Untouchable: The Male Gaze, ASU Jazz, and the Phoenix Community

When I was an undergrad running with the jazz boys, no one wanted to sleep with me.

…Yeah, I didn’t know how to start this one, either. For all my work addressing sexual assault, I actually don’t spend all that much time dealing with sex. (I tend to leave that creative artistry to Rebecca Drapkin, the sex-positive to my sex-negative.) While I love my body and everything it can do, I’ve grown accustomed to keeping my sexual side to myself. I’m still figuring out how much of it belongs in my artistic life. And though that answer is nonzero, part of why I keep my sex life (and body, and sexuality, and . . .) separate from the rest of my artistic discourse is just because I don’t share all of me with all of you. But part of it isn’t, and there are reasons for that—reasons I can trace back to a very specific time and place—and though I’d rather not discuss any of this, I think it’s time.

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Fall 2016 In Review: Premieres and Performances

What a crazy four months it’s been! This semester, I’ve been lucky to score premieres, performances, and commissions. Here’s the roundup:

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Bells Premiering at Knights of Pythias Lodge

With a new school year comes new premieres! I’m proud to announce my piece, Bells (for soprano and piano), will be performed for the first time at the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Tempe on October 21st at 7:30pm.

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Horizon Line Premiering at the Phoenix Art Museum

I’m excited to announce that my newest string quartet, Horizon Line, will be premiered at the Phoenix Art Museum on Saturday, April 23rd at 1:00 pm. The concert is part of an annual collaboration between the ASU Composition Studio, the Phoenix Art Museum, and ASU’s String Project.

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