I alluded to this blog entry on a Facebook post earlier this week, as there are several projects in the works that I haven’t yet mentioned, and I wanted to provide a glimpse into what has been happening behind the scenes.

I’ve got a duo project with a close friend currently brewing, and it will see its debut this summer in upstate NY. Having both played a large amount of duo repertoire without a committed partner, it only made sense to get together and finally make it happen. We will be looking at some quick expansion with this group, knocking out some shows this summer to solidify repertoire and programming so that we can start booking shows and clinics across the country. Be on the lookout for a website, new photography, and upcoming dates!

I am ecstatic to be traveling to China in the late summer to perform with Michael Burritt and the Eastman Percussion Group, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. We will be sharing the stage with the Colin Currie Quartet, and it’s sure to be a great time!

Wow, am I excited for this one! A major composer for us percussionists will be writing a new concerto for me to be premiered in March 2019. This piece is being funded by an institution near and dear to my heart, and I cannot (cryptically) express my gratitude enough to this (unnamed, for now) organization. I am hoping to also work out an orchestral score for this piece, so that it can be toured with orchestras in the future. In addition, I will be sharing the stage with Eric Whitacre, one of the biggest names in choral music. When I began my journey into solo performance just a few years ago, I always said that I wanted to have concerti written in order to have a unique and personal offering for different ensembles, and I am thrilled to see it happening already.

Thank you for reading, and I cannot wait to share more details about all of these things as they begin to unfold. 2017 was an incredible year, and it already looks like 2018 is shaping up to be the same!

All my best,