Wow – just 2 1/2 weeks into this new administration and the world seems like a distant planet. I hope landing here finds you well and adjusting to the new reality of our world with a healthy perspective. More than ever I feel a deep gratitude to be a creative person in this time. I can document and give voice to my frustrations and concerns in many ways. So performances and opportunities to interact with audiences in various communities mean everything to me and I’m making it a point to be VOCAL however I can. If you feel you have a voice, you too need to figure out how you can speak out. It is a little easier for us so let’s use it. Here’s what’s happening:
*55 BAR Residency this month features Marika Hughes (cello) and Darius Jones (alto saxophone) in OLD SONGS, NEW SKIN, a re-calibration of older compositions of ours (myself and Jochem van Dijk). It’s been a fun exploration and we’re planning to record these pieces in the near future. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 7-9PM, 55 Christopher Street, NY, NY
*We entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest! Keeping it protest and real, choosing a tune from the Fay Victor Ensemble’s first album (Cartwheels through the Cosmos -Artistshare 2007) entitled SPIN, written during the Bush Administration and how they manipulated the press into convincing the American people to go to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
*Here’s the latest video of my SneaKAttacK project, combining original video, music, texts and sounds with a political perspective. This one is entitled WHITE.
*Starting on February 28th, I’ll host my first CREATIVE IMPROVISATION Workshop here in New York City. It’s a 4 week course that is now sold out with very little promotion. This is exciting because I’ve felt there was a need fro vocalists to tap into other ways of improvising with their voices and I have so much to say on the subject. I’m looking forward to working with the participants and to the final concert at the end of March where we put it all together.
January 2017 saw the 3rd anniversary of the passing of the great Roy Campbell. Roy was a fantastic musician that was loved not only for his sound but also for his support of musicians and his honesty in letting you know how your music landed on him. His passing revealed how precious that energy is within a musical community. He is still sorely missed. Here is a something we did back in 2011 called KAISO STORIES and avant jazz – calypso project and this piece is WE is WE.
Thank you for reading and remember…we who oppose this new administration are finding our footing and making our voices heard. That may be all we can do for the next 2 years but its VERY important for us all to be in that fight. At the end of the day the policies seek to help no-one but those least in need of anything. If we all remember that, we can steel our focus and work out the language to rally everyone who will suffer the long term effects of 45’s agenda.