I am a composer, performer, and writer. My work centers around the relation between music and truth, with a special focus on theorizing silence as such. Some questions that interest me are, what would constitute a music that speculates? How can thought access the absolute? Music has long been said to have a cosmic aspect to it: how might this 'true music' be approached non-dogmatically? And what might it offer us in terms of knowledge of things-in-themselves? I am oriented in this, philosophically, by thinkers including Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux, and Simone Weil and, musically, by those in and around the Wandelweiser Collective.
I perform and improvise mainly on guitar and no-input mixer, most recently and frequently with the ensemble Ordinary Affects. I've had the great opportunity to work with and learn from a range of experimental musicians. The friendships formed and influence these people have had on my thinking and music have been enormous.
In addition, I co-direct, with Aaron Foster Breilyn, an experimental music festival in Boston, the co-incidence festival. I ran vespers, a series of experimental music concerts in Boston. And now, in Minneapolis, I co-organize the Hearkening film and music series with Andy Graydon. I've had music released on reading group, elsewhere, Wandelweiser, dinzu artefacts, ftarri/meena, fwd:rcrds, Another Timbre, marginal frequency, and rhizome.s. Some of it is on my bandcamp and this site.
I live in Minneapolis, MN and am making my way through a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society at the University of Minnesota. My broad research areas are in speculative philosophy, revolutionary theory, and experimental music. At UMN I study with Michael Gallope & Arun Saldanha. Before moving to Minnesota I lived in Boston and, prior to that, I received an MFA in music composition from CalArts, where I studied with Michael Pisaro-Liu.