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Last week was a crazy one for me – six concerts in seven days, hitting 3 different states. In a way, the music on these programs represents a perfect cross-section of the types of collaborations that I value most, and I wanted to write a little bit about them.

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For the past three seasons, I’ve had the honor of being a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program. CMSLC is a fantastic organization that presents a plethora of concerts with an incredible roster of artists each season, both in NYC and on tour throughout the world. CMS Two is their young artist program, and members are thrust headlong into every aspect of the Society: performing, touring, educational events, recording, and more.

My residency comes to an end this season, and as a kind of culminating experience, CMS is presenting an all-percussion program next week, both at Alice Tully Hall and at the Harris Theater in Chicago. Read more…

Karakurenai is a piece for open instrumentation performed here with the composer on steel drum and marimba. Recorded live at the Yale School of Music. Video courtesy of Vic Firth. To purchase the music, click here.

I’m heading south today for a 2 week tour! I’ll be playing a solo program that includes works by Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, David Crowell, Tawnie Olson and Frederic Rzewski and joining up with Sandbox Percussion for a show at Furman University. Check out the full schedule below and you can find details over at the events page.

Hope to see you at one of these events!

September 23, 8pm – Solo show at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art – Charleston, SC

September 25, 5pm – Masterclass at Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL

September 26, 12pm – Workshop with the composition department at the New World School for the Arts – Miami, FL

September 26, 6:15pm – Masterclass at the University of Miami – Miami, FL

September 27, 2pm – Solo show at the Bakehouse Arts Complex – Miami, FL

September 30, 8pm – Solo show at the University of Central Florida – Orlando, FL

October 2, 9:30am – Masterclass at Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA

October 3, 8pm – Solo show at Eyedrum (double bill with Caleb Herron) – Atlanta, GA

October 7, 8pm – Sandbox Percussion with Elspeth Davis at Furman University – Greenville, SC

My good friend Paola Prestini is the creative director of a new artistic space in Williamsburg – Original Music Workshop. When it’s completed, OMW will be an incredible resource for artists, providing space for rehearsal, recording and performance. It’s geared towards giving the 21st-century artist/entrepreneur everything he or she needs to get their work out there.

I’m a big fan of Paola’s – every project she touches is improved by her thoughts and conviction – and I’m a big fan of this idea. OMW is slated to open in 2015, and they are running a Kickstarter Campaign right now to raise the final bit of money to open their doors. Please support this worthy project – click here to learn more. Read more…