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We were at University of Michigan for the past few days, giving talks and seminars and hanging out with students. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a bigger school – the campus was overwhelming and the sheer amount of people dizzying. But all…




  Our first travels of the new year took us to Matthew’s old stomping grounds, Interlochen Center for the Arts, during some of the coldest temperatures we’ve ever experienced. The day after we arrived the mercury fell to -17 degrees. It was certainly beautiful,…



From Hardanger fiddles to In C

  We spent the last week in Philly, starting with an initial workshop with Dan Trueman and Iarla Ó Lionaird to run through some sketches of what will eventually be our collaborative work entitled Ólagon. They brought some custom tweeters, a keyboard, and a…



Murphy’s Law

Last Friday we drove four and a half hours in the morning from Richmond to Davidson, North Carolina, to play a concert that night. Little did we know what we had waiting in store for us… First, as we got ready to start our…




  Our visit to the College of William and Mary happened to coincide with fall’s most spectacular colors, set against the bucolic backdrop of Colonial Williamsburg.  It’s a place I’ve been wanting to visit for years, so it’s quite serendipitous that we came at…



Hello Kitty

We spent the past two days performing in and absorbing the strange, wonderful new sounds of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival at University of Richmond. This is my fourth year experiencing the festival and this was the best yet. We contributed an entire…



Grammy buzz for In the Ivory

  Our recent collaboration with jazz bassist extraordinaire Matt Ulery, In the Ivory, is being considered for a Grammy nod in a few categories, including the new category of Contemporary Instrumental Album! We just joined Matt and his band at Littlefield in Brooklyn during their whirlwind east coast…




  We just came back from a wonderful week in Brooklyn, where we made our debut (albeit in the pit) at Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was an exciting week full of meetings and rehearsals and even the requisite celebrity sighting: Natalie Portman at…



Pattycake en masse

Who doesn’t know how to play Pattycake?? It’s one of those things that all children seem to do in the schoolyard – elaborate hand clapping routines with a partner accompanied by rhyming chants or songs. I certainly knew a whole bunch of them and…



Colombine Redux

We remounted our staged production Colombine’s Paradise Theatre two weeks ago for two shows only: one at our beloved MCA in Chicago and the other as a season opener for the Miller Theatre in New York. Ellen McSweeney writes in New Music Box: “Only…

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