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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'[...]
1866 Torres


[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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Upcoming Performances

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1. Tomorrow, April 5th @ MIT's Kresge Auditorium, I'll be part of an ensemble of thirty-or-so musicians performing Terry Riley's In C. Apart from traditional, Western instruments, the piece will include Senegalese drummers, Balinese gongs, and some bizarro instruments built and performed by the MIT [...]

What I Like to Tell Myself About the Relationship Between the Lyrical and Harmonic Content of the Song “Things We Said Today” by The Beatles

Listen to this: Here’s what I think about when I hear the above song, “Things We Said Today,” by The Beatles: The singer of this song is speaking directly to a specific person -- a woman with whom he is romantically involved. Taking that dialogue into account, I divide the song up in[...]
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The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14

You can also read this post on So, a company called Faithways International released a record called The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 in or around, I guess, 1984. Neither I nor anyone I have spoken to about it over the years (the Internet included) has ever encountere[...]

Cadences Too Boring?

Murder, She Wrote: The most powerful Neapolitan chord available without a prescription. [...]