Source: Kyoko Kitamura.
Released from Relative Pitch Records is Geometry of Distance, the sophomore album by the collaborative quartet of Joe Morris, Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum and myself, now called Geometry. It’s a surprisingly quiet album, subtle and deep, with gorgeous improvisation by each of the members, something you can put on during the day while you’re doing something else… which is not at all how I would describe the other albums I’m on. Yet, amid the calm, we are all pushing each other to the furthest limits of our instruments, and I’m trying out my most advanced improvisational and composition approaches to voice.
To celebrate the release, I’ll be performing in New Haven on December 8th with Taylor and Joe at the Multiplex series taking place at the State House. Hope to see some of you there!
This year started with the release of the 12-CD GTM (Syntax) 2017, which I co-produced with Anthony Braxton, and the CD release event at Roulette with the Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble which I direct. After that, I was in Sweden for the wonderful Edition Festival, then in Japan to give performance workshops on music by Anthony Braxton. I worked with two youth ensembles, the Visionary Youth Orchestra and Face the Music, was able to squeeze in a few gigs of my own including one with my fantastic quartet Tidepool Fauna, then spent much of the fall preparing for and performing in Anthony Braxton’s epic six-hour 60-person Sonic Genome performance in Berlin (full video here).
Next year starts with more from Geometry, and I am excited for amazing opportunities to work for an extended period with Taylor Ho Bynum at Dartmouth, and William Parker on his Vermont tour. In between, for the second time, I will be at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Anthony Braxton. Meanwhile, slowly but surely, I am working on my next album which will be titled Protean Labyrinth II.