The Hands Free made a really good record. I am extremely proud of it. We are releasing it to the world on New Amsterdam records, and there's much reason for excitement and celebration. Come listen to us perform the record, along with Mary Halvorson and Robbie Lee.
Playing accordion with The Knights as part of this new theater piece developed by William Kentridge. This is a works-in-progress showing at Mass MoCA and should be really exciting. I am excited. Let's get excited.
Beyond thrilled to be joining my Charleston musical family at this event - curated by Shovels and Rope, presented by Paul Bannister and co. It's such a batch of positive musical and hometown vibes I can't help but be excited. I'll hit with the Garage Cuban Band AND the Shrimp Family Band paying tribute to Tom Petty at the LOW TIDE SOCIAL on Friday night at the festival grounds, then taking in the sounds of all the other more famous people on Sat/Sun.
Maira Kalman, Dance Heginbotham, and The Knights (incl. me on accordion) tour this wonderful piece of dance theater to Asheville, NC (Diana Wortham Theater), Durham NC (Duke Performances), and PLOVDIV BULGARIA (Spotlight Festival of American Dance).
March 16-17, 2018 - Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC
March 23-24, 2018 - Duke Performances, Durham, NC
March 28, 2018 - Spotlight Dance Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgaria,
The groundhog rides again. Feat. Bill Carson, Ron Wiltrout, Jack Burg, Johnny Gray, Aisha Kenyetta, Kevin Hamilton, Joel Hamilton, Michael Flynn, Elena Moon Park, Amanda Kapasouz, Tyler Ross, Lindsay Holler, and Clint Fore.
It's a night of Charleston beauty and family and music.
Jim Findlay and Philip White and a mess of other intensely talented folks have re-imagined the albums of Bruce Haack to create a rock opera theater piece. I'll be Music Directing as well as playing keyboards and and harmonized trumpet. Click the link for more info because my description will barely scratch the surface.
Jan 8-13, 8pm each night
I'm headed to Canada to serve as Associate Music Director on the musical Hadestown this fall. I won't be in a performing role, but this is such a fantastic piece of music and theater and art that you should treat yourself to if you're nearby. The run is Nov. 11 - Dec. 3, 2017.
All the info here: http://www.citadeltheatre.com/show/hadestown/
Wed. Sept 27 7:30pm
Thurs. Sept 28 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 29 7:30pm
Sat. Sept 30 2:30pm
Sat. Sept 30 7:30pm
Over the course of a year, author, illustrator, and avid collector of human experience Maira Kalman kept an online graphic diary for The New York Times called “The Principles of Uncertainty.” In this dance-theater collaboration, choreographer John Heginbotham brings Kalman’s candy-colored musings on travel, beauty, and mortality to fanciful, moving life. Inspired by the various walks the two acclaimed artists took together over many months, The Principles of Uncertainty is a meditation on the objects, memories, friends, and strangers that fill our days. As Kalman herself passes the time onstage, dancers move to music performed live by members of chamber ensemble The Knights in this telescopic vision of everyday wonder.
Excited to join a really fun bill of awesome folks to premiere James Moore's new accordion piece "Lowlands". It's a beautiful piece based on the old old ballad The Golden Vanity, and involves some audience sing-along, so GET READY.
sept 16 / thesunview.org / 8 pm show / $10
CARLO COSTA + SEAN ALI + JONATHAN MORITZ /
ANNA RG + LEA BERTUCCI share duo music / fiddle+banjo, saxophone + tapes&loops
and two brand new works :
NATHAN KOCI premieres "Lowlands" by JAMES MOORE / inspired by the ancient ballad The Golden Vanity
ANNA & ELIZABETH premiere "The Wife of Usher's Well" and "Moore's Field" / short films made in collaboration with director/cinematographer JACOB BLUMBERG, and Thomas Brown & Grace Sachi / dance films set to two archival recordings of ballads
there will be pie.
I'm excited about this one. Playing accordion/piano/who-knows-what...
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham and acclaimed illustrator Maira Kalman join forces for the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty. Imaginative set design meets whimsical dance theatre, promising a delightful evening full of wit and charm.
The Principles of Uncertainty is an evening-length dance theatre work choreographed and directed by Heginbotham, inspired by Kalman’s written and visual art, set to an original score composed, arranged, and curated by Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble’s Colin Jacobsen.
James Moore is writing me a solo accordion piece called "Lowlands" and I'm really excited to premiere it on the Infrequent Seams Festival - an outcropping of James Ilgenfritz's record label of the same name. $15.
Melissa Hughes / Philip White
Bhob Rainey / James Ilgenfritz
Anna Vitale reads from Detroit Detroit
Chris Cochrane / Stuart Popejoy
Lester St Louis
HOT DATE: Shayna Dulberger / Chris Welcome
Kathy Supové, Jennifer Choi, & James Moore: World Premiere from James Ilgenfritz
Anagram Solos: Dan Blake (music by Marcello Toledo)
Anagram Solos: Nathan Koci ("Lowlands" by James Moore)
Roberta Michel: "Happy Days" by Arthur Kampela
Joe Brent's amazing mandolin-violin-bass trio (w/Sara Caswell and Andrew Ryan), 9 Horses, plays a show of original compositions at LPR. I'll sit in on piano on a few tunes. Opening up for them is Goldfeather, playing Sarah Goldfeather's original tunes from our new CD released last fall!
Presented by Anti-Social Music, PEOPSSONGS is an a capella, choral song cycle with texts drawn from a series of portraits by the artist Fly, one of the most prominent graphic artists to come out of the Lower East Side squatter scene, documenting LES characters, musicians and artists, and the drifters, visionaries, and charlatans passing through that world. Her longest-running project is a series called “PEOPS": single-page, head-and-shoulders portraits of the characters and scenesters she's met, surrounded by transcriptions of her conversations with them during the sitting. A few are well known – John Perry Barlow, Richard Hell, John Zorn (who says "Her visions should be read every morning instead of your daily newspaper") – but most are simply members of the transient underground. Composer Franz Nicolay went through Fly's PEOPS archive, selected fifteen of the portraits, and edited their words down to provide the texts he has set. This work was made possible by a residency at the Rensing Arts Center.
Dolphin Inc. Presents has put together a really lovely bill for a show at this loft space in Gowanus. The Hands Free (myself, James Moore, Caroline Shaw, and Eleonore Oppenheim) will play a set around 9pm, and the evening will be full of other great performers, including Joe Brent, Brian Drye, Ulfur Hansson, GYDA, and Joan as Police Woman. $20 at the door.
Joel Hamilton, aka Mechanical River, is releasing a 7" single on Electric Lady Records, and he's doing a wonderful release show and party on June 1 at Electric Lady Studios. Happy to joining on accordion and wrangling some strings to lush-ify Joel's truly terrific songs.
Happy to be playing horn at MOMA with some wonderful Banglewood Alumni and members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars. I'll be playing Feldman and Wolff, and there'll be a mid-concert discussion between David Lang and Christian Wolff. It's all connected to the exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg's work up now at the MOMA.
Morton Feldman: Ixion
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film featuring Charles Olsen
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day
Christian Wolff: Suite (I) for prepared piano
Christian Wolff: Exercises 29 and 30
I'm playing accordion and horn with this group of intensely talented people. Led by trumpeter/composer/arranger/badass Michael Leonhart, featuring folks like Donny McCaslin, Mauro Refosco, Pauline Kim, Daniel Freedman, etc. It's all over the map and really really really fun.