SPYING will be on making a short road trip this month:
November 10 @ Muchmore’s in Brooklyn NY
November 11 @ News Cafe in Pawtucket RI
November 12 @ Asbestos Farm in Hadley MA
…and then on November 17, my trio with Johnny DeBlase and Kevin Shea will be performing at Terra Firma in Brooklyn NY. This is currently my last show on the books for 2016. The last few weeks of the year will be spent on working on new recordings, including the debut SPYING album and other collaborations.
Here are some recent videos from collaborative improvisational sets:
SPYING featuring myself on guitar, effects + loops, compositions / Sammy Wags on drums + percussion. We will have our new 2016 tour demo for sale on cassette and CD-R, along with a bunch of my other recordings. Dates below:
7/12 @ Alphaville in Brooklyn NY
7/13 @ The Dev in Utica NY
7/14 @ Buzzbin in Canton OH
7/15 @ Spread Art in Detroit MI
7/16 @ Cafe Mustache in Chicago IL
7/17 @ The Well in South Bend IN
7/18 @ Al’s Bar in Lexington KY
7/19 @ Urban Artifact in Cincinnati OH
7/20 @ It Looks Like It’s Open in Columbus OH
7/21 @ House Show in Pittsburgh PA
7/22 @ My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in New Paltz NY
Hannibal Montana new LP titled “This makes me wish I didn’t wish I were dead” is scheduled for release on 4/22. We will be performing in NYC and Mass, check upcoming shows for details!
Also, very excited for the debut of new music by my new band with Johnny DeBlase (bass) and Kevin Shea (drums) on my birthday, April 28th @ Muchmore’s in Brooklyn and an upcoming album of live improvisations with G. Calvin Weston (release TBA)
On February 14th, I will release a new album via Focus Grill – my new “label” for cassette/digital releases. Sick Sad World is a collection of organized improvisations and slight compositions, inspired by the show within a show of the same name from the animated series Daria. My style of guitar playing has grown increasingly more inspired by animation over the years in several ways: texturally, rhythmically, structurally, et cetera. This project is an examination of how pop culture of the past can influence an artist’s present and future creative output, as well how they experience the world. The concept is simultaneously dark & serious and ludicrous & playful, a dichotomy echoed in the music itself. I am releasing a series of videos for the album, check out the first two here:
In support of this new release, I will be going on a short tour in mid-February (NY, PA, MD, DC, VA) including a very special TAPE RELEASE show back at Muchmore’s on February 16th from 7-9pm, which will feature a screening of animated films by my good friend and collaborator Ken Siu. I will perform solo guitar, mostly improvised, with video projections utilizing clips from Daria, as well as some original content. This is going to be a very fun night, mark your calendars!
New, very well put together video courtesy of the fine folks at Mother Brother Studios (part of their Salon Sessions video series). I perform my solo guitar composition “Flash Cards” sandwiched between two more ambient improvisations.
…and I am proud to say my album with the great drummer Grant Calvin Weston is now available on CD @ http://www.577records.com and mp3 via various digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon, et cetera). In an early review of the album, the NYC Jazz Record says, of my guitar playing:
“…steel guitar-like licks move with the simplicity of updated Santana and McLaughlin…he applies [his effects collection] with an artist’s, not a house-painter’s strokes.”
Full-length album “Flying Kites” coming out in December, courtesy of 577 Records! We will be celebrating this release by performing at the 577 Forward Festival in Brooklyn NY on December 13th. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.577records.com
We will also be performing at Quinn’s in Beacon NY on December 17th
About this release:
“A collection of live sounds recorded while on tour. As usual, attempting to create sonic environments in which to lay one’s head. Part of a continual effort to connect modernity to nature and the infinite.”
In the spirit of continuing to release a ridiculous amount of music this year with little to no regard for promotional aspects, here is a compilation of live improvisations recorded by some good samaritans while I was on tour in Maryland & DC. It is super cheap to download and I made one track free (in case you don’t think I deserve any money but still want sounds on your device). It is also available on cassette for $5 plus shipping! I am unsure how many copies I will be making, so grab em while you can. Also, “textures+surfaces” is now available on cassette!