Looking forward to setting off for Durham, England to take part in a Philosophy of Improvisation Workshop on April 17-18, organized by Andy Hamilton and presented by the Gateshead Jazz Festival and Durham University. I’ll be giving a presentation on systemic music, and later performing at the University with Mike Baggetta in our duo Tin/Bag:
The workshop will explore the concept of an aesthetics of imperfection in which spontaneous process is valued over finished product. While this aesthetic is expressed most clearly in the work of improvising musicians, it’s also necessary for higher level creative performance while following a score. The concept thus deepens our capacity to understand and appreciate both improvised and composed music. The workshop is aimed at performers, promoters, producers, researchers, teachers and jazz enthusiasts.
Participants include improvising musicians Louise Gibbs and Steve Beresford from the UK, Mike Baggetta and Kris Tiner from the US, writers Philip Clark and Andy Hamilton, as well as promoters and record producers.
“Exquisite music just flows from these serious cats, flows like the skies & rivers…”
–ABQ poet Mark Weber
- August 31 – Tin/Bag + Ryutaro Endo | Blue Whale | Los Angeles | 9pm | fb
- September 1 – Tin/Bag | Bakersfield Jazz Workshop | Bakersfield | 7:30pm
- September 2 – Tin/Bag + Nathan Hubbard Quartet | The Studio Door | San Diego | 8pm | fb
- September 3 – Tin/Bag | The Nash | Phoenix, AZ | 7:30pm
- September 4 – Tin/Bag | Improvisation Workshop at The Nash | Phoenix, AZ | 2pm
- September 6 – Tin/Bag + Jane Rigler/Janet Feder | The Roost Creative Music Series | Albuquerque, NM | 7:30pm
For more info visit www.tinbag.net
I’ll be hitting the road again with NYC guitarist Mike Baggetta next week for a series of concerts and workshops in Bakersfield, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles. Full schedule below, and more info at our new website: tinbag.net
- November 6 – Tin/Bag | Bakersfield College | 1pm
- November 7 – Tin/Bag | Bakersfield Jazz Workshop | 7:30pm | fb
- November 8 – Tin/Bag | Sacred Grounds Concert Series | Scottsdale, AZ | 7:30pm | fb
- November 9 – Tin/Bag | Scottsdale Community College | MB119 | Scottsdale, AZ | 3-5pm | fb
- November 9 – Tin/Bag | Winfield’s Cafe | Scottsdale, AZ | 7:30pm | fb
- November 10 – Tin/Bag + Christian Pincock Quartet | UNM Arts Lab | Albuquerque, NM | 7:30pm
- November 12 – Tin/Bag | CalArts Jazz Forum | Valencia, CA | 2-4pm
- November 12 – Tin/Bag + Cathlene Pineda Trio | Blue Whale | Los Angeles | 9pm | fb
[Sacramento, CA, 10/23/11, photo by Ross Hammond. Video below from the same concert, filmed by Ross Hammond, the piece is “Bridges”, title track from our new album.]
- October 20 – Tin/Bag (Kris Tiner-tpt/Mike Baggetta-gtr) | workshop at Oakwood School | 4pm
- October 20 – Tin/Bag + Walsh Set Trio | Blue Whale | Los Angeles | 9pm | fb
- October 21 – Tin/Bag | Masterclass at CSU Bakersfield | 4pm | fb
- October 21 – Tin/Bag | Guitar Arts Series at CSU Bakersfield | 7:30pm | fb
- October 22 – Tin/Bag plays Monk and Country | Vessel Gallery | Oakland, CA | 3-5pm
- October 22 – Tin/Bag + Phillip Greenlief/David Boyce Duo | Berkeley Arts Festival | Berkeley, CA | 8pm
- October 23 – Tin/Bag + Ross Hammond | Naked Lounge | Sacramento, CA | 8pm
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Tin/Bag recently played a couple of shows on the East Coast to celebrate the release of our new CD Bridges. The first was at the Montague Book Mill, a tranquil little spot in the middle of the woods in Western Massachusetts, a former saw mill now filled with the smell of coffee and used books and the constant lull of a waterfall outside. Sounds about perfect, and it was. Singer/songwriter H. Nathan Hobbs played an opening set that really knocked me out – spinning brilliant lyrics and melodies like little delicate jewels. Mike and I played the second set, introducing a couple of new compositions as well as arrangements of music by Hank Williams, Joe Cunningham (of Blue Cranes) and Willie Nelson. Hartford music critic Richard Kamins wrote this glowing review of the show, and it was also featured in a preview on masslive.com.
The next day we were back in New York, and I spent the afternoon wandering through Queens to visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum, something I’ve always wanted to do. The lush Japanese-inspired garden and the A/C inside were a welcome reprieve from the god-awful heat wave that inundated most of the city that weekend.
Our show with Trio Caveat at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music that evening was a Critics’ Pick in Time Out New York, and also featured on Village Voice writer Jim Macnie’s blog Lament for a Straight Line. Was great to see our NY friends who turned out despite the heat… big thanks to James Ilgenfritz for organizing this one.