Director, Walford Studio; Composition
What I Do at SSU
I direct the the Walford Recording Studio and Composition program and teach courses in world music, recording arts and music technology, orchestration, and contemporary music history and theory. I also teach the composition seminar and private composition lessons.
I am a composer, percussionist, music technologist, and audio engineer with research interests in temporality, the intersections of technology and performance, global and popular music aesthetics, and acoustic ecology — concerns which continually inform my creative work. As a nature lover, my music often incorporates or is inspired by natural soundscapes.
My music has been commissioned and/or performed across North America and abroad by orchestras, choirs, theater companies, and professional ensembles such as So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Rhymes With Opera, as well as Sarah Gaston and the Polish Radio Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. Studio 4 Music, Keyboard Percussion Publications, and FuguFish publishing (ASCAP) have published my works. I am an active percussionist and electronic musician, performing with new music chamber groups and orchestras.
I continue to work closely with renowned ethnomusicologist, Paul Berliner, to record, edit, and mix the audio material that accompanies Berliner’s multiple publications on the Mbira Dzavadzimu music of Zimbabwe featuring the repertory of Berliner’s longtime collaborator and co-author, mbira master, Cosmas Magaya. (mbiraplatform.org)
As a member of Pulsoptional, I am part of a composers collective and new music ensemble originally based in Durham, NC. Our music straddles the boundaries between chamber music, rock, improvisation, and electronica. In addition to playing percussion and composing for the group, I engineered our self-titled debut CD as well as the title track of composer Christopher Adler's CD, Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze, performed by Pulsoptional and released on Innova Records.
My musical life began as a rock and jazz drummer and I started experimenting with composition and electronics at an early age. Before pursuing my doctorate in music composition at Duke University, I served on the percussion faculty of my alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA in music and philosophy, recipient of the Thelma Thompson composition award). My audio engineer experience spanned several years producing both pop and classical music in professional and project studios. My principal teachers have included Allen Anderson, Lynn Glassock, Scott Lindroth, Anthony Kelley, and Stephen Jaffe. I have previously taught at Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Furman University, Montgomery College, and Indiana University South Bend.