Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, Joy of All Who Sorrow, San Francisco
Here I am chanting the epistle during a Sunday morning liturgy in the church where I was once the choir director. A ray of sunshine fell directly upon the page as I was reading.
Perhaps the most acoustically perfect space in North America specifically built for musical performance, anchors the awareness I have of being an American musician. I am a part of the creative output of this land in which I was born, and I am profoundly grateful for this crucible in which my aesthetic and musical senses have been honed.
Eyes Closed During Free Form Improvisation
As I generate music that has no form prior to its formation in the moment, my face may take any shape that the sounds inspire as they move through me.
A Microphone for Live Performance
Since the dawn of electric and electronic music to the present moment, the entire paradigm in which music is made and transmitted has morphed radically. It is important to learn and embrace the technology that this age makes available to us if we are going to be fully expressed, relevant, and culturally informed musicians.
Nathaniel, Sitting in Contemplation
For me, music is nothing if not a way of looking at life. To sit and contemplate what is, is a possibility which music and musicianship can facilitate. This is my aspiration, both as a musician and as a man.
This is the site of an Orthodox Christian Monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin of Ireland. He was a great Orthodox monastic saint, and as I too have Celtic blood in my veins and deep admiration for such sanctity, it is a fitting reminder of the meaning of life, the context in which I make music.
The Musikverein in Vienna
One of the finest concert halls in all the world, and the home of the Vienna Philharmonic, epitomizes the role of intuition and historicity in art and beauty. Danish architect Theophil Hansen could not rely upon any study of architectural acoustics, and yet using his intuitive feeling for how sound should ideally be reflected in a space and his knowledge of ancient Greek temples, he built a perfect musical space.