The remainder of 2014 has been a continuous, awesome, sometimes bizarre adventure. Since my last update:
•I officiated the wedding of two of my close friends. It was really cool and intensely emotional. Aw.
•Progger played some thoroughly enjoyable shows, notably with the incredible new musical entity called Knower, and has been working on music for a recording session at the end of this month.
•I took part in a performance by the brilliant songwriter Kate Kay Es at Rockwood Music Hall, and it was a beautiful experience.
•I got to know two awesome new dogs in my life: my parents' wee terrier, Callie (who is actually an Ewok), and my new dingo-looking buddy Paolo in Austin. I am dog sitting Paolo right now and he is my homey. We walk a lot.
•I decided to spend the month of December in Austin in order to develop new music with the original Progger crew, record it with audio and video crew, to reconnect with my Texas musical family and friends, and to get out of the cold temporarily. The weather has been incredible.
This year has been challenging, eventful, busy, and overall extremely good. The coming year looks like it will present some interesting and rewarding new paths to Progger, and, in addition to the adventures with my band, I look forward to playing with some of the fantastic new artists I've met over the past months. Unsurprisingly, the cultural environment of New York is energetic beyond any other city I've gotten to know. I'm thoroughly enjoying the continuing effort to bridge the cultures of New York and Austin, and to be able to physically spend time in each of those cities to a large degree. With luck, I'll be passing through many cities in between during 2015 while working out some new sounds and compositions.
Progger is going into the studio on December 30 to record some new music, but also to capture as much of the process as we can on video. My brilliant friend Andy LaViolette, the videographer responsible for all of Snarky Puppy's viral hits, will be shooting video for us, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.
Most importantly, 2014 sent some beautiful and brilliant new friends my way. If I were to encounter half as many in 2015 I'd still be extraordinarily lucky. New friends and old friends make life good.
Welcome to my home on the internet
I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
The last few months have felt like they've blitzed by like a souped-up Civic that isn't even street-legal any more. Freelance gigs, Progger travels, living life in New York, and working on new music has been a very enjoyable way to feel completely swamped. But I feel very grateful for all the beautiful human beings, musician or otherwise, who I've gotten to work with and otherwise spend time with over the summer. I'm looking forward to taking a couple weeks to relax here in New York as well as in the Northwest with my family, and I'll hopefully be cranking out some new ideas for musical projects that will be taking shape over the next few months.
After the earthshakingly epic shenanigans with the Funky Knuckles in July and August, it was a serious pleasure to get to do a show with one of my favorite saxophonists, writers, and overall musicians on the scene right now, Troy Roberts. His group is fantastic, his albums are fantastic, and holy crap can he play his instrument. I very much hope we get to do more of those!
My good buddies from Austin, Mente Clara, came up for a few shows, and it was great to reunite with those rascals as well. Plus I got to play at Owen Summers' high school. Witnessing the origins of such a mastodon-like presence on the Austin music scene was a blessing indeed. Also, Poughkeepsie is a trip of a town.
There's some very exciting Progger activity coming up soon! Next is a show that I'm insanely excited about: we're playing with one of my favorite bands on earth, Knower, at One2One on November 1. That will serve as a prelude to a super-sweet December of lots of shows in Texas and the South. Here's everything coming up for my public shows:
November 1, 2014: Progger and Knower at One2One, Austin, TX
November 5, 2014: Progger (north) at Shrine, Harlem, New York, NY
November 5, 2014: Progger (north) at Shrine, Harlem, New York, NY
December 5, 2014: Progger at FlattFest, Austin, TX
December 9, 2014: Progger at RBC, Dallas, TX
December 10, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX
December 17, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX
December 31, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Typing in "Earth, Wind, and Fire" and hitting "shuffle" is a really good idea, particularly on a day when it's raining and thundering like crazy and I'm stuck inside bombarding people with emails on my quest to get as much publicity about the Progger, Funky Knuckles, Indie Revenge tour as possible! Since my last post there have been some pretty monumental changes in the life of Brian, including a new apartment in a new neighborhood, a crazy busy schedule, and juggling a million different playing/booking/publicizing jobs in order to float my crazy, illogical habit of making music full time.
Brooklyn was so very good to me for my first almost-year in New York City. Northeast Flatbush might not be the safest or most glamorous neighborhood, but it was exactly what I needed when I needed it. Thanks to my celebrity roommate I was able to make incredibly cool new friends from around the globe, and that awesome apartment was my gateway to finally moving up north.
But Harlem is a fantastic neighborhood. The neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, there's great coffee, the trains are amazing, and I can walk to everything I need. I'm really enjoying getting to know it.
Of course, most of my energy is going into preparing for this whirlwind tour from Texas to New York via the Southeast. I'm really grateful at how well everything has come together, and it will be very gratifying and inspiring to share the stage and the travels with Dallas' Funky Knuckles and Atlanta's Indie Revenge, two really fantastic bands that represent the best things about the music of their respective cities. We'll also be doing our first show in Albany, NY in just two days with a really cool duo from upstate, Welcher/Urvalek. The venue, Red Square, has a really great vibe and Abita beer on tap, which is always a plus! Here are all the dates: