Late October: Two live sets at Rockwood Music Hall

I'll be the Lower East Side's Rockwood Music Hall the last week of October playing with two great groups.  October 25 is Kumi Wheadi, playing original music and Gentle Giant covers with Adam Minkoff (bass), Max Kutner (guitar), Brad Whiteley (keyboards), and Nick Anderson (drums).  Then on October 27, Individuation performs a set of my music for the midnight set!

I'll be the Lower East Side's Rockwood Music Hall the last week of October playing with two great groups. October 25 is Kumi Wheadi, playing original music and Gentle Giant covers with Adam Minkoff (bass), Max Kutner (guitar), Brad Whiteley (keyboards), and Nick Anderson (drums). Then on October 27, Individuation performs a set of my music for the midnight set!

Bloomington Writer's Guild Miniset: Ruby My Dear (T. Monk) and Venus (J. Coltrane)

September 25: An addendum/correction to Plastic Sax's review of Ghost Tantras

There are some representations of authorship and personnel in this review that I'd like to address.  

Mother Brain Records is a record label co-founded by Seth Andrew Davis and me.  It is based in Kansas City, Missouri.  We, as Mother Brain, organized and supervised the recording of "Ghost Tantras" in June 2021 and then commercially released it on April 1, 2022.  

Mother Brain seeks to cultivate and document musical culture (improvisation, composition, electronics, new music) especially highlighting artists from the KC area and the greater Midwest.  Our first recording was released in May 2020, and to date we have 26 recordings available.  

"Ghost Tantras" was not released by EMAS (Extemporaneous Music and Art Society), and Ghost Tantras is not affiliated with EMAS.  Although EMAS does have a collaborative "imprint" with Mother Brain Records called Extempore, Mother Brain and EMAS are separate commercial entities.  

Seth Davis is the only member of EMAS present on "Ghost Tantras";  3 out of the 4 performers on "Ghost Tantras" are not in the EMAS ensemble.  EMAS is cited three times in the review, but Mother Brain is not mentioned at all.  Of the five hyperlinks to various parties included in the blog's review, none of them directs to Mother Brain's website as of this writing.

This is highly unusual.  A reader who is not familiar with the performers, labels, or their respective activities on the Kansas City music scene would likely come away from the Plastic Sax review thinking "Ghost Tantras" was performed and released by EMAS, as evidenced by the opening sentence.  Although Mother Brain's objective is to sustain and develop improvised and new music regardless, that involves documenting the historical record accurately.  

I salute and extend my respect and well wishes to the artists of EMAS, who are doing strong and forward thinking work in the Kansas City area to perform, promote, and curate improvised and new music.

There are some representations of authorship and personnel in this review that I'd like to address.

Mother Brain Records is a record label co-founded by Seth Andrew Davis and me. It is based in Kansas City, Missouri. We, as Mother Brain, organized and supervised the recording of "Ghost Tantras" in June 2021 and then commercially released it on April 1, 2022.

Mother Brain seeks to cultivate and document musical culture (improvisation, composition, electronics, new music) especially highlighting artists from the KC area and the greater Midwest. Our first recording was released in May 2020, and to date we have 26 recordings available.

"Ghost Tantras" was not released by EMAS (Extemporaneous Music and Art Society), and Ghost Tantras is not affiliated with EMAS. Although EMAS does have a collaborative "imprint" with Mother Brain Records called Extempore, Mother Brain and EMAS are separate commercial entities.

Seth Davis is the only member of EMAS present on "Ghost Tantras"; 3 out of the 4 performers on "Ghost Tantras" are not in the EMAS ensemble. EMAS is cited three times in the review, but Mother Brain is not mentioned at all. Of the five hyperlinks to various parties included in the blog's review, none of them directs to Mother Brain's website as of this writing.

This is highly unusual. A reader who is not familiar with the performers, labels, or their respective activities on the Kansas City music scene would likely come away from the Plastic Sax review thinking "Ghost Tantras" was performed and released by EMAS, as evidenced by the opening sentence. Although Mother Brain's objective is to sustain and develop improvised and new music regardless, that involves documenting the historical record accurately.

I salute and extend my respect and well wishes to the artists of EMAS, who are doing strong and forward thinking work in the Kansas City area to perform, promote, and curate improvised and new music.

Out now! Second Nature on Mother Brain Records

Second Nature Ensemble's recorded debut is out now on Mother Brain Records. Seth Andrew Davis and I started the electroacoustic group five years ago and used it as to draw upon and fuse a number of our musical interests: American and European free improvisation, Second Viennese atonal composition, the American experimental tradition, graphic scores and notation, jazz, and electronic music. This is our first studio recording made in December 2020. We hope this document album makes a contribution to the new wave of contemporary improvisation and composition happening in Kansas City.

I want to give a special mention to artist Andrea Cukier for allowing us to use her striking work, Broken Forest, on our album cover.  Also thank you to Heather Basile for her beautiful design.

Live on KKFI 90.1FM (Kansas City) with Brad Gregory

Three Tenors at Rockwood

2017 Midwest Minitour

Scott Yanow reviews Individuation

Spectrum NYC, 11/5: Tenth Intervention + Beyond Quintet Double Bill!

Tenth Intervention at The Greene Space - 40th Anniversary of the Golden Record!