8/28/19 - My friends and I at L.A. Signal Lab have been working on a collaborative extended composition over the past two years — we are so excited to present “URSA: an interstellar cantata” on September 10th 2019 as a part of the Tuesdays @ Monkspace series. With a goofball instrumentation ranging from live electronics and spoken word to boomwhackers and concertina, along with a super cool libretto using sources ranging from Mark Twain to NASA technical data. Tickets are available HERE.
5/10/19 - Nexus Music, Vol. 1 is available NOW on Orenda Records! Stream it on Spotify, order the digital album HERE, or order a physical album HERE. To celebrate, tonight Hitomi Oba and I perform with Jon Jang to premiere his new work, “A Chinaman’s Chance, A Choy’s Chance,” at the First Old Church in San Francisco - tickets available HERE. And this Sunday, 5/12, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars premiere the piece they commissioned from me, “Bloom,” at the SFJAZZ Center. Tickets available HERE.
4/8/19 – I’m excited to announce the first official release of creative music under my name, “Nexus Music, Vol. 1” on Orenda Records! It is an EP comprised of three of my big band compositions and features really stellar performances by a bunch of incredible musicians. It will be available on most platforms including bandcamp, cdbaby, amazon, itunes, and spotify on May 10, 2019. Please consider checking it out! Shortly after this release, the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars will premiere a newly commissioned piece of mine, “Bloom,” on May 12th at the SFJAZZ Center. Tickets available HERE.
3/21/19 – This Saturday 3/23, I’ll be performing with my good friends, HOCKET, at Boston Court in Pasadena along with my LA Signal Lab cohorts. The program consists of work by composer/performers Sarah Gibson, Thomas Kotcheff, Derek Tywoniuk, Andy Akiho, Noah Meites, and Hitomi Oba, and also includes a movement of my piece, “Voyagers.” On April 5th, I’m excited to be performing in Boise, ID with the Hitomi Oba Group for the Gene Harris Jazz Festival. I’ll also be adjudicating the festival and performing in the Gene Harris Festival Orchestra.
11/21/18 – I’m out on the road again with the incredible Brian Setzer and his orchestra for a nice run throughout the states. Some other cool stuff has been happening – earlier this year I worked with David Norland on his score for HBO’s “My Dinner with Herve,”which premiered last month; I was deeply honored to co-produce James Newton’s outstanding new album of chamber music, “The Manual of Light,” available on November 30; and I’ve been working on a 3-song EP of my big band music for release in early 2019.
6/11/18 – Prepping to head out on the road again with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra in a few weeks with some great friends and musicians. But before that, Sensus: Sol is going down at the Terrell Garden in Long Beach, California, on June 22nd and 23rd. Go to the Sensus website for more details and to make a reservation. And some new big band charts are in the works for Pianist/Composer Jon Jang. I am honored and excited to be working with him!