Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival (Apr 5-7)

Biography

A Life Lived in Song

I've grown up immersed in music.  Even as an infant, my father would hold me in his arms and rock me to sleep every night to the dulcet harmonies of African lullabies. Since the age of four,  I have spent my life exploring the exquisitely rich  and beautiful sounds of a bow on strings.  My classical training  took me from twinkles to concertos.  


Then synchronicity struck me like a bolt from the blue, and I was changed forever.  Jazz had jolted me from a dream and awakened my senses to an expansive landscape of colors, tones, and creativity that I had never imagined.  


Jazz - it was love at first sight

Guided by Masters

Through an outstanding conservatory program where I attend school and regional programs sponsoring the arts, I have had opportunities to experience master classes with many artists, including Christian Howes, Jason Anick, John Daversa, Wayne Bergeron, Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Koz, and many more.


I am forever indebted to my teachers who nurtured my love of music and shared their wisdom.  My gratitude goes out to Tamir Hendelman, Liz Arbus, Robert Anderson, Mark Massey, John Reynolds, Lee Secard, Katie Thiroux, Terri Lyne Carrington,  Dan St. Marseille,  Aimee Nolte, Mike Scott, and numerous others. A very special thanks also goes out to George Klabin of Resonance Records for believing in me and his strong support.

Inspired By Everything

I find inspiration all around me.  I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation. Jazz gets deep down into your soul.  I love sharing the secret that the violin is made for all styles of music.