We do not hesitate to make some music right off the bat. Pianist Uri Caine has invited us to play with him on January 24th, 8pm at John Zorn’s The Stone! Once again, we are performing his densely complex masterwork, “String Theories”, plus some unpredictable free improvisation. On top of that, we are also playing our own repertoire. For more info, please check out our calendar.
Also, if you’re a CMA Conference participant, please do not forget to come say hi to us at our table in the Conference! This year marks our very first participation in this yearly event, hope to see you there!
We’ve been back from the Beijing Music Festival for 2 weeks now and our minds are still filled with the wonderful memories we had in Beijing. To be able to be in this mega city and perform with Uri Caine, Theo Bleckmann and Will Holshouser is simply a great joy. We thank Uri for inviting us there, and we hope to do it again soon! (Photo courtesy of Hou Bin-Wei)
While we were wondering about figuring out what to do after our tour was cancelled, we received great news from Ivo Perelman: The original score (completely freely improvised) to the Brazilian film “A Violent Dose of Anything”, directed by Gustavo Galvao, is awarded “Best score” in the 46th Brasilia Film Festival! This film music, performed by Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp, Mat Maneri and Sirius Quartet, is being released as two albums. The first album that has already been released, only features Perelman, Shipp and Maneri. The 2nd of the two, that will be released soon, will feature Sirius, Perelman, and Shipp. Now, how cool is that?
No, we’re not done yet, more news here:
Oct 1, 8:00pm, The Stone, NYC. We are getting together with composer/guitarist Elliott Sharp to premiere his new graphic score, Mare Undarum, at the Stone. (Adam Fisher standing in for Jeremy) Ticket: $20
Oct 13, 7:30pm, Beijing, China. Yes, you read it right. Beijing. China. We’re tagging along as part of the Uri Caine Ensemble to perform Mr Caine’s “Wagner Reimagined” in the 16th Beijing Music Festival. Click HERE for more info. If you prefer reading it in Chinese, click HERE.
Oct 19, 7:00pm, The Cell Theater. This is a Sirius Quartet concert, we are also specially presenting teen composer, Scott Etan Feiner’s excellent composition, “Ozark Dances”. You can’t miss this. Tickets: $20, $30
Oct 25, 8:00pm, The Roulette. We’re invited to celebrate famed drummer, Billy Martin’s (Medeski, Martin and Wood) 50th birthday with a stellar line-up of Downtown musicians. Things can’t be more exciting than this! (Esther Noh standing in for Gregor)
Ticket: $20, $15 for students/members/seniors
For those of you who are aware of our workshop in Burghausen, Germany in September, we regret to inform you that we just received confirmation from the organizers stating that the workshop is officially cancelled for various reasons including financial issues.
Following this unfortunate news, our subsequent engagements in Unterfahrt Jazz Club in Munich and Jazz Korntal are also forced to be cancelled.
We are indeed saddened by this news but we hope to come back to Germany for more performances and workshops in the future!
We are still recovering from the high energy that we had from June 7 through June 9, it was simply an amazing experience to play with so many great musicians every night! We would like to thank everybody who made it out to our gigs, and of course, not to forget, our partners in crime: John Escreet, Zack Lober, Nasheet Waits, Billy Martin, Ken Filiano, Peter Stan, and our viola sub, Joanna Mattrey. You guys all brought your A game and pushed us to the limit…was a pleasure.
Anyway, looking forward is as important as reminiscing…Next up:
July 1, 9pm, Panoply Performance Laboratory
July 5, The Cell
More info to come!
Love and respect,
After 2 weeks of intense rehearsals, recordings, photo session, travelling and ultra hot spa (this one should be excluded but we are pretty proud of it and want to let you know anyway), we are back in NY and we mean business!
Kicking it off would be John Escreet’s Jazz Gallery Residency (June 7th and 8th, 9pm and 10:30pm sets) that features some of the most mind-bending music that John has offered to the world (mostly new materials, folks!), and not to forget, one of the most respectable drummers of our time, Nasheet Waits and bassist Zack Lober will be on stage with us. We are very grateful that Mr. Escreet has invited us to be part of this crazy celebration of his music and talent!
The location will be Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY), tickets are $20 for general public, $10 for Gallery members. (Also note that Joanna Mattrey will be standing in for our rockstar violist Ron in this particular engagement, he ain’t got time for us…)
And on June 9th, 8:15pm and 9:30pm, we will be jamming out with our friends Billy Martin, Peter Stan and Ken Filiano at Brooklyn’s new darling venue ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Place). Blending chamber music with Balkan and Middle Eastern odd meters (with everything else), this evening is going to be an uforgettable comprovisation fest!
Special guests Billy Martin, drums; Peter Stan, accordion; Ken Filiano, bass. Tickets are $12.