We have entered the alternate reality of MOFO - an amazing festival of music at the MONA museum, curated by Brian Ritchie. On the frying pan peninsula of Moorilla near Hobart, Tasmania, Ellen has installed her Long String Instrument in the Nolan Gallery of the infamous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) - my now new favorite art museum. We did multiple performances of Harbors during the 3 day festival and had the added bonus of visiting my Dad's old stomping grounds in Tazzie.
First stop of a 3 week Australian tour with Ellen Fullman - Sidney Festival 2017! We had the enormous treat of performing at the Centennial Hall in downtown Sidney. Our evening bill included solo sets by the one and only Okkyung Lee on cello and Chris Abrahams playing the 9,000+ piped Grand Organ.
Workshop and performance of Lips of Lapis Lazuli - such a necessary sonic purge and collective sounding during the week of this year's in-credible and jolting election. The closing event of Songs for Women Living with War could not have been a more fitting gathering with performances by Rhodessa Jones, WigBand and Evelie Posch. Special thanks to my fearless core of singers: Karen Clark, Julia Dashe, Ghyslaine Gau, Jean-Philippe Derail, Anne Esmonde, Annie Hallet, Ellen Fullman, Aurora Josephson, Agnes Szelag, Celeste Winant and curator Johanna Poethig.
I made a couple of stops on a day off in Paris after performing an exhilarating duo set with violist Frantz Loriot. Autumn light here on the floor of Sainte-Chapelle and No. 12 Rue de l'Odéon - where Sylvia Beach ran the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, and where she first published James Joyce's Ulysses. Across the street at No.7 was Adrienne Monnier's bookstore La Maison des Amis des Livres. So much history from 1920's Paris to absorb on this street. Now off to some shows in Zürich, Basel and Lucerne with Frantz and saxophonist Christian Kobi.
Performing Harbors at ARCOOP in Geneva and so thrilled to be working with Sound Vision and Ensemble Vide to transform the space of the loading dock to this artists' cooperative. Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument was stunning to behold in this space.
I couldn't resist the chance to float down the Aare River with our tech crew from Dampfzentrale in Bern Switzerland...
Ellen Fullman and I had the fantastic opportunity to spend two weeks in the former paper mill of Moulin de Paillard in Poncé-sur-le-Loir, a small town 200 km outside of Paris. The space had one of the best acoustics we've ever worked in! We had very valuable time and place to develop, perform, and record Harbors, a piece for Long String Instrument and cello. Gratitude to Shelly de Vito, James Porter and Maxime Guitton for making this all possible.
Back at my old stomping grounds at the Littlefield Concert Hall at Mills College to record the music of Chris Brown for justly tuned piano, electronics, oboe and cello with Chris, Kyle Bruckmann and engineer Phil Perkins at the helm.