After over 20 years as a touring and performing musician, the last several years has brought a shift in my musical activity from live touring and performing towards studio work and electronic music. I love being in the studio, as player or producer, which allows the time and space to really focus in on what the piece of music I’m working on is truly about, and get deep into the details and layers of sound I’m attracted to as a pianist and keyboardist. With my last three CDs as a leader I’ve heard this evolution and am finding that I continue to push into modern recording technologies and process as a primary interest.
When I’m not teaching in Brandon my time is typically spent between Las Vegas and New York, which allows me to work with very high-end musicians and musical communities, which facilitates this work. Given this I’m able to research in a very direct way what is really involved in today’s sense of professional musicianship and how professional musical communities form and continue to evolve.
I’ve also started writing a series of essays on music, technology, and identity, which I plan on making into a book. Technology has not only changed how music is made, it’s changed how it’s perceived and understood fundamentally. I’m interested in how these rapid changes are changing the very definitions of what it means to be a musician, or a musical community, or a musical culture.
My recent projects have included solo piano concerts with electronics, performances and workshops at California Institute of the Arts, keyboard work for the new album from Boiis, a Las Vegas based techno band, keyboard work for vocal legend Gerald Levert of the O’Jay’s new studio album, as well as performances DJing among other activities.