I am a composer/performer currently residing in Vermont. My work reflects an interest in cultivating adventurous and inclusive environments for music-making, exploring innovative approaches to musical notation and instrumental technique, critiquing the commodity model of musical production, reckoning with the tension between tradition and experimentation, and using collaboration as a critical practice to upend regressive structures of power and build social bonds in support of emancipatory models of community.
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.