I am a Composer/Performer , Percussionist and Educator whose musical influences stem from World, Jazz and New Music. I enjoy very much interdisciplinary collaborative work in the Performing Arts and in Research.
I lived in NYC for many years and toured frequently as a performing artist. I now live with my family in Kerhonkson , a small country town 2 hours above in the mountains and in the Philippines during parts of the winters. I still do enjoy working with many different communities globally. Thankfully I have found a wonderful school for our son in Woodstock which supports artists lives and travel.
In the Philippines I continue to work with and archive traditional folkloric and Indigenous music and culture. I am preparing to set up a Music and Ecology Residency in the Philippines.
Just recently I'm delighted to say I received an appointment as a Faculty Member in Bennington College to teach in their Music Department and in the new Center for Advancement of Public Action. Two classes I'll begin with are a World Percussion Ensemble and a class I'll co-teach with the President Elizabeth Coleman, Human Rights; Women and Girls Issues. I enjoy teaching and outreach to young children, highschools and young adults.
I am interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde,Indigenous and urban, improvisation and composition, acoustic and electronic, oral and written tradtiions, and how these pairings inform and shape music. Through music I have been drawn to the social dialogue and advocacy for cultural and environmental preservation and children's education in the arts.
My work can be seen and heard at
Current Work Include:
2012 March Premiere for Re-Visiting Tarab, a new work for mixed ensemble based off Tarab music, commissioned by Tarek Atoui and the Sharjah Art Foundation , Sharjah, Emirates
2012 Hidden Truths, A surround sound composition and performance co-commissioned by Harvestworks and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
2012 Commission for the BT River of Music Festival with Arun Ghosh, for the opening celebrations of the London Olympics
2013 World Drum Project, A Site Specific Partiicipatory Performance piece
to involve 12 percussion ensembles live, a parade and a new composition for the multi-ensemble in EMPAC