Thursday, September 23, 2010

couples, therapy.

This post is for the good people who ask "why don't you ever tell me when you're playing". Not that I'm answering that question, which is a good one, but I'm sidestepping it by listing some upcoming gigs. Maybe that's the answer to unlocking my inner self-promotionalist: ask me hard questions and I spew evasive information.

Most of what I'm doing these days are duos, but the first couple are not. The first (Monday 27 Sept) is with Dirk Bruinsma (saxes) and Santiago Botero (contrabass) in a kind of semi-acoustic trio at a series called De Oorsprong at RESERVAAT in Amsterdam Noord. I'll be playing doubleneck, and there is somehow a theme of aluminium foil involved in our preparations. There are three sets:

Leo Svirsky - piano
Nicolau Lafeta - trumpet

Dana Jessen - bassoon
Oscar Jan Hoogland - piano
Raoul van der Weide - contrabass, crackle box, sound objects

Mark Morse - guitar, preparations
Santiago Botero - contrabass, preparations
Dirk Bruinsma - baritone sax, alto sax, preparations


It's a beautiful thing (or at least it should be) when a band or musician you like unexpectedly asks you to make some music with them. In 2006 I was in the audience at the recording of The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation's first CD, and really thought it was one of the best shows I saw that year, and since then we've played the CD quite a bit around the house. So it was a very pleasant surprise to be asked to join them on guitar at OT301 on 07 October for a show (maybe it shouldn't be so surprising since Charlotte joined Hilary and I for a gig way back when). The Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble plays afterwards: which, although it's exactly the same people...yeah, it's not totally my thing. But, we see!

On the 14th of October, there's an evening of music/dance duos at OT301: one musician, one dancer, six couples in total. My partner is Ema Nik Thomas, who I always enjoy watching because she's never careless and often gives off a tiny sense of menace. I'll be playing solo unadorned doubleneck guitar, which I never ever do, which is also why I'm doing it. Other musicians that night include Ab Baars, John Dikeman, and that's all I can remember.

In November, two of my favorite duos: this is hardly an invitation with Hillary (12 November at Theater Bellevue), and the return of Sleep Gunner with Jeroen (19 November at OCCII).