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20 January 2015

Frankfurt Special


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The Frankfurt Radio Big Band (AKA the hr-Bigband, your source for guaranteed original 100% Hessischer Rundfunk) was the first European radio band I ever worked with — our first project together was in April 2009, before Infernal Machines was even out. The group has had a long and fruitful association with their current chief conductor, Jim McNeely — always nice to work with a band accustomed to navigating all those thorny McNeely charts! — and it’s a genuine pleasure to be making music with them once again.

We are currently deep in the throes of rehearsal, and I’ll be leading the band in three (3!) concerts of my music next week:

January 27, 2015 @ Musikhochschule Frankfurt
January 29, 2015 @ Kulturforum Wiesbaden
January 30, 2015 @ Kulturforum Wiesbaden


07 November 2014

Secret Society @ SubCulture — 14 November 2014


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Comrades: after making our SubCulture debut during Winter Jazzfest earlier this year, we return, this time aided and abetted by our co-conspirator Sam Sadigursky’s Follow The Stick. This show will be the New York premiere of “Tensile Curves,” which we unveiled at Newport this summer. We hope you’ll join us at this beautiful, forward-looking venue: SubCulture is an exciting and important addition to the scene.

Tickets ($20 in advance) may be procured here.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Aaron Irwin
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
Quinsin Nachoff
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Bryan Davis
Nathan Eklund
Matt Holman
Josh Deutsch
Alex Norris

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Darius Christian Jones
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHTYHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums


31 October 2014

Kay Double You


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Ethan Iverson asked me to contribute a guest post to his Do The Math blog: a memorial for Kenny Wheeler, who has been a huge and enduring influence. (My former piano teacher, Jeff Johnston, makes a cameo appearance.) I also asked Ingrid Jensen to contribute her thoughts on Kenny’s role in her trumpet-playing life. By way of postscript, I offer my take on the incredible chorale that opens “The Sweet Time Suite” (Music for Large and Small Ensembles).

THREE FOR WHEELER
Everybody’s Song But His Own (by Darcy James Argue)
Time, Marked (by Ingrid Jensen)
Introduction to a Particular Song (by Darcy James Argue)


24 July 2014

Newport Jazz Festival 2014


 

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1 August 2014 Newport Jazz Festival Newport RI 12:40 PM

Featuring the US Premiere of “Tensile Curves”

“Tensile Curves” was co-commissioned by the Newport Jazz Festival and the Vancouver-based Hard Rubber Orchestra, who premiered the 35-minute piece at the Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 20. August 1 will be the US premiere, and also the first performance by Secret Society.

The new piece is shamelessly, cheekily inspired by Ellington’s “Diminuendo in Blue” and based around a 12-tone row I found by turning one of Duke’s licks into a sequence. (The row is hidden pretty thoroughly, though — I doubt anyone would be able to detect any 12-tone influence without being tipped off.) And where “Diminuendo” is famously based around a gradual reduction in volume and intensity, “Tensile Curves” is structured around a series of metric modulations that gradually reduce the tempo, from a brisk 240 beats per minute all the way down to a slow grinding 41.

The Newport performance will feature Sam Sadigursky on clarinet, Marshall Gilkes on trombone, Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, John Ellis on tenor sax, and Adam Birnbaum on piano.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Erica von Kleist
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Tom Goehring
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

TROMBONES
Ryan Keberle
Marshall Gilkes
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHTYHM
Miles Okazaki, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drum set


07 July 2014

Jazz Standard July 8 + European Incursion 2014


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8 July 2014 Jazz Standard New York, NY —  7:30 PM (unrecorded music new and old) & 9:30 PM (Brooklyn Babylon)

11 July 2014 Istanbul Jazz Festival: Sakip Sabanci Museum 9:15 PM

12 July 2014 Gent Jazz Festival: De Bijloke Main Stage 8:30 PM

13 July 2014 North Sea Jazz Festival: Ahoy Rotterdam, Hudson Stage 3:45 PM

15 July 2014 Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival: Mendizorrotza Sports Center 9:00 PM

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Erica von Kleist
Sharel Cassity
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Tom Goehring
Matt Holman
David Smith (July 8)
Nadje Noordhuis (July 11-15)
Jason Palmer

TROMBONES & TUBAS
Mike Fahie
Marshall Gilkes (July 8)
Ryan Keberle (July 11-15)
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHTYHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drum set