Double Blind – Signal Out

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Here’s a recording I participated in some time back, now available as a free download on Glenn Bach‘s MPRNTBL label. Other contributors include Bach, Dale Kaminski, Michael Raco-Rands, and Marco Schindelmann. Some background info:

On Thursday, September 18, 2008, Double Blind performed a live interpretation of Wounded Speaker. Divided into two sets of smaller groupings of the ensemble, plus a third set by the entire group, the improvised performance of Wounded Speaker took on new life and directions possible only within the context of a live, improvised performance.

Unfortunately, the Sony ECM-MS907 condenser microphone malfunctioned during the recording of the first two sets, resulting in an audio file marred by a consistent “on-off-on-off” stutter (with dropouts apparent in the final moments of the third set, as well).

As it turns out, Joseph Richard Negro videotaped the concert as part of his live video manipulations, and he provided an audio documentation of the first two sets as captured by the camera’s built-in microphone.

In the spirit of Wounded Speaker, Double Blind revisited the “failed” recordings in an attempt to recuperate the inherent promise of the original performances.

My contribution (heard on tracks 2 and 4) was a remix of the original Wounded Speaker audio, processed in real time on my Max/MSP rig. Bach edited and mixed together submissions from all the participants to create the final product. It’s a fascinating concept and well worth a listen if electronic music is your thing.

Cathlene Pineda – A Week’s Time

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Really honored to have played on a few tracks on LA pianist/composer Cathlene Pineda‘s new CD on Orenda Records. It’s uniquely beautiful and heartfelt music with an exploratory spirit, and these are some of my favorite musicians to play with these days. The sound is stellar and Orenda has really put a lot of time and care into the art and packaging. You can pre-order A Week’s Time at Orenda Records.

The official release date is February 25. We play that night at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, more info at the Facebook event page.



IAHRQ LP Release Shows

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (with Kris Tiner and Phillip Greenlief)

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet (with Kris Tiner and Phillip Greenlief)



In February 2012, the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet assembled at Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield to record a live set of four original compositions in front of a packed house, with special guests Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone and Kris Tiner on trumpet. The show was organized by Epigraph Records, a new grassroots label devoted to presenting unusual and esoteric new music in Bakersfield. The IAHRQ are at the forefront of this scene. Blending Ethiopian funk with the outer realms of cosmic jazz and atonal psychedelia, these four young musicians weave a sound that is explicitly their own, while proudly paying tribute to their influences.

 
Sunday, December 1, 8pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Phillip Greenlief + Kris Tiner
and Kris Tiner/Beth Schenck/Motoko Honda Trio
Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA
More info on Facebook

Monday, December 2, 8pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Kris Tiner
Nebraska Mondays at Luna’s, Sacramento, CA

Friday, December 6, 9pm
Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet + Kris Tiner
First Friday at Going Underground Records, Bakersfield, CA
 

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet



In February 2012, the Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet assembled at Metro Galleries in downtown Bakersfield to record a live set of four original compositions in front of a packed house, with special guests Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone and Kris Tiner on trumpet. The show was organized by Epigraph Records, a new grassroots label devoted to presenting unusual and esoteric new music in Bakersfield. The IAHRQ are at the forefront of this scene. Blending Ethiopian funk with the outer realms of cosmic jazz and atonal psychedelia, these four young musicians weave a sound that is explicitly their own, while proudly paying tribute to their influences.

The second LP release from Bakersfield-based Epigraph Records is now available. It’s been well over a year in the making, but thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign we’ll be rolling this one out over the next few weeks. Check the events page for info on album release shows in the works.

Pre-order the LP at the Epigraph Bandcamp site and get an instant album download. Use the discount code “astro15” at checkout for 15% off downloads and LP pre-orders, for a limited time only.


Upcoming at Metro Galleries

This Sunday will be the last Epigraph Records-sponsored concert of the year at Metro Galleries. Superb Sacramento guitarist Ross Hammond is bringing his trio (featuring Steuart Liebig on bass and Trevor Anderies on drums), and I’ll play in the opening set with the trio version of my new trumpet-synth project Not Twice (check here for a recap of our San Francisco performance back in August). Both sets will be recorded live. More info at this link.

Here’s a preview of the music I’ve written for our set:

 

New Empty Cage LP Released

“Empty Cage Quartet, a tight-knit West Coast avant-jazz outfit including trumpeter Kris Tiner, reedist Jason Mears,bassist Ivan Johnson and drummer Paul Kikuchi, boasts an admirably wide dynamic range, encompassing funkyblare and chamber-style intimacy. This week the group plays two local gigs in support of a new limited-edition, self-titled LP on Prefecture Music. Sharing the bill on Oct 6 are the trios Cacaw and Killer Kate.”
–TIME OUT NEW YORK

This week the Empty Cage Quartet celebrates our TENTH year together with a new website, a new self-titled LP available now on Prefecture Music, and two gigs in New York City.

The new album was recorded at Jack Straw in Seattle early last year, and includes many of the tunes we’ve been playing on our live gigs over the past couple of years. The vinyl is limited to 300 copies, or you can download the digital album in whatever format you prefer, and you can name your price. Check the embed below to listen and purchase:



On Saturday night we’ll be playing a set at Douglass Street Music Collective in Gowanus, Brooklyn, sharing the bill with CaCaw and Killer Kate. Click here for details. Sunday night is the official LP release show at The Stone, on Manhattan’s lower east side. Great to be back at this world-class venue for creative music. Click here for details.

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Please take a minute to check out hibari, an ongoing aid project for earthquake victims in northeastern Japan. It’s now in it’s 43rd week featuring new music weekly by 100 contemporary composers.

This week they are featuring a flute/piano duet I composed earlier in the summer, BEAUTIFULLY and impeccably performed by Reiko Manabe and Kaori Ohsuga. Scroll down for a reproduction of the score.

You can download the full seven minute performance by donating $5 or more. My piece will be available for the next seven days.

Not Twice in San Francisco

Sadness Variations (after Ornette Coleman)

NOT TWICE

Kris Tiner – trumpet, compositions
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone
Motoko Honda – keyboard and electronics
Jordan Aguirre – keyboard and electronics
Andrew Koeth – keyboard and electronics
Allen D. Glass – 16mm film projection

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series
San Francisco, CA

for emptiness

for emptiness is a video collaboration with Parisian sculptor/media artist Stéphane Thidet, completed during our residency at Montalvo Arts Center and filmed at Castle Rock State Park outside Saratoga, California. The context, setting, and production were created and conceptualized by Stéphane, the music is my own solo trumpet improvisation.


for emptiness from Stéphane Thidet on Vimeo.