’m rather tickled. http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/6952

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Wrack tour (2.18.12)

our midwestern whirlwind has been a blast. heartfelt thanks to all the amazing folks who set up, helped out, and came out. It was especially great to finally actually meet, face to face, Luke Mosling, the artist and gentleman behind Porter Records, along with his beautiful family. More artifacts will be trickling their way online shortly — in the meantime, Peter Gannushkin has posted a wonderful photo gallery of our Chicago show. next stop:...

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SFO -> ORD (2.13.12)

returning at last…been 3 years since visiting period, a full 5 since performing. i get to play with Wrack! and the crew gets to meet or catch up with Naima, now on the cusp of a thoroughly astounding 4 years old. psyched, and eternally grateful that, somehow, i’m still getting away with this “professional musician” thing after all these years. massive thanks, also, to Leslie and John for help cranking the new website out in the nick of time!

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