My work is highly dependent upon the musicians I collaborate with. Over time I’ve developed close friendships with musicians whose musical language really can’t be notated. That said, I don’t create works of pure improvisation. Generally speaking, what I do is a hybrid of compositional techniques that include jazz, rock and non-Western musical concepts – especially ritualistic and sacred music.
For the upcoming March residency, I have put together a trio that includes me on laptop computer running Ableton Live, my good friend Lynn Wright on electric guitar and Lewis ‘Flip’ Barnes on trumpet. Lynn and I have been making music ever since we met in
Excerpted from my (hand written) journal.
“First rehearsal with
“From the top I’m calling up and playing sounds that I recorded and edited in advance – it’s not like I’m doing free improvising. I’m anticipating certain reactions with the combinations of sounds I create. But of course, no musician does exactly what you expect – and actually, I try to keep my mind open from the start. After we played through Flip and
A John Zorn quote that I can relate to, he’s talking about the pool of musicians he works with and composes for: “