-Hive, a trio consisting of Ben Kraus, Kyle McCarter and myself, have worked considerably on an EP, which we recorded over the summer at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn. The EP contains 5 of my compositions that highlight the unique abilities of all of us, as we are all very active forces in the creative process of the trio. We are preparing for our release show, which will likely take place in early Spring, in Brooklyn. Additionally, we have recently debuted music at Strand and Queens Kickshaw (Astoria), Silvana and Shrine (Manhattan), and we are scheduled to play Rockwood Music Hall on Friday, April 1st. More about Hive:
-Adrianna Mateo will lead a string quartet in presenting the second movement of my piece Mangrooves (2010) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 26th. Adrianna is an inspiring and prolific artist. Here is the info:
Recording with Glenn Branca
- On February 23rd and 24th I will be recording a live ably with the Glenn Branca Ensemble at The Kitchen in Chelsea. The music is from the Third Ascension, which we toured in Europe in October of 2014, and premiered in the US at the Bang on a Can marathon this past summer. The shows are currently sold out. Info:
ASCAP Plus Award
-I have been awarded the ASCAP Plus Award for the third time. Thanks ASCAP for the ongoing support of living composers!
Teaching at Columbia
-The past fall I began teaching Ear Training at Columbia University. I am very lucky to be working with such great teachers/musicians who share similar ideologies. I have been able to further develop specific teaching techniques that involve learning how to hear and respond to musical stimuli via improvisation. I very much look forward to continuing to work with this team.
Kaufman Music Center (jazz theory/music theory/tonal composition)
- At Kaufman Music Center I have continued my role as a classroom teacher and private lesson instructor (guitar). My classes are focused on music theory. Some of the highlights have been seeing the really fantastic work of students as they explore tonal composition and analysis. They are inspired, and a pleasure to teach. Additionally, I began teaching Jazz Theory to high school juniors. We are looking at various style periods, improvising, composing, and presenting on artists through analysis of historical, and stylistic/theoretical trends.