I recently released an album of my compositions. It’s called Ichor of the Earth, it’s available on all the streaming and download services (I’ll put links below) and you should go listen to it.
This album was a long time in the works and is fairly significant to me, not just because it’s another vehicle into the world for my music, but also because I did virtually everything to make it. I performed electronics parts on pieces that used that instrument, I recorded, mixed, and mastered all of the audio, and I did the jacket design.
Oh, I also wrote all the music on it…
That’s certainly not to say that I didn’t rely heavily on the artistry and expertise of a host my very talented, friends.
Ryan McCarthy and Jasper Schmich Kinney both played piano.
Gil Selinger and Julia Emory played cello.
Philip Strom played bass clarinet.
Sam Liddel played bass.
David Bernot played saxophone.
Kyle Hughes played percussion.
Emily Gradowski provided her voice.
Leah Mack did the cover art.
Of course, my wife Kelly provided patience, encouragement, and her wonderful musical ear.
So it’s fun to take credit for this thing happening, and it was a lot of work personally, but ultimately there’s no way that this could have happened without the community of musicians and artists around me.
So go listen to it. And buy it. And tell people about it. It’s good.
I’ve recently started another project. It’s an improvisation duo with Jasper Schmich Kinney that we have decided to call J A N U S. The name comes from “J and S” (get it?). The name seems very fitting. In Roman mythology, Janus was a god with two faces who ruled over beginnings, gates, transitions, passages, and endings.
Jasper plays a really fascinating dulcimer that he has detuned and altered in several ways. I do my electronics thing with loops. We’ve played a few gigs thus far, but hadn’t formalized anything until recently.
We’re going to be pretty consistently posting music to social media and other places. Here’s the first taste you’ll find on this site. Enjoy!
Join The Noise Gallery for an evening a live composition that represents the day to day, and minute to minute lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for a loss of communication between cells, affecting memory, thinking, and communication. Experience for yourself the sights, sounds, and sensations of living life in the moment.
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The Noise Gallery is Denver’s first fully dedicated Soundpainting ensemble. Made up of some of the area’s best improvisers, classical and jazz players, composers, electronic musicians, weirdos, and visual artist instrument builders, The Noise Gallery is the perfect collective of spontaneous and creative thinking in the art of live composition. Expanding minds and challenging norms, we invite everyone to enter the Gallery and be adventurous listeners.
Soundpainting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual Artists. Presently (2016) the language comprises more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter (composer) to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The creation of the composition is realized, by the Soundpainter, through the parameters of each set of signed gestures. The Soundpainting language was created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974.
The Uncurling Nautilus is finally finished and ready for release!
This is a piece from a few years ago that I’ve had the pleasure of recording with cellist Gil Selinger. The process of recording this was challenging for various reasons, but the result, I think, is quite good.
A low-quality version is included here for you to check out. The full release will be available on iTunes and other streaming services shortly. Stay tuned for more info.
Today I begin the long and complicated process of editing and mixing my work The Uncurling Nautilus. I recorded it recently with Gil Selinger, a friend and excellent cellist visiting from New York. Eventually this recording will become available on iTunes and various streaming services. Check back soon for more updates on this process!