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last updated: October 20, 2016

upcoming events

Thursday & Friday, December 1st & 2nd
E/D dance at Trikelion Arts, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn
8pm, $16 advance / $20 door

Dancers Erin Cella and Dages Juvelier Keates perform as the duo E/D with a new piece Bounce Bounce that follows and deepens the weirdness of our last piece all i have are sensations.


past events


Friday, Sep. 30th / Saturday, Oct. 1: E/D dance duo
Conwell Dance Theater, Temple University

Dancers Erin Cella and Dages Juvelier Keates perform as the duo E/D with a new version of a piece we've been working on called all i have are sensations. The music is all electronic and immersive/submersive - the dance is strange and wonderful. More info here.


Sunday, May 15th: Ashley Bathgate@ Tribeca New Music Festival
The Cell, 338 W. 23rd St, Manhattan
$25 / $15

Cellist Ashley Bathgate will premiere my piece Flash Crash, which is for cello + Ableton Live. The Live set is using high-frequency stock data and some cutom-made software I wrote to weave a tapestry of spaced-out synths around the cello - fun times! The main event is dedicated to Ashley Bathgate's new CD featuring a long-form piece project with composer Kate Moore, and another premiere by Douglas Cuomo.


Wednesday-Saturday, January 13-16 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, January 17 @ 2:00pm
Theater Center Incubator Space, Toronto

Blue Ceiling Dance are using improvisations recorded by me and pianist Walter Frank in their new choregraphy dead reckoning.


Tuesday, January 12th (2016): Danny Holt piano/percussion project
REDCAT, LA, California

New-music piano hero Danny Holt plays piano and a huge array of percussion at the same time for his continuing project. My piece Tint will be played, along with many other cool pieces.


Friday, January 15: Dither @ the Winter Jazzfest Marathon
The Green Space
44 Charlton Street, NYC
Day-pass (over 100 groups in many venues!) $45

Dither plays Ones again!


Friday, December 18th &
Sunday, December 20th: E/D dance at Split Bill
Trikelion Arts
, 106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn

Dancers Erin Cella and Dages Juvelier Keates perform as the duo E/D with a new version of a piece we've been working on called all i have are sensations. The music is all electronic and immersive/submersive - the dance is strange and wonderful. I love working on this piece!


Monday, December 21
The Gaits: a participatory smart-phone sound-walk for Manhattan's High Line park
Start time: 5:00pm @ the Gansavoort entrace to the High Line (south end)

The Gaits makes its 5 year as part of this Make Music Winter even co-presented by Make Music New York and The High Line. Follow the preceding links to read info about downloading the app - speakers will be loaned out to the first 100+ people who show up!


Thursday, November 19th: Lucy Rupert
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Street, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto dancer/choregrapher Lucy Rupert has made a beautifu piece set to my Lament for Solo Computer, which will be part of TOLork's innaugural concert.


Saturday, September 12th: DITHER at the Ellnora Guitar Festival
Krannert Center, Champaign-Urbana

"The Warped One" makes another appearance in DITHER's amazing set.


Wednesday, August 5th: DITHER at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Dither played "The Warped One" from my qurtet "Ones" as a set closer at their out of doors show.


Friday, November 28th: new solo trumpet work
part of the NUMUS Igorhythms concert
Perimeter Insitute, Waterloo, Ontario
$40/$20, 7:30pm

I've got a new piece, "Igor," for solo trumpet with kick-drum and hi-hat (!) permiering at the NUMUS Stravinsky festival. This performance will feature the incomparable Guy Few on trumpet.


Wednesday, April 30: Sideband performs at Yale
Beinecke Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT

Sideband performs at Re-Mapped, Re-Wired V, a Yale new-music concert featuring a short set by us alongside work for laptop ensemble by undergraduate composers. We'll be playing in the impressively futuristic Beinecke rare books library.


Friday, March 28th: performance with Sideband at Notes on Fiction
Center for Fiction
17 E. 47th Street, Manhattan
7:30 pm, $12 (members) $15 (general)

I'll be part of Dan Iglesia's evening-length musical take on Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, with video and music by Sideband and Spirograph Agnew.

photo from dan iglesia show poster

Sunday, March 16th: live electronics at the New Music Bake Sale
509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
4:00pm - 11:00pm

I'll be playing some improv electronics for Hannis Brown's piece "Oh Ah Ee" with Hotel Elefant at this year's New Music Bake Sale. Hotel Elefant's set is at 8:00pm, but you should really come out for the whole day - concerts on the hour, baked goods by the table, and beer by the box!

bake sale

Saturday, January 18th: Sideband opens for ensemble, et al...
121 Ludlow, ring bell for 2
7:00pm, $15/$10

Sideband will be opening for one of my favorite groups in the city, ensemble et al's CD release party this friday - it'll be a short, punchy set, running as a lean quartet this time around. The inimitable Florent Ghys plays second, another of my favorite musicians. A sweet evening of awesome sounds!



Saturday, December 21
The Gaits: a participatory iPhone piece for Manhattan's High Line park
Start time: 5:00pm @ the Gansavoort entrace to the High Line (south end)

Our sound-parade, presented by Make Music New York and the High Line, is going on its 3rd year this year! Featured on the cover of Time Out, we expect a lot more people to show up this time around.

Info and links to download the app (now for Android as well as iPhone!) is here.


Saturday, October 26: DITHER Extravaganza
Gowanus Loft
61 9th St, Loft C8, Brooklyn
7:00pm - midnight

Dither will be playing part 4 of my piece "Ones" at their Extravanganza this Saturday - five minutes of cloudy harmonics with a slightly sour edge. Also on the bill? LOTS OF OTHER AMAZING PEOPLE. Read more here.

Friday & Saturday, June 14th-15th: Dances for a Variable Population
Hudson River Park
14th St. & 11th Ave, Manhattan
Two shows each day: 5:00pm and 6:30pm, free

I've made a 24 minute soundtrack for an outdoor piece by choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas and her continuing dance project, Dances for a Variable Population. The pieces uses the whole park, with groups of dancers using portable loudspeakers to cover the whole park in a shifting pattern of sound and movment. For more info, click here.


Tuesday, June 11th: Sideband @ the UNPLAY festival
The Powerhouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn (DUMBO)
8:00pm, $12

Sideband will be performing at Conrad Tao's UNPLAY festival in DUMBO, which runs for two more days after our concert night. We'll be splitting the bill with Conrad's new band, and Todd Reynolds.

powerhouse photo

Thursday, May 16th: SIdeband @ Roulette
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
8:30pm, $15/$10

Sideband, the laptop ensemble I'm part of, will be performing at Roulette in an evening split with high-tech singer and composer Amy X Neuburg, fresh from the bay area with suitcases full of STUFF, joining our stage full of STUFF, for an evening of bleeding-edge new music.

binary roulette wheet

Monday, May 13th: NOW Ensemble @ Music Mondays
Advent Lutheran Church/Broadway United Church of Christ
2504 Broadway @ 93rd St
7:30pm, free

New York City's preëminent indie-classical group NOW Ensemble will be playing my short, punchy little piece "Nice Boots" on thier upcoming Music Mondays program.

now ensemble

March 11-15
DITHER goes on tour

The incomparable, indefatigable DITHER electric guitar quartet go on tour this month, taking my 4-part "Ones" with them. Featuring guest member Nick Didkovsky! Details below and on the facebook event page:

11.MARCH.2013 Clazel Theater, Bowling Green, OH
12.MARCH.2013 Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green State U, Bowling Green, OH
13.MARCH.2013 Robinwood Concert House, Toledo, OH
14.MARCH.2013 Dalton Recital Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
15.MARCH.2013 Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Saturday, February 16th
West Windsor Arts Center
8:00pm, $20

I'll be performing with Sideband in an evening of laptop-ensemble music at the West Windsor Arts Center. Music by most of our members!


Monday, February 25th
Movement Research @ Judson Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
8:00pm, free

Choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas and her Dances For A Variable Population project present a premiere of "The Dress," for which I did composition and sound design. The audio features a story about a blue dress, recounted by dancer Linda Tarnay, who has an amazing voice and story-telling style. She'll also be making a rare appearance as a dancer in this production, which I'm very happy about.


Friday, December 21
The Gaits: a participatory iPhone piece for Manhattan's High Line park
Start time: 3:30pm @ the Gansavoort entrace to the High Line (south end)

Make Music New York and the High Line are re-presenting The Gaits, an public sound-walk for iPhones co-created by Lainie Fefferman, Cameron Britt, Daniel Iglesia, and me.The facebook event page has all the relevant details, and last year's review in the New York Times will give you a good flavor of what to expect.


Tuesday, Dec 11th
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Oosterdokseiland 151, 1011 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Weteringschans 6, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
7:30pm desk

Dither perform parts of my four-movement work "Ones," which spins crazy textures out of idiomatic electric guitar sounds, at the Amsterdam Electric Guitar Haven lunchtime concert at the conservatorium and on "Southern Guitar Night" at the rock club Paradiso.


Saturday, November 17th
The Invisible Dog Arts Center
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn NY

My piece "Ones" will be part of Dither's set at this year's Dither Extravaganza, also featuring artists like Anthony Coleman, Mary Halverson, Jessica Pavone, and others. Fun times!


Saturday, November 17th
Art Share L.A.
801 E. 4th Pl.
Los Angeles, CA
4:00pm, $10-20 donation

Pianist Danny Holt is back with his piano/percussion project, presenting my piece Tint as well as pieces by David Johnson, Milen Kirov, Jonathan Russell, Oscar Bettison, and Sarah Seelig.


Friday, November 16th
Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
8:00pm, $22 General Public; $18 Seniors, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, Non-Wesleyan Students; $6 Wesleyan Students

Dither perform parts of my four-movement work "Ones," which spins crazy textures out of idiomatic electric guitar sounds.


Friday, November 16th
The Wild Beast @ CalArts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA
8:00pm, free

Pianist Danny Holt is back with his piano/percussion project, presenting my piece Tint as well as pieces by David Johnson, Milen Kirov, Jonathan Russell, Oscar Bettison, and Sarah Seelig.


Monday, October 15
Mannes Concert Hall
Mannes Building, 150 West 85th Street, Manhattan
8:00, free

I will be performing with Sideband, the full-time touring offshoot of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, as guests of new-music piano-heroine Kathleen Supove's faculty recital.

Check out the details on the Mannes School Of Music page.


Thursday, Sep 27
Wesleyan University Chapel
Middletown, CT
7:00pm, free

I'm part of an evening of computer-controlled organ music at Wesleyan University. My piece is based on hyper-fast stop changes, and should sound unlike any organ music you've heard before.

Check out the details on the facebook page here.


Saturday, September 15
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ
7:30pm, free

I will be performing with Sideband, the full-time touring offshoot of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. We'll be performing pieces involving 3-D video, ornate wooden electronic instruments, ritualistic movements, dueling pianos, morse-code, historical narratives, and a host of other things. We'll also be featuring our very special guest and good friend Kathleen Supove on piano.


Friday, May 25
DITHER @ The Stone
Ave C and 2nd St., Manhattan
10:00pm, $10

The DITHER electric guitar quartet will play my new 4-part mini-epic, "Ones", featuring wah-wah madness, de-tuned crazyness, heavenly harmonics, and some catchy tune-age. Also on the bill: some other stuff by Josh Lopes, Lisa Coons, and more.


Wednesday, May 16
Sideband @ Music WIth A View
The Flea Theater
7:00pm, price TBA

Sideband plays another round of new music at the Music With A View festival in Manhattan's Flea Theater.


Tuesday, April 17
Sideband @ S.L.E.O.
The Louisiana State University School of Music Recital Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7:30pm, $10/$5 (reg/students)

Sideband, the commando version of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, will be playing a full set of new music at the Symposium on Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras at Louisiana State University. Crazy new music by myself and many other Sideband members!


Saturday, April 7
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
8:00, free

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra performs a year-end concert, with new work by me, Lainie Fefferman, Anne Hege, Michael Early, Dan Trueman, and Perry Cook.


Sunday, April 1
Danny Holt @ the Switchboard New Music Festival
the Brava Theater, 2781 - 24th Street (between York and Hampshire)
San Francisco

Danny Holt will be kicking off the Switchboard Music festival this year with his crazy one-man piano-percussion project. He'll be playing my newish piece Tint, as well some stuff by Johnathan Russell, Sarah Seelig, and Andrew Thol.

Danny HOlt

Friday, March 30
Sideband @ the Music, Mind, Invention conference
The College of New Jersey

Sideband plays a new set of music at the Music, Mind, Invention conference at the College of New Jersey.


Saturday, March 24
Dither @ The Yale Guitar Extravaganza

Dither play me, Lisa Coons, and Paula Mattusen, Eve Beglarian, and Jay Belle at the Yale Guitar Extravanganza. See the link in the previous sentence for more info!

dither written on a chalk board

Tuesday, February 28
Dither @ Composers Ensemble concert series
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
8:00, free

Dither perform my newly finished four-parter "Ones" at Princeton, along with more electric guitar quartet action by Elliot Cooper Cole, Matt Marble, Troy Herion, and Konrad Kaczmarek.


Thursday, January 26, 2012
"Indie Classical Guitars"
at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street, Manhattan, NYC)

DITHER will be playing a section from my new large-ish piece for them at Le Poisson Rouge, along with performances by Andrew McKenna Lee, Twi The Humble Feather, and Threefifty Duo.

dither written on a chalk board

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Gaits: a participatory iPhone piece for Manhattan's High Line park
5:15pm, High Line south entrance at Gansevoort and Washington, Manhattan

Make Music New York and the High Line are co-producing a collaborative piece that I've been working on with fellow composers Lainie Fefferman, Cameron Britt, and Daniel Iglesia. It's a participatory piece - if you have an iPhone, come out and add to the sound! If you don't have an iPhone (like me!), come out and enjoy the massed sound.

Details here


Thursday / Friday / Saturday, October 13 / 14 / 15
Dances For A Variable Population @ The Joyce Soho
155 Mercer Street (between Houston and Prince), Manhattan

Choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas' ongoing project Dances For A Variable population continues its exploration of demography-smashing art at the Joyce Soho over three nights this month. I did sound-design and editing on a long track made out of the RadioLab episode on the Ring Cycle.


Friday, October 14
Nathan Koci @ Music At First
First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
124 Henry St, Brooklyn Heights

New music accordion ninja Nathan Koci will be playing a short new piece of mine for accordion and bass, accompanied by new-music bass ninja Eleonore Oppenheim. "Trattoria" is a light homage to this duo's love of early Parisian cafe music (despite the fact that I gave it an Italian name...). Hear it at composer Wil Smith's excellently curated series Music At First series.


Sunday, October 16
Dither @ the SONiC Festival
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway (at 116th), Manhattan

The American Composers Orchestra's new festival of new music, SONiC, is a critical concentration of great concert around Manhattan in the middle of October. Sunday's concert is an all day, noon-till-midnight affair with lots of different ensembles. The inimitable Dither electric guitar quartet performs part of my new larger work "Ones," composer Lainie Fefferman's scorching Tongue Of Thorns, and several other works.


Tuesday, May 17
Danny Holt @ Composers Ensemble concert series
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
8:00, free

Danny Holt's amazing "piano percussion" one-man-ensemble project come to Princeton to present some new works, including my new piece for piano, glockenspiel, hi-hat, and kick-drum.

Danny HOlt

Friday, April 29
PLOrk @ The WNYC Greenspace
44 Charleston Street (corner of Charleston and Varick), Manhattan

The larger, non-touring version of PLOrk will be playing a new piece of mine entitled "In Line."

In Line

Wednesday, April 27 - Sunday, May 1
The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound
Kitchener, Ontario

This year I'm happy to be heavily involved in Kitchener's Open Ears Festival.

On Wednesday, April 27th, I've got an arrangement of John Adams' "American Standard" for the wind and percussion players of the KW Sympony Orchestra.

Wednesay also kicks off the sound-installation series in the main floor rotunda area of Kitchener City Hall, which I curated. Installations will be on from 3pm-6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 1pm-6pm on Saturday. My 8-channel installation "Sine of the Times" will be playing on Thursday and Saturday.

Thursday features a performance by a touring version of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, of which I am a part - we'll be playing my pieces "Beepsh" and "In Line."

Open Ears logo


Monday, December 13
Dither @ Roulette
20 Greene St. (between Canal and Grand), Manhattan
time and price tba

Tonight will include the New York premiere of my new set of pieces for Dither. These pieces range from highway-minimalism to crushing doom rock to sweet ambient lullabies - and they make it all sound great.

dither written on a chalk board

Thursday, November 18
Ensemble Klang @ the STRP Festival
Eindhoven, Netherlands

The Dutch new-music group Ensemble Klang will be performing my piece Ticker at the STRP arts + technology festival in Eindhoven.

stock ticker

Tuesday, November 9
Dither @ Composers Ensemble concert series
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
8:00, free

I'll have new work for Dither at this Princeton event. Also on the bill will be Lainie Fefferman's new piece for Kathy Supové, and other good things.

dither written on a chalk board

Monday, September 27
Now Ensemble
The Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD
7:30pm, $28

The Now Ensemble are playing my piece Nice Boots in this installment of their east-coast tour.


Saturday, September 25
Newspeak @ The New Music Bake Sale
at the Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY

NEWSPEAK will be playing my re-working of the classic depression-era tune Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?at the second installment of the amazing New Music Bake Sale, which is a day-long event featuring all kinds of groups from the city playing music, hawking wares, selling food, and drinking beer.

My version is an extended arrangement featuring interpolated sections, with shots of iron-pumpin' minimalist rock, jazzy vibes, sad strings, and even death metal added to the mix.


Saturday, August 28
Machine Project presents: The Little WIlliam Theater Festival of New Music
The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
1:00-4:00pm, free

The Machine Project is currently enjoying a residency at UCLA's Hammer Museum, where they've re-purposed a storage closet, dubbing it the Little William Theater, and using it to host a new music festival. They've commissioned 350+ short pieces by 97 composers, to be played by their four resident duos for audiences of two over a series of Saturdays from now until November in a series of over 400 five-minute concerts.

This concert will feature a bunch of tuba duets, including my short piece For Bobby Previte.

Here's a link to a schedule for the whole festival.

hammer museum photo

Thursday, July 29
Issue Project Room, 232 3rd St. (near 3rd Ave), Brooklyn
8:00pm, $10

I'll be sharing a bill with Lainie Fefferman and Lee Patterson for this performance on Issue Project Room's "Floating Points" festival of music designed to take advantage of the overhead 15-channel speaker array.

My piece will consist of a 15-channel recording from inside a home-made coffin while it gets buried. Heavy.


Saturday, June 12
DITHER CD release concert/party
The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn
7:00pm, $6

NYC guitar quartet heros DITHER launch their CD in grand style with a crazy evening of new music including performances by Dither, Kathleen Supové, Nick Didkovsky, Elliott Sharp,  Matthew Welch, Loud Objects, Mantra Percussion, Redhooker, Love Like Deloreans, The Deprivation Orchestra of NYC, and (!!) music by James Tenney, Eve Beglarian, Fred Frith, Lainie Fefferman, Josh Lopes, Lisa Coons, Eric km Clark, and me.

Cheap Brooklyn Lager beer and reduced-price copies of the new CD on Henceforth Records round out the evening. Come out!

dither image

Wednesday, May 19
Danny Holt
The Wild Beast, California Institute for the Arts
Valencia, California

New-music pianist Danny Holt kicks off his ambitious piano-percussion project with a concert at the California Institute for the Arts' new outdoor pavilion, The Wild Beast. Featuring a dizzying array of works for piano and percussion (for Danny to play solo!) by Oscar Bettison, Art Jarvinen, Casey Thomas Anderson, Miyuki Akimoto, Lukas Thomas Taylor, Andrew Tholl, Sarah Seelig, and me.

Danny Holt playing piano and percussion at the same time

Tuesday, May 11
Lauren Zavlunov
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
8:00pm (free)

New-music flautist Lauren Zavlunov and I have been collaborating on a piece for flute and electronics. Come out and hear what we'e been up to.

Lauren Zavlunov photo

Sunday, March 14
DITHER benefit concert
the house of David Lang (Soho, Manhattan)
3:00pm - 6:00pm, $50 donation or higher

New York electric guitar quartet heroes DITHER are having a benefit concert at the house of New York new music hero, composer David Lang. This event is to raise funds for DITHER's upcoming projects, and is a worthy cause. They'll be playing my piece Vectors, which sounds like Ennio Morricone meets Japanese traditional music meets No Wave, plus piece by Nick Didkovsky, Paula Mathussen, and David Lang. Pieces by David Lang, Ted Hearne, and Tristan Perich will also be featured on the concert.

If you think you can attend, please RSVP to DITHER with the number of people in your party.

dither benefit concert poster

Tuesday, March 9
Goethe Institute: 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
8:00pm (free)

My piece "Wire," for two custom-made clarinets and newly-invented percussion instrument, will be played by the tranSpectra experimental music ensemble from Ontario, who specialize in music written using the Bohlen-Pierce scale. This concert is part of the Bohlen-Pierce Symposium, which is presented by the Boston Microtonal Society.

cube root of thirteen
ontario arts council logo

Tuesday, March 2
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
8:00pm (free)

New York politically-agitated new-music ensemble NEWSPEAK come to Princeton to play works by me and several other composers. My piece is an extensive re-arrangement and enlargement of the depression-era classic "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"



Tuesday, December 8
NOW Ensemble
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
8:00pm (free)

New York's own "indie-classical" group the NOW Ensemble play new pieces by me and several other Princeton composers.

now ensemble cd cover

Tuesday, October 22
Celestial Mechanics
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, NJ
8:00pm (free)

Neo-minimalist vocal trio Celestial Mechanics performs "Planet Van," a sequel to my batá-influenced rhythmic piece "Star Car."


Friday, October 9
Theaterlab (137 W 14th St., Manhattan)
8:00pm ($20 general, $15 student/senior)

PLOrk takes part in the second night of the MMiX Festival of Interactive Music Technology, again playing my piece Beesh.


Saturday, May 16
PLOrk, with SO Percussion & Matmos
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

PLOrk (The Princeton Laptop Orchestra) joins Matmos and SO Percussion for an expanded repeat performance at Princeton University.


Tuesday, April 28
The Open Ears Festival
The Registry Theatre (122 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario)
7:30pm, $TBA

Well, now I've made it - two premiers in two different countries on the same night! This is actually a bit inconvenient for obvious reasons, but if Kitchener is closer than Princeton, by all means catch a premier of my new work "Wire," for the interesting TranSpectra ensemble, who specialize in music written for instruments tuned to the Bohlen-Pierce scale - presented as part of the ever-exciting Open Ears Festival. My piece is for two custom-made Bohlen-Pierce clarinets and super-custom-made percussion, accompanying a video of the same name by video-artist Reinhard Reitzenstein.


Tuesday, April 28
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

Come and hear the fruits of a curious project in which composers Cameron Britt, Lainie Fefferman, Sean Friar, and I decided to write music for medieval dance trio. Featuring Christa Patton, a former member of the New York Ensemble for Early Music, on various wind instrument and harp; Tina Chancey, member of Hesperus, on vielle, rebec, and other stringed instruments; and internationally acclaimed percussionist Glen Velez.


Friday, April 17
The New-Music Bake Sale
First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Heights: 124 Henry St (at Clark)
(tke the 2/3 to Clark St)
7:00pm, $15 (includes 2 drink tickets)

Dither will perform my piece Vectors at the New Music Bake Sale, which will also feature lots of other cool music by lots of other cool people. Check it out!


Friday, April 10 | Saturday, April 11
SO Percussion & Matmos, with special guests PLOrk
The Kitchen (512 W. 19th Street, Manhattan)
8:00pm, $15

PLOrk (The Princeton Laptop Orchestra) joins Matmos and SO Percussion for two evenings of crazy at The Kitchen. I'll be one of the laptop operators, and my free-for-all old-skool electro wireless-network piece 'Beepsh' will make its debut.

Thursday, April 16
PLOrk opening reception concert
Newberry Library (60 W. Walton St., Chicago)

PLOrk will be playing the same piece in a different concert as part of the McArthur Foundation's first annual Digital Media and Learning Competition.


Friday, April 3
The MATA Festival
at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker Street, Manhattan, NYC)
7:30pm, $10/$15

The MATA festival is going to be an exciting few days packed with new music, and I'm happy to say that New York's consumately professional "indie-classical" group the NOW Ensemble will be playing my piece Nice Boots on third night of shows.


Monday, March 9
Monkeytown (58 N 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
8:00pm, $7 + $10 drink/food minimum

Tiple bill: The Celestial Mechanics have booked themselves in to Monkeytown, and are kindly taking composer Alex Temple and I along for the ride. They'll be singing Star Car again, and I'll be presenting some laptop/electronic music in frightening surround sound.


Tuesday, March 3
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

The Celestial Mechanics are an exciting new vocal trio who like to sing music you wouldn't normally think of when you hear the phrase "vocal trio." They'll be doing my piece Star Car as well as other new works written just for them on the Composers Ensemble concert series.


Monday, March 2
The Flea Theatre (41 White Street, Manhattan, between Bleeker and Church)
maybe Free? (I can't find ticket prices listed for this event...)

The Flea Theatre's "Music With A View" series puts the focus on artists presenting experimental and/or in-progress works. The mighty Dither electric guitar quartet will be playing my piece Vectors, which is no longer in-progress, and therefore must be experimental.


Wednesday, January 7
House concert, Santa Cruz, California
8:00pm, $10-20/pay-what-you-can

Friday, January 9
UC Davis, Davis, California

Saturday, January 10
Oakopolis Creativity Center
Oakland, California

The Celestial Mechanics are an exciting new vocal trio who like to sing music you wouldn't normally think of when you hear the phrase "vocal trio." They'll be doing my piece Star Car on their mini tour of California, along with new pieces by members Anne Hege, Lainie Fefferman, and Sarah Paden, as well as Alex Temple and György Ligeti.


Thursday, December 9
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

New York's (and, partially, Princeton's) NOW Ensemble come to play works by a bunch of people, including me. My piece for them, Nice Boots, is short, but very fun.


Tuesday, November 18
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

Holland's mighty Ensemble Klang come to Princeton to play works by Oscar Bettison, Anne Hege, Lainie Fefferman, Sean Friar, Cameron Britt, and myself. Ticker, the piece I wrote for this concert, is crazy, and these guys are good enough to actually pull it off. It should be good!


Tuesday, June 10
Issue Project Room, 232 3rd St., Brooklyn
Time, $ TBA

I'll be a laptopist with some of the other PLOrk people in a show of works for multiple laptops and crazy multichannel somethingsomething. More details when I get them!


Thursday, May 8
The Tank, NYC
10:00pm, $5

Columbia University's "fün night" and Princeton's "ffmup" series combine to form "ffüp night," featuring pen plotters, laptops, analog gear, violins and clarinets, 3-D visuals, circuit bending, vocals, smarts, and stupidity!

For more info click here.


Sunday, May 4
The Stone, New York City (corner of Ave. C and 2nd St.)
10:00pm, $10

The mighty Brooklyn guitar heroes Dither play my electric guitar quartet "Vectors" along with a bunch of other cool music.


Sunday, April 19
Dartmouth University
8:00pm, Free

Another playing of my 8-channel electroacoustic piece "Doors.", along with pieces by other Princeton composers.


Tuesday, April 15
FFMUP (Free-Form Mash-Up)
Terrace - 62 Washington, Princeton NJ
9:00pm, Free

I'll be doing a short set with laptop and some "etc" at the FFMUP, opening for Michael Early and The Polish Club (David Jensenius and Tom Crean).

Tuesday, March 25
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

The Brooklyn-based electric guitar quartet Dither will be playing my new piece "Vectors" as part of the Composers Ensemble concert series.


Wednesday, March 19
Marueen Forester Recital Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)
8:00pm, Free

Another playing of my 8-channel work "Doors." as part of the New Music Concerts series at Wilfrid Laurier University.


Friday, February 22 - Friday, March 29
The MT Space and Studio 23, at Globe Studios (Kitchener, ON)

The installation "EMPIRE" is a collaboration between myself and visual artist Grace Kary, featuring new poloroid photographic work and a motion-sensitive sound installation.



Tuesday, November 27
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
8:00pm, Free

"Doors" is a new 8-channel electroacoustic work which will be played at this installment of the Composer's Ensemble series at Princeton University.


Tuesday, April 24 - Sunday, April 29
The King Street Theatre lobby, Kitchener, Ontario
Part of the Open Ears installation series

The installation "STATES" is a collaboration between visual artist Grace Kary and myself. STATES attempts to mimic some of the psychological processes we associate with Freud's theory of 'transference,' in which unconcsious traumas are projected into the present as a means of freeing one's self of them. Video and sound will work together to try and capture something of the feelings we imagine this process evokes...

The version presented at the Open Ears festival will be followed by a larger version later in the summer.

With thanks to the Waterloo Regional Arts Fund for their support.


Friday, February 23, 2007
The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 31 Caroline St. N., Waterloo
Tickets $25, $15 full-time students

"New York's sensational Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon has his ecstatic Weather for strings and electronics performed along with new video design by Stefan Rose. Jascha Narveson, a local Gen Y post-minimalist, premieres a new work featuring harp, accordion, strings and electronics. Finishing things off is KW's new international DJ prodigy Jesse Somfay, critically renowned for creating experimental and emotionally epic layered tracks."

Co-presented with NUMUS and the KW Symphony.

go to the event page


Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Tickets $15, $12 artists, students, and seniors

RED presents: Paradise Lost - and Ekphrastic Collision

"RED founder and curator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura teams up with Erin Shields to bring together eleven of Toronto's most talented artists in this multi-disciplinary artistic reinterpretation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Don't miss this chance to see a first glimpse of this exciting collaboration!"

go to RED's event page


Friday, April 28th, 7:00pm
Queen Street Yoga, 44 Queen Street S., Kitchener, Ontario

Queen Street Yoga's "Yoga Jam"

I'll be providing electronic music accompaniment to a tag-team multi-teacher yoga flow at Queen Street Yoga. Yoga from 7-9pm, and then tea, snacks, and more music from 9 onward...


Wednesday, December 14th, 8:00 PM
The Tank, 217 East 42nd Street, New York, NY

"Transmissions" (presented by Transonic Arts)

Transmissions will explore works which use “found sound” – recorded sound like a bird chirping, a train passing by, or speech. The program will look at how computer technology has extended the definition of the term by allowing real-time recording and alteration of musical instruments and ambient sounds. Trasmissions will feature two multimedia sound installations, by sound artist Jessica Feldman and composer Jonathan Zalben; a “composed” radio documentary and a piece of concert music by composer/radio producer Jonathan Mitchell; and two contrasting performances of Jascha Narveson’s work 'Kaleidoscope' for improvising soloist and computer processing.

Monday, August 15th, 8:00 PM
Zero To One Studios, Kitchener, Ontario

•jascha narveson - live computer music
•úna ní fhlannagáin - "two lies," for harp and electronics
•david newman & jascha narveson - (untitled), video
•colin fisher (guitar, sax), nick storring (cello, computer) - improv

Thursday, June 23rd, 9:00 PM
University of Waterloo Grad House, Waterloo, Ontario

•jascha narveson - live computer music
•the lonely flight - lush analog-flavoured ambience
•colin fisher (guitar, sax), nick storring (cello, computer) & brandon valdivia (drums) - trio improvisations


Saturday, May 7, 2:00pm
Bessie Schoenberg Dance Studio
Wesleyan University

...a concert of Batá music from the Cuban Santeria tradition. I wrote none of it, but i love all of it. For this cocnert, the Wesleyan Batá group is:

Elizabeth Sayre
Nicholas Hockin
David Garlitz
Justin Martinez
Raquel Rivela
Luis Miguel Haneo
Jascha Narveson

and guests:

Michele "Buffy" Drysdale (dance)
Susan Rapalee (lead vocals)


April 23 - May 1 - Zero To One Galleries, Kitchener, Ontario

a collaborative installation with Ian Newton will be presented in his Zero To One Galleries space in Kitchener, Ontario as part of the Open Ears Festival. here's the description of the piece:
Creak Speak:
The Zero to One space has been the site of many of Kitchener's more spontaneous and underground cultural events for the past 5 years, from exhibits and readings to concerts, workshops and large multimedia events. As an homage to a space which is loved by so many, local artists Ian Newton (founder and director of Zero to One) and Jascha Narveson have designed an installation piece which will put the room itself on display.  Complete darkness, twenty-two contact microphones, several litres of phosphorescent paint, a multi-channel computer processing system, and the fantastically creaky wooden floor of the Zero to One gallery form the elements of this interactive work.


Tuesday, April 19th, 8:00
Wesleyan University Memorial Chapel
Middletown, Connecticut

split concert:

Phillip Schulze - "Abschiedskonzert"
Johnathan Chen, Dave Kadden, Angela Opell, Dave Ruder, Carl Testa

Jascha Narveson - M.A. Thesis concert

Neely Bruce - piano
Tom Crean - guitar
Andrew Dewar - tenor clarinet

Other info can be found at:



new-music pianist Danny Holt will be performing my solo piano piece ripple on tour, along with memory pieces by David Lang and other new music which Danny commissioned especially for him. Detailed info (prices, venue, program notes, etc...) can be found on his own site (linked to his name in the previous sentence).

•Sunday, March 13 2pm - Valencia, CA
•Tuesday, March 29, 7:30pm - Springfield, MA
•Wednesday, March 30 - 7pm, Amherst, MA
•Friday, April , 8pm, Waterloo, Ontario
•Sunday, April 3 - 1:30pm, Cambridge, MA
•Tuesday, April 5 - 7:30pm, Old Town Pasadena, CA
•Tuesday, April 12, 8pm, New York, NY
•Friday, April 15, 8pm, New Haven, CT
•Saturday, April 16, 8:00pm, Philadelphia, PA (partial program, does not include ripple)
•Saturday, April 17, 7:30pm, Philadelphia, PA (partial program, does not include ripple)
•Friday, April 21, 1pm, Dartington, Devon, England
•Saturday, April 23, 11am St. Mary's Church, Totnes, Devon, ENGLAND
•Date & Time TBA - Home of Alain Bioteau & Rachel Guilloux, Paris. RSVP: postmaster@alain-bioteau.com.fr
•Tuesday, May 3, 1pm, York, England