I'm an American musician currently living in Utrecht. At the age of seventeen I moved to Hartford, Connecticut to study with the saxophonist Jackie McLean, and soon became involved with a community of musical autodidacts in Middletown, Connecticut, an hour to the south. From 1997 to 2001, I apprenticed with Anthony Braxton, touring with him and helping to develop his Ghost Trance music. I moved to New York in 1999 and continued to pursue an unconventional career inspired by organizations such as the Sun Ra Arkestra and the AACM. From 2005 to 2010 I ran the New Languages Festival, the first jazz festival dedicated to musicians that came up in the eighties and nineties. Since then New Languages has occasionally organized events that explore new conventions, sites, and time frames for live musical collaboration. From 2010 to 2013 I worked at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, where I explored auditory localization and social practice. From 2014 to 2017 I ran the Digital Arts studio at Bennington College.
I'm interested in our drive to synthesize composite events in thought and externalize them through a sensory-motor interface, creating social bonds. My work seeks to intervene in the conditions that determine musical discourse. I intervene culturally by substituting frames with divergent assumptions into familiar settings. I intervene perceptually by designing formalisms that mirror our intuitive capacities, then surveying them for limit cases and thresholds where salience breaks down or finds exemplary footing. I intervene cognitively by designing situations that carve out a space of unconsciousness for musicians, laying bare the inertia of our personal idiosyncrasies and biological faculties.