A.E. Randolph Presents, curated by Adam Hopkins

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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:

Wednesday March 1:

NO SHOW

Wednesday March 8:

9:30pm: Grey McMurray (guitar/vocals) w/ Clarice Jensen (cello) & Qasim Naqvi (drums)

https://soundcloud.com/grey-mcmurray

10:30pm: Hank Roberts (cello) / Gerald Cleaver (drums)

http://www.hankrobertsmusic.com

Wednesday March 15:

WRY: Tim Berne (saxophone) / Mary Halvorson (guitar) / Ches Smith (drums)

TWO SETS: 9:30pm & 10:30pm

http://screwgunrecords.com

Wednesday March 22:

9:30pm: Little Cobweb: Angela Carlucci (vocals/guitar) w/ Leslie Graves, Casey Holford, & TJ Huff)

https://littlecobweb.bandcamp.com

10:30pm: Ideal Bread: Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone) / Kirk Knuffke (cornet) / Adam Hopkins (bass) / Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

https://www.facebook.com/LacyBread

Wednesday March 29:

9:30pm: Jean Rohe (guitar/vocals), others TBA

http://jeanrohe.com

10:30pm: Moonheart: Kim Mayo / Michael Sachs

http://moonheartmusic.com

New Sextet Video 12/18/2015!

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
Jonathan Goldberger-guitar
AH-bass
Devin Gray-drums

Laila & Smitty II

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.

Out of Your Head Brooklyn RETURNS Jan. 25 @ Threes Brewing

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I am very excited about OOYH BK being given the opportunity to do a trial show at Threes Brewing on Douglass Street in Gowanus. I just saw the space for the first time today and it is the perfect venue for the series. If you are free on Sunday January 25 (even if just for one set!) please come support the series so we can hopefully do more events in the space. We are packing it in on this one, with three sets, all awesome guaranteed party down barn burners. The bar is open until 2am serving drinks, and they will be serving Roberta’s Pizza until midnight. Here are the details–hope to see you there!

Out of Your Head Brooklyn @ Threes Brewing
Sunday January 25, 2015
333 Douglass Street, Brooklyn NY
8:00pm Doors, $10 suggested donation

LINEUP:

SET ONE (8:30pm):

Brian Drye-trombone
Angela Morris-saxophone
JP Schlegelmilch-keyboards
Martin Urbach-drums/percussion
Tomas Fujiwara-drums/percussion

SET TWO (9:45pm):

Nathaniel Morgan-saxophone
Sam Weinberg-saxophone
Andrew Smiley-guitar
Simon Jermyn-bass
Sam Ospovat-drums

SET THREE (11:00pm):

Michael Foster-saxophone
Yoni Kretzmer-saxophone
John Blevins-trumpet
Landon Knoblock-keyboards/synthesizers
Kim Cass-bass
Devin Gray-drums

Signal Problems and Double Double Album Releases

Two albums were released recently that I am very proud to have been a part of. In February Signal Problems did a couple of release shows in our home town of Baltimore at the Windup Space, and our current town of residence, Brooklyn, at Korzo’s Konception series. This band has been honing our sound for almost 6 years now, and I think that is very much present on the record. I am biased, but even still I think it is a really awesome release. The record is currently only available for purchase at the pfMentum website.

Just a few weeks ago Patrick Breiner put together a CD Release show for Double Double at the Korzo Konceptions series. I think the new record Milage is a great representation of the band, but the release show was a whole new level for this group which makes me very excited to see where it goes in the future. If you missed the release show, you can catch us later this month at the Launch Pad on April 24.

More info about both records (and some blasts from the past!) available in the discography section of this very website! Here is a direct link if you’d like to check it out: Discography

Thanks for all of the continued support. Some very exciting upcoming concerts are on the horizon, including but not limited to Laila and Smitty CD Release at Littlefield on May 9, and a CD Release on May 1 at Douglass Street Music Collective and short European tour with Ideal Bread in support of our new album Scratching The Seventies on Cuneiform Records.

Upcoming January 2014: Haverchuck and Quartet Debut

A lot of great stuff to look forward to in the new year music-wise, but I’m especially looking forward to a couple of mid-January shows where I get to present some of my own new music. On January 15 Haverchuck will be playing at Barbes as part of Oscar Noriega’s Palimpsestic Series. It is one of my favorite regularly occurring Brooklyn music series’ so I’m very excited to present this music. The details:

Wednesday 1/15–Haverchuck @ Barbes, 376 9th Street, Brooklyn NY, as part of the Palimpsestic Series curated by Oscar Noriega, AH-bass, compositions; Nathaniel Morgan-alto; Eric Trudel-tenor; Josh Sinton-bari, bass clarinet; Jonathan Goldberger-guitar; Devin Gray-drums, one set at 8pm, barbesbrooklyn.com

And on January 20 I will be premiering a brand new quartet, which is basically what was previously my trio + the ever-amazing Ed Rosenberg on tenor sax. Ed, Anna Webber, and myself have played trio a couple of times for fun, and they sound ridiculously amazing together, so I decided to just expand the trio to include Ed. I’m beyond excited about it. Big thanks to Yoni Kretzmer for inviting us to be a part of the Evolving Music Series. I need to name this group. The details:

Monday 1/20–Adam Hopkins Quartet @ Evolving Music Series, Clemento Soto Valez, 107 Suffolk St, New York NY, Anna Webber-tenor; Ed Rosenberg-tenor; AH-bass, compositions; Jason Nazary-drums, 7:30p, Evolving Music Series

Ideal Bread East Coast November Shows–Philly, Baltimore, NYC!!!

Below is the blurb Josh sent out about some upcoming Ideal Bread shows. I’ve been very honored to be performing with this band for the past 10 months. We’ve recorded a double CD in that time, set to come out on Cuneiform Records in the Spring. The band sounds great…I can say without hesitation that these will be three VERY fun shows!

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photo by johannes worsoe berg (l-r Tomas Fujiwara, Kirk Knuffke, Josh Sinton, AH)

ideal bread is:

josh sinton – baritone saxophone

kirk knuffke – cornet

adam hopkins – bass

tomas fujiwara – drums

ideal bread is preparing to play a series of shows on the east coast this fall. during these shows, they’ll be playing pieces from their new book of tunes, “beating the teens.” this book is a departure from their typical approach of faithful adaptation and represents a series of “recompositions” of lacy’s music. sinton specifically chose for this the music that lacy recorded for the saravah label from 1971-1977 and that was reissued as the box set “scratching the seventies/dreams.” in this large and expansive take on the tradition of small-ensemble creative music, sinton has written arrangements that take their cues from the worlds of anthony braxton, wynton marsalis, john cage, iggy pop and mos def among others. pieces like “dreams” will be familiar to longtime fans while lesser known tunes like “scraps” have been reconfigured to suit the current musical landscape. these will be concerts to engage the mind and the heart.

“while ideal bread is drawing its template from lacy, when it comes to the lengthy improvised sections, all four members carve out their own turf.  ****1/2″ – peter margasak – downbeat magazine

https://www.facebook.com/lacybread

friday, nov. 1 

8 pm

the rotunda

philadelphia, pa

ideal bread with sonic liberation front and the gate

$8 suggested

ideal bread will join up with kevin diehl’s 11-piece afro-futurist ensemble and dan peck’s doom-metal inspired trio. this will be an inspiring night of creative music.

saturday, nov. 2

9 pm

windup space

baltimore, md

ideal bread with leap and talking points

$10

dave ballou’s leap (with chris pumphrey, john dierker & dan ryan) and baltimore’s own talking points (derrick michaels, dan ryan, savino palumbo, alex weber and mike kuhl) share the stage at one of the city’s best venues for creative music with ideal bread. this will be a memorable concert and something quite unique this season.

wednesday, nov. 20

8:30 pm

cornelia street cafe

new york, new york

$10 cover + a $10 minimum

ideal bread returns to manhattan and the cornelia street cafe. this will be their final concert in new york this year and one of their last appearances until they will be ready in spring of 2014 to release their next album, “beating the teens.”