b. June 21, 1980
(Updated February 1, 2012)
After completing the MFA Composition program at California Institute of the Arts in May 2006 (I studied with James Tenney, and a bit with Wadada Leo Smith and others), I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I spent my first 24 years. My waking hours are mostly spent with my family, at work for Other Minds, playing baseball, and reading and writing. If you're curious about my creative output, check out the Work section of this website for some music (scores and soundclips) and other art-related things.
One of my musical highlights was a performance in 2007 by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa of my composition "Sunlight" (from a series entitled Elementary Studies) in a concert of music for two pianos at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre (audio / review); before the concert I was stunned to find myself on a panel with Chen Yi, Charles Amirkhanian, and Philip Glass. More recently, I have been honored to produce a series of special concerts for Other Minds: Henry Cowell: The Whole World of Music, Rudhyar in Retrospect, and Something Else: A Fluxus Semicentenary.
In 2008 I also co-founded a network for people working in the arts sector in/near SF, the Emerging Arts Professionals; I'm now Director of this organization. I also keep busy with other projects including producing concerts with a collective of composers (we refer to ourselves as The Collected), and voicing my opinions on various panels and committees, for organizations like Chamber Music America and the SF Friends of Chamber Music.
A few other tidbits: I did undergraduate studies at Stanford (English and Music) and hung around for an M.A. in English; I'm a Dad; I play (mostly 2B) on an amateur baseball team in a wood-bat league; I take my coffee black; I play the contrabass; I am allergic to cats. If you want a more official-sounding biography, a recording of my music, or a chat over coffee, contact me.