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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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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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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[...]
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“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. [...]
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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[...]
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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! [...]
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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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Press for Central Market Shows


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