Music is great! I am involved with music in several capacities. Read on here or scroll down to hear some samplings of my work.
I have been playing trumpet since I was 9 years old and have honed my craft on the instrument through thousands of hours of practice and extensive private study with great musicians including Mike Rose, Chris Barnes, Dann Zinn, Tiger Okoshi, and Dan Rosenthal. Over the years I have played and performed in dozens of groups running the gamut from classical orchestra to indie rock. I've been fortunate to work with some incredibly dedicated music directors including Dave Eshelman, Paul Contos, Fred Harris, and Barb Catlin. My performing career has had many memorable moments, including sharing the stage with musical titans like Miguel Zenón, Sean Jones, Jacob Collier, and Wilbur Soot.
If you are looking for a trumpet player for a recording session or gig, contact me! I specialize in Jazz and improvisation, but am comfortable in any genre.
My love of writing music began at age 12, when I got my first laptop, which came pre-loaded with GarageBand. I became obsessed with picking out loops and arranging and rearranging them in a process that could scarcely be called writing. As I dove deeper, I started making more music from scratch rather than from pre-recorded loops, and I learned a great deal about writing and producing: song structure, drum patterns, mixing and mastering, sound design, effects, chord progressions. All of this was almost 100% self-taught, through countless hours of looping, experimentation, and YouTube tutorials. Some time in high school, I graduated from GarageBand to Ableton Live, which is now my primary tool for making music.
If you are looking for someone to mix, master, or produce your music, contact me!
Only within the last few years have I been able to pull enough skills together to release music as a solo artist. In college, I started getting more serious about playing guitar and piano, writing lyrics, singing, and recording. It was, and continues to be, a whole lot of effort and vulnerability, but I felt that all of it was necessary to realize my creative vision. I recorded my first EP, Lock With No Key, in several dorm rooms and bedrooms using only a laptop and a USB microphone. My second EP, Song from Silhouette, was recorded slightly more legitimately, in my studio apartment with an actual microphone and audio interface. Despite the lack of gear and the immense effort involved, making music as a solo artist has been incredibly satisfying and I do not plan on stopping anytime soon.
If you listen to my music, please let me know what you think!
Lock With No Key
Lock With No Key is my first fully fledged project as a solo artist. I wanted to challenge myself to write, record, produce, mix, master, and publish a full EP entirely on my own. It's by far the most amount of work I've put into any musical project, but also by far the most fulfilling.
Song from Silhouette
My second EP, Song from Silhouette, is now streaming! This is a collection of four original songs, created by taking small bits of technical jargon and twisting and expanding them into something more human.
Breakout! Nakanishi Quartet Live at Bird & Beckett
I've had the pleasure of working with saxophonist and composer Eric Nakanishi frequently over the course of my musical career. In November 2021, Eric performed two sets of original music at Bird & Beckett in San Francisco. I mixed and mastered the recordings from the concert into a full live album, a first for Eric and for myself.
Sounds of the Heart
I most recently collaborated with Eric on his sonically ambitious album "Sounds of the Heart", comprising music for solo saxophone and several duets.
My jazz orchestra debut; written to feature trumpeter Sean Jones. Yes, I wrote the melody during a rewatch of the Harry Potter movies. But the real wizard could be anybody...
One of my earlier small group originals, featuring vocalist Talia Khan. In writing this I tried to capture some feelings of anxiety and disassociation that I had been experiencing.