[01.05.17] - updates

As I write, I am quite enjoying some time back home in Rockland, ME, visiting my mother.

Current projects:

▩ a new work for piano - [to be premiered by Laurence Cummings in May]

▩ a new work for chamber ensemble - performance TBD

▩ all new material for my March 19 performance at Williamsburg Music Center - my new trio with Xavier Hill and Dean Torrey has its first performance in a double bill with Nathan Bellott.  I am also playing in Nathan's band on that gig

▩ other stuff

[12.04.16] - new piano piece..!

I'm quite looking forward to working again with extraordinary pianist Laurence Cummings on a new work for piano.   The piece will have its premier at Laurence's senior recital at Brooklyn College.  Laurence was fantastic to work with when I wrote my Trio for clarinet/violin/piano, and I'm happy that he reached out to me about doing something.  This piece has been a long time in the making; I've set it aside for periods, returned to it, set it aside again ad infinitum.  Laurence's recital is sometime in May, date not yet set.   Stay toont!

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[11.14.16] - Korzo + new trio

On Tuesday 11/15, my sextet will perform for the second time, with Philip Dizack (trumpet) joining the band for the first time.  The remaining personnel are the same from my Shapeshifter gig: [Kevin Sun (tenor saxophone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Walter Stinson (bass), Paolo Cantarella (drums)]  We will be performing brand new music, some of our old stuff, and some material from the canon.  This will be our last performance until mid 2017.  Don't miss it!

I am currently writing for and rehearsing with a new trio with Dean Torrey (bass) and Xavier Hill (drums).  The three of us started playing exploratory sessions in my apartment a couple of months ago, and our chemistry was apparent immediately.  My goal with this group is to explore my more idiosyncratic tendencies as a pianist and to reimagine the possibilities of the piano-trio format.  My initial idea was to capture the looseness/rawness that I associate with chord-less trios, where the absence of clearly delineated harmony lends itself to a more open-ended sort of energy.  The bass and drums in this trio do not fulfill a "supportive" role to showcase my playing; instead, they form an ever-shifting rhythmic and textural foundation, such that I am able to be subsumed into an amorphous space, or to play against it.  As I write more and workshop more with the group, my ideas will come into sharper relief.  I anticipate that our first performance will happen in February or March of 2017 (stay tuned).