I’m very excited to say that I’ve been working on the soundtrack to this brilliant documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a film by the inimitable Laura Poitras. Check out the trailer!
My new record, The Real Me, is available for preorder over at my bandcamp page.You can stream a couple tracks there before the release date, which corresponds to our record release show.
January 8th, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY. There will be music.
I am happy to share this track I made as the backdrop to the latest film from Neri Oxman’s Mediated Matter Lab over at MIT. Neri and her team have blended the simplest forms of life – bacteria, with the most complicated – us. I have tried to achieve an analogous result musically, by using layered and convoluted recording and production techniques beside simple harmonic movement and my favorite instrument designed to be used by anyone – the autoharp.
I hope you enjoy the film, and the music. I am truly honored to continue working with Neri and her team – they are an inspiration for me.
It was already a couple months ago, but I finally found the cable for my camera. Here are some pics from the session down at the lovely Brick Hill Studio in Orleans, MA. Definitely turning out well, this record is.
I’ve been writing a lot of music these last couple years, most of it simply exercising the muscles so that when the time comes, I’m ready with the music. That point has, I hope, come. In September and October of this year I’m headed out to beautiful Orleans, MA with some of my oldest and newest friends to make a recording.
The band features Matthias Bossi, Carla Kihlstedt, Jon Evans, Emily Hope Price, Jeremy Udden as well as many others. The instrumentation includes a core rock band (guitar, drums, vocals, synths/bass) joined by an ensemble of strings, winds, and brass. I hope to bring video updates of each session as they come, which will be posted here.
The project I worked on last year with David Krakauer and the Madness Orchestra has now been released and is for sale at Tzadik.com. Go check it out and tell me how it sounds!
One of my favorite performances of 2010 was January’s jaunt up to Hamilton, Ontario to perform at the What Next? festival. Not only were the performances well thought out but they were full of people eager to enjoy music of any persuasion. People got down to everything.
This year I’ve been asked back to fill out an evening of Brass chamber music in a church. I love performing in Churches, and can’t wait to do this one. I’ll bring my laptop and a bunch of sheets of music and see who I can’t find to play along with me. I’m putting together a set of old and new music – about half of it will be stuff nobody’s ever heard, and the other half is all remixed for performance in such a live space.
I hope to see some folks from last year!
Now that I’ve made it through the hellzone of months 0 to 3 with the little guy, it’s time to start thinking about music again. Next up on the table for me is a commission for the What Next? festival in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be a piece for electronics and Horn, which also includes Bass Clarinet and Clarinet. Listeners can most likely expect a very reserved relaxing piece – judging by where I’m at now with the piece.
At the moment, I’m trying not to write the piece about the birth of my son, Samuel, but it’s pretty friggin hard. The event and its aftermath (ie: completely changing my life around to take care of him) has had a pretty big effect on me and how I look at things. It’s also given me a shorter fuse, which some people might view as a good thing with regard to my music. I might actually have some shifts of mood all within one piece (which is very weird for me).
Anyway, that’s what’s going on here. The performance in Canada is scheduled for January 23rd at 10:30 in the evening for all you party people in the Toronto area. Hopefully it will come out great and there will be more performances of it. I absolutely love hanging with Jamie, the horn player that commissioned the piece.
I’m headed off to Chicago to work with the Chicago Symphony’s amazing musicians on their MusicNOW series. They have commissioned a piece of music from me for two cellos, viola, piano, marimba and laptop. It’s called Self Destruct, written about stress, and how it either ruins things or creates things. Those of you in the Chicago area, please come check it out – I’m really really looking forward to this performance.
I’m in the process now of re-dubbing all the electronic parts so that they can be performed live with the musicians. This is always an exciting part of the process for me, because I end up changing things at the last minute which is of course not advised. Somehow I love the uncertainty.
More information about the specifics can be seen at the Chicago Symphony’s website.
You can see photos from my recent performance at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on facebook if you are a member. It went very well, and Olga and I have vowed to make it happen again, hopefully with more music. Keep your eyes peeled.
Yo kids, just wanted to give you the heads up here in case you forgot: some of my new music is being premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall this Sunday at 3 in the afternoon. It’s the stuff I’ve been working on with Olga Bell which I’m totally stoked on. I am actually on my way to rehearsal right now.
The pieces is called Three Songs, which is really generic because the three songs are really separate little songs that are meant to stand on their own. They are for Voice, Guitar, Laptop, Percussion, Piano, 2 Cellos, Viola and Double Bass. Truly a cool sounding ensemble – I hope y’all can make it out to check it.