I was born and raised in Kansas to two high school teachers. My brother, four years my senior, got me interested in sound when he introduced me to rock music. He also played bass guitar, so when I was around 12 I started playing it as well. Soon after, a couple friends and I formed a band. We played together from middle school until the middle of college - 7 years in all. The band splintered, so I moved to New York City, transferring into Manhattan School of Music September of 2002.
At Manhattan School of Music, I began studying jazz and acoustic bass more seriously. Graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Music degree, I have been very fortunate to have played with jazz masters ranging from Bobby Watson, Stephen Scott and Winard Harper to contemporaries such as Logan Richardson and John Hadfield. Another performing hi-light was playing the U.S. premier of Michael Gordon and Bill Morrison's Decasia. I have since played in other classical music settings as well as everything from rock to singer/songwriter and world music.
In 2013 I consciously began to compose and record my 'own' music. The first album, napago - 777, was released in 2015. This was followed up in 2017 with Symbioh: Music for Dance. Also in 2017, Blues in Brown (featuring a version of Willie Nelson's 'Hello Walls') was released. The single Signs of Summer was released in 2018, followed by 2019's Nancy's Hands. A re-working of former music led to the release of Fishers of Men. And spring of 2020 saw the release of Live Improvisations, Meditation, and φ. In the summer of 2020, I completed the music for my father's stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Star-Child. Currently, I'm working on the next composition, as well as releasing Miniatures every full moon in 2021.
I am fascinated with the physics of sound. A lot of the music I am composing now reflects this by using the Harmonic Series as a base for writing. By playing with this foundation provided by nature, I am hoping to build a sonic architecture that not only reflects the beauty of our natural world but serves us by helping us heal and grow.