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New Chamber Piece


I'm super psyched to announce the world premier of my newest piece, You Will Never See Another Silver Fox! It's being performed by the group Boston Nonet at Harvard's Holden Chapel on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm. [...]

Giving Credit(s) to Chopin


For those of you keeping track at home, a few months ago I posted about an arrangement of a Chopin piece that I recorded* for a film. The film is Drew Tobia's [...]
NATO: A Coalition United for Peace

A Coalition United for Awesome Music


I'm psyched to have had the chance to work with composer John Kusiak on a short film for the Eisenhower Memorial website. The video, NATO: A Coalition United for Peace, details Eisenhower's role in the formation of NATO. Check it out!.[...]

Critical Band


I'm excited to be playing guitar in a new project, Critical Band, which will have its first show on October 11th, 2013 at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA. The eleven-piece ensemble was put together by Evan Ziporyn to celebrate the music of composer Steve Martland. Also on the program is [...]

Official Selection


A few months ago, I had the pleasure of composing music for a television pilot entitled "Sharing," which was created by Damian Lanigan. I'm pleased to report that it's been chosen as an official selection for the New York Television Festival's 2013 Independent Pilot Competition.[...]

New Piece Debuting This Friday


This Friday, Duo Orfeo will be debuting a new piece of mine, Spectral Lines, at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church. Also on the bill is music by Albéniz, Granados, Tárrega, Llobet, Frank Wallace, and Phillip de Fremery. Here's a blog post by the duo talking about the program. [...]

Heading Back to London


I'm pleased to be heading back to London with Tyondai Braxton and the rest of the Central Market Ensemble. This time around, the group is being joined by the London Sinfonietta as part of an evening of all-around incredible music.[...]

Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay


Last year I composed music for Sara Zia Ebrahimi's film "Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay" -- a short, animated jaunt through the modern history of Iran and how it has intersected with and impacted the film maker's life. The film has since debuted at Rooftop Films in NYC and is scheduled for an upcomi[...]

“Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay” at Rooftop Films


Sarah Zia Ebrahimi's Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay, a film I did the music and sound design for, is making its New York debut at Rooftop Films this Wednesday, July 4th. [...]

Hecka-Performances This Week — Starting Tonight


So, check it: 1. I'll be playing guitar with Gamelan Galak Tika this Friday in the second of four performances of Evan Ziporyn's Tire Fire that are taking place this month. This show is happening at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, MA. Other shows: 4/20 Phillips Academy in Andover, [...]