I have been lucky to spend the last decade directing improbable projects. From producing a concert of Xenakis in Central Park Lake, my work with John Luther Adams on his pieces Inuksuit and Sila, large-scale works by Michael Gordon and Tristan Perich, or directing parades down Broadway, I have come to love producing, conducting, and directing events that go beyond the traditional concert experience.
This is my longest running musical collaboration with one of my closest friends. We play concerts, make records, and get new music composed for us.
I am on the Director of Percussion/ Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. We have a wonderful and collaborative program with around twenty five percussionists. We have a warm and wonderfully talented studio and I am lucky to get to work with my colleagues Ian Antonio, Jeremy Epp, Michael Gould, Tom Sherwood, and Nancy Zeltsman.
For nine years, I directed a summer percussion program where 40 talented percussionists came together from around the world to take up residence at a Shaker Village in Enfield, NH. It was an immersive two weeks where we all lived, ate, and made music together. Some of my past faculty included such renowned people as Michael Burritt, Colin Currie, Nancy Zeltsman, Tim Feeney, Amy Garapic, Glenn Kotche, Pedro Carneiro, Daniel Druckman, Robyn Schulkowsky, and many more. We have also hosted such composers as Michael Gordon, John Luther Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Christian Wolff, Joseph Shwantner, Robert Honstein and others.