A couple of recent developments:
- I've been slated for a 2-person show at DLG-Nashville in June. The tentative working title is "Old Hick & a Big Bang." The idea is to mash-up Andrew Jackson and some new material on the origins of the universe [see link to an article in today's New York Times for one of them]. The exhibit narrative draws from research data gathered for the Code Duello series executed at my chashama/Chanorth residency, and on my recent trip to Tennessee, which included a visit to the Hermitage, Jackson's historic cotton plantation and residence.
- I'll be working with Arts in Bushwick on this year's iteration of Bushwick Open Studios, the 8th one, NYC's biggest/best, and - arguably - the world's most rad artist zoo. I've attended a couple of BOS2014 mixers, and signed up for the Press Team, and may also be producing some AiB Blog entries, if all works out. At this point, I'm not sure what my BOS2014 studio presentation will feature. Stay tuned.
- My old friend, boss saxophonist and composer Max Abrams, who has an awesome new record out [Sway], contacted me around the trip to Nashville. He's evidently up in Manitoba on some crazy muso mission, but we e-chatted, and Max invited me to create moving images for an as-yet-undetermined selection from Sway. I of course agreed and am close-listening to several, which he suggested. One is the title song, featuring Mavericks (etc) star Raul Malo. Neat enough, during my stay in the Music City, which included a few evenings at Dane Carder's great studio at Chestnut, the Mavs were rehearsing a couple doors down on the same floor. What great moments, to pass by in the hall, taking in the sounds of those great performers, including old pals Jerry Dale and Robert (I'm assuming - I didn't knock and interrupt their practice to say hi, although mutual friends assured me I should've; ...next time...) ∞ Anyway, I will post updates on project progress here.
- When it rains, it pours. The collaboration with Max will run concurrent with ongoing and similar work with both Wilson Novitzki and Bold Jez. Wilson is about to leave on another European tour with R. Stevie Moore, and he has a really compelling photography project piggybacked on those plans. Check out his Kickstarter for more info (and to donate to this worthy creative cause). Wilson and I haven't sat down and hashed out a plan, but I'm hoping we do a DisciplineAriel 2.0 project. Jez has forwarded me several songs he recorded recently (which you can listen to at his Soundcloud). In my mind, Jez is one of most remarkable and unique talents I've encountered in three+ decades of wanderings & encounters amongst the Mighty Unfettered, the authentic and true snowflakes & fearless. We discussed my creating a full album's worth of 4Danimations (10 Songs). He's doing his works with majesty & dignity. My turn's coming.