Testimonials

Ever knitted a scarf, cooked a meal, sung alone (or not?) in the shower? Then you know it well already: expressing oneself through any medium is an empowering high.

And yet there are other rewards beyond the relationship with my craft. When face-to-face with a subject in which my curiosity exceeds my knowledge, I get to indulge a deeply human side of the creative process, sharing a moment with a different beating heart. A direct, reciprocal exchange with a life that is not my own.

It keeps you humble. Keeps you lean. Alive.

An enduring thanks to my collaborators who are generous enough to compose a few words of reflection. I’m grateful to share some of these thoughts below. If you are also interested in collaborating with me, you can reach me by using the form at the end of the page.


Todd Gruel is without a doubt the most professional writers I’ve ever worked with. He wrote a large feature on the audio-visual academic research project “Melting Landscapes” which documents the sounds and imagery of a Swiss glacier. While writing the article, Todd Gruel was in constant exchange with me. I was intrigued by his profound … Continue reading Ludwig Berger, Research Associate, Institute for Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich

Ludwig Berger, Research Associate, Institute for Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich

There are so many writers who are unencumbered with talent or imagination – most of them are far more interested in lobbying for the next “Genius Award” from The Stranger. Todd’s interview with me for Thurston Talk was an actual *Exchange* and I always find inspiration in being around talented colleagues who flat out love to … Continue reading Bryan Willis, Playwright-in-Residence

Bryan Willis, Playwright-in-Residence

I was delighted to work with Todd Gruel in March 2019 when he wrote an article about my band Rise Up for the publication Oly Arts. Todd wrote an insightful and moving story that combined narrative from the band with other research he did. Todd identified and brought forward some of the social justice themes … Continue reading Jeremy Stone, Rise Up (The Hamilton Tribute Band)

Jeremy Stone, Rise Up (The Hamilton Tribute Band)

In May 2018, Todd published a very thoughtful, flattering, and in-depth label review of Muzan Editions on A Closer Listen. As a relatively new label, we had been lucky enough for a few of our tapes to get picked up by reviewers, but Todd’s piece went much further, offering a comprehensive overview of label as … Continue reading Joshua Stefane, Co-founder of Muzan Editions

Joshua Stefane, Co-founder of Muzan Editions

Todd contacted me in early 2018 with interest in an album I released in late 2017. He was interested in exploring my work further in hopes of doing an in-depth interview about my process and music. The project ended up spanning most of 2018, which included reviews of the 2017 album Rough Tongue with my … Continue reading Audrey Chen, Musician

Audrey Chen, Musician

I am very happy to have had the chance to work with Todd B. Gruel in March 2018 creating a label portrait of Corvo Records, a label which I own.  Mixing the genres of interview, record review and feature, he was able to give the reader a profound inside view of what the label’s main … Continue reading Wendelin Büchler, Owner of Corvo Records

Wendelin Büchler, Owner of Corvo Records

It is a rewarding experience to work with Todd. B. Gruel. Our correspondence over three months transpired into a long-form interview which covered much of my music career. I feel very grateful that Mr. Gruel turned this interview into a beautifully written and thorough article about my work, offering the readers of Tiny Mix Tapes insights that surprised even … Continue reading Rafael Toral, Musician

Rafael Toral, Musician

In 2017, while finishing the recording of my album ‘EcoMúsica | Aves’, dedicated to some birds of Japan, I realized that I’d like to make clear to my audience the concept of this unconventional musical work, which took birds’ sounds as material for my piano compositions and performances. Previously, Todd had already written a very … Continue reading Fábio Caramuru, Pianist and composer

Fábio Caramuru, Pianist and composer

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Todd contacted me in early 2018 with interest in an album I released in late 2017. He was interested in exploring my work further in hopes of doing an in-depth interview about my process and music. The project ended up spanning most of 2018, which included reviews of the 2017 album Rough Tongue with my … Continue reading Audrey Chen, Musician

Audrey Chen, Musician

There are so many writers who are unencumbered with talent or imagination – most of them are far more interested in lobbying for the next “Genius Award” from The Stranger. Todd’s interview with me for Thurston Talk was an actual *Exchange* and I always find inspiration in being around talented colleagues who flat out love to … Continue reading Bryan Willis, Playwright-in-Residence

Bryan Willis, Playwright-in-Residence

In 2017, while finishing the recording of my album ‘EcoMúsica | Aves’, dedicated to some birds of Japan, I realized that I’d like to make clear to my audience the concept of this unconventional musical work, which took birds’ sounds as material for my piano compositions and performances. Previously, Todd had already written a very … Continue reading Fábio Caramuru, Pianist and composer

Fábio Caramuru, Pianist and composer

I was delighted to work with Todd Gruel in March 2019 when he wrote an article about my band Rise Up for the publication Oly Arts. Todd wrote an insightful and moving story that combined narrative from the band with other research he did. Todd identified and brought forward some of the social justice themes … Continue reading Jeremy Stone, Rise Up (The Hamilton Tribute Band)

Jeremy Stone, Rise Up (The Hamilton Tribute Band)

In May 2018, Todd published a very thoughtful, flattering, and in-depth label review of Muzan Editions on A Closer Listen. As a relatively new label, we had been lucky enough for a few of our tapes to get picked up by reviewers, but Todd’s piece went much further, offering a comprehensive overview of label as … Continue reading Joshua Stefane, Co-founder of Muzan Editions

Joshua Stefane, Co-founder of Muzan Editions

Todd Gruel is without a doubt the most professional writers I’ve ever worked with. He wrote a large feature on the audio-visual academic research project “Melting Landscapes” which documents the sounds and imagery of a Swiss glacier. While writing the article, Todd Gruel was in constant exchange with me. I was intrigued by his profound … Continue reading Ludwig Berger, Research Associate, Institute for Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich

Ludwig Berger, Research Associate, Institute for Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich

It is a rewarding experience to work with Todd. B. Gruel. Our correspondence over three months transpired into a long-form interview which covered much of my music career. I feel very grateful that Mr. Gruel turned this interview into a beautifully written and thorough article about my work, offering the readers of Tiny Mix Tapes insights that surprised even … Continue reading Rafael Toral, Musician

Rafael Toral, Musician

I am very happy to have had the chance to work with Todd B. Gruel in March 2018 creating a label portrait of Corvo Records, a label which I own.  Mixing the genres of interview, record review and feature, he was able to give the reader a profound inside view of what the label’s main … Continue reading Wendelin Büchler, Owner of Corvo Records

Wendelin Büchler, Owner of Corvo Records