With Jon Hassell, 1982

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I just uploaded an old cassette recording I made during a live performance in which I played with the Jon Hassell Performance Group in Avingnon, France, in June of 1982. Jon Hassell on trumpet, Michael Brook doing live processing/sampling and kalimba, JA Dino Dean on slit drum and percussion, and me on udu (clay pot drum) […]

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Louie CK & Experimental Music

Monday, April 7, 2014

I’ve been teaching a music laptop class at Bard College for the last five years. It’s a hybrid composition/ tech class built around Ableton Live. The last two semesters I’ve been telling this Louie CK story on the first day to help the students understand what I want from them in class. It’s hard to […]

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5049 Podcast

Monday, March 31, 2014

It’s out! Perhaps you are here because of it. In honor of it’s release I redid my discography page. What is it? Jeremiah Cymerman‘s podcast interview with me. It’s good. We actually talk a bit about music. Check it out here. All his podcasts are really interesting and well worth following and supporting. Thanks, Jeremiah!

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Electronic-Acoustic-Electronic

Friday, March 28, 2014

Here’s a short blurb I just wrote at the request of Hans Tammen, who’s Dark Circuits festival I’ll be featured in this coming June. “After studying electronic music in high school and college, I decided to use the same principles in acoustic music, limiting my material to only glass objects. The concepts of “carriers” and […]

Robert Ashley, 1930-2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This was my facebook post the day after I heard of Bob passing, plus I’ve added some other remembrances: Okay. The shock is wearing off. I first saw Bob Ashley when I was 17. At The Kitchen. It was the most bewildering thing I’d ever seen. He sat at a table with two friends, talking […]

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OKTOPHONIE Swirls

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I went to see Karlheinz Stockhausen’s (1928-2007) OKTOPHONIE last Tuesday at The Armory here in NY. This turned out to be an appropriate night to go, seeing that this piece is part of his opera about Tuesday, Dienatag (yes, “Tuesday”), which itself is a section of his mega-opus LICHT (“Light”), which examines the mythological aspects of […]

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Glass Knowledge

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I’m always surprised when I realize I have a knowledge set that not many other folks have. A percussionist friend of mine, Dave Shively from Either/Or Ensemble, emailed me yesterday asking about low pitched glass bowls. Here is my reply. =-=-=-=-=-=-= Hi Dave! You’ve come to the right place. Those are actually reasonable pitches for […]

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The Stone, Sept 1-14, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

As many of you know, The Stone is THE space for experimental, improvised, and “avant-gard” music in Manhattan. John Zorn, the artistic director, chooses who curates the concerts. It started out being a different person each month but for the last while it’s been a different person every two weeks. It just shows what a […]

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John Cage Variety Show

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mode Records presents the John Cage Variety Show, directed by Miguel Frasconi. September 16, 2011, The Stone, NYC. (excerpt) An evening of pieces by John Cage, performed simultaneously and independently. Works include In a Landscape, Music for Amplified Toy Piano, Cheap Imitation, Variations II, Solo for Sliding Trombone, Composed Improvsiation, 45′ for a Speaker, excerpts […]

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Record Store Day

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Today is Record Store Day. I’d go out to a record store if there were any near by. Guess I could go downtown and check out Other Music. I was surprised to see it’s still open. That was probably the last record store I actually visited on a regular basis. Before Tower Records closed, I […]

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