My favorite part about collaborating with other musicians is that you share in much more than the sound and music. You share in conversation, you share in laughs, and ultimately they leave a footprint in your life that will remain forever.

—Claude Bolling: Suite No. 2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio

—Uri Brener: Jazz Sebastian Bach

Joined by Alicia Kosack on flute, Ken Osowski on piano, and Jeff Stabley on Drums

—Septet in E-flat Major Op. 20 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Joined by Judith Ingolfsson, JeeJAe Jang, Michael Kannen, Alex Fiterstein, Jordan Dinkins, and Mateen Milan

—Attention! by John Mietus

Featuring the star studded team of Tristen Jarvis, John Mietus, and Sam Suggs

—Your Kiss by Carolina Akins, joined by Marcus Akins

There is always so much love that comes from Carolina and Marcus when being around them. This is a recording of Carolina’s song entitled “Your Kiss.”

—-Trio Jinx: “Spain” by Chick Corea

This is a live recording of us playing our arrangement of Spain for the legendary Paquito D’Rivera. I am joined by the wonderful Ledah Finck on Viola and Louna Dekker-Vargas on Flute. Please hold your jazz-viola jokes until after the performance has ended.

—-Julian Brezon’s “Creative Process”  (

Cool dude, I guess.

—-Double Bass and Beatbox Improvisation with Max Bent

A snippet from my Peabody Bass Works solo recital. Always amazing to feel out musical boundaries and potential with someone via improvisation

—-Black Cow with Lauren Ruth Ward and Band

Some Steely Dan! Lauren is currently running around the country doing great work with her music!

Lauren Ruth Ward – “Black Cow” from Joe Austin on Vimeo.

—-Branch Theory: “I Refuse” NPR Tiny Desk Competition entry

Our tiny desk entry a couple of months after we became Branch Theory.

—-Branch Theory: “Chopin Mazurka Op. 6, no 1” arranged for bass, mandolin, violin:

One day during rehearsal, we decided to just throw on a camera and mic to record ourselves.

—-Marcus Akins Live Performance “All the Way”:

I met this man and heard his music for the first time about an hour before this was shot. If he suddenly obtained super powers, he would definitely use it for good.

—-Love Beats Rain: Clay Gonzalez

I had the opportunity to play this one act opera with my colleagues during my time at Peabody Conservatory!

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