MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

MPR Photo / Nate Ryan

I specialize in experimental, traditional, and improvisational approaches to viola and violin; creative songwriting; and using my voice expressively in both narrative and non-narrative modes. I add depth, space, and complexity to my performances and compositions using electronic processing, looping, and effects.

I am currently the violist/backup vocalist for internationally renowned artist Julia Holter, and I have also toured extensively since 2003 with Carla Bozulich, Vienna Teng, Ramon & Jessica, and Real Vocal String Quartet.  I have performed solo or as bandleader throughout the U.S. since 2010, and I plan to release a new album of original music in 2016. As an original member of Real Vocal String Quartet, I recorded two albums and toured with the American Music Abroad program. 

I graduated from the Wesleyan University M.A. program in Composition 2015, and I am currently composing a new musical, Sweet Land, to be produced in 2017 in St. Paul, MN at History Theatre. My songwriting duo Ramon & Jessica also recently received funding to collaborate on a staged production of our Gertrude Stein setting, Roses are Blue, for a workshop in 2017 with Berkeley company Just Theater. 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

2015 The Gravity of Our CommitmentNever Enough Hope, Violin

2015 Ghost Modern, Geographer, Viola, Violin

2014 Ghost of a Gardner, Rachel Reis, Viola

2013 We the CommonThao & the Get Down Stay Down, Violin

2013 Our Band Could Be As Serious As Your Life, Aaron Novik, Violin

2013, Mesolow, Rocket Moth, Violin

2012 Melodie Fantastique, Japonize Elephants, Violin, Vocals, Composer

2012 Contraption Vol. 2, Beats Antique, Viola, Vocals, Composer

2012 Evie Ladin Band, Evie Ladin Band, Fiddle, Vocals

2011 MetalsFeist, Vocals, Viola

2011 Thao & MirahThao & Mirah, Viola

2010, Real Vocal String QuartetReal Vocal String Quartet, Viola, Compose

2010 Floating World, Vol. 1Aaron Novik, Violin

2009 Inland TerritoryVienna Teng, Fiddle, Viola

2008 The Gift EconomyNever Enough Hope, Violin

2006 To Find Me Gone, Vetiver, Viola

2006 Dreaming Through the NoiseVienna Teng, Viola, Vocals, Soloist

2004 I'm Gonna Stop Killing, Carla Bozulich, Violin

2004 Elysium, The Velvet Teen, viola