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.

In summer 2018, I will be an artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in California. In 2015-2016 I was the violist/backup vocalist for international tours with respected songwriter and composer Julia Holter, and I have also toured extensively since 2003 with Carla Bozulich, Vienna Teng, Ramon & Jessica, Beth Custer, and Real Vocal String Quartet.  I have performed solo or as bandleader throughout the U.S. since 2010, and in addition to many collaborations I have recorded three albums of original music: Who Do You Suppose You Are? (Contraphonic, 2010), Songs 4 Violin + Voice (2012), and The World is in the Work (August 2017) As an original member of Real Vocal String Quartet, I recorded two albums and toured with the American Music Abroad program. Ramon & Jessica, my songwriting/composing duo with Jesse Olsen Bay, has released three full length albums and an a cappella EP.

I graduated from the Wesleyan University M.A. program in Composition 2015, and I recently co-wrote new musical, Sweet Land, which premiered in May 2017 at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Ramon & Jessica's adaptation of The World is Round, a 1939 children's book by Gertrude Stein, was staged in a May 2017 workshop by Berkeley's Just Theater. 



2017 I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, TuneYards - Viola, Violin

2017 In the Same Room, Julia Holter - Viola, Vocals

2017 The World is in the Work – Songwriter, Viola, Vocals, FX

2017 Land So Sweet – Composer, Violin, Viola, Producer

2017 The Weight of the Water, Ron Shalom - Viola, Vocals

2017 Tethered Music – Composer, Viola, Vocals

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

2011 Adam Levy, The Heart Collector - Viola

2010, Real Vocal String QuartetReal Vocal String Quartet – Viola, Vocals, Arranger, Composer

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