The next couple of months are going to be action-packed. I hope to see you at some of these shows!
- Mar. 12: Santa Monica Symphony, SaMo High, 7:30PM. Free. The theme of this show is “Latin Rhythms.” George Gershwin’s seldom-played “Cuban Overture,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story,” Jose Mancayo’s “Huapango,” and Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” I’m especially excited about the last of these since its themes are the basis of Chick Corea’s “Spain” and Miles Davis’ “Sketches of Spain.”
- Mar. 15: Soundwaves: Ulrich Krieger at Santa Monica Public Library. 7:30PM. Free. I organized this show; I’m not playing. Krieger will discuss and perform his solo saxophone and electronics music.
- Mar. 21: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio (Andrea Centazzo & Ellen Burr) at Luna’s, Sacramento. 7:30PM. You’ll be seeing a lot of this band – flute, bass, and drums, with some electronic enhancements. We’re playing Andrea’s compositions, which incorporate various kinds of improvising. All three of us have a lot of experience in classical music as well as jazz and free playing, so the name is not merely a ploy to get booked at the Lighthouse.
- Mar. 22: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio at Tom’s Place, Berkeley. 7:30PM
- Mar. 24: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio at The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco. 8PM
- Mar. 26: Darryl Kanouse 365 Wires show. The Changing Same with Charles Sharp, Breeze Smith, and Gabriel “Slam” Nobles. Studio 1444, Hollywood. 7-9PM. “The Changing Same” is a name I sometimes use for bands exploring versions of “the jazz tradition.” This edition will play a bunch of ’50s-’60s hard bop and soul jazz for my college friend Darryl’s sculpture show. He has been making a wire sculpture every day for the last year. When he hits 365, he’s going sell them all and give the money to a charity. They’re pretty cool. It’s worth the trip to Hollywood. Party starts at 4, we play at 7.
- Apr. 1-3: Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra at the Electric Lodge. 8PM. Three nights of this amazing large ensemble drawn from across LA’s creative music communities, featuring Bennie Maupin, who you may know from Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” and Herbie Hancock’s “Headhunters…” Two sets each night. Last time we had hippies noodle dancing in 17/8. Don’t let that scare you.
- Apr. 6: USC Concert Orchestra at USC Bovard Auditorium: Beethoven 7, Dukas “Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and more. 7:30PM. Free.
- Apr. 7: improvised low string quartet (with Dave Travis, Vetza, and Michael Intriere) at Cafe NELA. This was a wacky idea I had which everyone ran with. Three unconventional cellists bridging rock, noise, and free improvisation (from the bands Carnage Asada, Fat and Fucked Up, and the LA Free Music Society respectively) plus yours truly. We’re going to record soon too.
- Apr. 18: West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio at Paradiso Jazz Bologna, Italy.
- Apr. 19-23: Northern Italy dates TBD with the West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio and Fabio Turchetti. Andrea is taking Ellen and me to Italy. We’ll do some trio stuff and some shows in various combinations with accordion/bandoneon player Turchetti, who Anna Homler introduced me to.
- Apr. 24: MESTO (Multi Ethnic STar Orchestra) at UCLA Schoenberg Hall. 6PM. If I get back from Italy in time I will join MESTO & Karima Skalli for this show, our first in two years.