I am a percussionist and educator based in Madison, WI. In recent years, I have been privileged to enjoy a widely eclectic range of musical experiences, which have given me a distinct perspective on percussive artistry. I am a collaborator at heart, and I am deeply invested in working directly with living composers. In 2016 was a Performance Fellow at the nief-norf Summer Festival. In 2018, after making my debut concerto performance with the UW Symphony Orchestra, I completed a degree in Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, a program which has presented me with opportunities to perform in Carnegie Hall, the Overture Center, as well as tour Beijing and Shenyang, China. I have collaborated and performed with artists and ensembles such as Sō Percussion, Clocks in Motion, Sound out Loud, Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, Kurtis Blow, Juan “Cotito” Medrano, and the Wisconsin Collegiate All Star Percussion Ensemble, and I continue to seek shared experiences with performers from around the world.
My interest in Afro-Cuban music has granted me multiple opportunities to travel to Cuba, where I have been fortunate to study with some of the most influential rumberos and bataleros on the island. My research into Cuban music has been partially funded by a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Recently, I joined the wonderful team at the Wisconsin Union Theater as the World Music Coordinator on the Performing Arts Committee.
Photo by John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal.