Sep20

Beyond Group

Downtown Music Gallery, 13 Monroe St, New York, NY 10009

Remembering the great harmolodicist and singular improviser and musician, Bern Nix.

Cheryl Pyle - C flute, alto flute, piccolo Michael Eaton- tenor saxophone Haruna Fukazawa - C flute Gene Coleman - bass flute, piccolo Claire de Brunner - bassoon

I am very excited to debut a new twelve movement suite of music, Stygian Gates (a deliberate pun on a John Adams work, yes) for nonet this Saturday at Scholes Street!  This piece will feature various friends and colleagues who I have played with over the years, and it has a marked twelve tone influence that I did my best to incorporate and develop. The inspiration was John Coltrane's "Meditations" suite, but instead inverted to a dark version (as in, a dark night of the soul or a phase of individuation) with themes drawn from Greek myth and alchemy.

I am very excited to debut a new twelve movement suite of music, Stygian Gates (a deliberate pun on a John Adams work, yes) for nonet this Saturday at Scholes Street! This piece will feature various friends and colleagues who I have played with over the years, and it has a marked twelve tone influence that I did my best to incorporate and develop. The inspiration was John Coltrane's "Meditations" suite, but instead inverted to a dark version (as in, a dark night of the soul or a phase of individuation) with themes drawn from Greek myth and alchemy.

Ghost Tantras review from Foxy Digitalis

It's gratifying for Ghost Tantras to receive some love from Brad Rose's Foxy Digitalis.  Kyle Quass and I first played in some capacity in 2006, and Brad Rose discerns the connection that 16+ years has produced.  The album is available now at motherbrainrecordskc.bandcamp.com.

It's gratifying for Ghost Tantras to receive some love from Brad Rose's Foxy Digitalis. Kyle Quass and I first played in some capacity in 2006, and Brad Rose discerns the connection that 16+ years has produced. The album is available now at motherbrainrecordskc.bandcamp.com.

Out now! Paraphrase, on Steeplechase Records

Steeplechase Records has released "Paraphrase", a duo recording with me and pianist Nicki Adams, for its LookOut series on Tuesday, March 15.  Our piano/saxophone duo originated as an online project during the Covid interim/lockdown of summer 2020.  In 2021, Nicki and I went into the studio to record a handful of original tunes and arrangements of music by Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Tim Hagans, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.  I contributed "Blues for Bern" and a new composition, "Phenomenology".  Later on, Nicki took the album cover shot at New York City's North 5th Street Pier and Park on the East River, and I wrote the liner notes.  Paraphrase will be available through major distributors of CDs as well as streaming services such as Apple Music.  A sincere thanks to Nils Winther for publishing Paraphrase.  Steeplechase has a long history of recording seminal jazz artists like Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, Ben Webster, Eddie Harris, and many others.  I have long enjoyed recordings by Dave Scott, Rich Perry, George Colligan, Ari Ambrose, Rick Margitza, Scott Colley, and other contemporary jazz musicians.

Steeplechase Records has released "Paraphrase", a duo recording with me and pianist Nicki Adams, for its LookOut series on Tuesday, March 15. Our piano/saxophone duo originated as an online project during the Covid interim/lockdown of summer 2020. In 2021, Nicki and I went into the studio to record a handful of original tunes and arrangements of music by Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Tim Hagans, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. I contributed "Blues for Bern" and a new composition, "Phenomenology". Later on, Nicki took the album cover shot at New York City's North 5th Street Pier and Park on the East River, and I wrote the liner notes. Paraphrase will be available through major distributors of CDs as well as streaming services such as Apple Music. A sincere thanks to Nils Winther for publishing Paraphrase. Steeplechase has a long history of recording seminal jazz artists like Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, Ben Webster, Eddie Harris, and many others. I have long enjoyed recordings by Dave Scott, Rich Perry, George Colligan, Ari Ambrose, Rick Margitza, Scott Colley, and other contemporary jazz musicians.

Coming April 1 to Mother Brain Records: Ghost Tantras

Art and design by Heather Basile.

Art and design by Heather Basile.

On April, Mother Brain Records releases Ghost Tantras, a digital and CD release with eight tracks of quartet studio improvisations named for the 1964 book of poems by Michael McClure. 

Mother Brain Records is a Kansas City, Missouri- based label formed to promote music from and creative connections between improvisers, composers, and sound artists in the Midwest and beyond. The label embraces a broad-minded aesthetic while focusing on free improvised, new music, experimental, electronic, and hybrid genres.

Personnel:

Seth Andrew Davis - electric guitar, laptop and electronics

Michael Eaton - tenor saxophones

Damon Smith - double bass

Kyle Quass - trumpet

Upcoming gig: Kansas City, April 20, Charlotte Street Foundation

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