photo by Natalie Perez

photo by Natalie Perez

Artist Statement

My passion for making music is fueled by a commitment to building community. I believe that we create the most vibrant and impactful performances when we discuss musical ideas collectively and identify thematic narratives that hold personal and social relevance to our own lives. I am invested in creating strengths-based and supportive rehearsal spaces because we are at our most brilliant when we feel valued as individuals. I seek out artistic partners who are informed about privilege and intersectionality and who value artists from communities located in the margins. I especially enjoy collaborating with choreographers and exploring the infinite intersections between music and movement. 

I am a strong sightreader of both notated music and chord charts and I have "ears the size of a house," as a jazz trumpet player once described me. I am fluent in classical, musical theater, and pop genres. I am equally comfortable directing musicians as I am following a baton. You can find me playing in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC; studio sessions; musical theater productions (click here for a list of shows I've played); and on stage with instrumentalists/vocalists (click here for a partial rep list).  Click here for a list of songs I play on repeat to get a sense of my musical inspirations.

Acknowledgments: 
I am forever grateful to Margreet Francis at The Hartt School for showing me how to collaborate with grace,  integrity, and kindness. I am also indebted to Dr. Tali Tadmor (CSUN), Jim Ahrend, Michael Anthony, and Keigo Hirakawa for their feedback and encouragement. As always, much love to JVZ for his steady support and unflappable faith in me.