Thanks so much to everyone who braved the cold and came out to see the band at Spectrum the other night. Our next show is Wednesday March 12 at Cake Shop. We’re learning a bunch of new music for it and reworking some older pieces, and I’m really excited to present what we’ve been working on lately. We’ll also be filming the whole thing, so look forward to some footage from that sometime in late March or early April. Brandon Seabrook and Ishmael are on the bill as well.
We’re headed into the studio in late March to record our debut album. There will be lots more exciting news about that later and I’m thrilled to finally get a high-quality document of this ensemble’s work.
Lastly, I’m moderating a panel discussion on February 12th in Greenpoint. It’s the inaugural meeting of what I anticipate will be a semi-regular event titled “Perspectives on Contemporary Improvisation.” It’s run through The Public School NYC, and it’s free and open to the public. The first round’s speakers will be Jesse Stacken, Courtney Bryan, and David Scanlon. Each will present a piece of music and discuss a wide range of issues pertinent to their compositional/performance practice; they will also have the opportunity to comment on each other’s work. My hope is that this will achieve a few goals: first and foremost, to explain and demystify the common and generic aspects of contemporary music which rely to some degree on improvisation. Second, to facilitate conversation between artists whose work has interesting intersections and points of divergence. And third, to disseminate music by artists whose work is a vital part of the New York City creative music scene.
The event starts at 7 pm at 155 Freeman St and is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!