Video by Alice Plati
CRUMBLING HIGHWAY (2019)
This is a piece I wrote for my new electro-acoustic nonet, Bird Blown Out of Latitude. It was inspired by driving in New England during the fall, with my dad, and questioning our disruption of the nature we were seeing along the highways.
This recording is from the ensemble’s debut performance at The Jazz Gallery, in December 2018, and they have gone on to perform at National Sawdust and Threes Brewing.
Xavier Del Castillo (tenor sax), Chris Fishman (piano), Russell Holzman (drums), Eva Lawitts (electric bass), David Leon (alto sax), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Gaya Feldheim Schorr (voice), Nolan Tsang (trumpet), and Tal Yahalom (guitar)
EL MAQUECH (2018)
These are two tracks from my latest album as a bandleader, El Maquech (Biophilia Records). It features my quartet, Stranger Days, and the material covers a wide range of influences and styles. The centerpiece is a trio of Mexican songs, one of which being the title track, which is a traditional Yucatan folk song. Other tracks include originals by myself and bassist Walter Stinson, as well as covers of Gabriel Garzon-Montano and Irving Berlin, the latter of which is featured here. I first heard this obscure song in my favorite film, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and I was transfixed by its simplicity while also being rather haunting, as well as Ella Fitzgerald’s commanding performance.
Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Chad Lefkowitz-Brown (tenor sax), Walter Stinson (bass), and Zack O’Farrill (drums)
SIX SCENES OF REMOVAL, from I’D LIKE MY LIFE BACK (2017)
This is a piece that was written as part of the Jazz Gallery Residency Commission, which I received in their 2016-2017 season. It’s from a larger suite called I’d Like My Life Back, which was primarily inspired by Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything”, attempting to musically explore environmental issues, and the murky morality that ensues from them. This piece in particular is a reflection of the process of mountaintop removal mining, and is structured in six parts: clearing, blasting, digging, dumping waste, processing, and reclamation.
Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Larry Bustamante (baritone sax), Nathan Campbell (voice and lyrics), Jasper Dutz (bass clarinet), Russell Holzman (drums), Daryl Johns (synth bass and voice), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), and Travis Reuter (guitar)