I started playing at the age of six on a guitar made by my father. I took lessons in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the venerable Lewis Winn at twelve and still meet with him whenever I'm in town. I spent my youth playing the blues in the clubs of Albuquerque, often in my father's band.
I left Albuquerque for Wesleyan University where I majored in music and studied jazz with Anthony Braxton, Jay Hoggard, and Tony Lombardozzi. In 1995 I made my first commercial recording as part of Braxton's ensemble. I graduated in 1996 with High Honors in both Music and American Studies, and won the Leavell Prize for outstanding work as a Music major.
I moved to New York where I played with all sorts of crazy wonderful ensembles like Burnt Sugar, The Three Bean Stew Hip Hop Orchestra, and Nu Afrika. In 2002, Mark, Jason, John and I formed The Citizens, an Avant-Rock band, and we'll be coming to a city near you very soon.