I am a dynamic and engaging contemporary saxophonist, composer, artist, and music educator. Originally from Detroit Michigan, I currently teach, perform, and live in New York City.
As a performer and composer I have dedicated my career to presenting unique and engaging works of art that immerse the audience and evoke questions. This philosophy has fueled my exploration of new means of sound production and the invention of new and unusual musical instruments. Most recently, I premiered my new work, “NODE,” at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan. This piece featured a purpose built interactive mechanical-feedback instrument, which reverberates sound through a 10-foot spring controlled by a computer, creating feedback loops and resonance.
In my work as a chamber musician, I regularly perform in a wide range of styles and instrument combinations. I am a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet, which has won numerous awards, including prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition.
It is my mission as both a soloist and chamber musician to promote the creation and dissemination of new works through performance, composition, and commissioning. Recently, as part of a commissioning project, the Viridian Quartet premiered, “Four Brothers,” a four movement jazz suite by Grammy Award winning jazz arranger Bill Cunlife.
I hold a doctoral degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University. I am the Program Manager for the 92nd Street Y School of Music and on faculty as a saxophone teacher.
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