I improvise for the present moment. It is all about feeling it... channeling it... being it.... in the present moment. I'm happy improvising, and I'm happy to let work exist only as long as it does.
There's no substitute for listening to improvised music live; as with all forms of improvisation, something human -- something ~extra~ is happening in the room when you are with the person... as they are discovering what they are saying.
But of course, sometimes it's recorded!
Since Music Directing my first show with the ImprovBoston National Touring Company in October 2013, I have dove headfirst into the world of improvised musical comedy [How niche of me]. In addition to over 200 shows with resident casts at ImprovBoston, I have performed at the Providence ImprovFest, UCB.
I've performed with some of the best musical improvisers in Boston, with the ImprovBoston Mainstage, BUMP, the ImprovBoston National Touring Company, and more.
M&N: Musical Improv Duo began in 2014 when Mac asked me to MD so *he* could have a one man, improvised musical. It grew into a beautiful & chaotic duo show with over 60 performances. In addition to more than a dozen venues in Boston (from Great Scott to a moped convention). We performed in New York multiple times (NYMIF & the Pit), ChiMIF, & "Happier Valley" out in Western, MA.
In addition to M&N, I've performed with (and coached) numerous indie teams including: Musical Love Triangle, Diana: all female musical Harold, Agent Superball, Mango & Yeti.
Below are some pictures, check out the Attend tab to come see it... live!
Some music is entertainment, for wide audiences. While ideally art meets in the middle, I make experimental art that is really dedicated to pushing boundaries (if only my own) of what is possible and enjoyable to be with.
Back in 2015 I made some video + sound installations that were not documented. I make videos to be performed with live. Its a bit of theatre, a bit of music, a bit of insanity.
I will be performing at a spot "co-incidence"
List of Pieces
You play guitar
Chums introspective 2016
I made this piece for a site-specific concert at Chum's -- Brandeis' student run coffee house (in a castle). I prepared this work to document the composers & performers involved. It is silent. It was looped while folks were entering the space.
I have a passion for making space for artists to inhabit.
This stretches back to my freshman year of high school, when I started a Battle of the Bands. It was the one successful class fundraiser, but because I was a dweeb, I didn't get reelected to be a "class officer".
As an undergrad at Brandeis, I founded the "Undergrad Composers' Collective". Although well known for its graduate department in composition, this group created semesterly opportunities for undergrad students to have their works performed. I learned a lot about how to "make shit happen".
I organized two special site specific concerts: one at the Rose Art Museum, and the other at the Chum's Coffee House.
Currently, I am organizing a concert series at my new home studio in Medford. "Lunacy"
As with making, the act of creating a space for others to have a platform aims to validate makers, to quench the natural thirsts of audiences and performers alike. Being critically engaged with performance practice, traditions, and identities helps make better spaces. I continue to empowering young artists as an educator, but I have graduated to curating special spaces for inter-disciplanary making, performance, and story telling.
Ultimately, hosting events is the creation of liminal & temporary communities. I have the deepest values and trust in the, and I connect audiences and performers to the deeper sense of trust that exists. Its a tough world out there. These aren't a "break" its the tail of the dog. Wagging.