After some fun travels in Italy eating lots of pizza and seeing Evan Parker, Paul Lytton and Barry Guy (oh my!) play with my man Peter Evans, summer is winding to a close. That's ok though, because I wasn't quite busy enough and I'm ready to hit the pavement. I'm not a great relaxer or vacationer, so the crisp fall air and the running all over NYC is just what the doctor ordered.
I'm digging into a whole host of stuff. While my incredible drummer Max Jaffe is on hiatus to let his wrists heal, I'm turning focus away from the band for a bit and towards collaborative projects and solo exploration. I'm really honored to be playing on Peter Evans' residency at The Stone! I'll join him along with cellist Leila Bordeuil and bassist Brandon Lopez for a special one-off set. My love and respect for Peter and his music is off the charts! It's going to be a fun night. This weekend at BAM I get to channel June Tyson as the Space Goddess with the Eco-Music Big Band, in the late composer Fred Ho's incomplete Sun Ra opera, with a libretto by the great Miles Davis biographer Quincy Throupe. I'm excited to be working with my old pal Charlie Looker and JG Thrilwell on Experiments in Opera: The Travel Agency is on Fire. These new works take William Borough's cut-ups as textual basis. James Ilgenfritz will direct the Anagram Ensemble and the show will be part of his week at The Stone. I'll be playing more little free improv one offs, so stay tuned to so what crazy hi-jinks ensue.