My good friend and great trumpeteer Jake Henry is taking over a monthly series at the LaunchPad in Brooklyn called Sounds and Sounds. Jake will be presenting concerts of creative and improvised music the second Saturday of every month. This past Saturday was the first concert of the series and I was excited when Jake asked me to put a group together for it.
The group featured on the concert was a brand new band (this was our first ever performance as well) featuring Kenny Warren-trumpet; Mike Gamble-guitar; Devin Gray-drums; and myself on bass. We premiered a piece of mine entitled Airports, and it was truly an honor to have these amazing musicians play my music and to be able to perform with them.
I traveled a lot by plane this past Summer/Fall and this piece was conceived as a way to productively use my time while sitting alone in an airport. Not a very clever title. Anyway, the concept is that it’s written for quartet in five movements. Each movement three people have a written part and one person is left to improvise their own part. The final movement is through-composed for all four musicians, and each movement is open for group improvisation. This particular performance took the form of one long piece, with improvised sections connecting the movements. I’ve provided a link to the LaunchPad performance below. Feel free to share with your friends, download, put in your computers recycle bin, etc.
Airports (A. Hopkins)–performed by Kenny Warren-trumpet; Mike Gamble guitar; AH-bass; and Devin Gray-drums