To Engage

I started composing for fun at age fifteen, and for a decade and a half I enjoyed exploring a wide range of stylistic materials—from blues and jazz to Renaissance madrigals, and from classical tonality to atonal modernism. Eventually, after composing dozens of pieces, I found I had become deeply fascinated by some stylistic possibilities, and surprisingly indifferent to others. As these intuitive preferences emerged, my compositions instinctively gravitated toward them.

The core elements of my approach to style are clusters of stylistic and aesthetic qualities that I find particularly fascinating. Among the stylistic qualities I find most engaging are captivating melodies, a sense of physical motion, and flexible forms of modal/tonal organization. Some aesthetic traits I find especially fascinating are strikingness, vivid expression, and a sense of mercurial temperament.

Ultimately I hope my works will engage performers and audience members. but I’ve learned from experience that to fully enjoy the creative process I need to work with musical ideas that I myself intuitively find engaging.