April 27, 2020

As I'm writing this, I'm currently quarantining in Upstate New York with my mother, two cats, and a parrot who is currently serenading me. It's raining outside, and I can hear more birds whistling outside in the pine trees while cars drift by my window on the highway r...

September 2, 2018

The artist's role in the world is never as clear as that of a builder or a plumber. We are always straddling the line between the real and the ideal, commixing the two into a dense fabric in which one thread can begin and end on opposite ends of that spectrum. Ultimate...

August 25, 2018

It's been a while since I've been able to write a blog entry...in the almost two years since my last post, I have:

  • Graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.

  • Won several awards and scholarships in the university, including th...

August 27, 2016

Do you feel like you're not inspired enough with your writing? Are you hitting a wall with your creative output and need some inspiration? Here's a short list of some of the compositions that inspire me to make music:

Debussy - Danseuses de Delphes ("Dancers of Delphi"...

August 13, 2016

photo: playing with WAIL Watchers at the Blue Nile, cred. Jennifer Kimball 

August in New Orleans is undeniably sweltering, but the heat is beginning to make way for the busy Autumn season. While beating the heat, I've taken the opportunity to do new work with my websit...

March 12, 2016


I am reminded daily of the tremendous beauty life has to offer me in this world. Today I was given the honor of performing with the Djakpa Ewe Ensemble at the 2016 New Orleans Sacred Music Festival. Playing Ewe music is such a deeply gratifying experience at the spiri...

December 14, 2015

Life in New Orleans is never not exciting, but even amid this rich cultural landscape, I feel blessed to be in an oasis of creative activity! Recent developments continue to lead me in the direction of greater artistic expression, deepening articulation, and an increas...

November 17, 2015


I'm happy to announce that my debut solo album has been released! The album release party happened back in October and the limited pressing that we used for that release is now updated and re-pressed professionally for sales and distribution!


Reflection was a really s...

September 2, 2015

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