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Hi there, here's a rundown of what I'm up to in general. I compose, perform, and write. My work tries to analyze and strategize toward ways of living in a world beyond the domination of capital.
Most of my pieces are best (or at least aspire to be) seen as activities or practices. They are things to do, indifferent to audience or documentation - if I'm lucky, sort of 'dense-empty zones'. They try to position themselves against and beyond the logics and relations in which we are inculcated - and by which we are consistently separated from one another, from the earth, from ourselves. I often think about silence, listening, absolute contingency, what a truly immanent world might be.
Grounding much of my work is writing by Quentin Meillassoux, Alain Badiou, and Deleuze & Guattari. I have also had the fortune of being influenced by many friends/mentors in and around the Wandelweiser Collective. Currently I am thinking about what a 'speculative music' might be, something in line with Meillassoux's speculative materialist project which would bring a political and ethical practice alongside music (or to see what the consequences for music/art would be if we do so). I think this sort of thing - this sort of 'music' if we can call it that - has been happening, in fact, for quite a long time.
I have performed most recently and frequently with Ordinary Affects (guitar). I have worked with people including: Aaron Foster Breilyn, Amnon Wolman, Andy Graydon, Andy Young, Christian Wolff, Eva-Maria Houben, Jennie Gottschalk, Joachim Eckl, James P. Falzone, Jürg Frey, Florian Dombois, Laura Cetilia, Leah Levinson, Manfred Werder, Michael Pisaro, Morgan Evans-Weiler, Ryoko Akama, Sarah Pitan, and TJ Borden. I co-direct, with Aaron Foster Breilyn, an experimental music festival in Boston, the co-incidence festival. I also produce vespers, a series of experimental music (on hiatus). I have had music released on reading group, elsewhere, Wandelweiser, dinzu artefacts, ftarri-meena, fwd:rcrds, another timbre, marginal frequency, and rhizome.s.
I live in Minneapolis, MN and am making my way through a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society at The University of Minnesota, specializing in speculative philosophy, statelessness and blackness, and sound studies. I have an M.F.A. in music composition from CalArts, where I studied with Michael Pisaro, and a B.A. in English and Music from Colby College.