About

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As a composer and improviser, I explore making music by crafting narratives without anchoring traditional plot elements. Instead, I create aural ’story spaces’ that inspire listeners to fill in the gaps with their own settings and characters, to create a unique listening experience that is different for every person with every listening. Primary influences on my work include painting, dance, cinema, and years of study (both academic and ‘hands-on’) of Japanese and Indonesian traditional court and theatre music.

I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University (Fort Wayne campus) and  a Master of Music degree in composition from Bowling Green State University. At BGSU I studied composition with Mikel Kuehn, Christopher Dietz, and Marilyn Shrude; improvisation with Rob Wallace and Thomas Rosekranz; and Balinese Gamelan with Kurt Doles. In July of 2020 I relocated to Honolulu, where I am a PhD student studying composition with Takuma Itoh and jiuta san-gen with Darin Miyashiro at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

In addition to my abstract music, I have also written music for cinema and theatre. These works includes a new string quartet score for the 1920 German silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which was commissioned by Fort Wayne Cinema Center performed live in October of 2017; and Marley is dead, an improvisation-based piece performed as one of the opening scenes of Jack Cantey’s Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in December 2017 (I also directed the singing and acted in the play).

My work as an improviser has included gigs as a soloist, and as both a member and leader of various ensembles in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Bowling Green, Ohio. I primarily play at house shows and in collaboration with other artists.

In addition to performing, I teach improvisation in masterclass and workshop settings. These sessions focus on encouraging the enjoyment of spontaneous music-making. This is achieved by discussing and practicing strategies and game pieces written by myself, and important improvisers of the past and present.