New Year, New Music

01.07.2016

Greetings and Happy New Year!

I hope this message finds you all well and and at ease. Now that January is in full swing and my schedule has lightened, I will come back to updating this site and keeping you all abreast as to what is going on. As it is, I do have some rather happy news to tell you, so on with the info.

Earl Maneein-violinist and founder of the bands Resolution 15 & Seven)Suns– and I have been working on a new project together that we call, “Black Heart Sutra”, a group that exists well within the bounds of Metal, but is a place where Earl and I can explore our writing and improvisatory impulses, a medium for us to keep composing together. As of this week, we begun reworking one of the first songs that we wrote together under the new moniker titled, “The Transitioning”. I made a quick behind the scenes video of our session earlier this week documenting our new ideas for the song and making plenty of adolescent jokes.

Also in the works, Shanir Blumenkranz’ Abraxas will be going into the studio in February to record for John Zorn’s Masada Book 3: Beriah, as well as Simulacrum entering the studio to record our 5th installment as a band. I’ve had the chance to hear mixes for our fourth record, “The Painted Bird”, which features Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone and Ches Smith on congas. I’m not sure when that record is set to be released but I will let everyone know once it’s available. As of now, it is easily one of my favorite records I’ve recorded thus far with Zorn and I can’t wait for you all to hear it!

Imperial Triumphant is also going back into the studio to continue work on our upcoming EP which we’re hoping to have available before our first ever west coast tour later this year. Most of the basic tracks have been completed, so now we will be focusing on some of the guest musicians and vocals before heading into post production. This time around I contributed one of my own originals, with lyrics by Ilya, so I’m quite excited for you all to hear this new collection of music.

Coming up soon, guitarist Rez Abbasi and his new group, Junction, will perform at the 2016 Winter Jazz Fest on Saturday, January 16th, at the New School Jazz Building Glass Box Theater, a place I’m not familiar with but excited to play at. New School University is my alma mater, having graduated in 2005. I can’t believe that it’s been almost 11 years ago. So much has changed since those days and save for some occasional teaching at the Jazz School, it’s been years since I’ve performed there. It will be a blast to play there with Rez’ new band, but especially to be back at a place that prepared me to become the type of musician I am today.

When time permits, I will write a bit more info since there’s plenty more things happening, but for now, thank you for checking in and I hope that this year brings us all closer to equilibrium.

Until next time,

kenny