Newport and Lincoln Center


HI Everyone!

Hope you're having an amazing summer.

Just a quick note to let you know about two upcoming events.

This Friday August 1, I will be presenting the world premiere of my Charlie Parker project at the Newport Jazz Festival. While we are not playing any of his music, each composition is based on a melody or solo of Parker clearly showing Bird's indelible influence on me and modern music in general. It's a real treat for me to return to an acoustic format with Matt Mitchell on piano, Fran├žoisMoutin on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and 20 years young trumpet sensation Adam O'Farrill.

We'll be recording next week for a January '15 CD release on ACT Music.

On August 7, I will be at Lincoln Center Out of Doors for the NYC premiere of Song of the Jasmine withRagamala Dance.

This work for 5 dancers and 5 musicians represents a year long collaboration with choreographers Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy. The piece premiered in 4 sold out shows at Walker Art Center this past May. I'm thrilled as both composer and performer that NYC audiences will have a chance to see and hear it. There is also an artist talk with myself and the Ramaswamys the evening before at The Asia Society.

In other news, Gamak did a really nice Canadian Festival tour in June and then headed to Europe for shows at the absolutely gorgeous Schloss Elmau spa and the lonstanding Pori Jazz Festival in Finland.

Here's a video from the Montreal Jazz Festival:

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best Wishes,


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