music

“kind of”

“What kind of music do you make?” — This is a question that composers and performers get asked all the time, and, if you’re anything like me, the ideal answer is a diversion. “Well — at our last show, everyone was given complimentary ice cream, and everyone lost five pounds just by listening!” That’ll pique some interest. It’s just as dishonest as saying that what I make is a mix of “classical, jazz and world music” — it’s none of those, yet borrows from all.

how Z100 ruined my life

It was in sixth grade “art” class at Columbia Middle School, that I — a 12-year old scholarship student freshly arrived from Russia with very limited English — and my classmates, were asked to vote on a radio station to listen to during class. Everyone wanted to listen to Z100 — everyone but me.