Sunday, April 09, 2017

A sequence of events from December 2016 to April 2017

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-       Produced Emma Frank’s “Ocean Av.”

Vocals, compositions – Emma Frank
Piano – Aaron Parks
Bass – Rick Rosato
Drums – Jim Black
Guitars – moi
Engineer – Brian Chan
Assistant Engineers – Phil Gosselin, Jonathan Kaspy
@ Pierre Marchand Studio

Pierre Marchand Studio. Jim, Rick, and Emma.
Photo: Brian Chan

-       Produced Brad Cheeseman’s next album (untitled)

Tenor Saxophone – Kelly Jefferson
Piano – Sam Kogen
Guitar – Rob Chapman
Bass, compositions – Brad Cheeseman
Drums – Marito Marques
Recording + Mixing Engineer – Robert Langlois
@ Studio 270

Studio 270
Photo: Brad Cheeseman


-       Traveled to Japan to work with Keio Light Music Society, Aaron Parks, and Arthur Hnatek. Concerts in Kobe, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The program was a mixture of Aaron’s compositions, as arranged by me (including one arrangement by Remy LeBoeuf), and my compositions.

Before the Tokyo performance with Keio Light Music Society, Aaron Parks, and Arthur Hnatek

Pachinko Aaron & Arthur


-       Traveled to Toronto to finish work on “The Fred Hersch Songbook”; I’ve been working with Fred for a little over a year, cleaning up and revising selected compositions of his, to be published this year.

Toronto sojourn

-       Played guitar for Loft Opera’s “Valentine’s Night”

My friends at Loft Opera are changing the contemporary opera game

-       Traveled to Berlin to visit and record with Arthur Hnatek for an upcoming recording project of mine (which is constantly changing).

Arthur Hnatek's home studio

-       Produced Shyre’s debut album.

Sarah Rossy tracking vocals at Planet Studios in Montréal

Sarah Rossy – vocals, piano, compositions
Frédéric-Alexandre Michaud – violin
Victor De Coninck – viola
Guitars - moi
Recording Engineer – Jonathan Kaspy
@ Planet Studios


-       Arranged two charts by Takuya Kuroda for Keio Light Music Society’s end of season concert.
-       Traveled to Montréal with Aaron Parks for a concert with l’Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal – the program was a mix of Aaron’s music, my music, and the music of Kenny Wheeler. Alain Brunet, the music journalist for La Presse wrote about me. Alain is fascinating - he seems to know everything that's on the cutting edge of music, regardless of style.

Soundcheck with l'Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal and Aaron Parks


I will be writing with Dominic Mekky.

Petey, my musical assistant

Records I spent a lot of time with:

-       Bach “Mass in B Minor” – John Eliot Gardiner w/ The English Baroque Soloists + The Monteverdi Choir (2015)
-       Kanye West “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” + “The Life of Pablo”
-       Wagner “Parsifal” Herbert von Karajan w/ Berliner Philharmoniker (1980)
-       Dirty Projectors “Dirty Projectors”
-       The Blue Nile “Hats”
-    Tigran Hamasyan "An Ancient Observer"
-       Thomas Adès “Asyla, Tevot, Polaris, Brahms” w/ the composer conducting the London Symphony Orchestra