It’s been a minute since my last post. A lot has been going on the past few months. I’ll try to hit on some of that and clue you in on what is coming up in the next few months.
The bulk of my time and energy has been spent writing grant proposals, and music for a two day recording session in Brooklyn, NY this past December. I’ll talk about that in a little bit. We had several memorable gigs the past few months leading up to this recording session. The first of which was our OSU jazz ensemble concert. I wrote an arrangement of Lil’ Hardin’s ‘Struttin’ With Some Barbecue’ that featured Jon Lampley on sousaphone during a second line groove. That was a lot of fun- broke up the monotony of the big band set.
The second was a house show in my basement. This is always a blast, there were a good 40-50 people packed into our little soundproofed basement that night for our two sets of music. Nothin wrong with playing to a wall of people except you kind of lose the sense of intimacy when there are that many people in a small space. Still trying to figure out how to get people to quiet down an just listen…hmm.
The third was a show at Dennison University. They have a coffee house called the ‘Bandersnatch’ (no joke) and they have a concert series that runs year round. It was really cool to play for a college crowd and the place had a really cool vibe. Luckily Adam DeAscentis not only plays bass with me but he also takes some awesome panorama shots during our shows whenever Jon takes over the bass clef on Sousaphone.
Also, this past Thursday I had the pleasure of playing with the OSU Wind Symphony and the High St. Stompers. The piece was a Frank Ticheli composition called ‘Playing with fire’ and it featured a Dixiland band and entire Wind Ensemble. I had the blessing/curse of playing the solo clarinet part which has the anchor solo (20+ choruses) that builds into the hugely epic ending with the entire band playing- that was LOUD!
The NYC Sessions were on December 19th and 20th 2011 at Supr Dupr Sound Recording Studios in DUMBO Brooklyn. The band had two shows at Somethin’ Jazz Club (formerly Miles’ Cafe) the friday and saturday nights before. The whole thing went extremely well. We ended up recording 9 full tracks with full videography in the studio. Seven of these tracks will be released as a youtube video series in late March. The project has been getting bigger and bigger since the day I started working on it. Within the seven tracks there are three originals and music by Nick Drake, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, and an arrangement of ‘Man out of You’ from the Disney Movie Mulan. I’m particularly proud of how well we pulled off so many different styles and ambitious covers. The music touches on so manny different emotions, and the band stretches out to reach some great moments throughout. Last week I recorded some extra percussion track with OSU Professor Joe Krygier (he can be heard on Sandbox and Cheap Juaneta from ‘Between The Lines’). And in the coming weeks I am preparing to record a my sting quartet arrangement along with my quartet on Nick Drakes ‘Place to be’. We will be releasing one video each week, so keep an eye out for info about the ‘NYC Session’. I will be streaming live videos updating you on the mixing and editing process in the coming month. I will be posting those on my twitter account and on my Facebook page.
Check out Simon Yu’s website, he was the videographer for this entire session- his videos look incredible!
I will leave you with the latest from Trombonist, vocal percussionist, and toy wind instrument enthusiast Chris Ott.