I am a composer/performer currently residing in Vermont. At its most fundamental level, my work is an attempt to reconcile the grounding force of tradition with the disruptive forces of critique; it is characterized by a commitment to building deep and enduring collaborative relationships, a critical skepticism of entrenched musical values and structures of power, an engagement with the bodily and subjective presence of the performer, an interest in creative methodologies that resist or subvert the uncritical reproduction of received forms, and a spirit of humor and play with regard to styles, forms, musical symbols, and conventions.
As a composer, my music has been performed and recorded by some of the country's most adventurous performers of new music, including Third Coast Percussion, the Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, New Thread Quartet, ekmeles, Loadbang, Timothy McAllister, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). My string quartet Hack, was a centerpiece of the Spektral Quartet's Grammy-nominated 2016 album Serious Business. I am currently recording a portrait album for release on New Focus Records in 2019.
In Grant Wallace Band, I improvise, arrange, sing, and write songs along with Ben Hjertmann and Luke Gullickson. Part band, part composers collective, GWB has performed across the country, including at the Resonant Bodies Festival, Fast Forward Austin, and Chatter. We have released three albums and another is scheduled for release in the summer of 2018. In 2016, the Houston Grand Opera presented the premiere of our original song cycle, The Magnificent Pretty Boy, at the Menil Collection in Houston.
I have long been active as a performer and improviser in the country's modern art rock and free improvisation scenes. I have performed with violinist Carla Kihlstedt, bassoonist Katherine Young, drummer Tim Daisy, guitarist Toby Summerfield, and the electronic duo Matmos. I am currently recording a disc of solo viola improvisations after the model of Anthony Braxton's For Alto.