I grew up in the Hudson Valley, a region with a rich tradition of artists relocating from New York City. There, I played the alto saxophone in the local public school band, performing jazz and classical from the age of 9. In 2007, I moved to New York City, drawn by its diversity and richness of genre.
Over time, I grew disenchanted with conventional musical forms and started looking for more experimental and free expression. This led me to the experimental underground scene. I’d hang out at venues such as Death by Audio, Secret Project Robot, Tonic, The Knitting Factory, Roulette, and Issue Project Room. I was lucky enough to cross paths with musicians like Tony Conrad and Shelly Hirsch, who have been deeply immersed in the avant-garde music community.