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Nice, But Bummy


I received a call from a film-composer friend a few weeks ago asking if I could record a classical guitar version of Chopin's [...]
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How’s Carl This Time?


There's good preliminary evidence to support this claim: As the excitement builds over the course of each hour-long Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! episode, Carl Kasell’s exclamation of the last two syllables of the word “Chicago,” commensurately, rises in pitch. -- The Backstory Perh[...]
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!.[...]
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Erlewine Guitars


So, at least once a year I head down to the great and glorious state of Texas to visit family. A few blocks away from my home base here in Austin is a store called Erlewine Guitars. I've attempted, on many occasions, to check out the shop, but it's never been open -- until yesterday. Apart fr[...]
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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 [...]
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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.[...]
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On [the] Battlestar Galactica [Mini-Series]


[caption id="attachment_1133" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bataille de l'Astre Galactique[/caption] Introductory, Biographical Note While I love science fiction, I wouldn't call my self a science-fiction PERSON. That is to say, if I were invited to a science-fiction themed movie night, I'[...]
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Retrofret


[caption id="attachment_1105" align="alignleft" width="158"] 1866 Torres[/caption] A couple of days ago, I had the chance to play a classical guitar made by the hella-master-builder Antonio de Torres courtesy of Retrofret in Brooklyn, NY. It's the first and only guitar I've ever played with a[...]
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The Rite of Spring


Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring turns one-hundred today. Without going too deep, I'll say that it's one of my favorite pieces of music of all time.* Apart from it being an utter and complete textural, rhythmic, and harmonic whirlwind, it, more than any other piece of music, clearly and conc[...]
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A Window


I don't offer this data with any judgements because I'm not even sure how to analyze it or what it means -- I just found it interesting in a spirit-of-thougtful-observation sort of way: I was riding a packed train (BU line) home last night* at, like, 11pm and found myself crammed in next to thre[...]