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.
well, it’s snowing in nyc, but technically it’s spring, so this blog is coming out of hibernation. here are a few things i missed this winter:
I had the great joy of working with Hannah Epperson again on her new album, slowdown. just like on her last one, she recorded the same 5 songs twice: the first half, ‘Amelia’, is more electronically produced (brilliantly done by Stint), the second side, ‘Iris’, is more stripped down and acoustic. for this album, she recorded the Iris side alone in my apartment while I was out of town, then I mixed it in a bleary-eyed week last november. I’m really in love with this music.
Secret Sibling is a solo project by one of my favorite people/musicians, Michael Sachs. I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for the music this guy makes, it’s been a major inspiration in my life the last few years. so, you can imagine my excitement that I got to mix this beautiful album! (other than two songs)
I did a remix for baritone saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson. I’ve heard jonah play in many contexts over the years, from his acoustic solo saxophone shows to horn section duties in bands like Zongo Junction and Landlady. for this remix i thought it would be fun to build a ‘band’ around his solo music, sort of drawing a line between the different kinds of music he’s involved in. i wrote the lyrics just kind of riffing on his title of the song. it premiered on thrd coast last week.
I played trumpet on this new Pema song!
last year I got to produce a few songs for dreamy brass boy band Lucky Chops. I’ve known these guys a long time and it was incredibly fun to hang in the studio with them for a few days. they’re using this first track from our collaboration to promote their fundraising campaign for a new album, check that out here! they also released this wild animation video for it today:
thanks for reading!
Some new Westerlies live videos are out from the Seattle Channel show ArtZone with Nancy Guppy. We performed A Nearer Sun and So So Shy in studio.
Over the last two weeks we’ve had the great honor of playing a few shows with Fleet Foxes, who’s album we recorded on last year. Our involvement in the performance has grown over these dates: in addition to playing section parts throughout the show, we’re now opening the set with A Nearer Sun and an arrangement of the opening track of their album. We’re flying west to play the Outside Lands festival with them in San Francisco this Friday.
Also i just made myself a new twig website! I finished a new album and am cooking up some release plans, much more to come on that. Had a fun live band show last week with a familiar horn section…
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,
A few things just came out on YouTube:
The Westerlies Tiny Desk concert
A trailer for the new Half Waif EP, which I mixed and did some other production work on
This video of legs and plants, along with a twig twig song (on Indie Shuffle’s new channel)
this is a live in studio twig twig performance, featuring dance choreographed by Magdalyn Segale for herself and Madelyn Eltringham. really pleased with how this turned out! big thanks to thrdcoast for the cool series.
two other new pieces of twig press have come out – the great Tom Johnson at GoldFlakePaint wrote a super thoughtful and friendly piece, and IndieShuffle wrote a somewhat bizarre but awesome review that is actually just a collection of definitions of the word twig.
Oh! and i forgot to post this twig track I did in collaboration with PDX buddy Barra Brown. He wrote some sheet music and asked different people to write lyrics and record a version. There’s a write up here on nextnorthwest.com, track below.