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Rather than inserting a standard composer’s bio here (you can see one of those here), I would prefer to share a few thoughts that motivate my work.  In general, I think of myself as a musician, someone who organizes sound for others to listen to.  But music is not simply what we hear.  The act of engaging music integrates other modes of communication like the visual and tactile realms.  A great performance reminds us of just how integral these are to a memorable musical experience.  As a result, I take these realms into consideration in my compositional designs.


A few random notes to myself: there are as many types of music as there are ways of thinking about music; different occasions require different solutions; all sounds, including noise, are appropriate for a composer’s palette; current technologies offer tremendous opportunities to push music in new directions; all cultural traditions are valid and one is not inherently ‘better’ than another.


Since these broad guidelines often carry me into seemingly disparate directions, I take comfort in Emerson’s phrase from “Self Reliance,” “The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it will straighten itself to the average tendency. Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.”

photo credit: Greg Halpern