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.
Here’s a video clip of (part of) one of the pieces from Haverchuck at Barbes’ Palimpsestic Series on January 15, 2014. Sorry for the audio clipping! Going to be posting some videos of the recent quartet performance as well. Coming soon…enjoy, and thanks for listening!
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