PACHORA came together In 1992 when Jim Black, Brad Shepik and I started working on a bunch of tunes from Bulgaria and Greece. With the addition of Skuli Sverrisson we developed original music working the odd time signatures and melodies of Balkan music with jazz and improvisation and stayed busy in NYC playing the Knitting Factory, etc.
I was initially introduced to Eastern European folk music in George Schuller’s band Orange then Blue, bandmate Matt Darriau was very generous with his world music expertise and record collection; I was captivated by the beauty of the Bulgarian Women’s Choir and dove into traditional music of the Balkans with the same passion I had for jazz. The music revived my interest in the clarinet, connected with me melodically and blew my mind with regards to meter. Unravelling out the various rhythms like the 11/8 rhythm in Boris Karlov’s Gankino Oro has had a profound effect on how I approach melody within meter. All this to say PACHORA is playing August 16th in Iceland at the Reykjavik Jazz Fest. You can hear us here - youtube.
well, it happened, a week in NYC at the same venue! thanks to John Zorn for his generosity in creating a space for musicians to have a focused place to play that actually works economically for all! thanks to all the staff that make playing at The Stone a great experience, including Rob Price Bruce Gallanter, Ian Smith, Kevin Reilly Don DeTora and Joe Merolla! and of course thanks to Chris Tordini, Dave King, Jonathan Finlayson, Jim Black, Mary Halvorson, Brad Shepik, Oscar Noriega, Michael Formanek, Andrew D'Angelo, Anthony Burr, Mat Maneri and Zeno De Rossi for their extraordinary musicianship! Thanks to Zeno, King and Burr who all flew in from out of town (for a door gig), and special support thanks goes to the incredible Chris Tordini for a whopping 6 sets that included learning the yeah No and Pachora books! and to everyone who came out, without your ears and hearts our work would be meaningless… if you missed the week and would like to hear some new music that was performed, go to skirl records.
is where I'll be in residency starting Tuesday March 11 ending Sunday the 16th, and as it is to be a retrospective of sorts, I've included some bands of mine that haven't played much recently, with lovely guests subbing for bandmates that couldn't travel across the Atlantic to make it. I'm extremely grateful to John Zorn for the opportunity to perform in NYC 6 nights straight! March 11th and 12th, 8/10pm trio with Chris Tordini and Dave King, which is a record release for our new recording "Really OK" - March 13 8pm Human Feel 10pm yeah NO, March 14th 8pm the Clarinets (and a belated record release for "Keep On Going Like This") and Pachora at 10pm; March 15th Endangered Blood both sets and Sunday the 16th 8pm will be a record release for Skirl 025; with Zeno de Rossi and one of our favorite improvisers ever, Mat Maneri, joining us at 10pm. Cheers
just reunited for the 3rd.. uh..4th? time and while working on our new material we enjoyed very much this and hopefully you will be able to hear the influence on the new F###$% awesome record we just made! We would like to thank the lovely people at The Loove in Williamsburg for a wonderful weekend of community, friendship and music making. stay tuned for the results and also we will be performing again sometime in June!
speed/king/tordini trio release date mar 11
Hey Seattle, Speed trio with Dave King and Chris Tordini is playing the Earshot Festival Oct 13th Sunday night at the Cornish Hall on Capitol Hill. We will definitely hit cafe Vita. Or Vivace. Or whatever Italian labeled espresso Seattle has to offer. We are working on the recording (and titles), should be out by the end of the year! We recorded 26-2! and a gentlemen's tempo All Of Me, get ready! About to embark on some Claudia quintet work, John just released our 6th(?) recording, seasonal appropriately titled 'September'. Michael Formanek is presenting his big band music Thursday Sep 26th at Shapeshifter with many esteemed colleagues. If you live in NYC may I suggest attending... Just performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Mr. Craig Taborn new ensemble with King and Chris Lightcap.
Chris Speed, Chris Tordini, Dave King will be in residence this Thursday-Saturday
Aug 1-3 at the Cornelia St Cafe, in NYC; and August 9th and 10th at the Dakota in Minneapolis!
This trio also performing October 13th in Seattle at the Cornish School, part of the Earshot Festival. We will not be covering Joe Henderson. Though we love and respect Joe Henderson very much.
This trio will also be touring Europe late May 2014, contact gluch @ vtxmail.ch for booking info.
thursday 7:00 drummer Dave King & saxophonist Chris Speed; friday 8:45 Endangered Blood (w/ Formanek) record release for "Work Your Magic" and more all at The Sound It Out 1st Anniversary Hot House Festival & Fundraiser for Greenwich House Music School, July 18-21 $20 per night; all profits go to Greenwich House Music School
It's official, new Speed trio with Dave King (drummer for the Bad Plus) and Chris Tordini (Brooklyn's bassist extraordinaire) active this August 1-3 at the Cornelia St Cafe, and August 9th and 10th at the Dakota in Minneapolis, plus we're recording to tape at the Terrarium, which is conveniently located right across the street from Brassa!
Then, October 13th in Seattle at the Cornish School, part of the Earshot Festival,
and touring Europe late May 2014, contact for more info!
Sonny's intro to Three Little Words seems to be a play on the turnaround he uses for the end of the chorus', most of the minor blues Coltrane wrote sound inspired by Dizzy's Birks' Works and according to Ornette (from Ornette On Tenor), "The Tenor's got that thing, that honk, you can get to people with it. Sometimes you can be playing that tenor and I'm telling you, the people want to jump across the rail. Especially that D flat blues. You can really reach their souls with that D Flat blues...A funny thing is the last time I played tenor they took it from me and threw it off a hill. I was in this place in Baton Rouge playing with this blues singer and this guy came up to me and told me there were some people outside that wanted to meet me. I went out there and these cats were big. They said 'goddamit we don't like musicians' and started beating my ass. But I tried to protect my face with the case, and they pried my arms apart and one of them took my horn and threw it off the hill just like you throw a bottle on some rocks. It didn't have anything to do with me or my music."
gotta love Ornette. god bless Ornette Coleman. Give praise to Ornette Coleman.
John Hollenbeck is consistent in keeping the Claudias busy, just finished round two of rehearsing and recording his latest batch of (the month of September inspired) tunes at maestro Taub's that apparently has to be out in September. We will be playing the music from "Royal Toast" Thursday June 13th in Park Slope at the Bklyn Conservatory.
June 6th 10pm at Barbés I'll be playing a fraction of the oeuvre known as "The Music of Duke Ellington" with Ben Perowsky and Brad Shepik. Which will be fun as long as I don't overthink what a heavy choice it is to play a show dedicated to the music of the greatest American Composer ... Who... Ever... Lived.. ehh.
The long awaited Midnight Lilacs is finally available, on vinyl. I think this is the first vinyl I've appeared on more then one track on. With Zeno De Rossi, Danilo Gallo and Marc Ribot!
rainy saturday, may 18th, with Jim and Hilmar having lunch outside the Nice train station, quick flashback to playing anthony coleman's score to á propo de nice by jean vigo ah, la knitting factory. last gig tonight with the 'alasnoaxis plays tyft' tour in genova, having survived the 17 hour 5 trains per day travel and totally killing it! and thanks to everyone who made it out to our shows and a big thanks to sound master oskar gudjonsson for letting play his mouthpieces! may 21 - forgot to mention we saw pharoah sanders sitting in the venice airport and (in spite of starstruckness) said hi and blabbered something about how much I love his music. important to thank the cats that inspired you. and, finished this trip with a duo concert with zeno de rossi in brescia @ circolo quid and then we made some music at allesandro's (guitarist of guano padano) studio in nave (brescia), where he and elisanna were wonderful hosts, peaches with marscapone hello? not a bad way to end two weeks on the road. car, train, bus, two flights tomorrow back to brooklyn. figured out the coda to round midnight is basically the bridge. huh.
last days of crazy april spent rehearsing/performing/recording with the Claudia Quintet, followed by a trip to Minneapolis to play with Junk Magic as part of Craig Taborn's Heroic Frenzies at the Walker Museum (admittedly the nicest venue in America i've experienced), followed by Endangered Blood's unofficial record release show at Cornelia St., thanks to all who showed up, you are so appreciated! oh, and Don Piper invited me to play on a couple tunes at his recording session at Taubs yesterday, what a super sweet band! AlasNoAxis will be touring our new record Antiheroes next week, and i'm charmed to get to catch up with Skuli and Hilmar during our 17 hour travel days.
*Reunion shows with Trio Iffy and the Ben Perowsky Trio,April 11 in Kingston NY, and April 12 at Shapeshifter (Gowanus) Brooklyn!*
uh.. in about 16 hours i'm going to perform a reduction/deconstuction of Mahler's 6 symphony in Lille France at the Auditorium du Nouveau Siècle with the Uri Caine ensemble w Jim Black, Joyce Hammond, John Hebért and Ralph Alessi. In the interim listening to Hüsker Dü - so good!
Playing duo with Dave King this Wednesday April 3rd at Barbes Brooklyn, 8pm!
Midnight Lilacs in Italy this week.. Verona the 27th Centro Sportivo and in Ferrara on the 29th at Torrione! New recording with Marc Ribot available this week!
chris speed dave king chris tordini play cornelia st. cafe nyc this thursday mar 21, 9 and 10:30.
also april 3 at barbes brooklyn speed and king play duo, 8pm!