Month: April 2008

Theater Of War

Theater Of War

Tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival is the premiere of my friends, Adriane Geibel (line producer) and John Walter’s (director) documentary Theater Of War. This is a wonderful documentary about Bertolt Brecht’s play Mother Courage that stars Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and is adapted by Tony Kushner. I had the honour of viewing the film while it was still in it’s preliminary stages and I am very excited to see it in it’s finished form tonight.

Anyone who is free tonight in New York should come and check this film out (if there are tickets left). John is a great film maker with vision and real artistic integrity. Check out his documentary How To Draw A Bunny (a doc about the artist, Ray Johnson) at MOMA next month. MOMA is featuring films with jazz scores and How To Draw A Bunny is scored by the late Max Roach. This was (I think) Max’s final work before he passed away. It’s great and you should all go!

Shades of Jazz on Noir

Shades of Jazz on Noir

This Sunday at Barbes my voice will be on a multimedia performance that will include live improvised music, film and lighting. The film is by Ana Isabel Ordonez and the musicians will be Herb Robertson, Dave Ballou and Matt Darriau. I recorded my voice a few months ago and I have no idea what the final product is. I’ve never attended a show where I’m in the audience and I’m listening to my own voice. Should be interesting for me… If anyone is free, come on down to good ole’ Brooklyn and check it out. Flim noir is so great. Anyone ever checked out Gilda? Too cool.

This Week’s Preview

This Week’s Preview

So I’ve decided to write about shows that I intend to see and/or if I can’t make them, I highly recommend you checking them out.

Monday, April 14th
Eivind Opsvik
Overseas with Tony Malaby, Jacob Sacks, Kenny Wolleson
at Knitting Factory Tap Bar 8 pm $13

If you haven’t checked this band out, you should really go. Eivind’s compositions are beautiful and memorable. All the members of the band are incredible improvisers and spectacular performers. I love this band!

Tuesday to Sunday, April 15th-20th
Bill Frisell 858 Quartet with Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts
at Village Vanguard 9, 11 pm $30

If you have the coin to see Bill Frisell, go and check him out. I haven’t heard this particular ensemble but I usually like anything that Bill Frisell does.

Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
with Erica vonKleist, Ben Kono, Dan Willis, Mike McGinnis, Josh Sinton, Ingrid Jensen, Seneca Black, Tom Goehring, Ryan Keberle, Mike Fahie,
James Hirschfeld, Jen Wharton, Sebastian Noelle, Mike Holober,
Matt Clohesy, Jon Wikan
at the Jazz Gallery 9, 10:30 pm $15

Normally I’m not the biggest fan of big band but Darcy has a cool thing going on and it’s worth checking out. His compositions are modern and relative to the times (if that makes any sense). I admire what Darcy does and his blog is great too. He is as articulate with his words as he is expressive with his music. You won’t regret going to hear his band.

Well that’s what I am going to try and check out this week. I hope to see you there.

Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks Duo’s Imagination Available July 1st, 2008

Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks Duo’s Imagination Available July 1st, 2008

Today is the official announcement of the Yoon Sun Choi/Jacob Sacks Duo’s upcoming release of Imagination. After almost two years of work this recording is finally going to be made public. This was a labor of love and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

The music on this CD is from the composer Joe Raposo. Most of you may not be familiar with his name but you all know his music. Raposo wrote for the great children’s television shows like Sesame Street, The Muppets and The Electric Company. He also wrote musicals, movie scores and much more.

It was a difficult process trying to find which songs to record. We love the famous works like Bein’ Green and Sing. But we loved the songs that were not as well known like Not Much Of A Dog and Blue. We love every track and Jacob and I hope that when you get your hands on this CD you’ll love them too.

Remember that date: July 1st, 2008
Buy the CD!

Yeah Yeah Records Is Now Live!

Yeah Yeah Records Is Now Live!

It is finally here! Our record label Yeah Yeah Records is now up and running. Below is an excerpt from our mission statement and business plan. If you want to read the full scoop, please visit the website.

We want to build a place that jazz fans, new or old, can come to in order to browse, listen and discuss the kind of music we love to play. We figure that if you find our links section useful, you might come back. And if you find our forum interesting, you might come back for that. You’ll come back, we hope, if the blog on the front page turns out to have useful and interesting posts. And if our catalog turns out to be a handy place to do comparison shopping and get information and ideas about new artists of potential interest to you, then perhaps you’ll just give in and hang out here all the time. So this is how we’re trying to get your attention: By making it worth your while to stick around.

Chris has put so much into the site and helped build the concept of our label. Jacob Sacks and I are so excited about this. We know that record labels are sort of a thing from the past. This is an idealistic, and optimistic approach to gathering our musical community together and making it stronger. We hope you like it cause we love it!

Come To The Stone Tonight

Come To The Stone Tonight

So tonight I will be heading to The Stone to hear Jacob Sacks and Eivind Opsvik play with Mat Maneri and Billy Mintz. If you haven’t had a chance to hear this band I highly recommend it. The music are all original compositions written by Jacob or Eivind and it’s loose and unpredictable (definitely my kind of thing).
Jacob and Eivind recently released a recording with Mat Maneri and Paul Motian called Two Miles A Day and it is a fantastic recording. It’s playful, beautiful and texturally interesting. There is a lot of wonderful interaction going on and you feel like you’re part of the journey when you listen to it. Check it out and come to The Stone tonight, they play at 10:00pm!

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