I was born into a logging family and grew up in the mountain region of Humboldt and Trinity counties in Northern California. I began my musical life as a self-taught guitarist and bassist. I spent my childhood and adolescence in relative social isolation, spending much time alone or with few friends, in the woods away from the noise and activity of urban / city life.
After six years of musical self-study, at 21 years old I began attending college. I received an Associates of Arts degree from College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA; moved to Ashland, OR, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music from Southern Oregon University; then moved to the California bay area where I earned a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition, and a Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance & Literature, both from Mills College, Oakland.
At Mills, I studied and had profound experiences with artists such as Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Muhal Richard Abrams, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Helmut Lachenmann, and India Cook, among others.
It was here that I began a life changing musical partnership with drummer/percussionist Jordan Glenn. Together with Fred Frith we formed the Fred Frith Trio. To date (2018) we've released two records for the Intakt label, completed two tours of Europe, performed for SESC in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and played multiple gigs in the US. We are currently booking our third European tour for Fall 2019.
It was also during my time at Mills that Jordan and I, along with violinist Emily Packard and bassoonist Kate McLoughlin, began working as Jack O' The Clock, the brainchild of composer Damon Waitkus. Jack O' The Clock has to date self-released seven critically acclaimed records.
I am also a painter (see “Painting” page), poet (under the pseudonym Rachtious Palmer), and I currently teach music at Bayhill High School, as well as work as an independent academic tutor (see “Teaching” page).