It is with joy and intense vulnerability that I announce that Battle Trance’s Blade of Love is now available. As most of you know, Battle Trance is my tenor saxophone quartet with Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, and Jeremy Viner, and has been a primary musical focus of mine for the past few years. Blade of Love is the culmination of 2+ years of writing, rigorous rehearsals, many tears, and a little laughter.
The first 100 people who pre-order Battle Trance’s upcoming vinyl LP Blade of Love from NNA Tapes will receive a FREE limited edition cassette tape, @ Roulette, a beautifully recorded Battle Trance live performance.
@ Roulette is strictly limited edition with no digital release. It contains full color artwork featuring the art of Daniel Seiders, housed in metallic gold cassette tapes. @ Roulette will not be sold separately, it is only available with the first 100 orders from nnatapes.com and will not be re-pressed.
July 20, 2016
I recently contributed to Dusted Magazine’s “Listed” feature where I wrote about music, books, etc. that I love. Here it is.
Announcing ‘Blade of Love’
May 17, 2016
Battle Trance’s 2nd record, entitled Blade of Love will be released on August 26th via New Amsterdam Records/ NNA Tapes.
The full version of I can’t hear your breath loud enough, my collaboration with the great Montreal-based choreographer Susan Paulson is now up online. Thanks so much to Charlie Birns for doing such a beautiful job directing the video.
February 5, 2016
My new duo record with trumpet great Peter Evans entitled Secret Meeting is now available via NNA Tapes! You can listen/purchase Here.
December 8, 2015
My upcoming duo CD with the great Peter Evans (trumpet) entitled Secret Meeting is off to the press. It’s due out on February 5th, 2016 via NNA Tapes. I’m very much looking forward to sharing this music with everyone. Our NYC record release concert is on Feb. 6th. More details soon!
I can’t hear your breath loud enough
September 8, 2015
I recently finished ‘I can’t hear your breath loud enough’, a collaborative piece with Susan Paulson, the amazing Montreal-based choreographer and dancer. Here is a link to a 6 minute trailer/excerpt of the piece:
Many thanks to Charlie Birns for so beautifully working with us to translate the piece to a screen and for Richard Sand’s masterful camera work. The full version of the video will be unveiled in the near future!
Guelph Jazz Festival
August 19, 2015
Battle Trance will open the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival on September 15th. It looks like an amazing lineup this year. I will also be giving a talk as a part of the GJF colloquium on September 17th. My talk is entitled “Wisdom, Love, and Vitality: the aspects of the great improviser.”