Newsletter – Month Two

February Newsletter-1

In November I went to Mexico City for a visit. Largest city in the western hemisphere (population), tons of energy, lots to see. The photo is of a wall in the old residence of Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán.

In January the drummer Frank Rosaly was visiting the bay area and we had a concert of improvised duos and quartet with Jordan Glenn and Larry Ochs at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Here is the recording of two duets I played with Frank.

Speaking of drummers from Chicago: Tim Daisy, the person who I first collaborated with in Chicago (15 years ago!) will be visiting the bay this month. Tim’s bringing new music for a trio with Safa Shokrai and myself named Steel Bridge.  We’ll be performing at the Center for New Music on February 21st and recording the music for an album to be released on Relay Recordings.

One last thing: tour dates for my solo project Tonal Masher are coming together for May. I’ll be performing in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Details to come.

Newsletter – Month One

January Newsletter-1

It’s the beginning of a New Year, and here’s the start of an ongoing newsletter for show information, album announcements, and a way to include something about what’s going on here in California by sharing a photo and a live recording.

I took the photo above at Death Valley two days before Christmas. It was my first visit to the park, and this was taken at Golden Canyon after sunset, and as you can see, at dusk the sky was purple. Beautiful.

Also in December I performed Island in the Sky, a graphic score I created based on the region of the same name in Canyonlands National Park in 2013. On this performance I was joined by the exceptional talents of Kristina Dutton, Owen Stewart-Robertson, Teddy Rankin-Parker and Safa Shokrai. There have been a few performances with different line ups, but this particular combination of players felt quite right. Here is the recording from our performance at Studio Grand in Oakland.

One last thing: in December the Broken Trap Ensemble had our very first recording released by Astral Spirits. Cassette and download only, I have a few copies, and you can find it at the Monofonus Press site.