What's On Tap
Thrilled to be the music director, arranger and orchestrator for Cynthia Erivo’s performance in the 17-time Emmy Award-winning series Live from Lincoln Center Presents Stars in Concert. Cynthia’s relatively short career has already been heavily decorated: after winning Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards, she is now just one award away from the coveted EGOT status.
This performance is airing on PBS during spring/summer of 2019.
NYC’s annual Global Citizens Festival, an event which calls on world leaders to achieve the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This year, the festival also commemorated the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. It featured performances from Cardi B, Janelle Monae and John Legend—just to name a few. I accompanied Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo in opening for Janet Jackson. In the months leading up to the festival, Global Citizens performed over 2.1 million actions urging leaders to end extreme poverty. It was both humbling and empowering to play a part in this world-building event.
Honored to serve as the Music Director / Arranger for this production, choreographed and directed by the legendary Savion Glover. With music and lyrics by Micki Grant, this story is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by the first African-American woman to direct on Broadway, Vinnette Carroll, the show brings issues of race politics to the American stage, using a blend of gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock to create voices for change - incredibly poignant for a time when we greatly need to hear these voices.
One of my greatest joys as a musician is to take a familiar melody and reimagine it through the lens of my classical training. I am thrilled to announce my latest single, “Ain’t Nobody,” a dynamic, tribal piano-driven interpretation of Chaka Khan’s instantly recognizable hit. This energetic cover, with an accompanying video filmed and directed by cinematographer Jordan Battiste, brings a new sense of urgency and passion to a soulful classic.
Currently serving as one of the conductors for the 2018 Tony Winner for Best Revival of a Musical “Once On This Island”. This incredible production has featured some of the most legendary names in theater - Lea Salonga and Norm Lewis, to name a few- as well as the bright, young Tony-nominated star, Hailey Kilgore. Hailed as “ravishing” by The New York Times, it is an honor to also play lead keys, melodica, and hand percussion when conducting, and be part of the “human heart” of this stunning musical.
I am thrilled to announce that Little Dancer, directed by Susan Stroman and written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, is headed to Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater! I was honored to be a part of this production, playing four instruments and serving as the Associate Music Director. Little Dancer, set in the backstage world of the Paris Opera Ballet, stars New York City Ballet principal dancer, Tiler Peck, and four-time Tony winner, Boyd Gaines.