Sunday, April 6, 2014
It has been a very interesting several months just gone by adjusting to my new life in Berlin – which is turning out to be a truly fantastic choice of city for me personally to live in on really so many indescribable levels. Have met and continue to constantly meet fantastic musicians here and there are many exciting new music projects and concerts in planning (much of the details of which will be posted on my gig listing as more information becomes available..)
To begin with I will be travelling back to Sydney from April 13 till May 3 and am doing some great gigs that are really worthwhile to come and see while I am in town. On Thursday April 17 I will be performing at Camelot Lounge with my Souvenirs: A Tribute to Django Reinhardt show with a special focus on the master ballads composed by the early 20th Century Gypsy-jazz master. Tickets are available from Sticky Tickets, doors are open from 7pm for an 8pm show and the night will feature a killer lineup comprised of the wonderful Nigel Date and Ben Panucci on guitars, accordion virtuoso Marcello Maio, the legendary Eddie Bronson on horns, the one and only Mark Harris on bass and my long term musical partner in crime Daniel Pliner on piano. Saturday April 19th directly following I will be performing again at Camelot Lounge this time with long time close friend and extraordinary singer Nadya Golski and her 101 Candles Orkestra. Tickets are available from Sticky Tickets and doors are open from 7:30pm for a 9pm show.
The following week will be a very very special show indeed. This time at Foundry 616 with the huge double header of
Zohar’s Nigun AND Asthmatix and this will be a super special night as bassist Simon Milman will be moving overseas so the night is set to be recorded with the potential for a new Zohar’s Nigun recording in the works to be released as a result by my label Rectify Records at a later date. Tickets for this show are also available from Sticky Tickets , doors are from 6:30pm for an 8:30pm show and this is truly a night not to be missed!
Asthmatix has several additional shows booked during my upcoming stay in Sydney (details to be posted very soon) and in late August the band will be back in Europe performing shows in the UK and northern Germany and releasing a very exciting new recording…stay tuned! In more Europe-based news, several new projects are in the works including one with my absolute favourite Yiddish singer and really great friend Karsten Troyke. This project will include the one and only Daniel Pliner on piano, fantastic Berlin-based Danish bassist and composer Kenneth Dahl Knudson and the superb Berlin based Danish klezmer clarinettist Emil Goldschmidt performing Yiddish Tango music with a hint of jazz and there is a concert booked for this exciting project on September 14 just outside of Berlin. More details to come….
Last month I partook in a video shoot and recording of Kenneth Dahl Knudson‘s 16 piece big band made up of some of Berlin’s best jazz and crossover musicians and the result was a very exiting promo video with the aim of future touring and concerts for this extraordinary ensemble. Rehearsals have also been taking place with another fantastic music project run by improviser/composer extraordinaire Tristan Honsinger and there are several major tours in the books with Lulo Reinhardt Latin-Swing Project from June to July in the USA and mid October in the UK and Ireland.
Many other very exciting developments slowly coming to fruition so as always stay tuned……!