November 2011: On the Road Again…

Happy Autumn Y’all!

Here in the Northeastern US of A we’ve already had our first official snowstorm, with downed trees and all.  Boots on and collars up for the next little while. And for the next little while I’ll be on the road with Dutch reedist and composer Ab Baars as a featured guest in his new Invisible Blow Project. The Invisible Blow is a boxing term to indicate the unprotected moment that everyone has, no matter how weel trained you are.  Ab Baars is expanding the term as a metaphor for life, the inevitable confrontation of growing older and dealing head on with the Invisible Blow of life.  Ab has composed incredible music to texts taken from  Charles Bukowski, Muhammed Ali, William Carlos Williams, Joyce Carol Oates and more. The project is also cause for celebration of Ab Baars’ Trio being together for 20 years!

We’re doing 15 concerts in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Romania and Polnad.  Its the first time I’ll be part of a tour of this magnitude and I’m  honored that Ab wrote such beatiful music using voice that I get perform. Rounding out the group for the tour is french horn player  Vincent Chancey. Phew! The full itinerary is up in the Performance section of the FV site or you can learn more on the Stichting Wig website too. As a very special treat, I was asked to pick concert tips for the Bimhuis’ incredible month of programming! Just for fun, check that out here

Before heading off, I need to properaly say goodbye to October 2011.  I certainly felt like a musical schizophrenic last month but what an exhilirating time I had firstly with the TriCentric Foundation and Anthony Braxton for the Braxtonian Festival at Roulette. Performing in the Syntactical Ghost Trance Choir and Trillium J was certainly a career highlight for me.  Not to mention an honor to get the opportunity.  The turnout for the 4 day festival was not only impressive but downright inspiring!  To see so many faces of different hues and ages coming out to honor a living composer made me think that creative music has a great chance of flourishing in this city!  The TriCentric Foundation did an incredible job organinzing this amazing event.

a couple weeks after that, Austrian pianist came to town to perform two gigs (in TRIO with British bassist Dominic Lash and myself and one concert as a DUO) and have her pieces performed with Moon Young Ha’s Ensemble.  Elisabeth, Dom and I met as Music OMI Fellows in 2010 and we hit it off musically!  Having Dominic stateside for this past year was a great opportunity to try to play together again.  Really glad we did.  We have some things on the fire for 2012 and will get back with more on that later on.

Finally I performed my final gig on the books for 2011 in NYC on Halloween as part of the Blues Hues for Halloween themed evening held at the Evolving Series that also featured vocalist Lisa Sokolov and reedist Roy Nathanson.  Anders Nilsson and I bought our refreshed ExPosed Blues DUO business and made some scary sounds. Boo!

If we’re friends or you’re fans of FV on FB, I’ll post pictures from the tour and I’ll even attempted to shoot some video of cool places.  See you all around the bend.

In music,