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Animal Hospital Ensemble

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Here's a thing: I spent this past weekend playing guitar in Kevin Micka's Animal Hospital Ensemble -- a thirty-something piece group organized to perform three songs from Kevin's 2009 album "Memory." There were two performances; one at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI and the other at M[...]
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John Cage Score


While attending a cook-out* at my friend Craig's house this past Saturday to celebrate his total triumph at the deCordova Sculpture Park earlier that day, he pulled out a hand-written John Cage score, composed in 1955 (or, at the very least, gifted in 1955) for a co-worker/friend of his, sculptor Da[...]
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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, [...]
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Film Music

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I just finished up the music for Mathias Pardo's new film Les Vacances de Victor et Lisa. I HIGHLY recommend working with someone who lives in a time zone that's twelve hours away from you. You get a couple hours in the morning and evening to hang/discuss and you each get to do your actual work w[...]
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Vimeo and Quicktime

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I feel obligated to tell the world about this problem after spending hours trying to figure out how to fix it. It would appear that Quicktime saves Vimeo movies in a peculiar way resulting in a "time value error." This became particularly clear to me when attempting to import a Vimeo-downloaded [...]
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Press for Central Market Shows


The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The FADER![...]
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New Chamber Piece Debuts — March 19, 2011


The Till by Turning ensemble will be performing a brand new piece of mine, "Icecracker," as well as other new works*, on March 19th at Roulette (20 Greene Street, New York, NY). The show starts at 8:30pm. *And, of course, Henry the horse dances the waltz. [...]
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One Down, Two to Go-go!


The Walker Art Center show in Minneapolis was super fun! Thanks to Doug and all of the nice people. Up next: Lincoln Center tomorrow night -- tickets are still on sale here. The last stop on this leg is Thursday at the Library of Congress in D.C. -- the show is free, but you have to reserve [...]
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London Show Added


I'll be joining Tyondai Braxton & The BBC Symphony Orchestra in performing Music from "Central Market" as part of the festival "Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich" at The Barbican in London U.K on May 7th, 2011 Featuring the London premiere of Steve Reich’s "2x5" and European premiere[...]
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Tickets on Sale


Tickets are now on sale for the Lincoln Center performance! [...]