I am a Myk Freedman. You are maybe a Myk Freedman too, but you maybe are not. Lap steel guitarist Myk Freedman is definitely THE Myk Freeman, and he put a band together some years ago to play his amazing songs. Myk has two full books of one page songs that can be played in a variety of styles at a variety of tempos, and still work to make you feel things. A year ago, to the day, we recorded this music in Brooklyn. That day (and most days) the Myk Freedman’s were Myk Freedman (lap steel guitar), Patrick Breiner (reeds), Kenny Warren (trumpet), Jason Vance (banjo/spoons), myself on bass, and Carlo Costa (drums). You’ll notice many frequent collaborators in there, which is a good sign for a great recording. The record came out today, exactly one year after it was recorded. It is good and it is different and I think many of you out there will enjoy it. Feel free to take a few free listens via Bandcamp. If you like what you hear I recommend buying it.
The very fine people at happylucky no. 1 records (mainly and completely Liane Fredel, who paid for the recording, musicians, pressing, and did the amazing art and layout herself) did a great thing for us by putting out this record. We’d love to pay them back in some small part by selling a few of these and getting it heard by the world. I hope you enjoy it! If you do, please spread the word. You can check it all out here:
In recent news, the 65Fen Music Series, which I help curate with a crew of awesome people, is going on a hiatus after our May 15 show. The series still has a lot of momentum, but we are searching for a new venue to host our weekly Monday night series. Some things in the works, but not firm enough to announce just yet.
So that makes May 1 my last curated concert in the current space, which is near and dear to my heart. I can’t think of a more exciting way to go out than to share a set of music with one of my favorite musical collaborators Chris Hoffman on cello. We’ll play a duo set of some varied things–trying out some new material for Bells & Wires, but in this reduced format. We play at 10:00p, but be sure to come early to hear Jason Mears & Quentin Tolimieri at 9:00p. I’ll miss the current space for sure, but am hopeful and excited for the future of the series. I made a flier:
UPDATE: Hank Roberts has awesomely agreed to play with Chris and I on May 1 at 65Fen. I have been trying to set up shows with Hank and Chris to play duo for some time, so I hope I don’t mess up that idea. Hank is one of my all-time musical heroes, so this makes a show that I was already quite excited about that much more exciting!
My friends Danny Gouker & Kenny Warren run one of my favorite series’ in NYC called A.E. Randolph Presents. The series was started by Will McEvoy over two years ago, and it continues to run strong at the Bar Below Rye in Williamsburg (247 S 1st Street). It was very awesome of Danny & Kenny to allow me to curate the entire month of March, and I am very excited about the concerts. Please come support the series if you can! These will be great nights of music. The lineups are as follows:
So it’s been a full year (almost) since I’ve posted on this page. Having nothing to do with it being a new year, I’m going to leave some more stuff here in the coming months. It has most to do with me being excited about a lot of upcoming things, regardless of the year.
For starters my sextet’s next show is also our last show before going into EastSide Sound Studio to record on January 16. The band is sounding on top of it, so this would be a good one to check out. Show details:
Wednesday January 4 @ Bar Below Rye (A.E. Randolph Presents)
247 S 1st Street, Brooklyn NY
Music @ 9:30p, Sextet (to be named) at 10:30p
I’m excited about this music. Some other things on the horizon are the release of Party Pack ICE (details VERY soon–been a long time in the making), recording with Chris Hoffman’s trio (one of my favorite bands to play in), a number of great shows (listed in the Performances section of this very site, and pulling together the bills for March at A.E. Randolph Presents which I’ll be curating. Also, as always there is great music at 65Fen Music Series in Flatbush. We have a great crew of curators–we’ve welcomed Caroline Davis and Jean Rowe to join the long time crew of myself, Anais Maviel, Patrick Breiner, and Jake Henry. So stay tuned. I promise some good things to come.
A long-standing band of mine, Party Pack Ice, recorded an album last year. The playing on the record sounds great, and I’m currently working with Nathaniel Morgan to finish the mixes. We should have a finished product by the Spring time. One of my favorite tracks on the album had two versions that I really loved, but it didn’t make sense to have the same song on the album twice. So I have released the alternate take of a song called The Stephanies via Bandcamp. Please enjoy the track free of charge! It was mixed and rough mastered by Nathaniel Morgan, and features these awesome musicians:
Patrick Breiner-tenor saxophone (solo)
Eric Trudel-tenor saxophone
I was honored and excited to have great saxophonist/friend Anna Webber ask me to include a band on her recent residency at iBeam in mid-December 2015. She was also extra awesome to film it and let me have the footage. Below is some of that footage! These are performed by my yet-t0-be-named sextet, and are 2 of the 4 compositions we played on 12/18/2015. Enjoy! The band is:
Anna Webber-tenor saxophone
Ed Rosenberg-tenor saxophone
Josh Sinton-low reeds
I’m really late in announcing the release of this album, but that doesn’t make me any less excited about it! Over the summer, while Jeremiah Lockwood was back in town from the West Coast Laila & Smitty released their second album at Barbes in Brooklyn. We don’t get too play too much these days, but when we do it makes it extra special, which was certainly true of this Barbes show. We played the album top to bottom, but if you missed it (or even if you were there and just want to hear the album!) you can check it out here. All of this was conceived and made real by Kenny Warren, who is just the man for his time and place.
Laila & Smitty is Kenny Warren-trumpet, vocals, compositions; Jeremiah Lockwood-guitars; Myk Freedman-lap steel; AH-bass; Carlo Costa-drums; Ilusha Tsinadze-guitar.