Very excited to announce that I will be playing monthly shows at Three's Brewing in Gowanus starting on Thursday April 27th. The shows will be pretty casual, with a special guest or two, and I will be performing songs and music from my entire catalog and more. Meaning songs from movies, classic standards, old country tunes, songs of mine from 20 years ago, songs from Suite for the Summer Rain and Dance of the Yellow Leaf, piano instrumentals, songs from the musicals I've been writing - you get the idea. If you have a request let me know! Special guests this time around will include my longtime collaborators Don Piper and Bill Dobrow as well as Trevor Deverelle Vaughn's new band Lost Dog Constellation (I'm currently producing their awesome EP). Doors at 8 and I'll go on around 8:30.
The video from the rock musical I've been co-writing with Shannon Burkett has so far screened at the NY Short Film Festival, Los Angeles Movie Awards (where it won a prize), Austin Comedy Short Film Festival (currently nominated for best music), and the NY Indie Film Festival. I think it came out really well. With Broadway star James Carpinello and porn legend Ron Jeremy. The video is only somewhat SFW. Check it out here!
We had a great time on October 8th at the beautiful Mass MoCA in the Berkshires! Live drawing by Michael Arthur while I (and our great ensemble) performed both "Suite for the Summer Rain" and "Dance of the Yellow Leaf"...This was the most expansive version of the show to date - here's a pic from the evening -
Out Now! For the first time the Wet Hot American Summer soundtrack has been released! It's also the first time that my original version of the end title track "Wet Hot American Dream" will be available. It's coming out on vinyl - order it now here
We had a great sold out show on April 14h at the Greenwich House School of Music, as part of their Uncharted series, performing "Suite for the Summer Rain" as well as part of the work in progress Autumnal in a collaboration with the amazing illustrator / live drawer / songwriter Michael Arthur. You can see his work in my collaborations page as the director of my This Is The Now videos, and on his site here.
I just finished scoring a cool piece for Nat Geo, one episode of the Ron Howard produced show "Breakthrough", which is a 6 part series that aired last November. This episode I scored is called "More Than Human" - starring and directed by Paul Giamatti. You can buy the episode on iTunes here
Last fall I composed music and sound design for a new play at the beautiful Cherry Lane Theater, Laugh It Up, Stare It Down, written by Alan Hruska and directed by Chris Eigeman. Show started previews August 26th and opened on September 9th - it ran through October 10th. The New York Times gave it a positive review
"Wet Hot American Summer" has been launched on Netflix! Show came out great, proud of David Wain and Michael Showalter. A prequel to the movie - I had a ton of fun shooting my cameo and co-writing a couple of songs.
My first kickstarter campaign was a success as Shannon Burkett and I raised money to shoot a video of one of the songs from our rock musical-in-process "So You Wanna Be a Porn Star: a story of sex, love and Rock and Roll"! Video shoots in mid-September.
Last May 29th Vanessa Walters and dance/performance art piece "Ripening" had a presentation at Lincoln Center as a part of Lincoln Center Originals, it was so great to hear and see the film work the in the Atrium space, which included some of the music I've created for the piece. You can check out more about that work on the collaboration page.
I've just finished my new record titled "Suite for the Summer Rain". Jeff Hill co-produced and played bass, Chris Carmichael has done some incredible string arranging and performing, and we've added Bill Dobrow on timpani, Erin Hill on harp, and Thomas Bartlett on piano. We mixed at Jeff's studio in Greenpoint with the great Hector Castillo (Bowie, Phillip Glass) at the controls, and Greg Calbi mastered it. I'm truly excited about this one. It's one 37 minute piece, with haunting songs, winds and ocean sounds, and lots of orchestral strings. There are exciting ideas afoot for the rollout, will keep you posted.
I'm the primary composer for a very cool performance art / modern dance piece called "Ripening" choreographed by Vanessa Walters. We had our first hour long presentation of the work at FlicFest in Ft. Greene on February 1st. Spectacular costumes and a really evocative piece. You can check out their video "The House" on my Collaboration page. We've got an exciting cabaret performance coming up at Galapagos April 24th - get your tickets here.
I filmed a funny bit for the second season of the Comedy Central show "Inside Amy Schumer" - playing some comical flamenco guitar and singing in Spanish. Very nice group of folks. The show aired Tuesday May 6th at 10:30pm/9:30central
Ira Glass chose a couple of my instrumental pieces to use on "This American Life".