M.M., The University of New Mexico
Lecturer II, Music Appreciation
As a soloist, Micah was one of three international soloists to compete in the 2012 International Trombone Association’s Frank Smith Solo Competition held in Paris, France. He is currently the trombonist for the resident brass quintet of The Cathedral Church of St. John: Breaking Brass, the Santa Fe composer/performer project: Pentet, the Arabic music ensemble: The Maqam Ensemble, the Albuquerque-based Dixieland band: The Route 66 Revelers and for the South American-style band, Baracutanga.
As a composer, Micah is influenced by historical liturgical music, nature, machinery, principles of physics and mathematics, visual art, contemporary harmonic practices, and blurred rhythmic and harmonic movement. His score Separation of Light from Darkness for chamber winds, piano and fixed media won him the 2014 Scott Wilkinson Composition Competition, a competition that is held in-tandem with the annual John Donald Robb Composer Symposium at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Micah’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by many musicians and ensembles, including: Pentet, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the Texas Tech Red Trombone Choir. As an advocate for new and experimental music, he is involved with electro-acoustic improvisation as a member of Martian Funk, a staple group in New Mexican experimental music. He received the 2012 UBIK Award from UBIK Sound Studios for his electro-acoustic instrumental development and services to the experimental music scene in Albuquerque, NM. His collaborative installation series with sound engineer Rodney Gurule and photographer Ursula Coyote entitled Depravity – which creates an awareness of the historical significance found in New Mexican ghost towns through photo-sonic experience – have gained considerable attention in the New Mexican experimental music scene since the premiere of Depravity – Estancia in 2013.
Currently, Micah is a lecturer of Music Appreciation at the University of New Mexico and a lecturer of Music Theory at the Santa Fe Community College School of Art and Design. He gives clinics and masterclasses in performance, composition, free improvisation, jazz and music technology to schools within the southwest.