Personal History

At age six my parents asked if I’d be interested in learning violin. Despite having a very murky idea of what a violin even was, I agreed. That naïve moment sparked a lifelong love of music, as both a patron and a performer. With respect to the former, I’m especially fond of musical theater… particularly the works of Claude-Michel Schönberg, Stephen Sondheim, and Stephen Schwartz. As the latter, I’ve picked up a plethora of instruments over the years: violin, saxophone, EWI, and ukulele (to name a few).

As any good musician will tell you, one of the best ways to improve (other than practice, practice, practice) is to listen, listen, listen. I’m certainly not an audiophile, but I am a firm supporter in the lost art of the album. It takes a tremendous amount of time and talent to assemble a cohesive collection of songs; the best albums ebb and flow from song-to-song in the same way that a single piece of music rises and falls. As such, I tend to exclusively listen to full albums (rather than shuffled playlists). You should try it sometime, it’s a deeply satisfying experience; especially if you take the time to listen actively (rather than just passively).

Favorite Albums

My music collection is composed of 565+ albums… 100% legally owned (support the artists!)… 99% physical CDs ripped as lossless FLAC files (do you hear in HiFi?). If you’re looking for some new tunes, here are a few of my favorites:

Album Art Album Art
Genre: Classic Jazz Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Artist: Buddy Rich Artist: Michael Brecker
Album: The Roar of '74 Album: Wide Angles
Song: Kilimanjaro Cookout Song: Modus Operandy

Album Art Album Art
Genre: Contemplative Christian Genre: Upbeat Christian
Artist: Andrew Peterson Artist: Mark Schultz
Album: Love & Thunder Album: Song Cinema
Song: The Silence of God Song: I Have Been There

Album Art Album Art
Genre: Musical Theater [G] Genre: Musical Theater [PG-13]
Artist: Stephen Schwartz Artist: Claude-Michael Schonberg
Album: Children of Eden Album: Miss Saigon
Song: Lost in the Wilderness Song: I'd Give My Life For You

Playing in symphonies, pit orchestras, jazz ensembles, concert bands, and various churches has kept me busy over the years. Additionally, I’ve had the great privilege of collaborating with my good friend Kevin G. Bender on three independent feature films. I’m always looking for new gigs and composition opportunities, so drop me a line if you want to jam.