I'm in the studio with Myra Melford today, tracking the basics for her new record on Firehouse 12 Records, with her ensemble Snowy Egret - Myra playing piano, Liberty Ellman on amplified acoustic guitar, Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar, Tyshawn Sorey on drums, and Ron Miles on cornet. What a pleasure spending a few days with these players. The music is tremendous!! We'll be releasing a CD along with hi-res digital files, and also pressing vinyl of the project too. Look for a Spring 2018 release on Firehouse 12 Records.
A brief blog post on some interesting projects in the works!
I am putting the finishing touches on some upcoming projects for Firehouse 12 Records - we are very excited to have Mary Halvorson's next album Meltframe coming out Fall 2015. This is a solo record tracked entirely to 2" tape at the main Firehouse 12 room, with no edits. Mary is a powerhouse.
I am also working on the mixes for Anthony Braxton's Echo Echo Mirror House. This project originated as a live performance in the spring of 2011, and I am now mixing it for release in surround sound, as a Blu-Ray Audio disc. We will also be making a stereo version available.
And on the lo-fi end, we have been working to transfer hundreds of analog 1/4" tapes made by the drummer and composer Gerry Hemingway. Gerry made these as essentially field recordings of some of the incredible performances he went to and was part of in the fertile improvisational scene in New Haven in the mid '70s. Some of the players featured are Gerry (of course), Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, Fred Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom....the list goes on.
Finally, I had the opportunity to mix some astoundingly beautiful songs written and performed by the Swedish singer Maria Winther, with Brandond Ross on guitar and Stomu Takeishi on bass.
In July, I recorded some joyful, spacious music written by Richard Reed Parry from Arcade Fire, titled 'Music for Heart and Breath'. We did most of the tracking at Dreamland Recording Studio in Woodstock, NY, in a hundred-year-old church. The mixes are now complete...I am so excited to share the music once it is released!!
Later in the fall, I had the pleasure of working as a keyboard player with my good friends in The National, making their new record Trouble Will Find Me. I spent nearly a month with them at Clubouse Studios in beautiful Rhinebeck, New York, exploring all kinds of keyboard textures - piano, Hammond Organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer electric piano, Vox Jaguar organ, and lots of time on my lovely little Mopho X4 through a variety of Moogerfooger effects pedals. I also brought my Moog Taurus III bass pedals with me.
I also completed work as an engineer and mixer on an album of new music composed by Bryce Dessner, guitarist in The National, which he wrote for the renowned string quartet Kronos Quartet. This suite of music gives some insight into the depth of Bryce's many musical interests and capabilities. This album will be released on ANTI- on November 5. More info here!!
I also edited, mixed and mastered a suite of music called 'death speaks', composed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. The musicans on this were Bryce (guitar), Shara Worden (voice), Nico Muhly (piano), and Owen Pallet (violin). I'm thrilled Cantaloupe (the record label) decided to issue a 45 RPM 12" version of the material on vinyl!!