Spring 2016 Update

Hi Everyone!

It has been a busy, but exciting past few months. I took a break from commissions over the past 8 months in order to finish my dissertation, but I am happy to say that is is finally complete! My dissertation research took a look into how college percussion educators address music theory topics through the marimba. This project involved analyzing almost every method book written for the marimba, a nation-wide survey of college percussion educators, and my research culminated with the creation of a new method book for marimba that addresses topics found in first year college music theory Better picclassrooms. My new method book includes 22 solo works for marimba, and each piece isolates topics covered in first year college music theory classes. If you are interested in a preview copy of my new method book, let me know via the contact page on my website.

I am also excited to announce my newest collaboration with the Decho Ensemble! This summer, the Decho Ensemble will be premiering several works by Norwegian Composers as part of nyMusikks komponistgruppe, and for their feature concert they have commissioned me to write a new duet for alto and soprano Saxophone. I have already begun working on this 12-14 minute long piece, and I am looking forward to the premier this summer in Norway!

The Aaron Tinjum & the Tangents album is finally released! After almost two years of recording, our CD is finally out and we will be performing several
concerts in the DC area to promote this album. a1681216133_10I had the pleasure of playing drums, piano (only the easy stuff…the impressive work was done by David Chavez), electric guitar, and background vocals. You can stream the album on spotify, or purchase the album on almost all major distributers such as amazon and iTunes.

Speaking of Aaron Tinjum & the Tangents, we will be opening for James McCartney (son of Sir James Paul McCartney) on June 9th at Jammin Java in Vienna, VA! Reserved seats are almost sold out, but there are still tickets available for purchase.

That is all for now! Please keep an eye on my website over the next few months for more updates!




Performances, Events, and Releases!

First off, thank you all for supporting the Mason New Sound Collective this past semester. In our two concerts, we were able to premier 11 new works written by George Mason Composers and perform for a diverse audience of academics and community members. Sadly, this is my final semester working with this ensemble, but my good friend and colleague Adam Rothenberg will be taking over in the Spring. Please continue to support this group and new music at George Mason University.

I am really excited to announce that Duo Montagnard will be premiering a revised version of my alto saxophone and guitar duet, A New Beginning, on January 16th at the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium. This piece was originally written for myself and saxophonist Kyle Landry as part of the 2011 RPM Challenge. This work has only been performed once, and when I was approached by Duo Montagnard saxophonist Dr. Joseph Murphy about if I had written any music for saxophone and guitar, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to revise this piece.


Speaking of the RPM challenge, composer and pianist Tory Miller and I’s newest album with the group Fo(u)r Hands was released on August 12th by Young Hour Records. For this album, we collaborated with Heavy.com writer Tucker Cummings and artist, writer, and musician R.T. Quinn who wrote inspired (and totally real) liner notes for each track while it was being improvised. The album is only available digitally through Young Hour Records.

Over the last 2 years I have had the pleasure of recording with the folk-rock band Aaron Tinjum and the Tangents and I am so excited to announce that our first full-length album will be released on January 23rd, 2016! We will be hosting our album release show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. and tickets are already on sale! For this show we are excited to be joined by fellow D.C. musicians Kitchen Noise, Louis Weeks, and Stranger in the Alps. Tickets are $12 in advanced and I expect them to sell out quickly so don’t hesitate to buy yours now!

Lastly, this coming Saturday I will be performing an acoustic set with Marijke at 8pm at Brion’s Grill in Fairfax. Come join us for a fun, relaxing, and free night of music featuring some holiday classics and some new original tunes. More details on this event can be found on our Facebook page.

That is all for now! Thanks for reading!


New Website, Performances, and Summer 2015

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new website and online store! I personally want to thank Peter and the folks at Pingreel for all of the hard work that was put into the design.

On Monday June 22nd, I will be playing with Aaron Tinjum & The Tangents at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA as we open for singer and songwriter Sam Amidon. Tickets are $15 and are still available but they are going fast!

In the spring I recorded a full-length debut album with Marijke, and I am happy to announce that we are in week four of releasing a song a week for free. The entire album will be available soon, but for now you can listen and download the first four songs on our Soundcloud page.

On Saturday June 20th, my piece An African Footprint will be performed as part of Baylor University’s Summer Music Camp under the direction of Dr. Philip Obado. This piece along with my newest work for band Eastern Winds will be featured as part of a new music for band session at the New England Band Directors Institute (NEBDI). NEBDI will take place July 9-11th at Plymouth State University. Any band directors or students who are interested can still register online.

Lastly, I am excited to announce that I will be returning to the music theory faculty this summer for the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School (SYMS). I will be in residence for the last two weeks in July, and I am looking forward to teaching and writing in New Hampshire this summer.

Thanks for visiting and more updates soon!