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The release show in Brooklyn went really well on Friday. The quartet set was a real blast and I got a chance to dig a little deeper into the pieces on IRIS. The New Haven release show is this Friday at Firehouse 12. I am really excited for this performance because the acoustics and overall sound at FH12 are so exquisite. Purchase tickets here.
Thanks for all the support.
The album will be available as a digital download, compact disc (what's that?), as well as a downloadable 5.1 surround DVD that will play in a standard DVD player. If you are lucky enough to own a surround sound setup (I don't, ;-P), then you can enjoy the music in multiple channels. Take a look at this trailer I made for the album. More details coming soon.
Early in May I will be performing a duo set with the virtuoso percussionist Bill Solomon at The BIG ROOM. We will open for Secret Keeper, the duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Stephan Crump. Finally on May 18th, I will perform my solo bass and electronics music again in Brooklyn, but this time at the Douglass St. Music Collective. More details on that soon.
Also, my new solo album is very close to being done. Look for an announcement within the next month.
It's been awhile since the last update but music in life is good. I just got back from Venice where I performed with the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet. The performance was really fantastic. It is always an extreme pleasure to perform with Anthony and with those musicians. You can hear watch an interview with Anthony at the Venice Biennale here and also watch the complete 70-minute performance here. I am still recovering from the trip, but it was a very memorable experience.
On November 1st I will go up to Boston to perform a house concert at the Whitehaus. I will be performing my music for solo bass and electronics. You can hear an excerpt of this music here.
The week afterwards I will go into the studio and finally record my pieces for solo bass and electronics for release next year. This has been a long time coming and I am really excited to get the chance to document this music.
On November 10th, I will be performing as Kalle on The Uncertainty Music Series. John C. Miller of Avmus and Istvan Peter B'Racz will be performing music on modular and analog synths in combination with digital manipulation. I will be perform a short piece using Nanoloop.
More soon as we move into the end of the year. And don't forget to vote on November 6th!
Next week, I go on a weeklong tour of the southeastern US with some close friends that also happen to have a great group called Broadcloth. The tour will take us from Philly, to Richmond, VA, Asheville, NC, Atlanta, GA, Wilmington and Chapel Hill, NC, and Baltimore, MD. The day after the tour we play a homecoming show at Intercambio to close out a busy week. This is my first extended tour and my first playing my own music. I am very excited to be solely on the performer side (as opposed to my normal role of performer/presenter/promoter/etc). These shows will really give me a chance to develop my music for solo bass and electronics and try different approaches each night for different audiences. I hope to have the pieces in tiptop shape by the end of the tour. Speaking of which, you can hear an excerpt of some of my solo bass and electronic music here. Find out all the details for the tour on my Performances page.
Lots has been going on and thus the lack of updates on this front page. April was amazing and super busy. May has been great as well and there is still more excitement ahead. But first, some review of the past month or so. April was a busy month for Uncertainty Music Series concerts. I played in a duo with cellist Nathan Bontrager that was very well received. We performed a new duo piece of mine called Slope. You can listen on SoundCloud. I think that I will revisit this piece soon, perhaps in a new version for a different instrumentation. I might make a series of it.
I also got to play a quartet set with Not The Wind Not The Flag (Colin Fisher and Brandon Valdivia) and Adam Matlock. This was probably one of the densest sets I have been involved in as of late. We all played electronics of some kind and the energy level was just amazing. We also did a recording session where we recorded about 90 minutes of music. I have yet to mix/listen to any of this music. But I am looking forward to it.
At the beginning of May I performed some of my set for solo bass and electronics at the Russell House at Wesleyan University. This was sort of a preview of the upcoming June tour. I have about a month to finish writing some more material for the tour. Speaking of which there is video from my March gig at La Paloma here and here.
Finally this past weekend I performed in a duo with Christopher Riggs and a trio with Chris and Louis Guarino. On the duo set I played a new sine tone electronics setup I put together in SuperCollider. You can read about the setup and see the code on my newish tumblr space. There I write about my music projects, mostly focusing on electronic stuff, but some acoustic stuff as well.
On Wednesday May 23rd, I will perform a set with guitarist Kevin Frenette, keyboardist James Rohr, and drummer John McLellan. Details at the Uncertainty Music Series site.
2012 has gotten off to a good start. I feel lots of energy surrounding the music here in New Haven. I think that people are getting excited about producing work and sharing it with people. I know I am. I have a few March performances that I wanted to let everyone know about. First, choreographer Rachel Bernsen has asked me to write some electronic music for a new version of her piece Corridor that she is teaching to her students at the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) in New Haven. I have been attending rehearsals since the end of January getting a feel for the piece and working with Rachel to develop the feeling of the music. There will be three performances of the piece at 7pm on March 8th and at 7pm on March 9th. They will take place at the ECA Arts Hall at the corner of Orange and Audubon in New Haven. More info for this and all of my concerts can be found on my performances page.
On March 24th, I will present some new electronic music at La Paloma Sabanera in Hartford, CT as part of Ben Klein's series The Hartford Phase Shift. I am excited to have the opportunity to present some new solo electronic music and this gives me a chance to kick myself in the butt and get my solo set in order. Please consider coming out and supporting that series in Hartford.
On March 29th, I will be playing some duos with guitarist Chris Riggs as part of his ongoing series of duo concerts this spring. I have a duo recording out with Chris and I am looking forward to performing with him in concert.
I may be presenting some surprise (I guess it won't be a surprise now) electronic music on March 14th at The Uncertainty Music Series at Elm Bar. Sarah Bernstein and Satoshi Takehisi are also performing that night, so I would highly recommend people come check out those amazing musicians. April is going to be a very busy month for music in New Haven. So look for that.
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