I grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a small town in East Tennessee that was created as part of the Manhattan Project. I never dreamt that writing music could be a viable career path, but I started composing my sophomore year of college and haven’t stopped since. As a kid, I casually sang in choir, played piano and percussion. As an undergrad at Columbia University I was exposed to the kaleidoscopic sound world that is New York City. Within weeks I saw an installation of amplified lightbulbs at The Stone, a concert of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Carnegie Hall that gave me synethsesia and heard my first Indian Raga. These experiences expanded my understanding of what music could be, and created an insatiable love of sound that has taken me all over the globe.
In Thailand, I lived and collaborated with Thai artists for several years. We created pieces for the United Nations and the Patravadi Theater. My site-specific installation Lonely Traveler was featured in the 2011 Ruhrtriennale in Essen Germany, and She Gone Rogue (dir Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker) was featured in the 2012 Hammer Biennial (LA) and 2014 Whitney Biennial. I traveled with members of wild Up and Jodie Landau to Reykjavik, Iceland to create You of All Things with the Bedroom Community.
This past season, I was a composer on HOPSCOTCH with director Yuval Sharon. My work for HOPSCOTCH was hailed as “ineffably moving” by Marc Swed of the LA Times and “radiant” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker. My percussion piece Fear | Release was commissioned and recorded by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and will be released on Sono Luminus in 2016.
This season, I am an Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust, where I will get to collaborate with wild Up, Jodie Landau, Royce Vavrek, Beth Morrison Projects, and VisionIntoArt. My percussion piece for LAPQ will be included on LA Phil's Noon to Midnight day of new music. My music in Buster's Mal Heart will be heard at the Toronto Film Festival.
My upcoming projects include a solo cello piece for Johannes Moser, Fantomas with Travis Preston, Prism with Roxie Perkins and James Darrah, The Colony with Sarah Adina Smith, a concept album with Jodie Landau, and a new commission from Opera America. I split my time between my two favorite cities – Los Angeles, where I attended CalArts for my MFA (2011) and New York.