some 2016 favorites

Concert (tie)
Berlin Phil. Mahler 7 (August, Lucerne Festival)
Steve Coleman and Five Elements (December, The Blue Whale)

Croissant from a retired French baker in the Lucerne public market

Michael Pisaro/Reinier van Houdt: the earth and the sky (erstwhile)

mine (obviously!)

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman
[not published this year, but I read it this year]

Visual Art (tie)
Agnes Martin (LACMA retrospective)
Toba Khedoori (LACMA retrospective)

Pear Cranberry Crumble pie at Pie Hole (special mention that this is nearly historic as their pumpkin pie, my favorite kind of pie, was also unbelievable)

Ajay Atul in Hollywood

I was lucky enough to be one of the bassists in an orchestra that recorded music for composer team Ajay Atul. It was the first Indian-produced film to be scored in Hollywood. They made a cool little promo video about the experience/session/music and it includes a surprising amount of bass section footage.

January Updates

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.