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Cadences Too Boring?


Murder, She Wrote: The most powerful Neapolitan chord available without a prescription. [...]
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New Pieces Debuting on the 18th

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Four Richard Brautigan Poems, a set of poems I arranged for flute, clarinet, and voice, will debut on January 18th as part of the Advent Library Concert Series. 8 - 10pm: The program, running from 8 - 10pm, is: Whisper Solos (2011): solo interpretations by Rebecca, Todd, and Matt Suite f[...]
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Death of a Mug

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Years ago, I was gifted a very special mug from my pal and at-the-time bandmate, David Altman. He knew that I had been looking for a very large mug (for reasons that are too boring to get into here) and informed me, via whatever 2004-ish chat-consolidation software I was using at the time, that he o[...]
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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[...]
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It’s My Birthday Today


Beautiful Weekend, my project with Noell Dorsey, started years ago as an Olive Grain cover band. Olive Grain was a duo, one-half of which was my friend Craig Colorusso. Their only release contained six songs, the second of which, "Lily," I listen to every year on my birthday. [...]
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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.[...]
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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[...]
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Music Built Around Accidentally Mis-Analyzing O.M.D.’s “If You Leave”

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I was sorting through the ol' hard drive(s) today and happened upon some music that I wrote for a project a couple of years ago which, sadly, never saw the light of day. I don't remember much about writing this other than thinking that I wanted the quiet, chuggy guitar to sound just like the qui[...]
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Remixing My Brother’s Family


My brother, sister-in-law, and five-year-old niece came up to visit a few weeks ago. After learning that they were also oatmeal-for-breakfast-most-mornings people, I introduced them to steel-cut oats which, of course, provide the ultimate oatmeal experience (taking preparation time into account (can[...]
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Alzheimer’s Association

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I'm pleased to have provided the music for Rational Media Group's super-touching One Thing video -- a project made in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association. Having spent the past too-many years watching my grandmother slowly fade away into the creepy void of this peculiar disease, I'm ho[...]