Born: December 4, 1964 Primary Instrument: Drums
I am a drummer, composer, improviser, and educator. My work is animated by a lifelong fascination with rhythm, space, and a drum-based sensibility for melody and energy.
I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and studied with Ed Blackwell, Bill Lowe, Bill Barron, Robert O'Meally, and the writer Annie Dillard when I was at Wesleyan University in the 1980s. In those years I played with a diverse assortment of musicians including Brad Mehldau, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Thomas Chapin, Joe Fonda, Mario Pavone, Wes Brown, David Bindman, Dicky Wells, Chris Lightcap, Matt Moran, Paul Flaherty, Michael Attias, Anthony Braxton, Jackie McLean, and Wadada Leo Smith....
“(an) outstanding jazz and experimental percussionist…” Timeout NY
… extremely imaginative… …expansive and intimate…something to place alongside … Burkhard Beins, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Le Quan Ninh. Jason Bivins, Signal to Noise
Willing to teach:
I studied with Ed Blackwell for years, and took one lesson with Alan Dawson. My teaching reflects my learning through these two masters, plus my own experiences. I teach private students in New York City and as I travel. Contact me for details.
Clinics are aimed at students and music teachers. I have presented workshops across the U.S. and in Europe and Central America on the following subjects: Junk Percussion workshop Improvisation workshop Small Ensemble workshop Extended Techniques for Drummers Engaging Students through Drumming--for Artists & Teachers Junk Percussion & the Classroom--for school music teachers