My music training began when I was four years old and learned to play the violin. Through the years, I was privileged enough to play in various music ensembles, which opened me up to different sounds and enabled me to pick up skills in other instruments. In art school, I became interested in the arts and culture of Southeast Asia and sought to broaden my practice as an interdisciplinary artist. I briefly trained and performed dances from the Philippines with Kinding Sindaw before receiving a grant to teach in Malaysia. That year, I traveled around the region, and in Indonesia, I had my first encounter with the gamelan. I was immediately attracted to its unique structure, synchronistic quality, and the overall sense of community. After returning to New York, I learned about Gamelan Dharma Swara, and joined after taking a summer workshop. When I am not making music or dancing, I design books for children.