Banned 7 Video, twig twig on the clouds

This little NowThis News video came out a few days ago, it features footage from our recent Banned 7 show at LPR.

Also, my twig twig music is now on Spotify, iTunes, whatever stream you choose.

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The Banned 7, Democracy Now, Lavender Dawn

Over the last couple weeks I’ve helped Hadi Eldebek organize a benefit performance featuring music and musicians from the seven recently banned countries. I’m thrilled to say that this show will be happening on February 21 at Le Poisson Rouge and I’ll be humbly accompanying some unbelievable musicians from around the world. Facebook event here, poster below.

Banned 7 poster.jpg

Last monday we had the great surprise to hear one of the new Half Waif singles featured in a Democracy Now episode! This was very emotional for me…Amy Goodman is such a beacon of light in these sometimes overwhelmingly dark times and to hear music I helped create serving her show in some way is just about one of the highest honors I’ve ever felt. Whew. If you want to see, it’s at 44:30 below.

https://www.democracynow.org/embed/show/2017/2/7

And, I forgot to post this when it came out, but I contributed some trumpet playing to this beautiful lullaby Hank Midnight wrote for his niece.

Half Waif on NPR

The second Half Waif single is out on NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’! Check out the track below and the wonderful write up/interview here.

I had the privilege of serving as mixer and co-producer for this album. On this track I also played synth bass, some keyboard, some piano, and programmed extra percussion.

Heading to New Orleans with The Westerlies today, we’re playing a few shows in nearby Kenner this weekend. Next NYC show is February 13th at Rockwood Music Hall.

2017 vroom vroom

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,

z

twig live video/press/track, westerlies airwaves

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.

In Westernews, there are two radio programs circulating that stem from an in-studio interview/performance we did in Minneapolis last month. Check them out on classicalmpr and Performance Today.

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.

 

twig twig – 1’s and 2’s, Westerlies tiny desk

i just released a new EP for my solo project ‘twig twig’. ElevtrTrax premiered the EP and wrote some beautiful words about the project. In addition to giving me the genre ‘seashell-toned electronica’, which is pretty rad, they said ‘If Normal Feelings interrupted the lack of Human-driven electronica, 1’s and 2’s I hope shines some light on a talented individual, who’s curiosity and zest for music & sound, speak to deeper elements within us.’ Very friendly.

And, The Westerlies tiny desk concert is out! Such an honor to perform on a stage where so much sonic magic has been made. I don’t seem to be able to embed it, click here to watch the full episode.

In other Westerlies news, we just finished our tour with big time trumpet hero Dave Douglas. This new band is us, Dave, and brilliant Philly-based drummer Anwar Marshall. I’m excited to announce that we’ll be recording this new music in December!