The Analyst, Movement III – now up! Gnostic spoken word improv vocal 4tet!

“If you love something, set it free”?  Easier said than done! With that maxim in mind, here is the third and final movement of my piece The Analyst, performed at Vermont College of Fine Arts in February 2015. Movements I and II tell the story of the rise and fall of a hubristic Wall Street company man.Continue reading “The Analyst, Movement III – now up! Gnostic spoken word improv vocal 4tet!”

Listen to me on Mouth 4 Rusty’s new album, “Must Take More Care”

My friend Matt and his musical partner Emma make beautifully exposed and heartfelt singer-songwriter music under the name Mouth 4 Rusty. I’m lucky enough to perform on some of these releases, including their most recent album, “Must Take More Care.” Check it out and if you like it buy it – they’re good people make making uncommonlyContinue reading “Listen to me on Mouth 4 Rusty’s new album, “Must Take More Care””

Lou Harrison, Thrice Removed

I just got a copy of Soundings 9 via interlibrary loan to take another look at Gavin Bryars’ score for The Sinking of the Titanic. Inside it I found this inscription: On a hunch, I looked up Lou Harrison, and sure enough his partner’s name was William (Bill) Colvig. The bookplate says it’s from the collectionContinue reading “Lou Harrison, Thrice Removed”

“Have a Vision and Cleave to It”

When I had just finished my schooling and was looking for a job, a friend put me in touch with an absurdly well-connected British biographer who, she assured me, would help me find the professional position of my dreams. I wrote and asked him whether we might meet, explaining that I would appreciate his adviceContinue reading ““Have a Vision and Cleave to It””

Prose Scores, Concise Elegance, and Ethan Hein’s Convergence/Divergence

I love a good prose score. I love how a few direct lines of text can unfold into a rich, varied piece. My favorite is possibly La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #10: With this piece, Young trusts the performer to start with their own theme, musical motive, or gesture and then expand it in a linearContinue reading “Prose Scores, Concise Elegance, and Ethan Hein’s Convergence/Divergence”

Playing a noise show tonight in Newark, DE

I’ll be revisiting my college days by playing at the “Final Fridays” noise show tonight in Newark, DE. I just got my (new!) setup all tweaked and ready to go; I am super super excited to have a rig that I can take out into the world and use to not just play my pieces butContinue reading “Playing a noise show tonight in Newark, DE”

The New Haven Independent reviews Apres-Garde Ensemble’s Show

The New Haven Independent reviewed our recent show at Neverending Books: At times, the three distinct spacial qualities of the instruments isolated them, allowing their different ideas to exist simultaneously without drowning the other out. But there were moments, particularly in “Individuation,” where the three players began using similar ideas, unifying the imaginary spaces fromContinue reading “The New Haven Independent reviews Apres-Garde Ensemble’s Show”

Evil teletubbies mashup because the internet thats why

I belong to a Facebook group where we post photos/screenshots of whatever we happen to be listening to at that moment.  It’s actually a lot of fun because it’s FULL of music nerds, and there’s always some funny and irreverent discussion. Some cat named Tim Bender posted an old corporate promo record for a bacon-makingContinue reading “Evil teletubbies mashup because the internet thats why”

Uncertainty Music Series and Outer Space Jazz Series this Weekend

Just a quick heads up that my ensemble with Trevor Babb and Ben Zucker, the Après-Garde Ensemble, will be performing at the Uncertainty Music Series today (5/9/15) at 8 pm. We will be sharing the bill with Carte Noire. Here’s how we describe ourselves: The Après-Garde Ensemble is dedicated to performing music that blurs theContinue reading “Uncertainty Music Series and Outer Space Jazz Series this Weekend”

The Sounds of New Haven, Made into Music

I’ve got a piece on this “Cities and Memory” compilation, in which 63 musicians from around the world took field recordings and turned them into “sound art” using prompts from Brian Eno’s famous Oblique Strategies. I made a recording of the sounds of the New Haven green, including city buses, flapping flags, boisterous pedestrians and oneContinue reading “The Sounds of New Haven, Made into Music”