Welcome

I am a composer/performer currently residing in Chicago. My music, in whatever form it takes, is simultaneously rooted in and critically engaged with tradition. I am particularly interested in the relationship between vernacular and "art" musics and the combination of improvisation and composition.

Featured Recordings


Spektral Quartet
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Ensemble Recherche

Upcoming Projects

Looking forward to the next year, I’m really excited to be working with a whole bunch of great musicians.  Soon enough, I’ll be thinking a great deal about writing for brass and for voices, but for right now, I’m working in a very comfortable medium: the string quartet.  In that piece, written for my good friends in the Spektral Quartet, I am using the transcribed deliveries of standup comics as a source for musical material.  In addition to providing a robust and varied source of musical possibilities, doing these transcriptions also makes it really fun to compose for hours on end.

Additional upcoming projects include pieces for loadbang, a quasi-concerto for trombone and voices (written for Will Lang and Ekmeles), and a vocal quartet for Quince.

Ensemble Recherche Residency

Rehearsing with Ensemble Recherche

Rehearsing with Ensemble Recherche

The past week has been an extraordinarily busy and inspiring week around Northwestern University.  Between Sunday and Friday, Freiburg-based Ensemble Recherche  was in residency.  Last Sunday, they kicked the week off with a concert which included the music of Helmut Lachenmann, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Brian Ferneyhough.  Ferneyhough’s “Liber Scintillarum”, which I had the good fortune to hear last summer at Darmstadt in its world premiere, was a highlight for me.

For the rest of the ensemble’s residency, they worked with performers, coached the Contemporary Music Ensemble, spoke to our Composition Colloquium, and worked with student composers to prepare new pieces that had been written specifically for them.  Those rehearsals culminated in a concert on Thursday night which included world premieres by myself and my colleagues.  A recording of my composition, megrims, is up on my website now.  You can find it here.

2012 Mivos/Kanter Prize

the Mivos Quartet

I’m proud to announce that my string quartet Dig Absolutely has been awarded the 2012 Mivos/Kanter prize.  I’m excited to have the chance to work with the Mivos Quartet in the spring and to hear their interpretation of this piece.