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Updated site, new video content

I've updated a few items on the site, most notably adding a few videos from the August premiere of my new suite Fictions. There are several videos available on the Music page, but there are many more on my YouTube channel!

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Borges, Fictions, Tango

This year has been quite busy and productive so far. In addition to extensive touring around the United States and Europe with Jamison Ross, I have been conducting extensive research on Jorge Luis Borges and the music of Argentina. All of this will culminate in the world premiere of a new suite I'm composing inspired by the radical and highly influential short stories of Borges. 

There are two major components to this project: the first is a deep reading and study of Borges as a writer, thinker, and human being. His writing is imaginative, concise, and stunning in its layers of reference, and I am attempting to echo that in my music.

The second component is a study of Argentinian music, both the urban strains of tango and the folk strains that are found elsewhere in the country.   

As part of this research, I have compiled a Spotify playlist (non-exhaustive, evolving) that documents some of the music that has stood out to me. Musical styles such as chacarera, zamba, gato, and cuarteto - all very new and exciting to me - are featured alongside music from wildly different folk traditions. Feel free to listen and follow!

 

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Roxy Coss, Restless Idealism

Restless Idealism, the debut album by saxophonist Roxy Coss, is now available from Origin Records. I had the pleasure of performing on this recording alongside several musicians I highly admire: Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Alex Wintz (guitar), Dezron Douglas (bass), and Willie Jones III (drums). 

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Updated Calendar

New dates are now posted for upcoming performances. I am excited to be performing in a variety of different ensembles, as well as educational workshops aimed at high school jazz students. I will be spending the better part of February touring Europe with GRAMMY-Nominated drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross, as well as performances with Steve Wilson, Riley Mulherkar, and a classical/jazz crossover concert with André Mehmari and Tanya Gabrielian in March. Please check the calendar and sign up for the mailing list to get further updates!

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Jamison Ross nominated for 2016 Grammy

Jamison, the debut album by vocalist/drummer Jamison Ross, has been nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award in the category of Best Vocal Jazz Album. I had the pleasure of playing on Jamison, and the band will begin touring Europe in February of 2016. Please stay in touch for tour dates!

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Vanity Fair

I was recently listed in Vanity Fair as an upcoming jazz artist to watch for amongst a wide-ranging group of young musicians that I deeply admire.

Please check out the article here!

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Mwenso & the Shakes

NPR has put together a documentary on Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, a group that performs around NYC and draws upon a broad range of styles from Billy Eckstine to James Brown to David Bowie to create a fluid, improvised set of music based on a set of cued "tags." 

Audio and video can be found here.

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Talking 'Zodiac'

From a recent interview with WBGO's Alex Ariff, I'm speaking briefly about Mary Lou Williams and specifically her Zodiac Suite. This was produced primarily for a performance of the suite at National Sawdust (Brooklyn) in November, but it continues to have a life of its own!

Listen here

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