Welcome to the new and improved website

Welcome to the new and improved website. One of the new additions is this blog where I will post tour reports, photos, information on new projects, etc.

The first news is that; I will be the curator of The Stone for two weeks in November 1-14.  

While working on the press release for the Stone concerts, I’ve realized that I have been at this music making thing for the past 32 years (that’s not counting time spent playing in college and high school bands). During these past three decades I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing musicians. I’m very happy to bring some of them to the Stone for a gig this November.

Thomas Scandura and John Shiruba are flying in from Oakland, CA to perform with me as members of The Molecules. It’s not a reunion concert but a continuation of what was stared in 1990. Needless to say, this is a very rare performance; the last time The Molecules performed was at the Music Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria in 2007 and the last time in New York was at the Knitting Factory in 1987. Both Thomas and John are always busy with their own creative lives out on the west coast. Thomas has played with many leading lights such as Fred Frith and Bruce Ackley. And John has worked in projects as diverse as The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Anthony Braxton's ensemble and the SFSound Group. The Molecules will perform on Nov. 9 at 8pm.

The next night Nov. 10 at 10pm, I will present my current NYC project PAK. The new music is inspired by my current obsession with cycling. Recently PAK has been touring as a duet, but this night will be a rare opportunity to hear this powerful and complex music played by larger group of musicians. Ron Anderson (bass) Keith Abrams (drums) Tim Byrnes (trumpet, keyboard) with special guests:  Marco Cappelli (guitar) Nonoko Yoshida (alto sax)

I met Victor Poston-Tete while living in Philadelphia in 1980. After a few “jams” with Victor along with Sonda Andersson on bass we forge what would become the first version of Rat AT Rat R. Victor will perform on Nov. 4 at 8pm. Around the same time I met Jack Wright who was already a master improviser. Jack will be tuning 70, so this should be a special night Nov. 10 at 8pm.

When I moved to New York City in 1982 one of the first musicians I met was Steve Buchanan who will grace the stage of the Stone on Nov 2 at 10pm. Steve has developed an amazing individualistic approach to playing both saxophone and guitar; you might know him from his playing on Fred Frith’s, Speechless recording.

With many of the musicians I have invited my friendships go back to the 80’s and early 90’s, but some of them I have only recently meet. Like the incredible sonic bassist Tim Dahl. Tim will be playing with the death metal improve unit Barrsheadahl on Nov. 13 at 8pm.

That is just a small taste of two weeks that I have booked at the Stone. There are no slackers in the program; they are all innovators, talented musicians and composers. Check out the details at www.stonenyc.org.

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