photo by Joelle Gueguen

photo by Joelle Gueguen


UMMA-YA (Korean: MAMA-YA) is a solo, feature length performance work for violin, voice, and body. Connecting Korean Pansori (epic story singing), American vernacular music, and a rich harmonic universe, UMMA-YA tells the story of a young boy who learns he will be a mother. Overwhelmed, ashamed, and unsure of his ability to bring life into the world, he splits himself in two. One half searches the corners of the earth for untouched land, where he will bury himself. The other heads to the occupied city of his ancestors, in search of familial spirits that can guide him.

UMMA-YA is a reflection on cultural formations of gender, parenthood in a time of environmental crisis, and the spiritual cost of colonialism.


knife + spoon

live at the ice cream factory

shot by michael wilson
recorded by henry wilson


knife + spoon


songs for violin, voice & strange person

recorded by jacob tippey
released 2013

art by lizzy duquette



songs for guitar & voice
all songs recorded & produced by eddy kwon
released 2014

art by lizzy duquette




VIOLENCE is a performance piece for electro-acoustic quartet and tape. It is a reflection on the complex structures of violence that have, over many hundreds of years, created conditions for desperation, exclusion, callousness, and (ultimately) death in America. 

From the systematic murder of indigenous peoples to the endless exploitation of the natural world; from the nightmarish brutality of slavery to the paralyzing dream of privilege; from individual liberty to ruthless competition; from industrial progress to the abandonment of entire communities; from Jim Crow to mass incarceration; from distraction to distraction to distraction.

VIOLENCE is a modest attempt to connect the expression of these structures
in all their complexity. 

VIOLENCE was commissioned by the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center for their 2015-16 Black Box Performance Series.

Score for a r c h i p e l a g o

Score for a r c h i p e l a g o

a r c h i p e l a g o

a r c h i p e l a g o  is a single movement work for amplified string quartet inspired by Eric K M Clark's Deprivation Music. The quartet performs the exact same score from memory, but without the practical use of their eyes and ears. This sensory deprivation is achieved through the use of blindfolds, earplugs, and over-ear headphones blasting white noise. Harmonic, melodic, formal, and spatial elements were inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. The music is measured entirely in seconds, or 60 bpm, and lasts approximately 28 minutes and 20 seconds.


in the rawr

solo bedroom recording


how to listen to a record


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