Just wanted to let you know I’ll be playing 2 shows this weekend (Long Beach and DTLA) with Chris Schalrb’s wonderful Psychic Temple project. It’s very interesting music that falls somewhere between the gaps of folk music, modal jazz, and the modular improvisation of Terry Riley. You can preview the music we will be performing on the show here.
Also my Alt-Classical EP is “officially” going to be released this coming Tuesday (02/16/11). You can download a copy for free at my SoundCloud and Bandcamp pages and it should be showing up at all the usual online sites (iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody, Zune…) in the next few weeks.
my new Alt-Classical EP is coming out in january and while i’m finishing up the liner notes here is the first track. click below for links to the download and score.
Fearless Leader was partially inspired by a quote from the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti: “Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, its just not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I cannot escape.”
this piece was originally conceived as a modular improvisation (in the style of Terry Riley’s Tread on the Trail) but didn’t work as intended (modular improvisation and the resulting rhythmic syncopations didn’t mix well). the orchestration also went through quite a few revisions and for a long time i considered it the black sheep of my PBE repertoire. i guess it goes to show that sometimes you gotta stick with something until you get it right.
Fearless Leader (2006, revised Spring 2007)
clarinet, trombone, vibes, keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar
this track is released via creative commons: attribution, noncommercial, and share alike which basically means to me feel to download, remix, mashup, deconstruct, etc… as long as you give me credit and don’t sell it. if you do i will have my critter army hunt you down and hug you until you change your ways.
here is the video from our (with jeremy keller, guitar) performance at the RealNewMusic 2010 show in whittier (091810)
overall i’m pretty happy with the whole shebang. the audio is a little light on the bass because the recording was made from the balcony. this piece originally was created as “music for controllers 1” which was became “music for commuters” when it became a duo and video was added.
below is the video from the show and the audio mp3′s from the show and dress rehearsal
i really enjoyed rehearsal yesterday and after of summer of living in the past (mixing the alt-classical EP) it was great to start living in the present.
it was my second time playing with guitarist jeremy keller and not only it was starting to gel musically but we were also able to get beyond our training and technique to create an incredibly visceral electronic/ folk/modular improv performance.
i have always felt it was possible as duo or trio, but finding this hasn’t been easy. while i was talking to jeremy i found out he hasn’t really played much tonal music and although our musical instincts are puling us in opposite directions, i’m finding that the space between the seams very is invigorating and satisfying.
since yesterdays rehearsal the fact that i haven’t been able to stop listening to our rehearsal probably says a lot about what has been absent than anything else. it’s like dreaming your arm was missing and waking up realizing how lucky you are that it still works.
right now the hole in my soul has been temporarily filled
sorry its taken a while to get this one up, that’s what a busy fall will do for you. this performance was based only one the LA county homicide statistics through may 16 2008. right now i’m planning to update the piece and perform it a few times in 2009, but this is complicated with the fact that the LATimes suspended the homicide blog in november. i have a few ideas of how i’m going to update it. we are also planning to get together this spring and make a proper recording.
the audio is from the premier performance of the requiem at the REDCAT spring studio spring studio last may at the roy and edna disney cal arts theater at disney hall) featuring my co-conspirators sylvia desrochers (soprano) paul cummings (bass) bruce gallego (electric guitar) and myself playing the korg kaossillator, and a macbook pro running ableton live triggering a deconstructed looping continuo (henry purcell’s man that is born of a woman) with a fcb1000 midi pedal.
In spring 2008 i started writing Requiem for a High Homicide Enclave which is a deconstruction of Purcell’s Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1694) that is based on excerpts from the from the LA Times Homicide Report which documents every murder that takes place in Los Angeles County using blog posts, comments, and Google Maps.
we (sylvia desrochers (soprano) paul cummings (bass) bruce gallegos (electric guitar) and myself (laptop and kaossilator) premiered the piece at the REDCAT Spring Studio in may 2008.
i am planning to record the piece in spring 2009 and are scheduling performances for 2009-2010.
video is under construction and shall return soon. until then you can listen to the audio of the premier performance
post-whatever, 2008 modular improvisation for laptop (macbookpro/ableton live) and two players post-whatever 1st reading/rehearsal 061208, paul bailey (macbookpro/abletonlive, trombone), bruce gallego (electric guitar) matt menaged (bass guitar) Be the first to like. Like Unlike