"Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which cannot be compressed into words because it is infinite." -Wagner
I began my musical journey as a young piano player. I had a natural ear and a teacher that encouraged my parents to keep me involved in music. When I got older I migrated to the guitar and joined a rock band, and before long I was the lead singer in a group that got to write its own songs and play in front of big audiences. While the band life was an amazing experience I had always dreamed of being a composer, and in my spare time, I would occasionally compose short piano pieces. In 2012 I applied to a conservatory and submitted one such piano piece for a scholarship opportunity. I was accepted and bestowed a grant based on my composition. While at university I learned the fundamentals of part writing and counterpoint and was given the chance to train under a professional composer. I learned the art of conducting and writing for strings in my last year at the college and graduated in 2015 with honors. I went on to further my education by independently studying Johann Fux's 1725 treatise on counterpoint "Gradus ad Parnassum"(the same text Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn utilized). I meticulously examined scores from the likes of Wagner, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms among others, and employed the use of highly regarded orchestration books such as Walter Piston's book "Orchestration" to build off of what I had learned. As a certified Protools operator I already knew enough about sound engineering to create virtual orchestrations of any work I composed and used that knowledge to realize my work in a way no Romantic era composer could.
In 2017 I completed my first serious work. The piece, "Ad Victoriam", written for choir and orchestra, was inspired by the work of Austrian nationalist and political activist Martin Sellner. While the influence politics has had on my music is not insignificant, my hope is that the reverse will take place in my lifetime and that the work I, and other like-minded artists produce will have a positive effect on society. For this reason I believe we artists should be creating works that are unashamedly beautiful in nature and intent. As a composer one of my aims is to write music in line with the adage of "beauty for beauty's sake". By promoting art that asserts the importance of what is beautiful, natural, and traditional, I think we may see a return to a more just society. Through divinely inspired art, I believe Americans, and the West as a whole, can begin to move closer toward the spiritual re invigoration we are in such desperate need of. I ask that every supporter of mine, do all that they can in helping on this monumental journey.
Today I am committed to presenting new music to the public. In the spirit of the Western tradition, I'll continue to write works that acknowledge this great art form. Through the likes of John Williams or Arvo Part we can see that this musical tradition is still alive and still evolving. There will always be a place for new artists to make their mark on this great art form. But unlike the modernists of the last century and their degradation of beauty, we traditionalists must embrace what made music beautiful by accepting and employing the Western tonal tradition. We must reject the ideas of modernism and relativism in their entirety to ensure the survival of our musical heritage and instead assert the truth-that all beauty comes from God and that the purpose of art is the glorification of God. The age of revolting "art" designed to confound and alienate is over. Now we must promote new music that acknowledges the value of tradition rather than rejecting it. We must hold onto our culture and never sever the connection to our roots. We artists must adapt to a modern audience while staying true to the Western musical tradition. This is my calling. My hope is that my music, while just a small contribution to an expansive art, will inspire us to reach new heights. There's much work to be done, but for now I'll say stay tuned and thank you. You'll hear from me soon...