hello, i have a few things to share:
first, some news – i’ve decided to leave the westerlies to focus more on my recording work and personal music. it’s been a beautiful 6.5 years with these boys, looking forward to playing two last shows with them in the pacific northwest: 5/23 in Seattle at The Royal Room and 5/27 in Twisp, WA at the Merc Playhouse.
i released a new album under my solo project name ‘twig twig’. you can check it out on bandcamp below or on the streams here.
i got to score a new 14 minute short film by the brilliant Andrew Ellis. in his words it is: A haunting short about inmates in the Arizona state-prison system working to break wild horses as they prepare for their own release.
i had the privilege of scoring two short documentaries about grant winners of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards. on these scores i had the chance to collaborate with a few wonderful musicians: on the Kiran Bir Sethi film I worked with vocalist Shilpa Ananth, for the Linah Khalifeh one I worked with oud-ist Hadi Eldebek and percussionist Ramzi Edlibi. these films were both directed and edited by the fantastic Riley Hooper!
last year i recorded and mixed a few beautiful pieces my pal Ian Davis wrote for cello and guitar. happy this music is finally out in the world : )
I also got to do some mastering for a great new album by Crown Jewel. I haven’t done much mastering, but this was very fun…got to really blow the top off these crunchy jams.
the first single is out from an album I produced/recorded for swedish singer Clara Strauch. it’s called weeds and i played a bunch of instruments on it and her album art is cool!
jamie reynolds is a jazz pianist from toronto. last year he contacted the westerlies with an interesting project proposal: he was making an album with his band and he wanted us to arrange brass quartet versions of a few of the songs, to be recorded and interspersed throughout the record. we said yes, we did it, it was fun, the tracks turned out nice, and now the album is out! on a personal note, there are very few recordings on the internet of me improvising on the trumpet, but i did it on a track on this album called ‘Lake Cycle’.
i have a little song in this Neil Patrick Harris-narrated promo video for the +Pool (a floating swimming pool that will eventually be in the east river). it was directed by superfriend bianca gaiever and, as usual, she did a great job. my song is the one that starts at 6:36ish and goes til like 7:39.
bunch of fun shows coming up in the next month:
8/29 – twig twig @ threes brewing (brooklyn, NY) w/ live band (2 clarinets and a bass)
9/18 – westerlies @ threes brewing (brooklyn, NY)
9/23 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ hollywood bowl (Los Angeles, CA)
9/24 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ comerica theatre (Phoenix, AZ)
9/25 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ santa fe opera (Santa Fe, NM)
9/27 – westerlies w/ Fleet Foxes @ red rocks amphitheatre (Morrison, CO)
Hey summer funners, two new things are out:
I’m very honored to have played some trumpet on the new fleet foxes album with the rest of the westerlies. We’re on a few tracks throughout the album, but our big moment is on the last track – the album closes out with just Robin and us for a few minutes. Also psyched that many of our NYC buds took part on the album: Hannah Epperson played a bunch of violin throughout, Jon Seale/Mason Jar Music organized a string section, and Gabriel Gall did some arrangements. Seattle and NYC collision!
And, this is a short film I scored about a blind woman who learned to swim at the age of 49. It was directed by the Very Brilliant Riley Hooper, check out some of her other wonderful work.
If you’re in NYC – The Westerlies are doing a show at Joe’s Pub on July 9 with some amazing friends: Theo Bleckman, Kate Davis, Vuyo Sotashe, Samorah Pinderhughes, Sarah Kay, and Phil Kaye. Yowza.
well, it’s 2017. in those brief moments when i can pull my head out of the garbage pail, i remind myself how eternally grateful i am to be involved in positive/beautiful work with brilliant collaborators.
i made the music/recorded the VO/mixed the sound for this little video from Joyce Ho and Breeder. it’s a setting of a poem by Kahlil Gibran.
here’s the first single from Half Waif’s new album ‘form/a’. i had the great pleasure of mixing/co-producing the project; on this song i also played prepared piano, bass, and did some drum programming. so excited about this music, check out Nandi’s full interview at stereogum here if you want to be bowled over by her honesty and brilliance.
and, forgot to post about these, but twig twig got a few ‘best of 2016’ shoutouts. one from Indie Shuffle and one from Elevtrtrax and one from What The Sound. deeply appreciate what these publications are doing for independent music.
also, in 2016 news, the Mime documentary I scored made a best of The New Yorker list. some really cool other work on this list.
some fun projects coming up in the next month: westerlies are headed to New Orleans next week to begin our year-long residency in the nearby town of Kenner; i’m producing recordings for Lucky Chops Brass Band, Clara Strauch, and Iris Lune; a new twig twig EP is nearly finished…
i love you,
This short doc I scored for The New Yorker is now out on Vimeo and it’s a staff pick!
Some upcoming NYC shows:
9/10: The Westerlies @ LPR w/ Patrick Zimmerly-Ethan Iverson-Chris Tordini-John Hollenbeck
9/12: A New Band at Muchmore’s w/ Ryan Beckley, Willem de Koch, Sara Lucas
9/16: The Westerlies @ You Get a Spoon (an Oprah style give-away/comedy show)
9/18: twig twig @ Footlight (it’s the owner’s birthday and fun times will be had)
Really excited about the aforementioned ‘New Band’. This is a new project with three of my closest music/life buddies: Raphael Peterson, Jason Burger, and Ian Davis. We haven’t actually played together yet, but I really think it’s gonna be great.
I did sound design and music for this new Google spot, directed by the brilliant Bianca Giaever. So much fun. Made many of these noises with my mouth.
Also, check out this nice interview Nandi did with the Village Voice! Touches a little bit on the album we made together last year. Been working on a new EP with her the last few weeks, can’t wait to put it in ears.
And also, somehow, The Westerlies new single hit #5 on Spotify’s ‘US Viral 50’ chart this week. Very weird and cool.
I scored this 5 minute film on the World’s Oldest Mime for the New Yorker, directed by Riley Hooper and Noah Wagner. This was really fun, got to play some trumpet and some piano and even a little touch of accordion…
Also, a Half Waif track I produced was featured on last week’s All Songs Considered playlist. Go Waifs!
And, if you’re in NYC, The Westerlies are playing a free show in Bryant Park at 5 o’clock today. And twig twig is playing tomorrow night in Bed-Stuy at C’mon Everybody.
Ok, cya later, have a nice weekend.