Hello, Strangers

I trust there is not much mystery regarding the silence here, but it seems like as good a time as any to offer a brief rundown of some recent projects as well as a glimpse of what’s coming up in early 2021.


Since we’ve been sheltering in place, I’ve been writing as much music as I can. The necessary focus was not always available — given the 2020 of it all — but I’m trying. 

The first public evidence of this work is a duo piece written for bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner. Lisa and John were kind enough to record this as part of a remote concert for BAM/PFA. You can watch their performance here; my tune is called ‘Quickness’ and is the first piece performed. I can’t thank the amazing John and Lisa enough, not to mention the crucial BAM/PFA, which has played a major role in my education (film in particular) going back to high school.

Another piece written during quarantine, Mare Insularum, was recorded by the incredibly versatile and talented Mitch Marcus. You can purchase this EP on Bandcamp.

I have also completed a new score for a short film by my frequent collaborator, Kim Miskowicz. The film is called ‘Undercover Orbit’ and it should be available to the public soon; more on that when it drops, as they say. I recorded most of the music at home, but was also helped out by key socially distanced contributions from dear friends/Nathan Clevenger Group mainstays Kasey Knudsen and Jason Levis.


There is also another album length project nearing completion, a 5 part suite dedicated to the great Lee Konitz, one of too many masters we lost in 2020. The Mezzacappa/Finkbeiner piece above is part of this suite, and I am eager to share the recordings of the rest of the movements, featuring some of my favorite musicians alive in solo or duo settings.


Finally, just last month, I released the first live album by the Nathan Clevenger Group. Live at Rendon Hall is available now via Bandcamp and features a full set captured in 2019, just prior to recording our last proper album, Stateless. I can’t begin to express how much I miss playing with the 7 musicians on this album, and I hope you’ll take a listen.


Thank you for your interest and I hope that you and your loved ones are staying as healthy and sane as the times allow.

Until soon,
n.c.