New EP, Opera Clips, Broadcloth Tour, Upcoming Shows

First off, I've decided to release an EP of some of the music I've composed for the dance classes I've worked for in the last 3 years. Titled "Gebrauchsmusik" after the German ideal of "utility music," or music that had both functional merit as well as artistic, one of the only things each of these pieces have in common is their intended use. Otherwise you find a range, from solo to studio "ensemble" pieces, from through-composed to fully improvised and various stages in between, from tonal to completely atonal. The other common thread is them all being recorded in a hurry, which provides for some wonderful accidents under pressure as well as a few glaring mistakes. But the short amount of time between inception and final draft forced me, while working, into some corners that I don't usually find myself in, which places these pieces between the cracks of all of my main focuses. I hope they provide some enjoyment, or at least insight. I'll be releasing this in early July.

Above are two clips from Sunday's performance of Red Giant in New Haven. Rhymes with Opera did a fine job interpreting the music and working with them last weekend was truly a blast and a privilege. The company got a nice multi-channel recording from the room, and I'll post some bits of that in a few weeks when it is available.

Broadcloth is on tour again VERY soon, this time heading South. I'm very excited for this run of shows. Check the sidebar for the information about each of the 7 tour dates, as well as info about our just-confirmed homecoming show in New Haven, at Intercambio on June 29.

Finally I've got a few odd shows coming up - this Friday, a long overdue An Historic duo show with Brian Slattery, at Greenwell Organic Coffee and Tea (6PM), Saturday and Sunday as part of the CitySeed Farmers Markets, as well as Saturday evening  as part of the Ideat Village Festival, all with Dr. Caterwauls. Check the sidebar for more info.


with Nina Nastasia at BAR

Once again a show has come up that I've forgot to post about on my blog (although in my defense I was added only a week ago...) If you're in New Haven, come to check out An Historic solo, my first set in awhile, opening for Nina Nastasia. This promises to be a fun show, and I've been itching to do more An Historic sets recently. The next after this is June 15th at Greenwell Organic Coffee and Tea in New Haven, duo with Brian Slattery.

 Also approaching, of note, is this date:
   Dr. Caterwaul's is opening for Secret Swing Society, from Amsterdam. They're a quality quartet, and we are definitely looking forward to that date, and returning to the Outer Space. 7:30, on June 11th.