I enjoy setting silly goals for myself. When I’m biking home from teaching I will race bus B48 if it’s right behind me. I will not allow myself to take a break until I’ve finished the exercise I’m working on, or my cup of tea. When I practice I will limit myself to only playing certain notes when improvising and it feels like trying to have a conversation without using the letter “e”. I love setting these musical challenges for myself as it takes me out of my comfort zone and allows me to approach things in a different way.
One of these challenges I set for myself was writing music with improvised sections for flute quartet and today Far Cry Flutes released our first video! It is a piece I wrote for the group entitled “Radar Working”. I can’t tell you what an amazing feeling it is to have the sounds inside my head become music played by these world class flutists. Please head over to www.facebook.com/FarCryFlutes, like our page and check out the video! There are more to come, and I would love to hear your thoughts.
Tonight at 9 pm I am playing with the amazing Eleanor Dubinsky at The Bitter End with some absolutely fabulous musicians! I will be playing all three of my flutes and singing some backup vocals, Wesley Amorim will play guitar, Fernando Saci Percussion and Drums and Special Guest Tim Ries (from the Rolling Stones horn section) will be joining on Saxophone and Hungarian Folk Flute. Seriously, you gotta come out and hear this!
This month has some other very exciting shows as well. On November 22nd at 10.30 pm the collective that had our first show at Rockwood stage 1 last month will be returning to play a set at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 3. We will play some new music and some old, and hope you can join us for the continued development of this exciting project. The evening will feature music by myself, Jon Cowherd (piano), Marcos Varela (bass) and Mareike Wiening (drums).
The night after, November 23rd at 10 pm, Scando Jazz has its debut show downstairs at Bowery Electric. This group is the joint brainchild of myself, Oskar Stenmark (trumpet, Sweden), Odd Albrigtsen (guitar, Norway), Lars Ekman (bass, Sweden) and Mareike Wiening (drums Norway/Germany). We play arrangements of Scandinavian music with jazz flavors. Guaranteed good times, and very different from my usual approach to arranging scandinavian music. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 of you get them in advance here: http://tinyurl.com/ScandoJazzBowery