I have been spending a lot of time between Chicago and Amsterdam recently. Because of my visits to Amsterdam, my artistic focus has been swiftly developing, unwinding/rewinding and transforming. The density of artistic inspiration in Amsterdam-- from jazz, folk musics from around the globe, visual, movement, theater and sound art, has had me in a tailspin. As an improviser, I feel I have been awakened to the concept of improvisation as a tool for musical practice, not simply a means to an end. I would like to incorporate my new-found fascination with space and image into my performance... somehow.... In the coming year, I plan on instigating some new projects that will demonstrate this new philosophy. I hope you will stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I have several exciting happening now and in the coming weeks.

First off, Corbett Vs. Dempsey has released a record of Thurston Moore and myself this month! It's a recording from The Neon Marshmallow Festival in Chicago from a few years back. It's called Marshmallow Decorum, and it is available now! Click here for more details!

I will be performing in a few new groups over the next few weeks in The Netherlands. On May 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th I'm playing in Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti's new Performance/Concert called Obol Le. We have been working very hard with this group to integrate inspiration from the Bolivian Tarabuco people's ceremony called Phujllay (game). The ceremony lasts 4 months, and it incorporates receiving musical information in specific locations in nature from the mythical 'sirenes', whereby the Tarabuco listen and learn the sounds from theses settings, then play them 4 months straight as a means to stay in balance and in communication with nature and the underworld. These sounds are also translated into scores in the weavings of the Tarabuco people which are worn in the rituals that correspond to the Phujllay ceremony. The performers include Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Brian J. Sulpizio, Ben Boye, Jochem van Tol, Janicka Ravenhirst, Matteo Bifulco, Michael Oliver and Meduse MagiQ.
May 5, 6 and 7 at Veem House for Performance
May 8 at Dokhuis Galerie
Click here for more information!


I will also be performing with a new group I'm involved in called OKAPI, which is an orchestra with ridiculously talented members from diverse backgrounds-- improvisers, theater makers, composers, lighting designers, circuit builders-- all of whom are musicians as well. We are investigating the idea of what an orchestra can be and it's role (as well as the audience's role) in performance. We are hoping to shatter expectations of what a performance can be, making way for a new conception of the classic concert setting. The orchestra includes Genevieve Murphy, Jochem van Tol, Jasper Stadhouders, Ton van der Meer, John van Oostrum, Paul Koek, Oscarjan hoogland, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti.
We perform April 28th (alongside Joshua Abram's Natural Information Society, with which I am also involved!), as well as at the Doek ABC Festival in Amsterdam in early May!|

April 28 - Natural Information Society/Okapi at Korzo Theatre
May 4 - Natural Information Society/Okapi/PolyBand at Broedplaats Fenix

The rock band I play in, Health&Beauty, will be going on a short tour in Europe from May 9-15th!
May 9 - Berlin, Lido
May 10- Copenhagen, Jazzhouse
May 11 - Gothenburg, Pustervik
May 12 - Lund, Mejeriet
May 13 - Aarhus, Radar
May 14 - Hamburg, Molotow
May 15 - Tilburg, NL Incubate Festival

On the 16th I go on tour with Dave Rempis' Percussion Quartet for a 2 week tour in Europe!
5/16 Antwerp, Belgium @ Sound In Motion
5/17 Cologne, Germany @Stadtgarten
5/19 Cerkno, Slovenia @ Jazz Cerkno Festival
5/20 Geneva, Switzerland @ AMR
5/21 Schorndorf, Germany @ Clun Manufactur
5/22 Weikersheim, Germany @ Club W71
5/24 Vienna, Austria @ Martinschlossl
5/25 Graz, Austria @ Stockwerk Jazz
5/26 Wels, Austria @ Schlactof