Current Projects

July 26, 2018

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Last night, saxophonist Evan Schwam and I celebrated two years of playing a steady duo gig at Bk9, a local Caribbean restaurant in my Park Slope neighborhood. We added drums for the occasion and played three sets of music that we've developed over the course of the gig. It turned out to be a great night - lots of local friends and familiar faces came out to listen and hang. Here's to another two years! 

May 29, 2018

                                             Doubling Up

On Sunday, July 8th I'll once again put on a concert at The Owl Music Parlor, one of my favorite places to make music in Brooklyn. This will be my 3rd time presenting chamber and improvised music in the same concert, and at this point I feel a few words could help to clarify some things - both for myself and anyone who might be interested.

I lead a bit of a double life as a musician. I am a bassist who plays mostly improvised music - usually jazz. I also write music, most of which might be called modern classical or new chamber music.. at least I think. In any case, it's for instruments more commonly found in orchestral music, and almost all through composed. To put it simply, I often feel like two musicians in one body, constantly pulled by strong currents in either direction. I struggle with dividing my time between practicing music that I don't write and writing music that I don't play (although I am beginning to include bass in my chamber music). I love both worlds but I've felt a growing need to find more of a connection. 

This brings me to the upcoming concert in July. As I've done before, I'll have both chamber and improvised music, but instead of two separate sets I'll have one set with two trios. A chamber trio (piano, clarinet, cello) will play a number of short original works, each followed with an improvised response by a different trio (bass, drums, saxophone). It's sort of an experiment and not fully fleshed out, but as a starting point I hope it helps make a more cohesive statement than before. At the very least, I think it could be a really interesting night. More to come soon.

 

May 16, 2018

I love Benjamin Britten's arrangements of folksongs for piano and voice, and I've orchestrated (and rearranged) his arrangement of The Trees They Grow So High for piano, trumpet, bass, and voice. I'll be part of the ensemble performing it tomorrow, Thursday night, at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3, 10:30pm. We will be led by the magical voice of John William Watkins. We didn't have a lot of rehearsal time, but come see us give it a try - it should be fun.

April 20th, 2018

                                                

                                               

 

Jan 10th, 2018

Happy New Year!

I have some fun things coming up in 2018. On January 22nd I'll be doing the CD release show with the DFT at Mezzrow. It's a great room and it'll be a fun night featuring all the music from the upcoming CD and more. The group also released a new stop-motion video of one of the songs from the record. This all proceeds an upcoming February tour of California. check performance schedule for dates

I've also started a new group called the Flamingo Trio with old friends Kyle Wilson (s) and Hayden Hawkins (d). We had our first concert on Jan 8th for the Jazz for a Cause series and we raised over $300 for the homeless. 


November 28th, 2017

 

Faithful friends,

friday, Dec 8th at 9pm at The Owl Music Parlor! the premier of a brand new chamber piece of mine called The Heartland, a trio in three movements for clarinet, cello, and piano. followed by quartet with drums, playing the music of Thelonius Monk.

join us, i’d be delighted to have you. and come early, Kim Anderson and her band play at 8pm.

w/ jeremy viner, tara hanish, zach lapidus, vinnie sperazza

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October 28th, 2017

I just got back from Vals, Switzerland, where I played a duo gig in the Alps. Life is quite simple out there.

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June 23rd, 2017

 Photo by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest

Photo by Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest

Jan 5th, 2017

This Tuesday, Jan 10th, I'm happy to announce I'll be doing a night of my own music at The Rosemont, a cocktail bar/performance venue in Williamsburg. The 1st set will feature chamber music for small ensembles and I'm especially looking forward to the premier of my new trio for piano, cello and clarinet. The 2nd set adds bass and drums for a quartet. I'm pleased to be joined by some very fine musicians.See the rather dark promo photo below for further info. Please join us! 

 Photo by JanPieter van Voorst van Beest

Photo by JanPieter van Voorst van Beest

 

 

                                         

                                        

                           The Danny Fox trio in the studio in July


                                                              Ring of Bone

Anne Dearth is an excellent flutist and interpreter of contemporary classical music. She asked if I would write a piece for solo flute and spoken text and extended technique. I'd never done anything like this but I jumped into he deep end. Like some Steve Lacy music written for the same poem, I wrote a piece called Ring of Bone.          

 

I also wrote a piece for violin and piano called Before too Long. It was  premiered September 24th by the duo 1in2 in a cozy church on the Lower East Side.

2nd St. Cathedral 59, E 2nd st. NY, NY


                                        The Danny Fox Trio

The DFT is jazz piano trio led by pianist Danny Fox, with Max Goldman on drums and myself on bass. Danny's original music is really fun, and over time I've added a lot of ideas to help arrange and firm up the structure of a lot of his tunes. Occasionally I'll bring in one of mine to the group - if it seems to fit the sound. 

                      Before

                     Before

                                       

Check out this stop motion music video of Sterling, one of the songs from the 2nd cd Wide Eyed.


              Sleep no More

           Sleep no More

For several years now I've played a steady gig as one of the house bassists for Sleep No More, the adventurous interactive theater production based on Shakespeare's Macbeth and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. I've met a number of talented dancers, actors and musicians through this association.