I’m thrilled to have been selected by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, a program run through the American Composers Orchestra, for a September 2013 reading of a new work I’m composing for orchestra. The La Jolla Symphony, conducted by Steven Schick, will play my piece Slippages. Steve is a fantastic musician, and I’m looking forward … Read more
I’m excited to announce a major telematic concert series we’re producing this April (2013). Titled Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series, it will be a series of 3 concerts, each involving a core ensemble in San Diego, CA, performing together with a different remote ensemble each night: Amherst, MA (April 5); Zurich, Switzerland … Read more
I had a fantastic time this past week on my trio tour with Christopher Tordini and Dan Weiss, performing 5 concerts to premiere a new composition, Resonating Abstractions, that was commissioned through Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works award. Thanks to everyone who came out and listened! Not only was it amazing (as always) to … Read more
I’m thrilled to have been awarded a 2012 Fromm Foundation Commission, and honored to be in the company of this year’s diverse array of recipients. The piece I’ll compose will be a scorestream (algorithmic, computer-displayed score) for trombone, bass and percussion with live electronics. It’ll involve some improvisation, but it’s not meant only for my … Read more
11/26-12/1, 2012: This fall I’m finishing a new composition for my trio titled Resonating Abstractions, which is based on work by seven contemporary abstract painters, and was commissioned through Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. We’ll premiere it in late November and early December on a tour with … Read more
I’m grateful to have started October with two rewarding sideperson concerts, inspired by bandmates who range in age from 27 to 78. The first was in San Diego with the fantastic Joshua White and his quintet, and was reviewed in the SD Reader by Robert Bush. I then had the privilege of performing the following night on … Read more
Looking forward to a concert with my trio at the Hammer Museum in LA on Friday, Sept. 7, with free admission. Although Dan Weiss couldn’t make this date, I’m always excited for a chance to play with Jason Nazary, another fantastic drummer, along with the stupendous Chris Tordini on bass.
I just got back from 5 intensive days at JCOI in Los Angeles, an event run in part by the American Composers Orchestra, and featuring a roster of fantastic faculty-artists such as Alvin Singleton, Anne LeBaron, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, James Newton, Paul Chihara, Nicole Mitchell and Derek Bermel. It was a great experience, and … Read more
Looking forward to 3 upcoming gigs in SoCal in late June: 2 are with Joshua White’s quintet, one at 98 Bottles in San Diego and one at the Blue Whale in LA, and the other is a quartet with Joshua, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway at 98 Bottles. Thanks to the tireless Robert Bush, there … Read more
I had a fantastic time back east last week playing on the concerts mentioned below, all three of which were deeply satisfying in different ways. It was also a pleasant surprise to see Nate Chinen’s New York Times piece on the opening Vision Festival concert that I played on as part of Mark Dresser’s quintet.
I’m looking forward to playing with Mark Dresser’s quintet at Cornelia St. Cafe on May 15, with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Denman Maroney and Tom Rainey. We record an album for Clean Feed the next day. Then I’ll play again at Cornelia with my own trio on June 13 (at 10pm), with the always amazing Chris Tordini … Read more
I enjoyed starting 2012 with a string of 3 quartet gigs with these amazing musicians. Our San Diego concert was reviewed in the SD Reader, and we also performed to full houses at the Blue Whale in LA and at UC Irvine. Thanks to everyone who came out!