Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Fundraiser/Delayed Album Release Friday 6/5 8:30 PM

During this week of uprising I want to use whatever small platform I have to raise awareness about a) police violence and b) the profound importance of black music on every sound you hear. This livestream was originally scheduled to correspond with what has been dubbed "bandcamp day", where bandcamp waives their revenue share in an effort to support artists during the Covid-19 pandemic. I'd love for any listeners to choose to buy my album because if they do, all proceeds will be split evenly between the Brooklyn Bail Fund (helping to bail out arrested protesters), and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (look them up if you don't know). Additionally, I encourage and ask you support black artists whose music is on bandcamp - if you only have funds to buy one album, choose an album by a black artist. All aspects of my musicality are deeply influenced by black music (Hell, one of the tracks is literally dedicated to Blind Willie Johnson) so I will be briefly discussing the history of some artists that I find particularly profound. I'm no historian so it won't be nearly expansive enough - I'll be providing links and resources to learn more about the history of American music for anyone interested... I encourage you to be interested. What we have all witnessed and seen in our country this past week is shocking to me, and that in it of itself speaks volumes of the extent to which I still need to work to educate myself on the history of this country and the daily experiences of people of color. This is by no means shocking, or unprecedented - white supremacist violence is baked into the core of our country. The response of people who are similarly shocked and disgusted and angry at this state of affairs however, has filled me with great hope. Please help support the brave people fighting for a better life against the forces of oppression in this country.

Here is the link to the livestream:

This will not be promoted/shared much on social media so as not to clog people's feeds which mostly contain important safety information regarding protests/police activity. Black lives matter. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

I just released a new solo album of very stripped down songs and improvisations
Here's an excerpt from the liner notes: 

"In the past two years I spent a lot of time in a large bog behind my parents’ home in the Hudson   Valley. I also spent a significant portion of my childhood there - running around, hopping between   small tussocks and climbing the trees that grew straight out of the still water. I used to have dreams   that  the bog was two or three times as deep as it really was and extended infinitely. In these dreams I   was always paddling a canoe slowly and ducking under low hanging branches, occasionally feeling a   leaf or a soft spiderweb brush against my ear. Late last summer the bog flooded and looked quite like   my recurring dream. Not deep enough for a canoe, but all the old trails disappeared and after   a certain  point, I was the only person who wanted to go back there since getting anywhere meant   being waist  deep in icy water. It felt like a new world that I had to myself that could radically change   or disappear  entirely at any moment."

Feel free to stream on bandcamp or purchase it there and then continue to stream it on your device! Edwin Huet did the mastering so you know it sounds good (he's great).
All the songs are short and inspired by birds, wind, water - stuff like that. I hope you enjoy. 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hello people
Leesta Vall Sound Recordings is in the midst of a project where artists record personalized takes of original songs to be pressed onto vinyl. Listeners pre-order a record to be shipped to their home - each one will have one (or two of my shorter songs) recorded just for that individual record. No two will be the same, and thats pretty cool. You can pre-order these things here: 
Orders will be received through Thursday 4/16
I've been writing and sporadically performing my solo guitar music for a little over a year now but I haven't done nearly enough of it - this solitary time seemed like a good chance for me to put more of those sounds out into the world.
All artists are struggling pretty hard right now - personally, I've had to cancel/hopefully postpone a tour with UHHM, a bunch of really exciting gigs that were coming up in the spring and most summer commitments - and most artists I know are either in the same or worse boats. So, if you'd like to hear a side of my playing thats quite different than the stuff I'm normally posting about, ***and*** support a musician currently scrambling to figure out how to make ends meet, check this out!

Here's the first tune available, entitled "Temporary Waltz." It was written almost exactly a year ago and the idea of impermanence feels all the more pertinent now. I'll be posting more samples of the songs available throughout the week - stay tuned! 

Monday, March 30, 2020

To anyone taking the time to look at this website right now:

I hope you are doing alright. I hope you're staying healthy and sane - finding some small avenues for happiness and productivity in this strange time. I hope you're thinking about ways to help others less fortunate do the same.

Its not the worst of our problems, but the hole in our lives that live music is leaving is a damn shame. There are many artists working incredibly hard not just to stay afloat, but to continue sharing their voice and creativity with listeners - that is admirable as hell. I'd like to do the same - stay tuned for some ideas that I may be announcing - solo guitar recordings/possible live streams, video releases, and other assorted artistic expressions that I'm workin on. Who knows! Make sure to support your favorite musicians and artists with actual money, not just streams on Spotify/Apple music. Look to bandcamp or hell, even ordering an actual CD/record. We need it right now.

And even more importantly - whatever your politics are, call your representatives and tell them what you want. No matter who you are, I'm sure you want something right now - we're all in need. Our government has no incentive to do anything unless we give them one and calling is a small step toward doing that. Give it a try!

Thanks for reading - looking forward to seeing you all in person sometime in the future.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hello! I am delighted to announce that my dear friend Ledah Finck released her EP last week. It engages with important very important themes - most of them are sunglight and bugs and trees and growing things.
I was lucky enough to play on one of the tracks and you should very much buy it and listen to all of the tracks. She has a couple solo shows coming up that I'm gonna join her for (on that one track, plus a new one that is sure to tickle your earballs in all the right ways)
You can find it here:

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

2020 updates, plus some retroactive 2019 ones.

Hello I am consistently much better at posting musical updates on social media than on this website, but the last few months have been exciting. An album I played on SNEAKILY made its way into the spotify/apple music world and you can find it by searching "Ambit Orbit - Space Town Get Down" or clicking the link at the bottom of this post!

2020 will be full of new projects and collaborators, new sounds, and some big things with my wonderful beautiful friends Chris Frick and Jack Naden of UHHM. Upcoming spring performances can be found under the "performances" tab of this website, and summer and fall residencies/tours will be announced SHORTLY.

I am very excited about things to come, and the things that have already happened. Check out this Ambit Orbit album in the meantime - we recorded it in May and that feels like a very long time ago now but it is a beautiful frozen sound.