• Mo Sheachtaine na Gaeilge

    by  • August 5, 2017

    Coicís ó shin, chuaigh mé chuig Oideas Gael, scoil Gaeilge agus cultúr. Bhí sé turas an-deas agus d’eirigh mo chuid Gaeilge go mór. Rachaidh mé arís an bhlian seo chugainn. Bhí athas orm leis mo rang, mo chairde nua, agus an radharca, agus sheinm sa teach tabhairne leis na ceolteoiri ansin gach oíche. Tá foghlaim Gaeilge gliondar agus tá cleachtadh uaim!

    Blackbird Creative Lab

    by  • July 14, 2017

    Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to Ojai, CA to serve as the recording engineer for the first Blackbird Creative Lab, a new project this year from my long-time friends eighth blackbird. They’ve been making music for more than 20 years, and wanted to start passing on their knowledge and experience to the next generation of innovative composers and performers. Graduating music / audio tech student Jessica Griggs accompanied me as the technology intern, and we had a wonderful two weeks of making music, art, and friends. There are too many people to name, but it was wonderful.


    A Year of Gaeilge

    by  • February 26, 2017

    I haven’t posted for quite some time, but for the last year I’ve been studying the Irish Language (Gaeilge) and am currently taking a class online at Fairfield University taught by Prof. John Feeney, who is active in the Daltaí Na Gaeilge organization in the northeast of the US.  Ní líofa mé, ach is aiobhinn liom Gaeilge agus táim ag foghlaim gach lá.  Is mo theanga sinseartha í agus tá athas orm bí dalta i an Gaeltacht domhanda.

    Garden Crazy

    by  • June 30, 2014


    Gardens are pretty serious business here in Georgia, and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve got four different peppers, kale, tomatoes, basil, dill, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, cucumbers and an insane watermelon vine growing right now. If you want constant amazement in your life, coupled with an endless amount of mosquito bites, this is your thing.

    Getting Ready for PME

    by  • November 11, 2013


    The CSU Popular Music Ensemble has spent the semester learning the blues with local guitarist Neal Lucas, a fabulous dude and killer player. We’ll be dropping the jams on December 4 at The Loft Live, with Neal’s band joining in. It’s free and all ages!

    Another Great Summer at GHP

    by  • July 25, 2013


    The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is the longest continually-running summer program for gifted high school students in the US. It was my pleasure to return to Valdosta this year to serve for the 2nd straight year as the department head for Computers there. It was a great time, and the work that is done there is truly amazing.

    Thanks to Dale Lyles and all my great colleagues and students for a remarkable, memorable experience.

    Manchester New Music Mini-Festival

    by  • February 25, 2013


    I just spent a fantastic weeked in North Manchester, IN, where the Manchester New Music Mini-Festival was held. The festival accepted my video work Toccoa River Blues for performance. The festival was great, with lots of new music to take in, much of it performed by Dr. Farrell Vernon, who is the first person I’ve ever seen play the sopranino saxophone live.

    Also in attendance were Jorge Variego and Kyle Rowan, both former classmates at The University of Florida. Much appreciation to Tim Reed and the music department at Manchester University for a fantastic trip.

    Helping Out at The Loft Live!

    by  • January 20, 2013


    Many Columbus residents who enjoy live music know that the Loft is one of the best places in town to hear live music.  The CSU jazz and rock groups play there, and there’s always great musicians coming through the listening room and recording studio (The Heavy, Marshall Ruffin, and Willie Nelson to name a few).  From January 1 to January 17, the Loft’s upstairs club space was closed for renovations.  I’m happy to be part of the team redesigning, rewiring, and rethinking the sound system, along with Sam Phillips, Steve Meadows, Gavin MacDougall, and the incomparable Maurice Owens (Mr. O, if you know him).  This photo is the new stage about 30 minutes before reopening for stand-up comedy…  we were still wiring lights and sound circuits.  As my dad says, “Any creative activity will absorb 100% of the time allotted to it.”  Ain’t that the truth…

    This past Friday night, the band that was scheduled broke down in Tifton.  Sam, Brad, and I got to jam out on the stage we helped build, with some sulrty guest vocals from the fabulous Nesrin Asli.  There’s more work to be done, but it’s up and running!

    Dave Brubeck

    by  • December 6, 2012

    My first composition teacher, Anne Kish, used to tell stories about Dave Brubeck at her house during young composers weekends. She lived across the street from him when both of them were studying with Darius Milhaud.

    I don’t remember a lot of the stories but one has always stuck with me. She would say “Milhaud loved David the most of all of us”, and then recount the story of how, when Madeleine Milhaud would go out of town, Dave Brubeck would go over to Milhaud’s house to help him out — Milhaud spent much of his life in a wheelchair due to debilitating arthritis. Dr. Kish would say “David would lift his teacher out of the wheelchair to help him use the toilet. And this, you see, is love.”

    We’d listen to Brubeck a lot during those weekends… I’m humbled to be part of this lineage and carry these stories. I suppose if Milhaud is my compositional grandfather, Dave Brubeck is my cool uncle.

    Here’s a short film clip with Brubeck discussing Milhaud. RIP, Mr. Brubeck.