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'm announcing a few performances in Madison/Milwaukee area in July, including two performances with Lovely Socialite, which Mine All Mine Records have written about here!
My schedule includes:
July 4th: Lovely Socialite @ The Frequency, Madison
July 5th: Lovely Socialite @ Yield Bar, Milwaukee
July 6th: Performing with Amanda Schoofs @ Sugar Maple, Milwaukee
July 7th: Watercourse Quartet @ Dobra Tea, Madison
And here it is! The recording from last week of my performance with Zane Merritt of Meredith Gilna's Meaningless Noise:
The entire concert is also available. Check out the "Improv Skirmish," where I have at it with Zane and the stellar cellist T.J. Borden. It leads into Zane's epic and incredibly metal duo for electric guitar and cello, The Reputation.
This past weekend, I made a trip to Buffalo, NY to premiere Meaningless Noise by Meredith Gilna, a duo for bass and guitar. The concert was with Zane Merritt, guitarist and composer extraordinaire. It was a great to be able to work on the piece with Zane and Meredith, and also do some improvising!
Springtime in Buffalo was in full, fantastic bloom, which was incredibly enjoyable until it caught up with my allergies. The steady stream of mucous from my face, however, did not interfere with my enjoyment of the experience. It was my first visit to Buffalo, and the city seems to be a vibrant arts community. I hope to go back soon!
I will hopefully soon have recordings of Meredith's piece, as well as many improvisations with Zane, to share with you.