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Actual News

Music for People in Japan


I’m pleased to report that the film will be having its world premier at Independent Film Festival Boston this month (May 6th – May 16th). This year’s program is entirely online and all films can be streamed by registering over at the festival site.

H[oz]torical Arrangments


I provided some historical music arrangements for PBS | American Experience’s film, American Oz, detailing the life and times of author L. Frank Baum—the creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and other Oz books.

New Workshop Alert!


It’s slowly becoming clear to me that a significant part of my “whole thing” is my apparent compulsion to help people who don’t feel super comfortable talking about music feel more confident talking about music—and, therefore, more likely to collaborate in musical ways with their fellow travelers.

The World of the Wampanoag


Over the past month or so, I’ve been working away on the original score for a two-episode podcast series, produced by Ben Franklin’s World and the Omohundro Institute, entitled, “The World of the Wampanoag.”

Next Music Literacy Workshop


On November 28th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (EST), I will, once again, be leading my workshop, Music Literacy for Content Creators.

New Jam: “Break Down”


Don’t Every Lie To Anyone—my music project with Jordyn Bonds—has been collaborating with our bud, Noell Dorsey, on five new singles, which we’re releasing one-at-a-time (as we finish them).

I’m pleased to report that the second of those songs, “Break Down” hit the tubes TODAY.

Zynthetic Zketches Vol. 2


New Music Alert!


I'm PSYCHED to report that today, Don't Ever Lie To Anyone—my long time live-music collaboration with Jordyn Bonds—is releasing our first ever recording! The song "Fall in Circles" is the first of five tracks that we'll be releasing one-by-one over the next few weeks/months. While we s[...]

Music Literacy Workshop


On August 29th from 1-5pm (EST), I'll, once again, be leading/teaching/hosting my workshop, Music Literacy for Content Creators. I keep trying to find new, better, more entertaining ways to say it, but nothing my beats my first attempt: The class takes a deep dive into the constituent el[...]

Salem Film Fest Q&As


The Salem Film Fest is entering its last week—running through July 30th! As a member of the festival's screening committee, I can report firsthand that this year's collection includes some truly amazing entries. In addition to screening films, I was super lucky to get to moderate a coupl[...]