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I started teaching myself music when I was 14, when a friend lent me his electric guitar. Other instruments I’ve picked up include: tin whistle, mandolin, French musette.

I later formally studied violin, Scottish bagpipes, voice, piano, tabla, and composition. I graduated with a joint BA/MA in composition from Hunter College in 2011.

Here is some of the music I’ve composed over the past 7 years.

Phototactic for solo piano

A taxis is an innate behavioral response by an organism to a directional stimulus or gradient of stimulus intensity. Phototaxis, is then the movement of an organism in response to light.

Delicate structures for soprano saxophone, cello, and vibraphones

Delicate Structures is based on a highly melodic/rhythmic theme and its counterpoint. The theme appears out of nowhere in a modified form and is then being stated in its original form by the soprano saxophone, the cello and the vibraphone. An alternation of repetitive cells brings the piece to a climax before the theme disappears.

Half clarinet quartet for Bb and bass clarinets

The title is a bad pun (I didn’t want to use the word duet, so I called it half quartet).

The music is a sonatina in three movements: fast, slow, fast. It’s rich in counterpoint and features some rhythms I like (7/8).


Listen to the EP on Bandcamp

A better collapse for wind quintet

The original material for this wind quintet miniature was a choral piece sketch. This short piece was an exploration in timbral combinations for me.

I’m thankful that Washington Square Winds recorded it and featured it on their album.