I would like to take the time and share with you my new recording, WHAT IS NOW.
It was conceived as a vinyl release so there are two sides to it. Side A contains an abstract sound composition entitled, Migration Suite: Music for Woodwinds and Jazz Ensemble. This recording was recorded live in Berlin in September 2019.
Side B contains two songs, Southern Wind and Rumba Blues, that were recorded during the initial Covid-19 lockdown during the months of April, May, and June. These songs were recorded in various parts of the world. I called friends in London, Los Angeles, and Tucson who had the ability to record at home. The music reflects much more of coming home for me and a different style from Side A.
I have a wide variety of tastes and I wanted to share these with you. I know I demand a lot from the listener but that is how I work. These are meaningful compositions to me, hence the limited vinyl release. I hope you can hear something that you can connect with on this special recording.
The process for me was a cathartic experience. It digs deep into my subconscious about human belonging.
Thank you! To everyone who donated, shared and listened. I’m touched at all the people who responded to the music and the call for donations around the world.
With the final push yesterday, the Migration Suite Fundraiser made its goal! Some of you found ways to donate directly, outside of the FB fundraiser, which is very much appreciated. Thank you for making the extra effort.
I believe it really will make a difference. This project was important to me, not only to raise money for people in need, but to keep our attention on the issue of refugees - even as the world faces unprecedented health and economic crises.
This is a difficult period for many. And I am especially grateful that - despite these tough times - we pulled together for this effort.
Saturday June 20th is World Refugee Day. I’m releasing my latest piece, MigrationSuite to mark the date and highlight the work that still needs to be done to help refugees rebuild their lives.
This is a a free jazz, experimental sound project inspired by refugee journeys - original conceived for and featured in an art project with Ai Weiwei. This is a very personal project for me and I truly hope it has some impact. If you feel like contributing to help refugees, please go to my FB fundraiser for @CEARefugio - a local charity I’ve been working closely with in Spain.