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!