What a ride the past few years have been. Aside from festivals, and other gigs coming back. I’m really excited to share a few projects I have recently been involved with.
My good friend and Albany-based piano player, Rob Lindquist asked me to play on a tune he wrote and then produced a video for. Dig his tune “Mirage” here. It features Joe Abba on Drums, Nick Mancini on Vibraphone , and Trifon Dimitrov on Bass.
And speaking of Joe Abba, his long-awaited album has just been released. It features some bad cats out of NYC! He’s worked with an incredibly wide range of musicians, from John Scofield, to Jessica Simpson, to Tommy and CJ Ramone.
You can dig the whole side here: https://joeabba.com/store. It’s a real mash-up that includes a ton of different sounds: Latin, fusion, funk, and rap.
Quite excited to have been a part of Jake (Guitar) and Josh (Piano) Hanlon’s new recording project NSTX. The album features the compositions of the brothers Hanlon and features Stockton Helbing on drums, James Driscoll on Bass. It’s being released on Armored Records in 2021.
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My latest recording, quARTet is released today on Origin records
I’ve always enjoyed the relationship between image and sound. In 2015 I began collaborating with some of my favorite artists – many of whom I had personal and/or professional relationships prior to beginning this project – this made it quite personal to me. The process was quite simple. I requested each artist to submit one of their pieces so I could create a newly composed musical work inspired by their art. I printed the work and as I sat with the piece I listened to what manifested in my head. Then I transcribed what I was hearing – on a few occasions I did not feel the first music created represented the image. I saved the piece and went back to the drawing board and listened again. Finally, I fell that I was able to capture the sound in time the image inspired me. Maybe it was already there and I just captured it.
The result is quARTet.
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Just received word that Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5 was nominated for two East Coast Music Association Awards; Jazz Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year. The awards will be presented in May 2018 at the ECMA 2018 conference in Halifax.
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