Educators are role models. We are living, breathing inspiration for our students. We don’t have all of the answers and never will, but can guide future generations through our experiences. This is how I hope to interact with musicians of tomorrow.
Diving into the research of our craft allows us to perform and teach with a foundation. The investigative and problem-solving skills that we learn in the practice room are the same that are necessary to discover, ask, and resolve the great issues surrounding music and musicians from any era.
As a performer I hope to allow the listener/viewer to ask questions about themselves and the world in which we live. Performing allows me to embody the variety of characters, atmospheres and textures I feel in my daily life in New York and abroad.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying Michael Jordan and the mid-90s Chicago Bulls were among my childhood heroes. I grew up day-dreaming that I was playing alongside Michael, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr, BJ Armstrong and the whole gang. When I’d watch games I would always have a basketball and hoop nearby to fantasize about being right there […]
As I am writing this, I am riding back on Amtrak from performing with the Talea Ensemble at Brandeis University last night. The last piece on the program, Pierluigi Billone’s Mani.Long, was the cornerstone of the program, and had marked the third time this month that the ensemble had played the piece in concert. The process of […]
“Percussion music is revolution”
“The musician who knows when less can mean more.”Momoko Kamiya
“His vibraphone sound is amazing! His technical skills are great!”Andrei Pushkarev
“HONESTY – AUTHENTICITY – TRUTH”Terry Bozzio