I've been very glad to participate in several other projects outside of the most active 3-5 (at any given time), and a few have been or will be documented in some capacity before the end of the year. Chronologically:

I recorded a track with Elan O'Neal for his Old Forgotten Lands project, contributing throat singing, accordion and recorder to an epic ambient/dark folk track. The new Old Forgotten Lands album, "Primal," will be released later this year on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Elan and I talked about collaborating pretty much the whole time he lived in New Haven, given how similar our musical instincts are, and I was glad to finally do something before he left the city.

I contributed some Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and an accordion solo to Sigh's upcoming album "In Somniphobia." This will be coming out in November of 2011. I am very pleased to be again doing some spot recording for Sigh - I also contributed the same instruments to the orchestral palatte of 2010's "Scenes from Hell," and they are using those sounds to even creepier effect, complementing the keyboards/guitars/sax/bass/drums core lineup of the group. It was a great pleasure to get into the mind of Mirai Kawashima (frontman and composer) hearing drafts and demos of the tunes as they were taking shape.

I also recorded some doomy accordion for Mountain Wasp's upcoming split with Story. This will possibly be out (self-released) by October for our mini-tour. A future post will go into more detail about the mini tour - stay tuned!

Finally, the Atlas grouping of the NHIC that performed and recorded last year will be gearing up for the release of that material. Details TBA but it will probably be out by the end of this year. on NHIC Records.

Stupid Busy Again

As you may have noticed, there are a ton of new events along the sidebar. August looks to be a pretty exhausting month but also one quite worthwhile.

First up, since weather forced the cancellation of the first scheduled appearance with this group, I will be playing with the Afro-Semitic Experience on July 27th in Hadley, MA at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House.

Two days later I'll be trying to work on a different set of old songs as An Historic at Neverending Books (July 29th, 8PM.) I'm excited to be splitting the bill with Robin Aigner and Serena Jost, two songwriters with some sonic kinship to me, from what I've heard. Please come out for what should be an excellent show.

Dr. Caterwaul's will then have a busy week, starting on August 7th at Lyric Hall as part of the launch party for the new Here Digest. We will play a live streaming set as part of the "Register Sessions," a series run by the New Haven Register, on August 10th at 6:00 PM, and on the 11th we'll play at Cafe 9 with the ridiculously talented Fishtank Ensemble, at 9:30 PM.

Then I'll be playing two days back to back as part of a mini-festival of the Uncertainty Series. On August 12th (Bru Cafe, New Haven, 7:30 PM) I'll be doing some new Duo compositions with Carl Testa, alongside Bird Fly Yellow from Philadelphia, PA, and the James Ilgenfritz String Quartet featuring local cellists Ben Shirley and Nathan Bontrager. Then on August 13th (Neverending Books, New Haven, 8:00 PM) I'll be doing a short set of solo music on a bill that features a split set with vocalists Kyoko Kitamura and Anne Rhodes as well as a solo set by Nathan Bontrager. All four performers will be variously involved throughout the night.

Further along (with more info coming) are a mini tour with Dr. Caterwaul's, a few performances in a play, and later an An Historic mini tour also featuring Mountain Wasp. Look also for an upcoming summary of collaborations and guest appearances that have happened this year and last, many of which will be released before the year is out.