The beginning of the Fall has been full of blessed experiences, I had a successful premiere show of my solo project Kaleidoscope at Spectrum in Brooklyn, NY earlier in September. Then, Los Angeles was such a wonderful experience! I had the opportunity to play in a quartet setting with three incredible musicians: alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman, cellist and composer Tomeka Reid and, drummer and composer Justin Brown. It was so inspiring to play with them! We performed a whole set of music written by the amazing pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, the performance was part of a series of short concerts that took place at Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA). The whole night ended with a large ensemble performance of a graphic score by Vijay Iyer. This large ensemble included an all - star cast including artists such as guitarist and composer Jeff Parker, trumpetist and composer Ambrose Akinmusire and, flautist and composer Nicole Mitchell. This was certainly a one of a kind experience! The second part of the trip featured a very special performance with Blind Spot with Vijay Iyer and Teju Cole at the incredible Theater at the ACE Hotel, also accompanied by Tomeka Reid and Ambrose Akinmusire.
This month is full of wonderful events as well! I’ll be going on tour and recording with a new band that I’m super excited about! The band is called 7 Poets Trio and it is led by the amazing drummer and composer Tomas Fujiwara, it features myself on vibraphone, Tomeka Reid on cello and, Tomas Fujiwara on drums. Stay tuned! Later in the month, I’ll be doing a couple hits with the one and only saxophonist Tony Malaby and his band Voladores, as well as a couple performances with Blind Spot with Vijay Iyer and Teju Cole. Busy month!
After a successful recording this past August, I'm excited to debut my solo project Kaleidoscope on September 13 at Spectrum in Brooklyn, NY! I'll be sharing the bill that evening with Michael Formanek and his Very Practical Trio (with Tim Berne and Mary Halvorson). Also, I'll be traveling to Los Angeles to perform 2 shows with Vijay Iyer, the first show, on September 20, is called Activations and features Vijay Iyer & Friends. The second show, on September 22, will feature the project Blind Spot with Teju Cole, this time also featuring Ambrose Akinmusire and Tomeka Reid, see DATES for more details.
I'm so excited to record my debut solo album Kaleidoscope at the end of this month! I've been spending the last few weeks fine tuning the last details, revising music, and practicing A LOT! I'm really happy with the way it's taking shape and can't wait to share it with you. Every piece of music on this record comes from a very special place, and reflects not only my journey as a musician and improviser, but also my personal journey. I'll be keeping you posted as far as the release date, I'm hoping it will be before this year ends!
Happy Summer! This summer has been quite eventful. Early this month, I was part of pianist Dana Saul's recording of his upcoming new record. Other musicians on that session include Adam O'Farrill on trumpet, Kevin Sun on tenor saxophone, Walter Stinson on bass and Matt Honor on drums. Dana's music is incredible, I can't wait for this record to be out! Stay tuned!