Tin/Bag UK Tour

Tin/Bag in the UK

Tin/Bag at UNM Arts Lab, 2013 - photo by Mark Weber

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.

On April 20 we will be in London for a concert at I’klectik Art Lab with the Loz Speyer Quartet. More information on my events page.

Tin/Bag Southwest Tour Photos

Tin/Bag Southwest Tour 2015

Tin/Bag at UNM Arts Lab, 2013 - photo by Mark Weber
“Exquisite music just flows from these serious cats, flows like the skies & rivers…”
–ABQ poet Mark Weber

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Tin/Bag on tour Nov 6-12

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

Tin/Bag California Tour Oct 20-23

Tin/Bag – BRIDGES California CD Release Tour

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Tin/Bag in Montague and Brooklyn

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.

Bridges continues to gather enthusiastic reviews and Mike and I are planning a series of concerts on the West Coast in October. Check my events page for details.