In this piece for tape, modular electronics, and laptop (because why have one type of audio wire when you can use five or six?) I start with a poem or text that has relevance in the location I’m performing. At Thrive, Baltimore, for example it was poet Lucille Clifton’s “Cutting Greens.” I record this text […]
I’ve been very fortunate to collaborate with an extremely dedicated champion of contemporary classical music, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, in our viola + modular electronics duo, The Yes &. Here is a mindmap I made of her interview last year on the Music Publishing Podcast. In the year or so since she was interviewed Lanzilotti has […]
It seems every musician in experimental or classical-offshoot genres has, somewhere in their bio, a paragraph that is a seemingly endless list. Maybe it’s a list of pieces performed, or places played, or teachers, or ensembles (or worst of all: the gear sponsorships). Here’s mine. That way I can leave room in a bio for […]
This is a project to see if I can create, record, and distribute 100 works of experimental music for upright bass.
Take Magazine ran a profile of the noise jazz group I play in, Threes. Dewald says Threes “were looking at the current climate of people being separated from one another, staring at screens.” In response, “we decided to focus on a type of music as a band that is best experienced live.” Read the full […]
Sevendays has a nice writeup on the le duo’s 10th Birthday bash. ” Through improvisation and absurdity, the le duo endeavors to break down the barrier between performer and audience by destroying expectations of what is art/music, and allowing for the re-imagining of the spiritual/artistic connection. — JB Ledoux
Contrabass Conversations is one of the great podcasts about my instrument, the double bass. There are hundreds of informal, informative conversations between host Jason Heath and practitioners of bass art engaged in all corners of our instrument. I was honored to become interview 370 in the series. Also, if you’d like to download a recording […]
Videographer and design junkie Jay Blanchard is quickly becoming indispensable for documenting interesting music in my town. Here’s his footage from the Threes performance on May 1 at Light Club. Get your noise jazz right here. Hear Threes play live. Hear Threes play on cassette.
First half of the year has been full. Let’s do the rundown in no particular order: Performance Lots of performance. Never feels that way when it’s happening but looking back over it, a bunch of fun work. A nice mix of electric bass, upright bass, free improvisation, notey music, lots of ensemble work. Solo PaBU: A […]
My friend Jay has been making a bunch of videos of interesting music in Burlington. This video of the le duo performing among the beer vats of Four Quarters Brewing at Waking Windows 2017 is one of them. Thanks much to Quiltro for back lining this gig so I didn’t have to haul a bass […]
In this episode of “…and electronics” I have a conversation with composer Alexandra Gardner. She tells us how she got into making electronic music, gives some words of advice and encouragement to those beginning in this genre, One bit of advice she shares–which is worthy of taping to my forehead–is to make music with whatever […]
Bummed to hear about the breakup of the Snaz. But nice get a little ink (pixel?) in Seven Days re: Threes. the band seeks to provoke self-awareness in its listeners Read the soundbites
Sounds created from electric bass guitar, some with frets, some without frets. Some with encapsulated electronics, some with modular electronics. Often the experimental nature of these works are hidden in technological challenges or concepts more than harmonic or melodic considerations. Electric. by Gahlord Dewald
Article in Take Magazine featuring TURNmusic founder Anne Decker. If the musicians in TURNmusic are open for just about anything, Decker feels that the audience is in a similarly receptive state. And the work of TURNmusic is, in part, about connecting with listeners, making the experience of hearing new music one that isn’t complicated by much […]
A nice note in Take Magazine for our April 2017 show with TURNMusic: TURNmusic is cutting-edge but respectively classical, and the combination has been riotously successful in drawing in a diverse audience of listeners.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to perform Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath with TURNMusic. We’ll be performing it again so if you missed it you can still catch it. The piece involves ceding control of tempo to the individual biology of the musicians. This loss of control is interesting because […]
I was recently in NYC improvising with Anne Lanzilotti, for our collaborative project The Yes &. I’ll write more about this project later but for now the thing to know is this: Anne improvises using a wide array of the extended techniques for viola that she uses to such musical effect while I take the […]
Where did the time go. January just slipped past. I caught some good shows, heaved hard on work, did a number of improvements to my studio situation (more coming on that front), received some new commissions and got them on the practice stand, had to give up on the guts because the dry air in […]
I’m taking a class with Joel Zimmerman on electronic music. I love exploring and learning stuff on my own, but every now and then some structure is good, especially to try new modes of working and thinking. One of the things I’m hoping to do with this course is improve my chops with my eurorack modular. So […]
This past weekend I played in the North Country Electronic Music Festival, produced by TurnMusic with Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, David Gunn, Anne Decker and David Morneau. It was held at ArtsRiot, just a stones throw from my studio. It was a great afternoon of all kinds of different electronic sets ranging from the “explorations of rurality” […]
I recently received a copy of Jennie Gottschalk‘s book Experimental Music Since 1970. It would be difficult for me to overstate how much I am enjoying it so far. Sure there are occasional passages I don’t quite get but that’s probably more on me than her. I’m into this book. If you’re into experimental music you […]
Performances, instrument adjustments, summer.
New Function: synthetic textures to accompany contemporary tasks.
Many things–performances, learnings, plannings, recordings–in the past few weeks.
Everyone handles graphic scores differently. It’s what makes them fun. Here’s an example of how I do it:
I recently learned a trick to create analog reverb/echo that doesn’t use a digital plugin.
I’m about half a page away from having Emil Tabakov’s “Motivi” memorized.
I was asked to contribute some thoughts on new music, money, business, funding models etc by NewMusicBox, the blog of New Music USA. The kernel of what I wrote formed while taking the train back to New York from New Music Gathering Baltimore. I find it so important to engage in creative thinking wherever I […]
Composer and guqin player Carolyn Chen is interviewed on my radio show Bleep Boop Beep, April 9, 2014 Carolyn Chen and I had a great conversation this week. She came to composing after her undergrad. We talked about her piece for Now Hear Ensemble called “Made in China, Made in California.” In it, she uses […]
Continued pounding on the third page of Motivi. This page should go down easier as it is
I had a great conversation with flautist Meerenai Shim recently. I finally
Moved several important things ahead this week. Started moving into page 3 of Emil Tabakov’s “Motivi.”
Episode 8 of Bleep Boop Beep featured composer Garrett Schumann and percussionist Chris Sies.
I launched the radio program Bleep Boop Beep two months ago. Here’s what I’m learning.
Bleep Boop Beep is a radio show focusing on music for instrument and electronics.
Dan Bolles, music critic for Vermont-based Sevendays reviews Boogaloo for Improvisors by the le duo: provides a solid fix for experimental music fans and may serve as a gateway for new listeners