Writing and Teaching

Articles and essays

Networked music performance: An introduction for musicians and educators,” a self-published article on Medium.com, September 18, 2020.

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” (essay-interview). Musicworks magazine, Fall 1998.


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.

Teaching and academics

I am a Professor in the Department of Music, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, at the University of California, Irvine. I am privileged to work at a public research university and to continue my own learning with diverse colleagues and students. At the graduate level, I’m part of a team co-directing a new, exciting PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology” (ICIT). The ICIT program “embraces diverse forms of music making, challenging conventional distinctions between classical composition, computer music, improvisation, and jazz,” and its core faculty includes Christopher Dobrian, Kojiro Umezaki, Lukas Ligeti, Mari Kimura and myself (and previously, Nicole Mitchell and Kei Akagi). At the undergraduate level, I teach courses for both music majors and non-majors. Course syllabi and more information on my work at UCI.