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Summer News


Hello all, It’s been a LONG time since I’ve sent an update to this list, and I hope this finds you well. The past few months have been packed with shows, album prep, writing, a successful concerto performance, and questionable use of caffeinated beverages. I’m looking forward to a high-quality summer and sincerely hope that our […]

Off to the Grammys…


Hello all! Heading west this weekend to go to the Grammys, and thought I’d drop you a line.  Hope this finds you well! Way back in December of 2011, I was preparing to leave the Turtle Island Quartet, after five great years with the group, to pursue new solo projects and collaborations.  That month, we recorded […]

Two New Orchestral Shows


  Hello all!   I’m really happy to announce two orchestral Christmas concerts I helped put together.   First, for you east-coasters, tomorrow, Saturday the 4th with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the wonderful Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan: “A Folk Christmas” – check out this sweet poster.  Go ahead, click.     I arranged and composed music for the […]

Fall Happenings


Hello all,   And a *good* day to you! Hope this finds you well. YES. :)   Flying back home to NYC today after a great trip, first to Dallas to coach the Dallas String Quartet, then to Iowa City for a performance at the University of Iowa.   Here’s the best view yet today […]

Summer News

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Hello all!       Yo!       Hope you’re enjoying the warming of the weather. I’m personally *pumped up* for the summer. Had a wonderful time touring Ireland last week with the Irish/American supergroup Atlantic I/O – if you haven’t heard about it, you can check out the group here. A few fun […]

Winter Events


Hey everyone! First signs of spring recently here in NYC. Shorts were officially spotted in the park. However – (!) It seems there may yet be snowy hurdles ahead for many of us northerners – and I feel it is my duty to offset your remaining desolate days of winter with the gleaming, joyous news […]

Off to Mooseland…


Hey friends!   Thought I would let you know a little of what’s been going on in my world and what’s to come :-)     Here’s the stunning window view, as I’m writing this on the way to Fairbanks for the 3rd annual Far North Fiddle Fest, where I’m excited to be performing with […]

Musical threads on NPR

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Had the pleasure of contributing to two records in April: Laura Veirs “Warp and Weft,” and dear friend Hanneke Cassel’s next fiddle record (I happily played second fiddle ;). Hanneke’s might not be out for a while, but one of the songs I worked on for Laura’s record is already up on NPR just 1 […]

Venturing out…

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What do you do when someone asks you to step outside of your comfort zone in a big way, by taking on a new role? And what if it’s important for you to “get it right” on your first try? (photo by Michael Arthur)   This was my situation in March, when my friend Abigail […]

News & Highlights


I hope this finds y’all well.  It’s been a crazy-busy rollercoaster ride of late. Lots of fiddling, jazzing, composing, traveling around this ol’ hemisphere… We all had a ball @ the amazing Celtic Connections festival last month in Glasgow, Scotland.  Met up and jammed til the “wee hours” with many longstanding folk heroes of mine […]


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