I’m off to the ISB convention Tuesday morning (at 3am!). I’ll give a little talk on Saturday morning at 9am about recording the bass. Of the many things I’m excited about I’ll be looking forward to playing a lot of basses and bows by from all the major US shops; concerts by Eleonore Oppenheim, Mark Dresser, and Matthew McDonald; lectures and masterclasses by Matthew McDonald and Megan McDevitt; and of course seeing old friends and mentors and meeting new ones. The full schedule is here.
If you’ll be around and want to say hello, please send me an email so we’ll be sure to make it happen!
Next week, Michelle Lou and I embark on a California tour inaugurating our new electric bass duo Bass2Bass. We’ll present new works by Weston Olencki, Sabrina Schroeder, and me. You’ll be able to find us all around the bay area and in Los Angeles.
April 18: Center for New Music and sfSoundSalonSeries (San Francisco) – 8pm
Buy Tickets ($15/$10)
April 19: CSU Monterey Bay
Workshop and performance for students
April 20: CCRMA at Stanford – 7:30pm
April 22: Indexical (Boulder Creek) – 8pm
Buy Tickets ($20/$10)
April 24: Automata (Los Angeles) – 8pm
Buy Tickets ($18/$15)
Hope to see you at one of these shows!
I’ve just joined soundcloud somewhere around 3-5 years behind the curve. You can find me at https://soundcloud.com/stwbass.
Alex Ross of The New Yorker named my recent Populist Records release one of 10 most notable recordings of 2015. A few weeks earlier, on his blog he called it “an exceptional disc, as bewitching as it is original.” Get your copy from Populist Records.
I’m playing a number of new pieces for bass soon, too. On February 5th, with wasteLAnd at Art Share LA, I’ll play a new version of Clarence Barlow’s …until… for solo bass along with a new version of Michelle Lou’s untitled three part construction. Come April, Randy Gibson’s new bass solo, Descending the Starfield Symmetry, will get it’s debut at the same venue. And then in June (date and location TBA), a new work by Michael Pisaro for bass and electronics paired with a new version of Ryoko Akama’s hermit for the same.
In composing news, on March 8th wasteLAnd will play a new piece of mine commissioned by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles as part of a series of events exploring the Oxford English Dictionary along with works by Nico Muhly and Anne LeBaron. My piece will feature a new poem by Ken Hunt created by erasing pages of the OED defining the word “noise.” Details at the Hammer Museum’s website.
My most recent album, Prism, has gathered some nice reviews. Tim Rutherford-Johnson writes about it here. It also appeared on a few playlists: Steve Smith (Boston Globe) and Alex Ross (The New Yorker). You can stream the whole thing on Populist Records’s bandcamp page or buy physical copies directly from them.
In performance news, I’m excited to become a small part of The Industry’s new opera, Hopscotch. I did a little recording work for one of Andrew McIntosh’s pieces, but now I’ll also be a part of the finale playing the bass. It’s a bit shrouded in mystery at this point, but the LA Times have a little write up online.
Loadbang has just released a new album on New Focus Recordings featuring music by Alex Mincek, David Brynjar Franzson, Reiko Fueting, Alexandre Lunsqui, and William Lang along with my piece Infinitive. You can listen to samples and get links to buy it from New Focus’s website.
Finally, I was the recording engineer for the newest Populist Records release, Matt Barbier’s album Face|Resection. An entire album of solo acoustic trombone music that sounds neither solo, nor acoustic, nor like a trombone.