I am an Atlanta guitarist, composer, and performer whose work interrogates all the elements of my musical life so far: rock energy, classical motivic development and instrumental technique, folk traditions, sound design, and jazz improvisation. My continued quest is to discover common musical threads and synthesize them into my own contemporary sound.
A few notes on my current performing projects (see links in Current Projects below for music):
Åndedyr: Bill Pritchard on electrified tuba and myself on synthesizers. Piecing together our debut album reminded me of my grad school days working in UGA's electronic music studios. We've been told that we sound like video games and/or Throbbing Gristle.
Helton and Bragg: Long-standing guitar, drums, and sometimes synth duo with my old buddy Blake Helton. Through the years we have participated in a wild array of projects together, and one of our specialties is collaborating with other artists. Our friendship (and general nerd-ness) can be heard in our at-times telepathic performances.
Our latest album release "Still Life with Knife" imagines the soundtrack to a lost Italian giallo film, complete with 70's-style pulsating synthesizers and electronic string ensembles.
Sataraš Quartet: Jazz, Balkan, and blues hybrid band with Blake, Eddie Beho on guitar, Jeff Crompton on sax, clarinet, and keys, and myself on the fretless bass. For this group I contribute re-imagined traditional tunes, original music, website upkeep, and album layouts. Being in a band can generate any amount of work one wants to take on! Our debut album is now available on LP, CD, and via download.
Solo: Every once in a while I have the urge to wrestle with solo performance, most often with an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal. I also release the odd electronic piece now and again.
Beyond performance, I am a composer, sound designer, and audio engineer. I have worked on projects for Art on the Atlanta Beltline, Core Dance, Crossover Movements Arts, Flux Projects, Georgia Perimeter College, and other arts organizations in the Southeast United States.
I come from an artistic family: My grandfather was an art director who designed the famous Delta Airlines widget, and my father a commercial illustrator who among other things created the Atlanta Pop Festival posters of 1969 and 1970. Although I went to the musical dark side, I have a great appreciation for the visual arts and enjoy working on layouts for print media, album covers, and web pages.
To learn more about my professional pursuits, including my tenure at the Emory University Libraries, click on the LinkedIn icon.
Electronic music collage of beautiful extremes, comprised of electrified tuba, synthesizers, and live sampling.
Free-spirited, improvisatory drums and guitar duo who thrill at combining disparate ideas and creating compelling, real-time compositions.
Exciting jazz quartet featuring fresh interpretations of traditional Balkan and blues music.
Solo acoustic guitar with subtle electronics that create intricate webs of melody.