I've been neglecting the internet…

You may have noticed (or not, but I’ll feel totally complimented if you did!) that this site hasn’t been updated for a while. There are a couple of reasons: 1. I was in Israel. 2. I was in New York. 3. I was moving into my new place in Santa Barbara. 4. I was preparing…

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Some Thoughts on the Pussy Riot Situation

I am totally on the side of the women in that band and what they stand for in the name of the oppressed, censored, and otherwise unfairly treated citizens of Russia. While the punishment seems harsh, my close friend Hunter Knight asks us all to pause and think about what would happen if you even…

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My mom's thoughts about Pitchfork

Susan Norton, after reading the Pitchfork review of my friend Liam’s band’s new record: Seems to me that a lot of writing about music is quite pretentious. They like a five-syllable word where two would do.

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Concerts in NY, LA, and Iceland this month

There’s a lot coming up in August. Last night, Third Coast Percussion performed their RENGA:Cage:100 project, which I helped write music for, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, after a preview performance at the Kennedy Center in DC two days earlier. I heard that it rocked, and I’ll post a link to…

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Three short collaborative works

Last night I put the finishing touches on two miniature pieces that will be combined with work from other composers into something larger. Along with doing Fibonacci’s Glass Cage a couple of months ago for Third Coast Percussion with 100 other composers (and let’s not forget #Armada), this is becoming a thing I really enjoy.…

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London trip, guitar piece, piano piece, more

You may have noticed that this thing hasn’t been updated in over a month. It doesn’t mean I don’t love you, but it does mean that I’ve been insanely busy. Work on the piece for guitar and electronics for Fabricio Mattos continues, and I’ve accepted a commission to write a piece for prepared piano, using…

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The Saga of the 2012 LA Composers Project

Holy hell, what a week last week was. I was really excited to play guitar with What’s Next? Ensemble for the US premiere of AutoSonata Beta at their fourth annual LA Composers Project at Royal/T. I was honored to have had the piece selected in the first place, and then ecstatic when they asked me…

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Listen to Daníel Bjarnason

When I was working for the American Youth Symphony, they commissioned a piece from an Icelandic composer named Daníel Bjarnason. I watched this video online of one of his pieces, and, to be honest, was pretty blown away. I picked up his CD, Processions, but never really gave it a good listen until last week.…

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