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________________________________________________________________________My next CD, VOICE, will be released by Innova Records on January 29, 2016. VOICE is comprised of two sets, Lifelines and Words of Our Own. Lifelines features Deanna Relyea (voice) and Piotr Michalowski (sopranino sax/bass clarinet) with my EDGE quartet: Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet/flugelhorn), Andrew Drury (drum set), Ken Filiano (string bass) and myself (composer/violin). Words of Our Own features Tom Buckner (voice), Joe McPhee (tenor sax/pocket trumpet), William Parker (string bass), Sang Won Park (kayagum/ajeng) and myself (composer/viola). We perform the poetry of Lester Afflick, Patricia Spears Jones, Davida Singer, Fay Chiang, Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo. Here is our first review in Italy's Music Zoom.It is a music full of emotions, which transcend those that are the traditional techniques, what matters here is improvisation, the inspiration of the moment, exercised collectively. The two songs are developed otherwise, for the diversity of formations and equipment, but the spirit that animates them is the same. The poems are contained in the booklet, so that you can read them in their strength, as well as listen. There is so much energy and passion to spread the album with solos of all participants, including important names of the vanguard, a Joe McPhee is rewriting with all altri.Si also celebrated poets of course, the late Lester Afflick , an integral part of this project, whose texts collected in the posthumous I Dream About You Baby are here declaimed. It requires careful listening to these sounds unusual, the energy that emerges from the strings of the leader and his sidemen is something unusual but fascinating.
- Vittorio Lo Conte, Music Zoom
The BBC has broadcasted two of my compositions performed by Sing House at the recent Vision Festival in NYC
Sing House, my quintet with Andrew Drury (drums), Ken Filiano (string bass), Chris Forbes (piano), Steve Swell (trombone) and myself (composer/ violin/ viola), had a great gig at Vision Festival 20. We recently completed the recording of our first CD, to be released in 2016. Info
Amygdala, with Rami Seo (gayageum), Michael Wimberly (djembe/ precision) and myself (composer/ violin/ viola), had a great gig at the Aljira in Newark, NJ. Our thanks to Oliver Lake for presenting us there.
The music is moving forward.
My students of Sound Image, a sound design course that I teach at NYU's Undergrad Department of Film and TV, created some great final projects!
________________________________________________________________________Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion, a superb show produced by the NY Historical Society, had a great run in NYC this past spring. It will re-open at the Oregon Historical Society in January, 2016. I was honored to have scored music for the concluding video exhibit. There is also an exhibit with 8mm films of my family. Info
________________________________________________________________________ I enjoyed my annual lecture at the Queens College Summer Youth Program. Kids are accepted on a competitive basis, so they are highly motivated and sharp.
________________________________________________________________________My students of Sound Image, a sound design course that I teach at NYU's Undergrad Department of Film and TV, created some great final projects!
Zilzal, my duos with Ayman Fanouse (guitar/ bazooka), was selected as one of the Top CDs of 2014 by All About Jazz in Italy. Zilzal was also voted into the second round of the Grammy Awards.