September 23, 2018

The gender representation discussion in contemporary music has become ever more urgent these days. Countless evaluations, theories, and strategies have been posited onto the discussion table, and now festivals and ensembles are being pressed more than ever to put words...

September 8, 2018

In Germany, they sell cocktails of cola and Jack Daniel’s whiskey in pre-packaged cans. I thought that was weird, but not for the reason you would think. In the summer after my Freshman year of college, I did an intense musicianship program at the European American Mus...

August 21, 2018

I’ve had this dream for the past two years to study music composition in Germany. This summer, I went to Darmstadt and Berlin to see if such a thought had any sanity or grounding to it. Over there, I discovered an unforeseen appreciation for the parts of me that were n...

Once a semester in my college years, my friends and I would take an infamous trip to Yamato's all-you-can-eat sushi. It was this special occasion where we could indulge in excessive amounts of what is typically a food of small, refined portions. For the past two weeks...

November 15, 2017

This word originally appeared in my Fall 2017 Harvard Crimson column, "Difference Tones," which can be found here.

When we consider what the components of music are, the answer we often give is melody, harmony, and rhythm. However, it’s apparent that these means of desc...

November 14, 2017

This word originally appeared in my Fall 2017 Harvard Crimson column, "Difference Tones," which can be found here.

This past Sunday, I arrived in Ballroom B of the Courtyard Marriott, where Hilltop, the local Christian church I attend, holds its weekly services. A congr...

October 17, 2017

This word originally appeared in my Fall 2017 Harvard Crimson column, "Difference Tones," which can be found here.

One of my favorite pieces of music is a short text by viola player and writer Martine Thomas ’18. The piece is titled “path”:

1 leave all possessions

behind...

October 6, 2017

This word originally appeared in my Fall 2017 Harvard Crimson column, "Difference Tones," which can be found here.

When we are looking death in the face, we will not take up our musical instruments. But, when death seems far from us, what will remind us, prepare us, for...

September 26, 2017

This word originally appeared in my Fall 2017 Harvard Crimson column, "Difference Tones," which can be found here.

A temple draws us to God, and a kitchen draws us to the stove. What is our gaze directed to when we step into the sonic space of music? We often conceive o...

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