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My self-summary
I'm a composer, writer, dreamer, and philosopher...but with a "day" job... except that it's technically at night.
I’m an irreverent jokester with a penchant for getting mixed up in comic situations, both intentionally and accidentally. Case in point: once when I was pulled over, I confessed to insignificant things I did when I was ten years old under the heat of interrogation.
I am always out of the loop when it comes to pop culture, and instead have pursued a life in search of the strange, remote, unfamiliar, and avant-garde.
I believe that there is honesty in absurdity, that the grotesque can be alluring, that there is drama in our stillest of moments.
For me, the greatest thing art can achieve is neither the beautiful, nor the sublime, but the exuberant: a wild and ecstatic sense of energy that comes about when an artist is not afraid to take chances and boldly commits him-or-herself to a radical vision, even in a sociopolitical environment that often seems wholly unsuited for such a venture. Are you in?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an avant-garde composer and co-artistic-director of a twin cities music collective that curates concerts, seminars, and master classes through out the twin cities. Through ambitious programming, community building, educational outreach, and emphasis on extensive interaction between composers and performers that greatly exceeds the industry standard, we provide a platform for musicians pursuing bold, personalized artistic visions, and help them to transmit those visions as directly and honestly as possible to a receptive audience, unfettered by university politics, market pressures, or established conventions.
My musical compositions, which have been performed in France, England, the Czech Republic, and through out the United States, are notable for their use of microtones (the notes between the keys of a normally tuned piano), theatrical elements, and originally developed techniques aimed at creating novel soundscapes. I have worked in mediums that have mixed classical instruments, electronics, and a variety of non-Western instruments.
Though I do regularly get grants, fellowships, and commissions, I still work 4 nights a week doing condo security, which is just enough to qualify for full-time benefits. My hope is that the experience I am gaining in organizational development, fundraising, and project management from my work with the new music collective, plus my growing reputation and accolades as a composer will eventually enable me to work in music full-time, either as a professor, or possibly working for a non-profit.
I also have a secondary background as a creative writer. I have been yearning to keep up with that more! I'm hoping I will be able to get some writing done during the down time at my condo job!
I’m really good at
Thinking, kvetching, coming up with funny band names that never end up getting used, and contorting my arms in weird positions.

For the curious, here are a few of my band name ideas:
1-Slartibartfast and the Casual Encounters
2- Lydia Deetz Got a C
3- Bride of Kong
The first things people usually notice about me
While eaves dropping, I heard myself described as a “little Eastern European vampire dude.” I consider myself to be charmingly befuddled. People who sit too close to me on the bus tell me I have “nice eyes”. I have been mistaken for being 17 years old, for being homeless, for being an undercover cop, and for being a very important businessman. People don’t always notice the same things, but I do usually get noticed, one way or another.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Gunter Grass, William Blake, Shakespeare, Kurt Vonnegut, Nietzsche,
Philipe K. Dick, E.E. Cummings, Wallace Stephens, Ferlinghetti, Lorine Niedecker, Henrik Ibsen.

Noir and neo-noir (especially Chinatown), Being John Malkovich, Pulp Fiction, Annie Hall, Waking Life, Groundhog Day, Swimming With Sharks, Butterfield 8, most things by Fellini or the Coen Brothers, and French movies (The Girl on a Bridge, Holy Motors, etc). For "kids" movies, Dark Crystal, Secret of NIMH, and Spirited Away.

Music: Currently I'm on a huge Lole y Manuel kick. Some of the composers that had the greatest influence on me are Radulescu, Ligeti, La Monte Young, Scodanibbio, Stockhausen, Aperghis, Xenakis, Lachenmann, Bach, Satie, and Chopin. I love music of other cultures, especially the traditional polyphonic singing of the pygmies of Cameroon. A few other interests: Glen Velez, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Joanna Newsom, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Ennio Morricone.

Manga/ Anime: Death Note and Toriko are my two favorites, but I also follow the “Big Three” (ie Bleach, Naruto, One Piece) even though they often frustrate me. If you don't know Toriko, it's a manga about food where people can become more and more powerful by eating tastier and tastier foods (no joke), and it's amazing!

Shows: Game of Thrones, Dexter, Futurama, Home Movies (the show), Venture Brothers, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock, and I just started watching Breaking Bad on Netflix.

Food: Locally speaking, on a normal day I’d go with India Palace, Quang’s, Camdi’s, or Pizza Luce. I love the food in New Orleans, even though I’m not really into seafood. I love the beignets at Café de Monde! If washing it down with hot cocoa is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

Quotes: "Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant" - Steve Martin.

Hobbies: Writing, aikido, math, philosophy
The six things I could never do without
1- Art and creativity.

2- Thinking/ ideas/ philosophy.

3- Tasty virgin drinks. Rhubarb basil soda is kind of awesome! Mango lassi. Expensive root beers. Strawberry limeade with crushed ice. You get the idea.

4- The polyphonic yodeling of the Mbenga pygmies.

5- Beeswax (or rosin). I coat my instruments with it so I can produce long tones by rubbing them. It's kind of like the parlor trick of rubbing a wet finger on the rim of a wine glass, except using membranes like frame drums or tongue drums.

6- Laughter/ comedy
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How the daily log at work needs an editorial section. Also, about my creative projects (music, writing, game design), aesthetics, math/logic (especially foundational theories), philosophy, whether managing my expectations counts as managing experience, people I miss, and my next joke.
On a typical Friday night I am
Typical Friday night? It’s the atypical Friday nights that are interesting. For example, for birthdayween weekend (halloween + birthday), I hosted a party where I played the 1926 silent film, "Faust", but instead of the original sound track, I made a new sound track including selected works by Ligeti, Sciarrino, Chopin, Satie, Patti Smith, and others!

As part of my artist fellowship, I'm going to get a free year's membership at the Walker Art Center, so I'll probably be going there a lot more often.

You will rarely find me at a bar. I'm open to new ideas!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I participated in a streaking tradition while I was in undergrad and was famed for my break dancing, gymnastics, and other antics during the said streaking event. I suppose running for public office would be out of the question.

Also, I read a manga called Toriko where characters become more powerful by finding, capturing, preparing, and eating tasty foods. The tastier the food, the more their powers evolve.
You should message me if
Message me if you are very open minded about experimental music and art, if you are curious as to why some one would spend 11 years in college to get a degree in music composition, if you want to collaborate on a creative project, or if you refer to OKCupid as “the wasteland” when discussing it in public conversations.