Images L to R: Premiere reading of ‘My Robot Boyfriend’ at Lincoln Center • Gabe in Tisch New Theatre’s ‘Next to Normal’ (photo by Christabelle Tan) • Recording strings for my debut solo album • Drums/Ensemble in ‘The Wildness’ at Playwrights Downtown
The fall 2018 semester marked, in many ways, the beginning of the end—I passed the halfway point in college, turned 21, and began thinking seriously about my artistic identity and how that would manifest in a career. Coming back to theatre, both as a composer and an actor, made me realize how much the art form means to me. One of my biggest goals over the next three semesters is to explore how theatre can intersect with the rest of my influences in meaningful and innovative ways. I also won the Alan Menken Composition Scholarship, released a single with Amelia Murray, and worked on a handful of other musical projects.
In the spring, I’ll be heavily involved in more live performances than all of my time at NYU combined. Highlights include the Pulsing & Shaking new music festival in February, which I’m co-artistic directing and premiering a new piece in, a Guest Artist position with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the release of C3’s sophomore EP, playing on my friends’ solo projects, and my junior recital in April. In addition, long-term plans for my senior recital are beginning to coalesce, which will involve a live multimedia performance of an hour-long chamber-suite-meets-concept-album, set for release at the end of my NYU career in 2020.
I’d like to thank all my friends and past/future collaborators for making this past semester a great one—among them Andi Lee Carter, Amelia Murray, Danica Jensen, Kait Warner, Dakota Mar, Aron Kobayashi Ritch, Rohan Chander, David Mayers, Dani Strigi, Yaz Lancaster and Natalie Young (and Mocca!).