Over the past few years, I've had the great privilege of playing a great deal with percussionist Chris Sies, in formats varying from doom metal to Wuorinen to free improvisation. We've just recently began exploring the duo format, and this has been a nearly effortless endeavor. We've recorded several videos of improvisations, and here is the first one.
Today I celebrate the release of my solo bass album, Egret/Flatlander, with a performance at Walker's Point Center for the Arts. It should prove to be a wonderful time, and I will be joined with the other marvelous acts of the PaVda duo (stellar improvisers Hal Rammel and Linda Binder) and the new-music/improvisation tour-de-force Tontine Ensemble.
Egret/Flatlander is now available through Bandcamp!
I recently put my amateur design skills and enthusiasm for libraries and cats to use, creating conjecturally updated logos for OCLC WorldCat. The commission came from the nascent Twitter snarkivists @RogueArchivists, who you can follow for more commentary on the state of things in that world (cat).
A very exciting project that has come to exist over the past year or so is Gloom in the Womb, my improvisational duo with bassist Betsy Soukup. This past June, we presented at the International Society of Improvised Music Conference in New York City, and this October, we will be performing in the 18th annual Edgefest in Ann Arbor. We finally have some video to show you, the waiting public, so I thought now would be as good a time as any to pen a post.
I also occasionally have the great privilege of side-manning it with Betsy to perform her songs, in a somewhat atypical band arrangement, but one that we find quite effective. Here are a few of her songs, performed with Chris Sies on the drums.
It's been quite a while since I've posted anything! This spring I was caught up finishing my Master's degree at the University of Michigan. So now I'm a master, if anyone needs one.
I'm in Chicago, playing in the premiere live performance of composer Ben Hjertmann's psychedelic pop project, Kong Must Dead. I'm really psyched to be a part of these pieces--we're in the process of recording the album, also.
Splitting the bill with composerElliot Cole!
Show is tonight at Constellation, which is also a venue I've been hearing about often recently, so I'm really excited to finally see it.
This past weekend I made a whirlwind trip to Wisconsin to play two shows with Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps to release our split tape with Cincinnati group, Us, Today. The shows were a blast, and now the tape is available online through Mine All Mine Records!
Two new albums that I'm extremely proud to be a part of have been released recently!
Kirsten Carey's Ulysses Project was released last week at a successful release show at Kerrytown Concert House.
It can be bought/streamed through a few different avenues, but the best is her Bandcamp page:
The same night as Kirsten's release show in Ann Arbor, there was a concert at the Stoughton Opera House in WI celebrating the release of Dietrich Gosser's Oh to Begin! You can pre-order VINYL copies of this new album, and stream/buy it here:
Zach Herchen, a fellow Bang-on-a-Can-er, wrote this brief recap article for NewMusicBox!
In the video below, I can be seen in many snippets, including playing some brake drums for David Lang's cheating,lying,stealing, and in the impromptu sing-along at the end with our guerilla-style indie band, Compartment Building, and many in between.
I'm still in recovery mode from spending 3 of the best weeks of my life at the Bang on a Can Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. It was pretty much the ideal life: spending all day playing weird, new music in a contemporary art museum.
Above, I'm preparing to play Amanda Schoofs' piece, Fragility of Permanence underneath the breathtaking phoenix sculptures by Xu Bing.
A really gracious and talented group of musicians agreed to play my piece, touch, in a gallery recital. Here we are playing amongst early Sol LeWitt.
From left to right, the ensemble is:
Stephanie Richards, trumpet
Lina Andonovska, flute
Adrianne Pope, violin
Ted Babcock, vibraphone
Jacob Abele, toy piano
Chuck Furlong, bass clarinet
Doug Machiz, cello
Zeca Lacerda, vibraphone
Ken Thomson, bass clarinet
I send emails occasionally about upcoming performances. They're very cordial.
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