First of all, the debut album by The Present Quartet is out, and we couldn’t be happier. Downloads are available now on Bandcamp and CDs from the band members and the label (pfMENTUM). More shopping options will be available soon, and we’re planning a very special album release event.
I have written quite a bit about this band here. I put it together with my two most frequent collaborators, Charles Sharp and Ellen Burr (I’m usually in each of their groups, Andrea Centazzo has a trio with me and Ellen and one with me and Charles, all three of us have been in Adam Rudolph‘s LA orchestra together, and we overlap in countless ad hoc ensembles), and Anne LeBaron, whom none of us had played with before. This was meant to be a one-off special project, but we were immediately offered more shows after our first performance, and now it’s a regular thing. We are even going to start working with some composed materials. I hope you like the album.
Now, May and June are going to be nuts.
In the morning on the 15th I’m talking about the Soundwaves concert series at a conference at UCLA, sponsored by their Center for Music Innovation. Also on my panel? Dexter Story, who played drums in Adam Rudolph’s band with me, Charles, and Ellen!
That evening I’m presenting the Carillon Quartet at Soundwaves. As usual, it’s 7:30pm, and no cover. This will be a wild show, including the premiere of David Roseboom‘s trumpet quartet.
Then off to the airport to Minneapolis for the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) conference to perform with The Present Quartet and see what other trouble I can get into.
I’m coming back via Oakland, so I can join Lisa Mezzacappa and ten other bassists on the 20th for a live broadcast from the studios of KFJC, 2-6pm.
The 22nd is another Soundwaves event: Michelle Zukovsky and Gloria Cheng previewing the Berg and Lutoslawski pieces from their Jacaranda show.
And on the 26th I’m back with the Santa Monica Symphony for their season finale.
The first weekend of June I will be a delegate to the State Democratic Convention, so probably no time for music.
On the 6th I host poet Brendan Constantine, performing John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing” at Soundwaves.
The second weekend I’m playing on the Vicente Chamber Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival.
The 20th is the Thirdsday residency I share with Ellen at the Industry Cafe in Culver City. Ellen is away, so I am bringing in The Red Cars, which is singer-songwriter Adam Snyder backed by me and drummer Richard Hynd. Both those guys were in major label bands, Adam Mercury Rev and Richard Texas. So that’s kind of different company for me…
And then things wrap up on the 26th with the legendary Elliott Sharp at Soundwaves, reading from his memoir and playing solo electric guitar. Angel City Arts and Truetone Music are helping make this one happen.