Yo party people. I’m working on a new piece with big man Osvaldo Golijov and Accordiopimp Michael Ward-Bergemann. We’re doing a premeir at the opening day concert of their new Green Space, which is an invite only thing, but you can check it out on-air on April 29th at 2pm. Jon Schaefer’s program SoundCheck will host a performance as well.
We’re using some cool old samples from the WNYC archives to create rhythms, etc. It’s pretty awesome.
I actually didn’t fall off the face of the planet, I’ve just been crazy busy. I accidentally moved to the Napa valley in California just after the new year, for a really cool film project called Tetro. I’m doing some Music Editing and writing some little ditties here and there. I play some guitar here, which is both great and frightening at the same time.
In what little free time I have while I’m out here I have been frantically writing for my piece called Self Destruct which will be performed on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series in June. It’s about prolonged freaking out and how it messes with my head. I’m also working on the slow movement for the Carnegie Hall commission which to this point has been called Three Songs, but I’m not sure if that will stick. Big bad Olga Bell found this totally ace poem by Elizabeth Bishop that we’re going to set called Keaton. It slays me. In any event, anyone in the Chicago and/or New York City regions, I hope to see you at these performances if you can make it out.
In Other news, I’m off to Europe with the craziest party on stage – David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness. If any of you are near Austria, Poland, Swizterland or France, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the infos. I’ve been working on some beatbox and Videogame inspired jams for this tour – and I’m pretty stoked. I think it’s going to work well.
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So, Newbury Comix is turning 30 (i think) and I’m playing a laptop set at their Stoughton/Avon, MA store. My Brother-in-law happens to be the manager there, so I’m heading out to play a set of my slow-core drone stuff. I’ll be hitting it with fellow villain and Zer0GSounds labelmate Todd Gys and local Boston superhero Tiny Wight.
Again, don’t head to the store on Newbury Street and expect to see a keepalive set. The deal is going down at 6pm on Saturday the 13th of September. I’m not sure when I will go on, but if you’re coming out, let me know. Gys has promised to bring some of his glitchy space-dub championics so get ready.
That’s All folks.
I am absolutely thrilled to have a chance to work with the fabbo Olga Bell (myspace here) for a commission from Carnegie Hall on their “Professional Training Workshops” series. We will be workshopping some stuff together in September in NYC, October at the always beautiful Bard College and then in May we’ll head down to New York Citah and play the piece for all of you ravenous Bell fans. Do not miss this girl – big ups.
The piece is still in it’s gestation period – the words are still up for debate, but it looks like they will be originals of Olga’s. There will be Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Strings and a laptop – maybe others as well. More details will come once the piece is written, or at least some of it.
So I’m headed to Reno.
Off to play some jams with David Krakauer and his Klezmer Madness. Cannot wait. The last time I played with them in North Carolina was pretty much insane. These guys rip and don’t stop until everyone in the place is sweaty because they are throwing down in their seats. That’s a good thing.
Next on my plate are three commissions: one for WNYC with genius-man Osvaldo Golijov and Accordiopimp Michael Ward-Bergemann. I never spell his name right and he’s one of my bros. That’s a shame. After that one it’s a piece for Carnegie Hall (sick things in store for this one, just wait!) and one for the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow series. Needless to say I have a busy fall and winter ahead of me. I say fall because summer is almost gone already. Wow. Time flies when you get married.
Music tidbits for you this week?
Here you go.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. An old Mom’s tune called “I wanna go to Mollywood.” Blatantly written about a girl named Molly I had a mega-crush on sometime in college. Slammin.
In other news, I figured it was a good idea to update my blog software at 7 in the morning at the airport. I totally didn’t backup my modified wordpress theme, which was a brilliant idea. So here we are… stock themes for a few hours anyway – I’ll change it up this evening after dinner.
So next June (2009) I have a piece on the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series. It will be a short-ish 10 minute chamber piece for roughly 10 instruments and a laptop. Needless to say I am very excited for it. STOKED! It’s going to be paired with Michael Ward-Bergemann’s “Three Roads” which is a gut wrenching piece that we did a couple years ago (one? two years? i forget) at Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training workshop series which I am applying to this year. Crossing my fingers on that one.
Congratulations to my bro’s who have also won commissions, Derrick and Gonzalo. Totally awesome.
In the meantime I am collecting my thoughts before the onslaught of the next few weeks. Ainadamar in Phoenix for a week, then the Youth Without Youth Suite in Holland, a jaunt to Switzerland for a wedding, back to Amsterdam, then to Athens, then to Boston, sleep, then get married. Good times will be had by all.
So I’ve got a set posted in the sweet little music player here on my site called kplv on tranqs.
I was asked by the always brilliant duo The Fun Years to play an opening set for them when they did a quick New England tour last year (two years ago? I don’t know, whatever.) It was a really cool gig at this place in Somerville where really really smart people hang out called The Echo Nest.
I put together a mashup set of classic keepalive tracks, unlockedgroove classic bangers and some ambient stuff I was working on – the catch is – it was all at 48bpm. That’s like watching grass grow. But it’s not – I swear! I think it’s a really cool set – not too long, but perfect for a relaxing chill on the couch, or in the rotation while you’re wasting time on the interweb. If you listen to any of it, check the end – I love it. You can stream it in the player to the right, or download the mp3 here.
Check it: fresh stylings of an old rocka.
I’m just finishing a new remix of one of my favorite jams called “puzzle”. I’ll be polishing things up for the next couple weeks but wanted to post it up for a few peeps to check it out. The remix lives here. Please let me know what you think. You can check the original out here.
I just returned from the Sundance film festival in Park City, UT. I went with my girl and had a great time, even though I got sick. Apparently there is something called the “Sundance Flu” which I inadvertently got – could have been the -5deg fahrenheit temps.
Anyway, I was there hobnobbing with filmmakers trying to drum up more work. I met some great people, mainly musicians – fellow film composers that are really great. I hope to see them all again shortly.