February 11 – NOW Ensemble with Corey Dargel, SUNY Fredonia. I’ll be joining the eloquent NOW Ensemble performing Corey Dargels’ Other Peoples Love Songs over in Fredonia, which sounds like something out of a Voltaire story. Corey wrote these really articulate and lovely songs back in 2008 I believe, interviewing person A who loves person B, and then writing a love song for B from A. You can here the originals in all of their synthpop glory here. Our version is all acoustic, except for pre-programmed drums. And accordion. (that’s me, get it?)
February 27 – Friends of MATA Salon — OK, so this one isn’t a public event unfortunately, but I would just like to share that I’ll be premiering a new piece for accordion and electronics by Jacob Cooper. It’s called Alter ad Alterum, and good-god is it gorgeous. I’ll be playing it again soon, in public, and everyone can hear it, but in the meantime, I’ll be snazzing it up at this networking event for the MATA Festival (aka my dayjob).
March 4 – Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN — Wordless Music Orchestra featuring Tyondai Braxton. So, I’m real honored to be playing with a wonderful fellow, Mr. Tyondai Braxton, formerly of the band Battles, now just of himself I guess? In any case, we’re performing a bunch of works from his Central Market CD, as well as works by Caleb Burhans, John Adams, and I believe ol’ Louis Andriessen too. Shows in NYC and D.C. too.
April 12 – GARAGE CUBAN BAND at Voodoo Lounge, Charleston, SC. Reunited, and it feels so good.
April 13 – Garage Cuban Band at the Re-nude benefit for Planned Parenthood, Charleston, SC. (I think this one has a big ticket price, so if you’re on the cheap, come to Voodoo on the 12th!
April 14-17 – Rensing Center REtreat, Pickens, SC
April 23 – Dwan Light Sanctuary, Santa Fe, NM – Performing with Tristan Perich on his piece for 5 accordions and 1-bit electronics. Westward Ho!
May 13-14 - Italian Academy at Columbia University, NYC – The premiere of Chris Cerrone‘s new opera, Invisible Cities.
May 20-21 – Signal + Wordless Music Orchestra at the NY Society for Ethical Culture – A doozy of a concert feautring Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto, the NY premiere of Glass’ Symphony No. 4 (“Heroes”, feat. the music of Bowie and Eno), and the world premiere of a new piece by Radiohead crazy dude #2 Jonny Greenwood.
May 22-29 - ZAHA Southern Tour! Stops in Philly, Baltimore, D.C., Durham, and of course, Charleston, Columbia, and Pickens, SC!
June 4-9 – Signal travels to June in Buffalo! Works by resident and student composers, plus the Ligeti Chamber Concerto and more!
January 7 - Russ Flynn’s A More Perfect Union, Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, Brooklyn. 9pm and 10:30, $5. New Instrumental JazzRock Sextet that I play accordion and flugelhorn with, featuring the compositions of Russ Flynn, who also plays bass alongside David Linaburg (g), Danny Wolf (d), Jacob Teichroew (ts), and Atsushi Ouchi (as).
January 14 - Russ Flynn’s A More Perfect Union, Hank’s Saloon, 46 3rd Avenue (corner of Atlantic), 9pm.
The Opposite of a Train Fat Rain 2010 Tour!
The Opposite of a Train hits the road to bring experimental chamber folk to the east coast, celebrating our newly released eponymous recording.
February 2 - Memminger Auditorium, Charleston, SC. This is a very special Groundhog Day show featuring the widescreen version of OOT (3 more horns and bass), plus special guests Cary Ann Hearst, Michael Trent, Lindsay Holler, Joel Hamilton, and Stephanie Underhill.
February 3 – 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC
February 4 - Bobo Gallery, Asheville, NC (Cancelled due to the Snow)
February 6 - Clovers Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
February 8 – Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY
February 9 – The Whitehaus, Jamaica Plain, MA, 9pm
February 10 – Hog Farm Studios, Bitteford, ME, 8pm, $8
February 15 – John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Washington, D.C., 6pm FREE
February 21 – The Stone, performing a piece by and with Joshua Booth on his 10pm set.
February 27 – Solo at Cafe Ortine, 8pm (622 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn) – I’ll be trying out a new solo accordion, etc. set at this lovely cafe in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Free show with some really wonderful food going on there. Come hang.
March 6 – Anyway Cafe, 9:30p-1:30a (34 E 2nd St., Manhattan), I’ll be performing a mix of musics, sitting in for my good friend Clay Ross. Chances are good that I will sing songs for you. Maybe even in Spanish. Either way this will be a lot of fun.
March 16 – with Zaha, Le Grand Dakar, 285 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn. I am once again honored to join Evan Mazunik’s conducted improvisation ensemble Zaha for an evening of soundpainting and other gesturally conducted improvised situations. Featuring Justin Wood on saxes, Sebastian Noelle on guitar, Eric Eigner on drums, Frantz Loriot on viola, and Ryan Kotler on bass.
March 20 AND 27 – with Transit – I have the good fortune to be joining the Transit New Music Ensemble on one piece on accordion for two concerts at the end of March. Details on where and all that forthcoming.
April 11 – with Signal, Le Poisson Rouge, Bleecker Street. Signal performs Philip Glass’s Glassworks and Music in Similar Motion, with Glass’s right hand man at the piano, Michael Riesman.
||||NKo Charleston 2010 Summer Tour/Vacation||||
May 29 – New Music Collective 5th Anniversary Concert, Redux Studios, Charleston, SC. 8pm, $10/5. The little new-music-non-profit-that-could is 5 years old this month. We’re celebrating with a program of some of our greatest hits, including Rzewski’s “Coming Together” (performed at our inaugural concert in 2005), James Tenney’s “In a Large Reverberant Space”, and more works by Ron Wiltrout, Steve Reich, John Cage, and yours truly (“flow” – for solo and multi-tracked horns).
May 31 – Kopaja, Piccolo Spoleto JAC Jazz Series, Upstairs at McCrady’s, 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC, 7pm / 10pm, $20/set. I’m happily joining Ron Wiltrout (dr), Kevin Hamilton (b), and David Linaburg (g) for a night on the JAC Jazz Series. Kopaja is a group that I’ve been performing with for 3 or so years now – initially formed as a residency at a Charleston eatery that’s no longer with us (Cordavi), Kopaja is an eclectic jazz band that covers a lot of ground, from original tunes to bjork songs to some Masada-inspired tunes, it’s a true joy to play music with these guys. Come see us reunite.
June 6 - Tumbao, Piccolo Spoleto JAC Jazz Series, Upstairs at McCrady’s, 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC, 7pm / 10pm, $20/set. Another reunion, this time with some really great salsa and latin jazz. Tumbao is a new group featuring many of the musicians from Havanason – Fernando Rivas (p), Ron Wiltrout (dr), Dave Heywood (fl), and Jake Holwegner (b). I’ll be playing trumpet and flugelhorn with them, likely offering a hack job of singing the choro from time to time as well. Bring the dancing shoes, if you would…
|||back in nyc|||
June 7 – Ted Hearne’s New Band (as of yet untitled), Tribeca New Music Festival, Merkin Hall, 139 W 67th Street, 8pm, $20. Although not actually held in Tribeca, the Tribeca New Music Festival looks to be a great few days of great new music. I’ll be playing keyboards, horn, and accordion with Ted Hearne and a new band he’s put together featuring Timo Andres (p), Ron Wiltrout (dr), Leah Coloff (vcl, voice) and Taylor Levine (g). Ted’s been crafting some really beautiful and thorny new songs, and it’s been a really great group dynamic in the band to bring them to fruition. The concert also features music and performances by Timo Andres and Andy Akiho. It’s good people all around.
June 27 – Signal performs Shelter, Bang on a Can Marathon, World Financial Center, NYC 12pm-12am. I’ll be joining Signal for the 2nd time this summer, performing Shelter, an hour long songcycle/oratorio/whathaveyou created by the 3 minds behind BOAC, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe. Not sure of the exact time yet, but you may as well come for the whole thing, because it’s likely to be a good time. It’s free, it’s in a food court basically, on the water, with beer and nachos and ice cream. and 12 hours of music. what’s not to love? (well, besides the acoustics, but that’s another story)
Tuesdays at Good, 89 Greenwich Avenue, 8pm-11pm – The fine folks at wonderful west village resto GOOD have graciously granted myself and David Linaburg (guitar) a weekly residency with which to indulge our love of jazz standards. Come have a Bradford with us.
October 17 - Barbes, 7pm – I’ll be performing a beautiful piece by Stefan Weisman for accordion, guitar, and voice, joining the ever-stunning musicians Melissa Hughes (soprano) and James Moore (guitar).
October 28 – Daniel Goode’s Flexible Orchestra, 8pm, Ukranian National Home Ballroom, 140 2nd Ave – Every year, composer/clarinetist/etc Daniel Goode puts together an ensemble of homogenous instrumentation, and this year we are all lucky that he chose accordions. New Works by Guy Klucevsek, Jody Kruskal, Daniel Goode, Christian Wolff, and Max Simoncic. I’ll be rocking the low end, playing bass accordion all night.
October 29 – Beaten Path Percussion Duo – 8pm, Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, Manhattan. Joe Bergen and Al Cerulo of the Beaten Path Percussion Duo have put together an amazing concert of world premieres of commissions for percussion duo +1. I’ll be premiering a piece by Chris Marianetti for Horn and Percussion, as well as a piece by Vincent Raikhel for Accordion and Percussion. Really wonderful pieces, and other soloists include Christa Van Alstine on clarinet, Taylor Levine on guitar, and the wonderful soprano Megan Schubert. Other composers include Kyle Hillbrand, Aaron Siegel, and Angelica Negron!
November 12 – New Music New Charleston 4, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 8pm – NMC’s 4th annual New Music New Charleston show, featuring the 2 New Works Programs Commissions by Lisa Coons and KCM Walker. Plus new works by Charleston’s Tyler Ross and likely some new short pieces by me.
November 17-20 – Anneke Hansen Dance – “look at them long and long” – Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, Queens, NY (5-49 49th Ave). I’ve been writing music for an evening-length dance piece by Anneke Hansen, a really wonderful choreographer here in NY. Ken Thomson (cl/sax) and Josh Phillips (horn) will be joining me in realizing this music, which will involve many spatial aspects, taking advantage of the amazing performance space at the Chocolate Factory.
October 23 - Trio with Jean-Brice Godet (clarinets) and Richard Bonnet (guitar), (NKo – accordion), 7pm, Phoebe’s Cafe, 323 Graham Ave, Brooklyn. Improvisations and compositions with more than 66% Parisian.
October 31 – ZAHA, Halloween Show! Improvised Score to the classic silent film “Vampyr”. (NKo – horn/accordion) 8pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 334 S 5th Street, Brooklyn.
November 12 – Garage Cuban Band, 9pm, Voodoo Lounge, 15 Magnolia Drive, Charleston, SC. The GCB returns.
November 13 – Garage Cuban Band, 8pm, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC
November 15 - New Music Collective, Sam Sfirri’s “Transitions”, 8pm, Circular Congregational Church,
150 Meeting St. Charleston, SC. FREE. The NMC premieres Sam’s brand new evening length work.
November 19 – 21st Century Liederabend, Vision into Art, 8pm Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn. New music songs from all sorts of composers from around here. I’ll be playing on a couple songs by Ted Hearne, featuring SKIM and Isaiah Robinson at the mic(s).
November 21 – DITHER, 10pm, $10, The Stone, Avenue C and 1st Street, NYC. Dither will be premiering my new piece for 4 electric guitars and horn (played by yours truly). Dither is perhaps my favorite chamber ensemble in NYC right now, and I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work with such fine gentlemen.
December 4 – New Music New Charleston 3, New Music Collective, 8pm, $10/5, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. The NMC presents it’s 3rd annual NMNC concert, featuring premieres by Nick Jenkins, Sean Friar, Philip White, and more!
December 12 – Red Light New Music Holiday Spectacular! $25/15, 8pm, International House, 500 Riverside Drive, NYC. The Red Light Ensemble will be celebrating the holidays in style with new arrangements of favorites like The Grinch, 12 Days of Christmas (with 7 swans arranged by yours truly), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and more. This will be weird. and funny. and awesome.
December 19 – Shrimp Records Showcase, Charleston Pour House, 9pm, featuring the release of Bill Carson‘s new CD “The Great Whale, or Say it, Don’t Spray it”. I’ll be playing keys with Bill, with new tunes from the new CD that I also played some keys and horns on. The night will also feature music from all kinds of wonderful people, Cary Ann Hearst, Michael Trent, Sadler Vaden, and Joel Hamilton.