B.M., New England Conservatory of Music
Music Instructor in Jazz Trombone
Trombonist, composer, arranger; also plays tuba, bass trombone, and piano; specializing in improvising and the music of Eastern Europe.
I'm constantly in search of different traditional music from around the world (Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America). I'm a total computer geek using Reason, Pro Tools, Peak, Garageband, and Overture software to make, crunch, mix, distort, and discover music. I'm looking to develop new methods of composition for large ensembles to improvise in a cohesive manner.
I am eager to show students the great fun and enjoyment that can come from improvising. Learning how to train the ear and basic knowledge of harmony (scales and chords) can unlock a world of personal expression, and be incredibly freeing. Armed with this knowledge and simple programs like Garageband, the students can learn how to totally jam even alone in a practice room.
I have distinguished myself as a trombonist and composer/arranger particularly in the jazz idiom. I have twice been first prize recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for music composition. My work has been featured in soundtracks for TV, commercials, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, a klezmer soundtrack for the movie Stranger Among Us, and the soundtrack for Opposite of Sex.
I have performed around the world, from Japan to Australia and throughout Europe, including the Berlin Jazz Festival, as well as appearing in such venues in North America as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Pops, the Smithsonian Institute, and jazz clubs such as the Blue Note, Tonic, and the Knitting Factory.
I am an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching harmony and arranging; and at New England Conservatory, coaching a world music/Balkan ensemble.
I've been a longtime trombonist and composer/arranger for Jazz Composers Alliance, associating with the orchestra for more than 15 years. I've recently joined Boston's Debo Band, performing traditional and contemporary Ethiopian music, having travelled there and to Zanzibar in the winter of 2010.
I'm totally into the following bands: Selim Sessler, Flat Earth Society, Nine Inch Nails, Henry Threadgill, Radiohead, Butch Morris, Budos Band, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Balkan Beat Box, Tim Berne, Booker T And The MGs, Dave Douglas, Eddie Palmieri, Edward Vesala, James Brown, Fela Kuti, Fletcher Henderson, Jamie Lidell, Kocani Orchestra, Mulatu Astatke, Sun Ra, and Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra.