Below you’ll find an abbreviated list of performers, composers, and creatives I admire. To receive notifications about performances and collaborations with these artists and others, join my mailing list.
Tanner Pfeiffer is a conductor, composer, and singing violist (which is the best list of things I think I’ve ever heard) currently based in Los Angeles. He directs Chordas Collective and the CalArts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, who will give the world premiere of walking/I’m sorry, Mom on April 27, 2019. Tanner is a great musician and a world-class human.
5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based chamber music organization that facilitates the creation and performance of works by women composers. In 2018, two of their members, Ashley Ertz and Emily Whittaker, performed Take What You Want on Outcry, a collaborative concert. The group will give the midwest premiere of Shatter the Heavens on April 27, 2019. I particularly love their dedication to the music of both dead and living composers, as Ashley so wonderfully articulates in a post here.
Matt Barbier is the trombone professor at CalArts and LA City College and a member of almost every contemporary group you’ve ever heard of (gnarwhallaby, wildUp, Trio Kobayashi, RAGE Thormbones… the list goes on). He performed on the world premiere of Shatter the Heavens with his best friend and RAGE counterpart Weston Olencki (who deserves his own spot on this page but I’m lazy right now). If you don’t know him, you should. (and… seriously… check out RAGE.)
Leila Jay is a harpist/vocalist/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. On top of all the usual harpist things (seriously, hire her for your wedding because I’m sure going to), she fronts Love Underwater, a folk-punk band you should definitely check out.
Cameron Robello is a good friend and experimental composer based in New York. I gave the world premiere of his new piece Quiver, for amplified trumpet and paper, on my mid-residency recital on March 3, 2018. Listen to the audio here or watch the video here.
Chaz Martineau is a versatile tenor sax player currently based in Tempe, Arizona. Check out his YouTube channel for original duets with a variety of Phoenix-area jazz musicians. Watch his performance of Red Light Horizon on my undergraduate senior recital here.
Alex Wilson is the trumpet professor at Grand Valley State University and an ASU doctoral alum. Hear him on RPM (trumpet trio) here. Also check out his debut record, Volti Subito, featuring a truly fearsome arrangement of Paganini’s second violin concerto.
Brianne Borden is an ASU doctoral student studying with David Hickman. Much of her output focuses on incorporating yoga techniques into musical practice to reduce the risk of injury. Hear her on the world premiere of Storm Warning here. Alternatively (or additionally), read my profile on her here.
Sarah Belle Reid is a trumpeter, music electronist, and CalArts DMA candidate. She also runs Mod Index, an organization dedicated to increasing the visibility and engagement of women in music technology. Check out her Patreon here.
The Industry is an experimental opera company in Los Angeles that’s dedicated to innovative, immersive productions and large-scale projects. They’re collaborating on the LA Phil’s 2018-19 season to assist in the production of John Cage’s Europeras. If you’re looking for new, compelling storytelling, check them out. I’d suggest starting with Hopscotch if you like the idea of a mobile opera executed partially in limousines.
WasteLAnd is a new music/experimental music/weird music concert series in Los Angeles, and they put on some pretty awesome stuff. Their featured composer for the ’18-’19 season is Katherine Young, who is a great bassoonist and a certifiable badass. If you’re ever in town for one of their shows, be sure to check it out—it’s usually a full house and a great time.
Ian Stahl is a CalArts alum and frontman of the band Cilience. I had the pleasure of performing on his graduate recital. Ian is also an excellent sound engineer, and we’ve worked together on a number of recording projects.
Chris Lamb is a composer and ASU doctoral alum currently based in Virginia. Phantom Brass gave the premiere of his work, Virginia Nights, on my mid-residency recital on March 3, 2018.
Amber Gudaitis is a composer and choreographer out of Portland, Oregon. She frequently mounts interdisciplinary works reuniting dance and live music.
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