Komorebi

Komorebi is the Japanese word used to describe sunlight as it passes through trees.  In this piece I play rich tones on the marimba which are paired with heavily dubbed spikes of zither.  Each timbre enters representing the light passing through leaves and branches.  At about midway through the improvisation, a trumpet enters soaring over... Continue Reading →

Glimpse of the Future is here!

Be sure to check out the new Moongriffin release on Cartilage Osseux Records.  The record features Nate Lepine (saxophone), Charles Rumback (drums), Anton Hatwich (bass) and myself (trumpet) playing the music of Elliot Ross (guitar).

Balkan Invasion of Wicker Park

For close to a year and a half DJ Roma Soul and Black Bear Combo have played to a packed house downstairs at Subterranean on the third Friday of the month in Chicago.  This has grown to be one of the more successful nights I've seen featuring an instrumental act since I moved to Chicago... Continue Reading →

Live Production as a Musical Instrument.

The Akai APC40 is a midi controller instrument that controls audio clips, effects and virtual instruments in a live setting.  The grid design of the instrument provides an angle to writing music that is very different from composing and performing on a traditional piano.  The buttons illuminate when they are actively playing an audio clip... Continue Reading →

new music on soundcloud

I recently opened a Sound Cloud account. You can check out my newest songs here.  My latest composition project is in collaboration with visual artist Rajeev Basu involving electronic works made entirely of alarm sounds called eep eep eep.  It's a great challenge to make something beautiful out of sounds that are intended to warn... Continue Reading →

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