Welcome to my home on the internet

I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
For booking, lessons (in person or via Skype), or questions, send an email to proggermusic@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Music, authenticity, fall

Life is beautiful! The temperature in Austin is incredible, good music is happening, and I've got a big stack of arranging and production work to keep me busy this month... which is good, because I need to stash away some cash for the upcoming Progress recording session! It's happening, finally, and it's gonna be good.

Also, I was trolling the internet today when I accidentally wrote something on a forum that I think summarizes my philosophy on music pretty well-- at least, up to this point, as the sum of my own experience mixed with what I've learned from my beloved teachers and peers. Here it is.

Music, and art in general, is not necessarily supply-and-demand related. Just because the market for your music doesn't currently exist doesn't mean it can't or won't exist. Artists are interesting in that they create the demand for their product. People don't need it, but if they hear it, and like it, they want more of it. People are much more likely to like your music if YOU like your music; if you're creating music you genuinely want to make, that lives up to your (hopefully high) standards, that authentically expresses a beautiful gesture you want to make in the world, then ordinary people will respond to that, be inspired by it, and crave more of it. I know, personally, several artists that are doing this right effing now, and it's awesome to watch. One of the groups I'm referring to, as I'm sure you can guess, is Snarky Puppy. It's also proven true for me in the brief existence of my band, Progress, and I take tremendous inspiration from Michael League and the other Pups as I try to make my own sound.

Anyway, here's my calendar as of this update. Holiday season's coming up, so more private shows than public, but here are the publics as of now (more with Progress will be added, rest assured):

10/10: Baker's Dozen at the Elephant Room, Austin, TX
10/11: Dave Sierra at the Elephant Room, Austin, TX
10/12: Nelo at the Rattle Inn, Austin, TX
10/17: Monster Big Band at the Elephant Room, Austin, TX
10/19: Nelo at Schotzi's, College Station, TX
11/8: Progress at the Hole in the Wall, Austin, TX
11/9: Nelo at the Rattle Inn, Austin, TX