Helloooooo. I’ve got some shows coming up with new projects that I’m very excited about. Please check the shows section for details and come on out and support!
My very good saxophone friend, Joe Santa Maria, and I have formed a two-horns quartet to perform classic albums of the jazz cannon. It is our intention to play at bars and have a good time while digging into the albums that have inspired us. We’ll be debuting this event April 27 at our favorite bar, 1642, and TOMORROW at The Famous in Glendale playing the music of Lee Morgan including his immortal Blue Note classic “The Sidewinder” in it’s entirety. Completing the band is Frank Silva on tenor sax and Toshi Sato on bass.
On April 6, my other saxophone friend and long-time collaborator in bands such as Pitch Like Masses and the Vinny Golia Sextet, Jon Armstrong, is leading a big band performance at the blue whale. We’re gonna fit upwards of twenty people in there, and it’s ALL original music. Much of his music does not sound like traditional big band jazz music, rather it encompasses the kaleidoscope of the many influences that make up his personality. Trevor Anderies, Randy Gloss and Chris Payne will all be joining me in the batterie section. This is gonna be pretttty cool!
Also, my very good buddy and roommate, Gabe Deutsch, has a killer rock band called Battery Amp (formerly known as Baby Gabey and the Cameltones). We’ve been underground rehearsing on and off for about two years now. Our last (and first) show was on Halloween 2012. Check out the pics on facebook. I most definitely did wear a bloody white dress and wig. Please do come to our second outing at Lot 1 in Echo Park on April 17. This band is loud and super super fun. We also play all original music, straight from the one-of-a-kind mind of Gabe.
Sooooooooooooo to recap what’s been happening so far in 2013… I’ll go reverse-chronological. Pitch Like Masses appeared in a revised line-up to perform two shows at a Chinatown indie puppet theater space called Automata. Our frontman, the irreplaceable Billy Mark, moved to Detroit last year. We are not foolish enough to attempt to replace him however in his absence we’ve added Alex Noice to thicken the texture on guitar, keyboard sampler, kaos pad, pedals, etc. This show was a collaboration with animation team, Magnuzaki Labs, called “Into the Sun: in three movements”. The piece was sonic-visual improvisation which lasted about 45 minutes, exploring different aspects of the sun as our central cosmic body, one that guides us through the passage of time, that purifies us and is part of our bodies in the most basic level: life energy.
Through most of February I was on a three week European Tour with singer-songwriter, Simone White. We played in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France and Italy. This was my first time incorporating live sample triggering into my setup. Simone’s current record is very production heavy so reproducing the songs live necessitates this approach. I used a drumKat 3.5 with Logic. It was definitely a learning curve and there were definitely some technical hurdles but this is something I’m happy to be able to add to my arsenal and plan to explore further. Also in the band was Ihui Cherise Wu on keys, a delightful road companion if there was one. Lots of laughs. I have to say my fondest memories are of the amazing food and drink we were treated. Met some real wonderful people, too. Can’t wait to go back. LA peeps can see me and Ihui play with Simone at the Bootleg Theater on April 28th for Derde Verde’s EP Release Party. I can’t recommend them enough, by the way. Friendships notwithstanding, their first album Moon/Mirror is amazing and can’t wait to hear what they’ve got coming.
Before that, in January, Timur and the Dime Museum was invited to be a part of the Prototype Festival in New York which took place at the HERE theater space in SoHo. We spent five days there doing a multimedia set with Jesse Gilbert on interactive visuals. Check out the band website for a good idea of what we’re working on now. I can’t really verbally describe adequately what this band does, though this NPR interview gives a good idea. We recently finished an album.