Saturday 8/9 4 PM: Erik Satie Quartet at Barbès

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).

Tarras Band at the Krakow Jewish Music Festival

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 @ St. Mazie Saturday June 28

Raskolnikov returns to St. Mazie! Explosive Balkan Rock & Roll featuring members of Slavic Soul Party!, Romashka, and more. Sets at 10 & 11:30.

Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell – “Gold Dust” Album Release Show

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.

golddust cd release flier (1)

Raskolnikov plays St. Mazie on Saturday (4/12) at 10 PM

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. for more info on that. Sets at 10 and 11:30 or so. 

Quartet @ Barbès – Tuesday April 8th, 7 PM

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).