Performance with Anne LeBaron

It was a joy to perform in duo with Anne LeBaron recently, and in a trio with Drew Sensue-Weinstein, for an event at UCI Libraries celebrating the opening of the exhibit “Electrifying Music: The Untold Story of Remi Gassmann.” I have known Anne for many years and always enjoy her music and presence, but we only performed together once before, … Read more

Improvisation festival in Ensenada, MX

The Semana Internacional de Improvisación is a unique festival in Ensenada, Mexico that has been running for almost 10 years, directed by my wonderful friends Wilfrido Terrazas, Esther Gamez and Iván Trujillo. It was joy to participate this year as a guest artist, presenting a concert with an ensemble of great improvisers from Ensenada including Frida Hidalgo, Jose Solares, Matha … Read more

Bogotá!

I’m grateful to have been able to spend three weeks in Bogotá, Colombia in September, thanks to a residency supported US Fulbright Specialist Program and the Jazz emphasis in the Faculty of Arts at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. The wonderful bassist-composer-improviser Santiago Botero helped set all this up, and at La Javeriana I taught and performed with a jazz combo, did … Read more

Recording with Jason Robinson quintet

I’ve been collaborating with my good friend Jason Robinson for 25 years, including over a dozen in the collective quartet Cosmologic along with Scott Walton and Nathan Hubbard, and many other bands. Jason’s latest project is a double album of new compositions with a quintet featuring Joshua White, Drew Gress and Chess Smith, that we just recorded at Firehouse 12 … Read more

Iván Trujillo quartet in Tijuana

I recently enjoyed playing a concert with Iván Trujillo’s quartet, featuring Yamil Almaguer and Gabri Grijalva, on a beautiful afternoon in the Jardin Botánico of the Centro Cultural Tijuana. It was refreshing to be able to play for such a multi-generational audience, including children!

Vision Festival with Mark Dresser 7

It was a joy to perform again with the Mark Dresser 7, and on the Vision Festival held at Roulette in NYC. Mark’s multidimensional music, which we’ve recorded on a couple albums on Clean Feed Records in recent years, is always worth the effort to put together, and we had a really fun set. You can watch the livestream here. … Read more

Nevertheless, she persisted (and danced)

It was a powerful experience performing a soundscape for this recent durational performance created by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, CA. I created an algorithmic sonic collage based on her direction, which included audio samples from marches that were part of the #niunamenos movement protesting femicide in Latin America, as well as texts read … Read more

Iván Trujillo Ensamble in Tijuana

I had a great time playing yesterday in Tijuana with an 8-piece band led by the wonderful creative trumpeter Iván Trujillo, who was invited by the Centro Cultural Tijuana to present a “Binational Jazz” concert as part of a series of events celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the US. In addition to Iván, the band … Read more

Gentle Prowess Deliberations

I recently collaborated on sound for this excellent new project by artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz at Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, CA. Soto-Díaz composed and directed a unique performance that took place within her art installation and featured four black belt judokas, two art performers, and original sounds including texts she wrote along with other live-processed samples. As she … Read more

Circadian Etudes, by The Assembly For Distance Alchemy

I’m happy to share that this collective album is now released by Infrequent Seams! In spring 2021, the final quarter of the year when we were still in COVID lockdown and holding classes entirely remotely, I was teaching a seminar on improvisation as part of our PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT), and it happened that all … Read more

Central Park Five, 2022

Three years ago, I posted here about playing in the premieres of Central Park Five, the brilliant and moving opera by Anthony Davis. I am fortunate to have studied with Anthony in the ’90s and as I wrote in that tribute, Anthony deepened my understanding of Duke Ellington’s music (among so many other topics) by showing how Ellington’s way of … Read more

Duo performance with Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser gave an incredible recital recently at UCSD, sharing his wide creative range as both an improviser and composer. I enjoyed playing as a guest performer on a couple of his compositions that we performed as a duo, “Gloaming” and “Hobby Lobby Horse.” These are pieces we originally developed and recorded with the Mark Dresser Seven. It’s always a … Read more