king/tordini mixes are in!
king/tordini mixes are in!
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...
Small places notice - Just performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Mr. Craig Taborn along with King and Chris Lightcap. I think I saw Clint. Played next to a farfisa. And raided Dave Holland's backstage wine.
Just received my vinyl copy of Midnight Lilacs in the mail, copy 124 of a 300 print run, released on Tannen Records (Verona, Italy). This is the first vinyl that I'm on (besides a guest spot on Guano Padano's 2, on Ipecac/Tannen) and is a collaboration with my old pal Zeno DeRossi (drums, modeling below) and newer pal Danilo Gallo (bass), and features the amazing Marc Ribot. Highly recommended (if you have a turntable)!
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!
Work Your Magic tour is on, Feb 23 Saalfelden @ Nexus, 24 Linz @ Galerie Maerz, 25 Vienna @ Porgy & Bess, 26 Zurich @ Moods, 27 Bern @ PROGR, 28 Garmisch-Partenkirchen(D), Mar 1 Ferrara @ Jazzclub, 2 Glarus(CH) @ Stadtkeller, 3 Forli @ Jazzclub, 4 Bolzano @ Teatro Carambolage, 5 Llubljana @ Cankarjev, 7 Barcelona @ La Jazz Cava. New record Work Your Magic! Formanek covering for Dunn! Alps will be crossed 3x in 3 days...
Order our new recording 'Work Your Magic' here, we'll be shipping mid-March
Endangered Blood - Work Your Magic (Skirl)
Curtis Hasselbring's Numbers Stations w Ches Smith, Trevor Dunn, Mary Halvorson, Satoshi Takieshi, Matt Moran, Chris Speed record release party Feb 10th at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn.
Alas No Axis - Antiheroes (Winter&Winter) recorded last September in Reykjavik, out in May, touring Europe May 7-19
Dave King Trucking Co. "Adopted Highway" - recorded last November in Minneapolis
Uri Caine Ensemble plays Gershwin (Winter&Winter) - also on vinyl! includes intro!
LAMA + Chris Speed Lamaçal (Clean Feed) sweet trio from Portugal, they invited me to guest with them, record release April 7th in Lisbon
Simone Graziano's quintet recording Frontal with David Binney, Gabriele Evangelista, Stefano Tamborrino and Speed on Auand Records, May 2013
New Mikado Lab! with Marko Franco, Ana Araújo and Pedro Gonçalves record release tba
New recordings I made a while back in Denmark with Jakob Anderskov and Mark Solborg respectively are now out and available on the ilk label.
in September Alasnoaxis played the Reykjavik Jazzfest then recorded at the swimming pool studio that Sigur Ros built; Jim is currently mixing with Ron St Germain, sounds f&^% insane and should be out in time for our bunch of shows this May!
Later in September I was invited to Portugal to record with LAMA for Trem Azul/Cleanfeed, it can be a challenge to crash into a great working band as a guest, but they were down and super fun. While there i visited Marco Franco who was mixing the latest Mikado Lab recording that I recorded with them a while ago, Marco is an amazing composer, drummer and a great spirit, this trip he turned me on to some wonderful recordings of Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mingus playing solo piano and this gem.
I was super excited and nervous to be part of Uri Caine's Moonsongs project in October. I thought it was going to be a Pierre Lunnaire deconstruct, (and borrowed Anthony Burr's old A clarinet to crash course the original) but apparently the Schoenberg estate was having nothing of that, so Uri wrote a whole new score to the poetry of Albert Girauds. We premiered it in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Hello?
I've been writing music this fall and everything I come up recently seems to involve various groups of 3/8.