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I’m a chamber composer, folk improviser & educator based in Richmond, Virginia; whose creative objectives derive directly from my personal objective: to overcome a life-long sense of ‘out-of-place-ness’ / diaspora.

My path has been non-traditional — forged primarily through self-study & private mentorships. I earned a BA in music in 2014 & was awarded the Gilman International Scholarship for studies at Tbilisi State Conservatoire. I’ve hosted radio programs on WRIR & WMMT, designed electronics with Death By Audio, studied fiddle at Cowan Creek Mountain Music School & was a composer fellow at the 2017 Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

I work as a music teacher for incarcerated youth & am a member of Rumput kroncong ensemble & RAIC improvisation collective. My pursuit of music is motivated by a need of belonging & community. Recent collaborators include RVA Baroque, Classical Revolution RVA, composer Peni Candra Rini, pianist Vicky Chow, & violist Carrie Frey.  //   CV  //   works list
1204 Greenville Ave., Richmond, Virginia 23220

Elsewhere :

Richmond Avant Improv Collective
free improvisation recording & performance collective

Richmond-based Indonesian Kroncong music ensemble

Rediscovering the 20th Century
incomplete archives of WRIR radio program (2012–2014)
personal composition bandcamp

youtube channel
a few compositions-in-progress, also many curated playlists

hickory house
experimental improvisation trio
writings & excerpts from articles & books
(more or less defunct)

Friends & Collaborators :

John Dombroski
nomadic improviser & sound artist

Norma Jean Haynes
folklorist, singer, banjoist

Carrie Frey
NYC-based violist

Vicky Chow
NYC-based pianist

Kelly MacDonald
KY/OH-based guitarist & improviser

Sara Louise Callaway (Soltau)
Louisville-based violinist

RVA Baroque
committed to bringing pre-classical music to Richmond

Classical Revolution RVA
committed to bringing composed music to Richmond

Peni Candra Rini
Indonesian composer & vocalist

Larry Polansky
CA-based composer

Benjamin Broening
Richmond, VA-based composer

collaborator Ben Jaffe’s no wave band

Death By Audio
radical music electronics

Studio Two Three
Richmond’s community print studio

WRIR 97.3 FM
Richmond community radio

mountain community radio

Cowan Creek Mountain Music School
traditional summer music program in eastern KY

Bang on a Can
contemporary music organization

Appalachian Luthiery
instrument workshop in eastern KY

International Melodies :
approximately 2500 international traditional tunes
approximately 200 international traditional tunes
focus on Northern European & Scandinavian tunes
focus on Bulgarian tunes
Armenian songbook
German & Austrian tunes
Middle Eastern Music Archive (MEMA) at William & Mary
int’l Bouzouki tunes
many tunes from Ireland & Brittany
focus on English dance tunes
Traditional Tune Archive (TTA)
several international & many English tune collections
lyrics & tunes to child ballads & other traditional music

Invaluable Resources :

PennSound archive
recordings of modern & contemporary poets

Tom Johnson’s Music by my Friends
audio programs introducing notable composers & their work

Matt Marble’s Secret Sound podcast
diverse esoteric influences on American music