Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Genkin Philharmonic live in Cleveland



The band recently completed a short residency at Cleveland State University, where we got to premiere some new music.  Even better, we got some great video out of the deal!  Here's our world premiere of Andrew Rindfleisch's "Beef Brigade", composed specifically for the Genkin.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I'm a little bit late in announcing this, but Kelly Bucheger recently released a brand new CD of all his original music.  I play regularly with his quintet, "Harder Bop", and appear on most of the tracks playing trumpet and flugelhorn.  Check it out!


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Last night I again had the privilege of performing with the mighty Genkin Philharmonic, Jon Nelson's epic new-music-meets-prog-rock-meets-Zappa-esque-jazz ensemble.  I think a more succinct label might be "electro-acoustic chamber ensemble."  Nelson, one of the major visionaries in the world of contemporary brass chamber music, is an impossibly-productive musician who deserves more attention, and I should probably devote an entire blog to him sometime.

It's been a life-altering, reality-bending experience to work with this group of eclectic, virtuosic musicians, each of whom brings something totally unique to this project.  Among our members, we have Juilliard-trained virtuosos with international reputations, Buffalo-based, world-class rock musicians, one of the prime movers and shakers in the Western NY creative improvisational music scene, and a few musicians who, frankly, defy categorization.  The collective chops of this group itself is staggering; the humble, down-to-earth nature of all involved makes it a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

Our gig comprised of two "sold-out" (actually it was a well-publicized free event) sets held in the  at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  The event was part of an incredible festival/conference held annually in Buffalo called, simply, June in Buffalo.  I'm still getting up to speed on the amazing history of contemporary art music centered around SUNY Buffalo - a scene which goes back 40 years, and is currently ably handled by UB's own Distinguished Professor, David Felder.  The excess of musical riches found in Buffalo NY is amazing.  A glance at my gig calendar is proof enough that there is A LOT of music going on in this town!

Over the last two years, Genkin has gradually shifted it's focus from a largely Zappa-driven/inspired repertoire, to a much broader (in every sense) focus on modern and post-modern music.  More specifically, Jon Nelson has been re-imagining the masterworks of 20th Century Music for this ensemble. Currently, the group performs music composed by such 20th Century luminaries as Bartok, Stravinsky, Webern, Schoenberg, and Prokofiev, as well as works written by contemporary composers, commissioned specifically for this group.  This new direction has really broadened the musical potential of the group, while staying true to the "Zappa-tude" which is deeply rooted in the group's sound.

I find this new direction very exciting from both a performer's point of view and from the perspective of the all-important audience.  If you get the chance, check the Genkin out!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

2011 Twin Tiers Jazz Festival

Hi friends!  Just got back yesterday from playing the Twin Tiers Jazz Festival in Elmira, NY.  I played cornet with Jack Bacon's group, the Morgan Street Stompers.  I got to hear three other trad jazz groups, and met a lot of great musicians and jazz fans.  Weather was gorgeous and the turnout for the event was great.  I had a fantastic time, and I'm sure this event will lead to more similar opportunities down the road!

Tuesday I'm playing a quartet gig with the great Michael T Jones for SUNY Buffalo orientation, then racing over to Iris Restaurant (formerly Bobby McGee's) to play a set or two with Pete Malinverni and Jody Sandhaus!

Wednesday, I'm playing with the Magpies at Wegmans on Dick Road (Depew, NY) from 6 - 8 pm.

Thursday I'm back at the gazebo in Lewiston with Ron Corsaro's Upstate Express, 7-9 pm.

Friday I'm headlining the Lewiston Jazz Festival as part of the band backing up Pete Malinverni and Jody Sandhaus!  Music starts @ 5:30 pm.

Saturday I'm playing with my group the Magpies on the Frontier House porch at the Lewiston Jazz Festival at 12:15 pm, then later that night with Ben Baia and the Big City Horns at Templeton Landing.