If asked to give a brief description of what I do I say I am a composer. However my work includes composing, teaching, managing, playing drums and tuned percussion, curating concerts and events, musical direction, production, sound engineering, academic writing, film editing, photography and public speaking. This variety of roles has emerged from an unorthodox journey from underground jazz and punk drummer to leading a composition department at the heart of the classical music establishment. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this pathway to others – it might have been much easier to have a formal musical training as a child – but it has allowed me a privileged view of a number of musical communities as a relative outsider.
My constant search as a composer is for a personal and authentic identity. My teaching is focused on encouraging others to find theirs.
A more expansive biography can be found here.