Musician | Producer | Educator
As a musician, I have the good fortune to have a career that has encompassed jazz, classical, Brazilian and rock, as both a pianist and a flautist, as a soloist, leader and a band-member. As a composer, I have written for string ensembles and woodwind quintets as well as original jazz compositions for my own two albums as a leader, “Like Water” and “Revolving”.
Originally from Seattle, I moved to NYC to study piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. There I came into contact with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron, who I later toured Europe with as a flutist with his band Canta Brasil; my career further developed with an emphasis on flute and composition. I have been featured with other greats such as Stefon Harris, Avishai Cohen, Bobby Hutchinson and Ravi Coltrane, as well as rock artists Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). More recent projects include collaborations with harpist Brandee Younger, composer David Chesky and trumpeter Lew Soloff. I can also be found featured on the recordings of Nilson Matta, Victor Gould and Meg Okura. I have recently worked as a producer for the singer-songwriter Hiromi Suda on her album "Nagi".
Fortunate to have worked with the younger generation of aspiring musicians in many settings, I have served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School, taught at the Manhattan School of Music, and hosted High School workshops as well as masterclasses at Blackhawk college, Utah Valley University, and the University of Louisville.
As a jazz musician that enjoys the creative and immersive experience of improvisation, it has been an incredible pleasure and greatly rewarding to work with Dr. Don Robin and Dr. Amy Ramage on furthering research into musical improvisation and the brain. As part of the program, we've introduced an outreach program for charter elementary schools focused on teaching kids about these topics on a foundational level. I travel to Durham, New Hampshire to participate in classes with the children as well as to work with the lab members (UNH students of neuroscience) – both an inspiration.
My collaborations continue with both Hiromi Suda and Brandee Younger and I am excited to be writing for my third album as a leader, to be recorded in the summer of 2018.