Video: Tarras Band in Krakow

Video from Tarras Band’s recent visit to the 24th annual Festival of Jewish Culture in Krakow, Poland has been posted to Youtube.

Erik Satie Quartet on Saturday Sept 6th, 2:30 PM (Barbès)

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.

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)