Skrontch Music is an iterative composition project that explores the histories and lineages of jazz in New Orleans through contemporary composition and improvisation. The initial composition was written for a 10-piece ensemble. Incorporating elements of sound collage and primary source documents, the piece addresses the intertwined histories of the formation of New Orleans jazz and anti-Jim Crow activism, setting them in a contemporary soundscape that resonates with today's musical and political landscape. Researched and composed with the generous support of A Studio In The Woods.
Named after the infamous South Louisiana swamp rat, Nutria is an instrumental trio that performs original compositions with an emphasis on collective improvisation. Their music explores jazz, chamber music, and traditional music of the African diaspora and Eastern Europe, while staying true to New Orleans jazz and groove traditions. With Shawn Myers on drums and Trey Boudreaux on bass.
Trio/quartet/quintet exploring contemporary jazz and pop textures and creative improvisation through original composition and creative arrangements of popular music from the 20th and 21st centuries.
New composition project that lies at the nexus of songwriting, improvisation and chamber music. Featuring Free Feral on viola, cello and vocals and Justin Peake on drums and electronics alongside myself on vocals and clarinets.