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!
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!
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!
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!
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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