writing and teaching

articles and essays

New Polyphonies: Score Streams, Improvisation and Telepresence.” Leonardo Music Journal, v.20, November/December 2010.

Asian Americans and Creative Music Legacies,” Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes Critiques en Improvisation, v. 1 n. 3, March 2006.

Preface to Yusef Lateef’s Songbook, 2005, FANA Publications.

“Improvising in a Different Clave: Steve Coleman and AfroCuba de Matanzas.” In The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue, ed. Ajay Heble and Daniel Fischlin. Wesleyan University Press, 2004.

“Taking Chances: The Musical Craft of Yusef Lateef.” Musicworks magazine, Fall 1998.

dissertation

Decolonizing Art Music: Scenes from the Late Twentieth-Century United States. Dissertation completed for the PhD in Music with an emphasis in Critical Studies and Experimental Practices, University of California, San Diego, 2003. Committee: George E. Lewis (chair), Anthony Davis, Nancy Guy, George Lipsitz and Bennetta Jules-Rosette. Abstract and info…

liner and program notes

Program notes, Somewhere In The Upstream, dedicated to Yusef Lateef (MD Trio, 2014/2016)

Liner notes, Resonating Abstractions (MD Trio, Clean Feed Records, 2014)

Liner notes, Forget the Pixel (MD Trio, Clean Feed Records, 2011)

Program notes, Jazz Telemotions: A Networked Trio Concert (with Mark Dresser, Myra Melford, John Crawford and Victoria Petrovich, May 12, 2010)

Liner notes, Between Shadow and Space (MD Trio, Clean Feed Records, 2008)

Program notes, “Transcontinental Circuits: A Multi-Site Networked Concert” (April 3, 2009)

teaching and academics

In addition to composing and performing, I also teach at the University of California, Irvine. I am an Associate Professor and currently chair of the Department of Music, within the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

At UCI, I enjoy teaching a wide range of courses to diverse students, both graduate and undergraduate. Closest to my own music-making is the teaching that I do within a new PhD program titled “Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology” (ICIT). The ICIT program is led by Christopher Dobrian, Nicole Mitchell, Kojiro Umezaki, Lukas Ligeti and myself, and “embraces diverse forms of music making, challenging conventional distinctions between classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz.”

Course syllabi and more information on my work at UCI