The good people over at Colorado Public Radio have named "Entwined" one of the best classical albums of 2015. Read all about it here. To be named alongside Roomful of Teeth and John Adams is an incredible honor. And so many other cool records on there to check out: John Luther Adams sublime string quartet and eighth blackbird's rendition of Bryce Dessner's "Murder Ballads"
The amazing Gyan Riley has a week-long residency at John Zorn's legendary club The Stone in New York City this summer, and he has asked me to put together a special incarnation of the Quintet for the world premiere of his composition Stumble Smooth. We obviously worked it up for the recording, but this will be the first time we have performed this burly work. On July 8 at 8pm, come check this band for a one-off show, including Gyan on guitar, David Goldenberg on mandolin, Jarel Engel on bass, and Enion Pelta-Tiller on violin,
The album is now available for pre-order at Bandcamp and iTunes. Both places include the liner notes, but only Bandcamp includes a crazy bonus track written by yours truly, custom artwork for each suite (see the cover for Flatiron below), and lots more love. In this day and age of much lamenting over the demise of the music business, Bandcamp is part of the solution. The artists are selling straight to their audience, and it offers a deeper level of interaction than the likes of Amazon or iTunes.
Some of you may know I have had a long fascination with Brazilian choro music. It is it's own lifelong study to get inside any style of folk music, and