I’m happy to announce that Clean Feed Records just released my newest trio CD, titled Somewhere In The Upstream. The music is dedicated to my former teacher, Yusef Lateef (1920-2013).
This concert-length composition takes the form of a “scorestream,” in which score notations are displayed on screens for the improvisers to interpret, shifting with each performance. I wrote it for my incredible trio collaborators Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss, and it was supported by a commission from the Fromm Foundation and a project award from New Music USA.
I recently enjoyed two concerts in SoCal with a new quintet featuring my trio bandmates Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss as well as special guests Nicole Mitchell and Joshua White. We played on Oct. 26 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on a split bill with Nicole Mitchell’s “When Life’s Door Opens,” and then on Oct. 27 in San Diego, on Bonnie Wright’s wonderful Fresh Sound series. I wrote new music specifically for this new quintet and it’s such a privilege to collaborate with these 4 amazing composer-improvisers! And thanks to Cristofer Gross for writing a preview article for the LA Times and to George Varga for the preview article in the San Diego Tribune!
Our benefit concert for Puerto Rico hurricane relief was a beautiful concert and also raised $2,880! It featured many fantastic musicians including some of my faculty colleagues at UC Irvine as well as guest artists. I played on a set with Nicole Mitchell, Mark Dresser and Joshua White, and among other things we played a new piece I wrote for the occasion titled “Big Ocean, Small Mind.” For more information, please visit the FB public event link.
Just enjoyed 3 concerts back east playing Mark’s fantastic 7tet music with Marty Ehrlich, Nicole Mitchell, Joshua White, David Morales Boroff, and Jim Black. It was great to see so many friends at the Stone in NYC, Real Art Ways in Hartford, and the Magic Triangle Series at UMass, Amherst (pictured here, photo by Maurice D Robertson). We’re also playing the Angel City Jazz Festival in LA soon, on Oct. 8.
In August, I was privileged to co-teach a one-week telematic music class with high-school age musicians in California and Colombia. Here at UCI, I was with a group of students from Santa Ana High School, and in Manizales, Colombia, my colleagues at the University of Caldas led a group from the Centro Batuta. We introduced the students to music technology basics and also worked with them on improvising, conduction, creating soundscapes and playing together telematically. I look forward to expanding on this idea in future classes – we learned a lot! Many thanks to all the wonderful students, and to my collaborators Juan David Rubio, Mario Valencia and Tata Ceballos as well as special guest instructors Augustín Castro and Stephanie Richards. (Pictured is one of the students in CA leading a conduction with the local CA group, in duo with the same happening in Colombia as shown on screen behind him.)
On 8/3/17, I had a fantastic time as always playing with these incredible musicians in the Mark Dresser Quintet at the Hammer Museum in LA – Mark, Nicole Mitchell, Joshua White, and Michael Sarin! Thanks to all the friends who came out and the wonderful Lisa Mezzacappa for curating this great series of free concerts every August.
For the 3rd year in a row, I enjoyed working with my friends in Manizales, Colombia, co-producing and performing on a telematic concert on June 14 within the Festival de la Imagen, which this year was also the site of the conference of the International Society for Electronic Arts (ISEA). It was the first time ever that ISEA was hosted in Latin America, and incredible to be in the midst of over 700 artists attending from across the world. With Mario Valencia, Oscar “Tata” Ceballos and others, we produced a telematic concert with various works, including a collaborative piece on which I played trombone and Tata electric guitar in Manizales, connecting with two fantastic musicians in Cali, Colombia, Jose Cuero on marimba de chonta and Feiner Ruiz Hurtado on bombo. It was my first time collaborating with musicians from the beautiful music traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia, and it went so well that we all agreed we have to continue the work together. I also gave a presentation on telematics within the conference, and enjoyed connecting with many artists there.
Last weekend I enjoyed playing with Nels Cline’s “Lovers” project at CAP UCLA and SFJazz. It was great to hear Nels’ incredible range on the guitar and hang with this 17-piece band full of amazing musicians.
I had a fantastic time doing a solo concert of trombone/computer at Palomar College including a conversation with the audience about exploratory forms of music and live electronics. Thanks to Ellen Weller and Madelyne Byrne for having me and to all the curious students and community members who came out!
We had a great conversation on the Refest 2.0 panel, “The State of Telematic Art in 2017” presented by NYU/ITP, CultureHub, and WITNESS and featuring Billy Clark, Jesse Ricke, Robert Rowe, Kate Sicchio, Sarah Weaver, myself and Daniel Pinhero (not pictured but like me, joining by Skype). I wish I could have been there in person since it sounded like a great day of events. Congrats to Billy, Jesse and all the organizers!
I had a quick but wonderful trip up to the SF Bay area to record Lisa Mezzacappa’s Gloriour Ravage project and also enjoyed a gig at the Luggage Store Creative Music Series – which people have been sustaining there for over 20 years! – with my great friend Scott Walton as well as Phillip Greenlief and Donald Robinson. It was a privilege to get to play for the first time with Phillip and Donald, and I enjoyed connecting with Tim Perkis and others from Lisa’s band.
The live radio broadcasts run by KSDS in San Diego always have a super enthusiastic crowd, and it was such a pleasure to play there recently with Mark Dresser’s Quintet along with Nicole Mitchell, Joshua White and Kjell Nordeson.