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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.

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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.

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is performing this Sat April 27th at the Cornelia St Cafe NYC, Mike Formanek is covering for Trevor, new tunes are all officially road tested

Our second recording - - Work Your Magic will be available at the show!

 

Trio Iffy

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*Reunion shows with Trio Iffy and the Ben Perowsky Trio,April 11 in Kingston NY, and April 12 at Shapeshifter (Gowanus) Brooklyn!*

 

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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!

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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!

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our next date is April 27th at the Cornelia St Cafe  NYC,  again, Mike Formanek is covering for Trevor, new tunes are officially road tested

Our second recording - Work Your Magic is out!

Feb 16th at the Cornelia St Cafe NYC, new music, Mike Formanek is covering for Trevor..

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

Speed recording out in 2013

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Midnight Lilacs - with Zeno DeRossi, Danillo Gallo, Chris Speed and Mark Ribot out now on vinyl!
live at barbés - delancey waltz     live at barbés - iris 

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

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet 'September'  

 

 

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We recorded in December, right after our two ny shows (dec 14th at the stone nyc, and dec 15th at shapeshifter lab in brooklyn), busy finishing it up in time to have for our Europe tour feb 22 through mar 7th!  dates will posted soon. 


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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 spending time in LA where Leah moved last year, and so I booked a show there on November 6th (not realizing then that it was election day) to play with my old friend from the Boston days Jeff Parker and new friends Devin Hoff and Matt Mayhall, we ate ramen, drank beer, heard the election results, then played some old music of mine at the Blue Whale.
Other exciting times in Nov were a couple of gigs in France with Claudia, and a new recording with Dave King's Trucking Band in Minneapolis at the Terrarium! Recorded and mixed in two days straight to tape old school, and engineered by Jason Orris.

 

I've been writing music this fall and everything I come up recently seems to involve various groups of 3/8.