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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. F[...]

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, [...]

April Performances Bring May Rent


I'm happy to report that I'll be joining Evan Ziporyn and MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika for four performances of Evan's piece "Tire Fire" in April. Shows are: 4/5: UMass Lowell 4/13: MIT (Cambridge, MA) 4/20: Philips Academy (Andover, MA) 4/28: Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Concert, Alice Tul[...]

Beautiful Weekend Full-Length on the Way


We've put the first two songs from our upcoming album Holy Hype! up on our Bandcamp page. The record will be out April 17th on Peacock Recordings.[...]

Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay


I just finished up the music for Sara Ebrahimi's short documentary Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay, which will be debuting this spring at Rooftop Films in NYC. Thanks a bundle to Nikan Milani for the Persian music lesson! [...]

Back From London, Working on New Music


The Barbican "Central Market" show was super fun! I met a lot of great people and heard some amazing music!* I'm currently finishing up a a piece for Brooklyn Brass, which will be performed this summer. *Defs check out Gyan Riley, Missy Mazzoli, [...]

Press for Central Market Shows


The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The FADER![...]