Spring and summer whirlwind news...
Bruno Duplant and Pedro Chambel's wonderful Rhizome.s label released Performance, Dominic Lash's newest collaborative recording, for which he and I recorded James Saunders's overlay (1) / overlay (2). The record is available for streaming and download via the label's bandcamp page.
I had the good fortune to perform with Anthony Braxton, as part of his 10+1 Ensemble, on April 1 at the 2016 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. This gem of a festival has an amazingly deep and varied take on creative music and art, and our performance was a highlight of the week for the Guardian and the New York Times, among others.
Two attempts at projects bridging improvised performance and installation: D. Edward Davis and I contributed sound in collaboration with video artist Lisa McCarty for Interlude, an April festival sponsored by the Black Mountain College Museum in Asheville, NC. As a guest of Boston stalwarts Non-Event and the annual Together Boston Festival, I got the chance to use the steam pump engines of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum as a personal playground, placing snare drums underground and four stories up the metal structures for our May performance.
Summer teaching: it is one of the privileges of my life to be a member of the family for the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, which just wrapped up at the Enfield Shaker Museum in New Hampshire. I also visited the nief-norf Summer Festival as a guest faculty member.
One more summer event: John Luther Adams's Inuksuit at Tippet Rise, a new arts center north of Yellowstone in Fishtail, MT. Then time to plan the fall at school and 2016-17 tours...
The University of Alabama Percussion Studio partnered with our hometown heroes Sonic Frontiers to host Greg Stuart, who worked with our students in bringing to life Michael Pisaro's Hearing Metal on April 17. Our spring concert featured work by composer Ken Ueno, who will be our guest on April 24. In the fall, a UA quartet will present Nicolaus Huber's Herbstfestival as part of the Focus Day festivities at the 2016 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, held this year in Indianapolis, IN.
Samples of our recent work are available here.
News about other concerts and events involving the percussion studio at the University of Alabama forthcoming.