So far 2018 has brought me a bunch of symphony and chamber music gigs:
- Jan. 13 I am returning to the Santa Monica Symphony after last summer’s fracas to play on their Martin Luther King Day concert. The program features Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown, and Beige” suite and Joseph Schwanter’s “New Morning for the World.” The show is at 2pm in Santa Monica, so you’ll be able to catch this one, have dinner, and make it to Nels and Alex Cline’s birthday concert that night. Free admission, but arrive early.
- Jan. 18 I’ll be part of Jason Martin Castillo’s Sonic Open Orchestra (in this case a small string ensemble), playing John Adams’ “Shaker Loops” and Philip Glass’ “Mishima” at Art Share downtown. The program also includes a theremin concerto, sadly with no bass part. 8pm. $15.
- Feb. 3 I’m with the Vicente Chamber Orchestra at the Broad Stage. Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann. 7:30pm. $20.
- Feb. 11 is the Palisades Symphony at Palisades High School. Rossini, Saint-Saens, Brahms. 7:30pm. Free.
followed by some non-classical action:
- Feb. 12 the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble plays a new live score to a silent movie TBD at the Art Theatre in Long Beach.
- Feb. 17 Jonathon Grasse’s Native Plant Society (with Dave Williams and Tom Steck) plays structured improvisation at the Wine Bar in Long Beach on a bill with Dave’s NotQuiteFree and Threadbare Aristocrats (Dan Clucas/Darryl Tewes/Jonathan Saxon). 8pm. Free, but buy drinks and fill the tip jar…
- and March 17 is the return of MESTO to UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. This is a really special large ensemble of LA artists performing Arabic music, led by Palestinian-American conductor/composer/scholar Nabil Azzam. We’ve performed in Jordan, Egypt, Oman, Abu Dhabi, and Detroit. LA shows only happen every few years. This one features music from the Arabic-Latino North African connection and includes several amazing guest vocalists and soloists. That said, it’s gonna cost you $60 plus fees and parking. 7pm.
The Soundwaves concert series I run is moving ahead, with some great stuff coming up, and my book Free Jazz: A Research and Information Guide is on track for publication in May from Routledge’s Music Bibliographies series. The 4th edition of A Basic Music Library is also available now, after years in limbo. I contributed listings for the Himalayas and parts of India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. These are not books which any person should buy, but I hope they will be valuable tools for research libraries.
Happy New Year! Stay strong and fight back!