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 help organize concerts with friends in the various cities I've lived - now, Minneapolis. I've had music released on reading group, elsewhere, Wandelweiser, dinzu artefacts, ftarri/meena, fwd:rcrds, Another Timbre, marginal frequency, Suppedaneum, and rhizome.s. Some of it is on my bandcamp and this site.
Before moving to Minneapolis, I lived in Boston and, prior to that, I received an MFA in music composition from CalArts, where I studied with Michael Pisaro-Liu. I am now ABD in Comparative Studies in Discourse & Society at UMN, working on a dissertation on experimental music, philosophy, and silence, and studying with Arun Saldanha & Michael Gallope.