The following projects are, unfortunately, of the past. They
were formed during my time at the Eastman School of Music.
threecital is the name of my senior recital that occurred on
February 26, 2002 (my birthday!). I was so fortunate to be able
to play with some of the best musicians I have ever known. Here
is the full list: Malcolm Kirby, Ted Poor, Ryan Ferreira, Red
Wierenga, Nathan Heleine, Chris Wicks, Lynn Ligammari, Jose
Encarnacion, Josh Rutner, Dan Pierce, James Hirschfeld, Mike
Williams, Mike Dowden, Mark Bobnick, Jason Price, Eli Asher,
Andre Canniere, and (lastly and leastly) Evan Drummond. We played
compositions by myself (check out scores),
Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Ralph Alessi, and Herbie Nichols.
Someday I may give the threecital its own page and fully explain
the title, but not today.
The Respect Sextet consists of (left to right in image): Steve "Red" Wierenga (piano,
accordian, melodica, misc.),
Josh Rutner (tenor
saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, melodica, misc.), James
Hirschfeld (trombone), Malcolm Kirby (bass), Garrett
Michaelsen (trumpet, flugelhorn), and Ted Poor (drums, pots,
pans, other percussive things). This group has been performing
every Wednesday night at a local Rochester coffee shop, Java's,
since September 2001 and still does. Eli Asher (see GBA below)
is my more than capable replacement. In addition to compositions
by various members of the group, Respect also plays the works
other composers, many of which are underrepresented and grossly
unappreciated. These composers include Misha Mengelberg, Herbie
Nichols (see recording in sounds),
Richard Twardzik, Albert Ayler, Tim Berne, and more. A recent
project put on by the group was a concert of exclusively the
music of Misha Mengelberg. Respect has self-released two
CDs, Respect and Respectacle.
GBA: God Bless America
Starting in the fall of 2000, three trumpet players got together
for the sake of our country, before such a thing was in vogue.
They meant to liberate all the oppressed peoples of the world
by liberating the sounds on their instruments. GBA consists
of Eli Asher, Jason Price, and myself. Even though the group
has been an entity for about a year and a half, they made
performance debut at my threecital in February. The group improvises
and performs music by myself, Eli Asher, and others, including
Charles Mingus and Elliott Carter. Concentric Circles (see scores
and sounds) was written
for this group in February of 2000. Finding new ways to abuse
lips while improvising is paramount to this group. Other
performances include Eli Asher's senior recital and
a concert of "galactic space" at Christ's Church.