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What’s Summer without Friends? Tuesday at Spectrum & more.


What’s Summer without Friends?  Do you know those folks up above? That’s (from the left) Glenn Cornett, the owner and creator of Spectrum.  To the right is Lester St. Louis, Nate Thatcher and his lovely wife Mikayla. I met Nate and Lester only two weeks ago at Spectrum, only to learn that they’ve been ‘the guys’ who’ve been keeping Spectrum humming to wonderful effect during Glenn’s absence.   

Nathan and Lester invited me to put a show together quickly and I in turn offered them, my new friends to join us for it! I then grabbed my old friend Johnny Butler, saxophonist from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, he grabbed his friend Kassa Overall, and I pulled my good friend Adam Cuthbért in as well for a well-rounded musical party.  Come join us for an evening of music you haven’t heard before from a whole bunch of über-talented folk!

7pm The Origin of Dialogue
Lester St. Louis (cello), Nate Thatcher (piano) and Dre Hocevar (percussion)

Performing and improvising on original works.

Straight after, ’round 7:30, enter Johnny Butler, joined by his steady collaborator Kassa Overall – Saxophonic electronic musical awesomesauce with a rap twist!

At 8pm I’ll be doing a solo set with my usual rig featuring Tree-Oh by Michael Gordon and Killer by David Lang (from Outerborough), a new piece by John King, a true duet between analog and digital spaces with the composer present.  Add to that, Bill Ryan’s beautiful A Simple Place, a multitrack symphony written for me several years ago, and you’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of composer goodness.
At 9pm, I’ll end the evening with a 30-minute conversational electronic set in duo with laptop artist, trumpeter, and Ableton Live virtuoso Adam Cuthbért, a composer whose aesthetic locks in beautifully with my own when we improvise, and we’ll welcome back Johnny and Kassa to boot!

All of us heartily invite you to this end of summer event and hope to see you there!  Click here for the Facebook event for details.



Todd Reynolds and Friends

Tuesday, August 20th at 7pm

121 Ludlow Street, Second Flr.
Lower East Side, NYC














Also this week – Wednesday night, the 21st, sees me sitting in with yet another great friend, Jason Ennis, with a stellar band including my great colleagues Michael O’Brien on bass and Conor Meehan on drums.  I’m so glad that Jason is showcasing his own music in this Zinc Bar performance, and he’s invited me to sit in on a few tunes. Here’s the facebook event.  Please consider having a drink with us.  Jason writes some great tunes, and I don’t get to play jazz nearly enough!  (photo by KJKPhoto)

Wednesday, August 21st at 7pm

Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
New York, NY







Hi folks,

It’s shaping up to be a colossal June so far!  I just returned from *Skywalker Ranch* for the Sundance Institute’s newly inaugurated collaboration with Skywalker Sound to support independent filmmakers and film composers!  Beyond thrilled about being part of the lab and I’ll be sharing some more on the whole mind-blowing experience soon!

Off the airplane and into a fantastic week of concerts that I would love for you to come enjoy.  TONIGHT brings TWO amazing events:

First up, the Bang on a Can Benefit at 6pm at City Winery.  This year we’re honoring the brilliant DAVID BITHER of Nonesuch Records with a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring Bang’s very own Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Star David Cossin with Glenn Kotche (of Wilco fame) playing live percussion duets (including music by Steve Reich), Devendra Banhart, the wildly creative and popular Nonesuch artist playing a couple songs for us the night before his big Town Hall gig supporting his latest record Mala AND this just in: Carolina Chocolate Drops!  I’ll be performing Michael Gordon’s Light is Calling.  More details here!

I’ll be hopping off to Brooklyn right after to play at 8 in the first ever UNPLAY Festival, a three-night event conceived, curated and organized by the excellent pianist/composer  Conrad Tao. The festival will take place June 11-12-13 at 8PM, at the powerHouse Arena.  Each evening is devoted to a different conception of classical music ePhemera explores the fleeting nature of the concert experience, REPlay challenges the notion of ‘standard repertoire’ as well as how old and new works relate to one another, and Hi/r/stories looks at the broader narrative of classical music and how our digital, social media culture has affected how the story is told. Full schedule and details here!  If you can’t make it, you can check out the livestream here.



THURSDAY at 7 brings a very special event at the National Opera Center with my long time collaborator, the wonderful Neil Rolnick.  I’ll be performing his second violin concerto, Gardening at Gropius House with Alan Pierson conducting members of Alarm Will Sound.  Additional music by Rick Baitz, Caleb Burhans, John Orfe and Matt Marks.  More details here.

Hope to see you out there!