Soundwaves at SMPL

Last night funding was approved for Soundwaves, the new music series I am co-curating with Daniel Rothman at the Santa Monica Public Library. The third Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM a different artist will perform and discuss their work. This series ties into the DRAM streaming service Santa Monica has begin offering and focuses on artists whose music is on that service. Admission is free. I hope you’ll check it out. I’m really amazed by the lineup we’ve been able to book:

Jan. 20: Cold Blue Music with Jim Fox, Michael Jon Fink, and Aron Kallay.
Feb. 17: Judicanti Responsura (William Roper & Joseph Mitchell)
Mar. 16: Ulrich Krieger
Apr. 20: Anne LeBaron with Mark Robson and Panic Duo
May 18: Nicole Mitchell
June 15: Vinny Golia

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2016 Shows Part 1

  • Jan. 16: Santa Monica Symphony. MLK Tribute Concert. SGI Auditorium, Santa Monica. 2:30. free. The annual Buddhist-sponsored Martin Luther King weekend concert presents a challenge for the Symphony. How to connect the standard symphonic repertoire and the African-American experience? This year’s solution is to pay tribute to Marian Anderson.
  • Feb. 28: JAB (with Anna Homler & Breeze Smith) at Highways. Also appearing: William Roper. This is the debut of a new improvising trio with the unique Ms. Homler on voice and toys and my frequent collaborator, the also unique Breeze Smith, on percussion and electronics. It’s a bonus to appear at Highways, a venue with a long and important history in performance art and cultural politics.
  • Mar. 6: The Decisive Instant with Renee Baker at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. 7PM. $10. Also appearing: Philip Greenlief & Alex Cline. Charles Sharp and I turn our large ensemble over to Ms. Baker, described by Downbeat as an “AACM visionary,” for a set of conducted improvisation.
  • Mar. 12: Santa Monica Symphony. “Latin Rhythms” (Bernstein, Rodrigo, etc). SaMo High. 7:30PM. free.
  • Mar. 26: Darryl Kanouse 365 Wires opening. The Changing Same with Charles Sharp, Breeze Smith, and Gabriel “Slam” Nobles. The Iron Room, 5080 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90019. 4PM. My college buddy Darryl has been making a wire sculpture every day for almost a year. They’re pretty amazing, and when he reaches the end of the year, he’s going to sell them all. “The Changing Same” is a name I sometimes use for bands playing more traditional jazz material. This version is going to play some hard bop & soul jazz at Darryl’s art show, but we may take it out a little too.
  • May 29: Santa Monica Symphony. 7PM. SaMo High.