Third-Stream Bands Where I'm the Leader
Okay, this isn't really a band, it's my solo bass nom de plume. I'm in the process of working on solo literature for contrabassguitar. I have about half a CD's worth of stuff written, just gotta get around to recording.
This band combines personnel from different bands of mine: Eric Barber on clarinet, Ellen Burr on flutes, Alex Cline on drumset and percussion, John Fumo on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jeff Gauthier on violins, and Scot Ray on trombone. The first recording of this band was on Pomegranate. This recording featured Nels Cline on electric guitar, Mark Dresser on contrabass, Vinny Golia on sopranino saxophone and Tom Varner on French horn; each featured in a concerto written especially for him.
The inspiration for this project is my fascination with the Rennaisance madrigal (and composers like Monteverdi, D'India, Gesualdo) - - also the fact that some more contemporary/20th-century composers (like Ligeti. Martinu, Hindemith, etc) have also adopted the name/form.
The first "book" of this quartet is for two trumpets, contrabassguitars and drumset. Ten of the pieces were finished in July 2005 and the first performance occurred in that same month; two more pieces were finished in August 2005. Other books will follow.
This band is one of my main compositional projects. The other people are Ellen Burr on flutes, Jeff Gauthier on violins, and Jeanette Wrate on drums/percussion/ vibraphone. It's in my more "third-stream" style of writing (which combines my love of "serious" composition and free improvisation), which I first started doing in Quartetto Stig. One of the pieces we've done is a collaboration with Belinda Cheng of the Auricle Dance Company called "A Single Rosehip Burst in Praise." Other pieces are a 23-part piece, "Mosaic," and "Chrysanthemum." All are on our recording, Quicksilver. I have another version of this band on the drawing board and plan on having it out in 2006.
This band had some of my first compositional projects that involved improvisation as a main component of the composition. I did three CDs with this band. The first, Hommages Obliques, came out in 1993. The band was John Fumo on trumpet/flugelhorn/cornet, Jeff Gauthier on violins, and Jeff McCutheon on drumset. The second and third CDs, Lingua Oscura (1995) and Pienso Oculto (1997), had Dan Morris on drumset after Jeff McCutchen's untimely death. The music for this band has a lot of different elements: jazz, early 20th-century classical, rock, latin, funk.
A me-plus-winds band. Andrew Pask on clarinet, Ellen Burr on flutes and Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon. It's is one of my main compositional projects. It's in the "third-stream" style of writing (which combines my love of "serious" composition and free improvisation) that I first started doing in Quartetto Stig. Our disc is Delta.