Friday, January 08, 2010

New Trio Music Recording

 Metrosonic Studios
Brooklyn, NY

I spent last Sunday in the studio with my trio, Parrhesia, recording for Engine Records. You may remember the label as the home of the Double Trio recording I made a few years ago with Taylor Ho Bynum.  I was tickled to get a call from Steve Walcott, inviting me to record again.

Joe Morris played electric guitar and Warren Smith played drums, percussion and marimba.  The last time that the three of us played together was here in Hartford at the transcendent coffee house cum social condenser La Paloma Sabanera at the invitation of the wonderful Luis Cotto.

Suffice it to say that the spirits were in the room.  I do not yet have words to describe the beauty of the music that we created together.  We hope to bring the work to market by June of this year.  Stay tuned for details...

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Bill Dixon in Philadelphia

Rob Mazurek and the Exploding Star Orchestra
Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA

Last month, I drove down to Philadelphia with Bill for a concert with Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra.  Rob has tried to fold me into the group several times over the past year, so I was excited to be able to join in the activities.

Rob led the ensemble though over an hour and a half of music, mostly joined/linked in a suite-like fashion.  He continues to grow and evolve in his conception as orchestra leader.  Rob has woven a wonderful intentional community centered on his music.  Bill played beautifully, though there were frustrating technical problems with the miking of his trumpet.
  Photos by Ken Weiss