I’m leaving for Central Asia in a few days to participate in Playing Together: Celebrating U.S.-Central Asian Collaboration. I’ll be there as a performer, composer and lecturer for a touring band celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of the independent Central Asian states. Week long workshop and concert in Almaty (Kazakhstan), followed by a tour in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Astana (Kazakhstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and Dushanbe (Tajikistan). Very excited to see this part of the world and perform with all the great musicians involved!
Also, in the past few weeks there have been some great performances of my music in South Carolina (FretX performing Pacific Coast Highway) and Philadelphia (Ian Rosenbaum performing Celestial Sphere).
Very interesting article up on New Music Box by Patrick Zimmerli, curator of the Intersect Series in Bryant Park. He cites my piece Music for Percussion Quartet, performed for the series by Sandbox Percussion, as way to talk about the philosophical aims of booking a series in a busy urban environment like Midtown Manhattan.
Just got back from an inspiring week in Hudson with Found Sound Nation, working with the kids at Kite’s Nest on writing and producing new tracks!
And currently hard at work mixing the new Empyrean Atlas album. We recorded at beautiful Figure 8 studios in Brooklyn earlier this month, and I’m very excited for people to hear our new music. This time around I took on the full producing reins – record should be ready to go by October and out in the world soon after.
I’m excited for Sandbox Percussion to perform my new piece Music for Percussion Quartet for the Intersect series tonight at Bryant Park. Check it out!
In a few days, I’m heading back to South Korea with the Philip Glass Ensemble for 4 performances of La Belle et la Bete – we were also there back in October for Einstein on the Beach. This time we’ll be in Seoul and the coastal city of Tongyeong.
While I’m gone, Sandbox Percussion will be performing my new piece Music for Percussion Quartet at the Phillips Collection in D.C. This is the 2nd time my music has been performed at the Phillips Collection – and while I wish I could see it, I am about to head to the Sandbox studio in Brooklyn to hear a full run through! Very excited for that.
Another notable performance coming up is Duo Montagnard at the Symphony Space in New York – they’ll be performing a new commissioned piece, meander, on April 15th.
About to head to Switzerland (Geneva!) for the first time to perform Koyaanisqatsi with the Philip Glass Ensemble.
The Philip Glass Emnsemble is traveling to Houston in a few days to perform at Free Press Houston, a massive two day music and art festival featuring Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, New Order, and many others!
Tonight, the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble premieres Music for Percussion Quartet, a consortium commission with 5 university programs and Brooklyn’s own Sandbox Percussion. Very excited about working with all these groups on future performances! UT Percussion will also be performing the piece in a few weeks at PASIC.
Also, Simon Jermyn is traveling later this month to Europe (London, Northern Ireland & Dublin) to premiere a newly commissioned piece for multiple electric guitars and basses!
Big thanks to Wilco, for choosing the latest Empyrean Atlas record, Inner Circle, as one of 17 new records to buy. Check out the announcement here. And make sure to listen to their beautiful new record, Star Wars.
And Empyrean Atlas has our first show since March, returning to the Silent Barn with Voice Coils and Stern. 7/24 at 8pm.
Empyrean Atlas is excited to play with one of our favorite bands, Buke and Gase, on 3/25, at the Gavin Brown Enterprise (291 Grand St). This performance is in conjunction with a new exhibition on Christopher Knowles, visual artist, and most widely known for his contributions to the libretto of Einstein on the Beach. 8pm.
Mid-March through mid-April there will be a number of performances of my music, including my Asian premiere, in Seoul, South Korea.
3/15 – Francisco Perez performs Celestial Sphere, for multiple marimbas, in Lexington. 3/25 – Sandbox Percussion performs Point Reyes at Cornell University. 3/28 - The FiveOne Experimental Orchestra premieres a newly commissioned work, Like a Machine, in Cleveland. 4/2 – Mak Grgic and Dan Lippel perform my guitar duo Pacific Coast Highway for the Outside the Box Festival, University of Southern Illinois. 4/7 - Northern Illinois University performs my percussion sextet, the Day After. 4/11-12 – Mak Grgic performs Pacific Coast Highway in Seoul, South Korea. 4/12 – Sandbox Percussion performs Point Reyes at Concerts on the Slope, Brooklyn.
I’ve just started work on a new piece for electric guitar & electric bass, commissioned by the Dublin based Improvised Music Company for Simon Jermyn, with support from the Irish Government. There will be performances in New York, London, Dublin and Northern Ireland in November 2015.
Also very excited to announce a new commissioning consortium for percussion quartet, organized by Andy Bliss and the University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble. This will be an extended work, 15-25 minutes, with movements that can also be performed separately. If your university program or percussion quartet is interested in getting involved, please visit the website for more details. Audio of percussion and non-percussion works are available to stream.
In a week I’ll be leaving for a tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble in France, with 4 concerts in Paris and 1 in Chalons-en-Champagne. While I’m gone, the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra will be performing Waiting in the Rain For Snow on 2/13 in Cleveland. This will be their 2nd performance of this piece, and they will also be performing a new work they commissioned from me next month, on 3/28.
Yesterday we recorded a live performance/interview with host John Schaefer that will air on WNYC’s New Sounds, December 10th, 11pm. Check it out here!
Also yesterday, Sandbox Percussion performed an arrangement for percussion quartet of my piece Point Reyes at Bard College. And today, Furman University Percussion Ensemble gives their 2nd performance of a new arrangement of Celestial Sphere.
And last, but certainly not least, Empyrean Atlas has its CD release show at Silent Barn this Thursday, the 11th. Playing with Battle Trance and Very Feeling. Don’t miss it! And stream the new record, Inner Circle, HERE.
Empyrean Atlas will be appearing on the BRIC B-Side series October 30th, at 7:30pm. BRIC is a leading promoter and producer of independent music in Brooklyn, including the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series in Prospect Park. You can watch live on on Time Warner 756, Verizon Fios 46, Cablevision 70, or stream live here. Full performance and selected clips will also be available on BRIC’s B-Side page after the show.
In other exciting Empyrean Atlas news: our new album, Inner Circle, will be released on 12/2/14, followed by a CD release show on 12/11 at Silent Barn with Battle Trance and Very Feeling.
Coming up in a few days some of my music, including Celestial Sphere (temporary preview link) will be featured on the Pas de Calais show for New York Fashion Week.
Then coming up a week later (Sept. 9-11th) are the highly anticipated Philip Glass/Steve Reich concerts at BAM. We’ll be performing pieces from our Retrospective Program, with Steve Reich joining us to perform Music in Similar Motion on the 10th and 11th.
Later in the month Ian Rosenbaum will be performing my work Celestial Sphere on tour in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta.
Check out Empyrean Atlas on WNYC’s New Sounds! Also make sure to come to our next show, with Christopher Tignor and the Knells, August 16th at Subculture.
June 22nd is the day of exciting events for the month. In the morning I’ll be making a video for Empyrean Atlas with director Eli Rarey and choreographer/producer Katherine Fisher. Then I’m performing Hoketus with the Bang on a Can All Stars on the Marathon. Louis Andriessen will be in New York for the performance. Then we’ll be joining Meredith Monk for Panda Chant II, which looks really fun.
Empyrean Atlas has a new website.
Huffington Post interview.
Hello from Berlin, where the Philip Glass Ensemble is performing the last run of Einstein on the Beach.
The Philip Glass Ensemble is performing Einstein on the Beach at the Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris, from 1/7-12. Then we’re going to St. Etienne and Blagnac for performances of La Belle et la Bete and our 40 year Retrospective program. And then a final stop in Gothenburg, Sweden, for a performance of Koyaanisqatsi with orchestra and chorus.
At some point during the month, I’ll be finalizing the mixes of the new Empyrean Atlas record (courtesy of Ryan Ferreira). We have a big night at Roulette on 3/24, mark your calendars. Build, itsnotyouitsme and a special guest band will be joining us. More on that later!
On December 8th and 9th, Empyrean Atlas will be recording our second album, with engineer Bryce Goggin! Grey Mcmurray will be helping Ryan Ferreira and myself produce the record. I’m really excited about the new music we’ve been working on and can’t wait to share it. Plans for a CD release party and some other album related projects are in the works.
Check out our first album here.
The recording of my new multiple marimba percussion piece Celestial Sphere, performed by the supremely awesome Ian Rosenbaum, is done. I produced, engineered and mixed this recording. Big thanks to Lawson White at Good Child Music Studios (for use of his room) and the 12 members of the consortium who helped commission the piece, and who will be doing premieres all over the country this season! Ian kicks things off with a performance at the People Inside Electronics festival in Los Angeles, and will also perform it at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. on 3/23.
In other news, we are excited to record our 2nd album in a few months, back at the Clubhouse in Rhinebeck.
Hello from Ostrava, where the Philip Glass Ensemble is performing Music in 12 Parts tonight at the Ostrava Days Festival. In the past 3 weeks we’ve flown between Melbourne, New York, Edinburgh, Ostrava…and going to Helsinki tomorrow. That’s a lot of planes and time zones…
In other news, I’ve recently been making some forays into the commercial world — here’s a vignette for GANT Rugger, in collaboration with Kings County Distillery. You can hear the full track here (coming home (2)), along with a collection of other short, improvised guitar pieces.
There are a couple exciting new commissions I’ll be working on in the coming months. First up is a twelve member consortium, organized by percussionist Ian Rosenbaum. I’ll be writing music for multiple marimbas. Stay tuned for premiere dates by consortium members! The other eleven are as follows:
I’m also composing a new piece for SPARK, a great ensemble from Germany whose last record, Folk Tunes, was released on Deutsche Grammophon. They will record and perform the new piece throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Also finishing up writing music for the new Empyrean Atlas record. You can hear all that music 8/29 at 7 Dunham in Williamsburg.
New video for Empyrean Atlas, recorded at the Navy Yards for the Living Room Series (created by Shimmy Boyle and produced by Kate Fisher).
Tonight is the premiere of a new piece, wind up bird, commissioned by the Arts at the Park Festival. Composed for Mak Grgic (electric guitar) and Paul Vasile (baroque organ). Previewed at Sequenza21.
A recording of hashimoto, a new piece for 3 flutes (premiered at Weill Hall on 2/13/13), is posted here. Featuring Andrew Sterman, my colleague in the Philip Glass Ensemble, performing all the parts. Composed, recorded, mixed & produced by yours truly.
Empyrean Atlas is playing for the Radio Zero series at Sycamore, on 3/25. Our new record, released last month, is here.
Hello from Hong Kong, just got here to perform Einstein on the Beach!
Empyrean Atlas is doing a house show this Friday at 10 Clermont in Brooklyn, for the new Living Room Series. It will also double as a live music video shoot. 9pm start!
Excited to announce that I’m now on the Serious Music Media roster (along with Michael Gordon, Toby Twining, Michael Harrison, Alarm Will Sound & many other amazing composers and ensembles). Check them out!
Exciting month of music making. I’ll be in L.A. on the 10th to hear the JACK Quartet and Mak Grgic premiere my new piece, as the crow flies. This was commissioned by the Da Camera Society.
Then on the 13th my new piece for 3 flutes, hashimoto, is being performed at Weill Hall (at Carnegie Hall) for the A4TY Program at Bloomingdale School of Music.
And finally, my band Empyrean Atlas is doing a show on the 22nd in Williamsburg at 7 Dunham w/ Julia Easterlin, Tony Castles and Conrad Winslow. Our new CD will be available (starting on 2/19), so it’s kind of like an undercover CD release party too. Hope you can make it.
As a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, I have been very excited to perform in Philip’s classic Einstein on the Beach, cited by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “the musical event of the year.”
Preview a track from the forthcoming Empyrean Atlas album (Feb 2013) on I Care If You Listen’s 2012 Winter Mixtape.
A busy couple months ahead! Working on a several commissions over the next few months, including a piece for 3 flutes that will premiere at Carnegie Hall (Weill) and new music for electric guitar and organ performed by Mak Grgic and Paul Vasile (Arts at the Park Festival).
Leading up to then, the Philip Glass Ensemble will be touring in London, Amsterdam, Groningen and Ghent to play Koyaanisqatsi, Einstein on the Beach and La Belle et la Bete.
I also just created a new multimedia page to highlight some of the collaborations I’ve done in the past year. It’s always inspiring to work with artists in other fields, and with some potential new projects percolating I’m looking forward to doing more of it!
There is an exciting show coming up at the HERE Arts Center (NYC ) on November 19th. The cast of Einstein on the Beach will be presenting their own music/dance/film, and my band Empyrean Atlas will be closing the show! Show starts at 8:30 and we’ll be on around 10.