Trio Blastphemy at Barbès! 8 PM on Friday September 12th. We’ll play our original rep as well as arrangements of Bach, Frantz Casseus, Mancini, and many others.
The Erik Satie Quartet is a chamber wind group dedicated to the music of Erik Satie, Les Six, and related composers. Led by trombonist and arranger Ron Hay, the group is at once lithe and muscular, featuring an unusual and lyrical lineup of trumpet, trombone, bass trombone and baritone sax. Appearing monthly at Barbès, the group highlights the lesser known works of Satie as well as new arrangements of rarely performed works by Poulenc, Milhaud, Debussy, Durey, Sauguet, Auric, Britten, Stravinsky, Kœchlin, Hindemith and others.
As many of the works to be performed were originally choral settings of poems, the performance will include readings of the original French by Olivier Conan.
Ron Hay – trombone & arrangements
Max Seigel – bass trombone
Andrew Hadro – baritone saxophone
Ben Holmes – trumpet & flugelhorn
Works to be performed on September 6th:
Francis Poulenc – “Chansons” with poetry by Guillaume Apollinaire and Paul Éluard
Darius Milhaud – “Sonnets Composés au Secret” with poetry by Jean Cassou
Claude Debussy – “Trois Chansons” with poetry by Charles D’Orleans
Louis Durey – “Trois Chansons Populairs de Haute et de Basse Bretagne”
as well as works by Henri Sauguet, Georges Auric, Charles Kœchlin and, of course, Erik Satie.
The Erik Satie Quartet is a wind group whose focus of repertoire starts with Erik Satie, his times, and beyond. The four lithe and muscular voices present music that is unique and strange for the uninitiated, yet with warmth and humanity at its core. The group has a regular slot at Barbès, performing the second Saturday of every month at 4 PM, phonometrically calculated to be the perfect time of day for a Pernod. Repertoire is drawn from the works of Milhaud, Auric, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Britten, Durey, Sibelius, and of course the Velvet Gentleman himself.
The Erik Satie Quartet is Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax).
Tuesday morning, I’m headed to Poland to play at the Krakow Jewish Music Festival with Tarras Band. We’re bringing our distinctly 2nd Avenue style of Klemzer to the festival for the first time. It’s always great to play with legendary pianist & NYC institution Peter Sokolow as well as Michael Winograd (clarinet), David Licht (drums) and Jim Guttmann (bass). This time out we’re also joined by special guest Dan Blacksberg on trombone. Details about the festival can be found here
Raskolnikov returns to St. Mazie! Explosive Balkan Rock & Roll featuring members of Slavic Soul Party!, Romashka, and more. Sets at 10 & 11:30.
Patrick & I will be playing a house concert in Princeton, NJ as part of a great series that’s going on down there. It’s what the kids call an “underground” show, so please email me through the contact page if you want info. Potluck at 7, music at 8.
Saturday June 7th – it’s the release of our second album, titled “Gold Dust“, and we’re both thrilled with it! The repertoire is wide-ranging, going from klezmer to Shostakovich to Ornette Coleman to a bunch of original pieces to the title waltz from Satie. It sounds great- recorded, mixed and mastered all by our good friend, the very talented Don Godwin. And it looks beautiful, thanks to the wonderful design work by Avia Moore.
Please come celebrate with us and pick up a copy of our new baby! (We’ll have it available online for ordering from this site or download from iTunes, Amazon, etc, but isn’t it nicer to get it in person?)
You can buy the CD online or get the album on iTunes from the Buy Music page!
There will be no punch and pie, but cake. Yes, cake.
Trio Blastphemy will play City Winery’s Klezmer Brunch series on Sunday 4/27. Sets are at 11 and 12:30, food is available (and good to boot). We’ll play music from the Klezmer repertoire as well as music from the Balkans, Haiti, and perhaps even some Bach Sinfonias. With Curtis Hasslebring (trombone) and Marcus Rojas (tuba).
Raskolnikov (a very fun band) is led by Chris Stromquist (a very fun drummer). Also involved are Tim Vaughn (a very fun trombone player), Yoshie Fruchter (a very fun guitarist) and Matt Pavolka (a very fun bass player). We’ll be playing very fun balkan rock and roll with lots of shenanigans. We’ll be playing at St. Mazie (a very fun place) in Williamsburg. www.stmazie.com for more info on that. Sets at 10 and 11:30 or so.
My quartet will be returning to Barbès as part of our continuing monthly residency on Tuesday April 8th. We’ll have the whole gang – Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums) and Matt Pavolka (bass).