I am a student in the MA/PhD program at the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. My interests are varied: my first musical training was in Scottish highland bagpipe music, and as an undergraduate I studied saxophone with an emphasis in jazz. Today I primarily study traditional and contemporary musics of Sahelian and Saharan Africa, including Tuareg guitar music.
8 Feb 2013 - Notes on Vieux Farka Touré and Malian Music
I recently presented a pre-concert talk at UCLA's Royce Hall before Vieux Farka Touré and special guests Fool's Gold performed a tribute concert for Ali Farka Touré. An accompanying commentary I wrote for the program notes and UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance is viewable here.
24 Jul 2012 - Blog Launched!
I've created a WordPress page to provide some updates on my upcoming travel to Niger, West Africa. You can take a look here.