Posts Tagged ‘Funk’

John Zorn’s ‘Simulacrum’ & Imperial Triumphant’s ‘Abyssal Gods’ Out Now!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Greetings Everyone,

Thank you for joining again on what appears to be a slow transition into Spring and I must say that it is a welcome one at that! I’m beyond excited to announce that John Zorn’s ‘Simulacrum’ is now available via Tzadik! I don’t think I can accurately describe how happy I am that this record is now in the world, not to mention that this is only part of a whole series to come still. Thus far, we’ve tracked two albums with a third being composed as I write. There are a few more albums that I will be working on with Zorn in the very near future, some involving Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’ Abraxas, another project with John Medeski, and a few more things to come but for now here’s a brief description of the new album:

The most extreme organ trio ever, Simulacrum is yet another wild new direction from Downtown Alchemist John Zorn, who continues to explore new worlds and new ensembles into his sixth decade.

Dramatic through-composed pieces that unfold with a cinematic logic, this genre bending music defies classification, touching upon metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, noise and more. Passionately performed by an unusual all-star trio of John Medeski (MMW), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric) andKenny Grohowski (Abraxas) this is powerful and fascinating music that highlights the MENTAL in experimental! Riveting!”

www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=8330

Also available now is the critically acclaimed release by Imperial Triumphant entitled ‘Abyssal Gods’ which is available now via Aural Music & Code666! This effort I’ve talked about several times in the past, but despite how tricky it is to find the link, here it is for all your digital downloading glory. This May we will be hitting the road with Thantifaxath for a brief US run throughout the midwest and East Coast- unfortunately sans Alex Cohen and Erik Malave– but I will be holding down the fort with bassist Steve Blanco for the outing. I will post tour dates on the site very soon.

Thank you for checking out the music and stay tuned as I will be posting a new video tonight. NO, it’s NOT the quintuplet lesson video part two, because all the raw footage for that is gone and needs to be re-shot and cut all over again, but instead tonight you will get to see and hear the raw files of selected takes on Richard Padron’s upcoming solo album. I’ve labeled it as ‘Episode 1’ and I will continue to post them as we go song by song over the next several months. Richard and I have been friends for almost 20 years and have been making music together for almost as long. He is basically the guitar equivolvent of my playing style, if that helps shape the perception of his musical prowess His writing is beautiful and rich mixture of Cuban Timba, Jazz, Folkloric musics, Electronica, and Classical all rolled into the manic expression of pure art. I cannot wait for this album to see the light of day.

 

As always, thank you for watching and check out my Itinerary for upcoming tour dates!

Cheers,

kenny

The New Year

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Greetings and happy new year to all of you!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their acclimation into the year of Back to the Future Part II, where on my birthday Marty and Doc Brown will discover self-lacing shoes, self-drying clothes, hover boards and hover cars, as well as a crazy resurgence of futuristic 80’s fashion. So far, one of those things has come to pass…

Anyhow, It’s been a while since i’ve written, but there’s a quite a bit to talk about now, so I’ll just keep it as brief as i possibly can. (You all know that I can’t keep anything brief).

As though of you who follow my personal account of FB know, i’ve recently undergone surgery to remove two problematic wisdom teeth. Despite the fact that my teeth evidently hook at the roots, making it rather difficult to extract them, I am recovering well with not too much pain, just a dull throb and wooziness from the medication. I’ve been taking this time off to prepare for next week’s recording session as we head back into EastSide Sound with Marc Urselli at the helm, to work on the follow up to John Zorn’s upcoming release, ‘Simulacra’, an Organ Rock trio featuring Matt Hollenberg of Cleric, John Medeski and myself. For this next installment, we will be joined by Marc Ribot and Trevor Dunn. This record will pick up where Simulacra left off, and take it into an even crazier direction. I’m getting carpal tunnel just thinking about it! As that develops I will upload pics and what not, but in the meantime, look for Simulacra to be released in February through Tzadik Label.

Around the same time, the new IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT full length will be available through Code666! This album features both myself and Alex Cohen of Pyrrhon and MALIGNANCY, my first time recording on a Black Metal record. We had a ton of fun making it and also destroying the sound all at once and believe me when i say that this record in parts makes me uncomfortable. Seriously uncomfortable.

Coming up this month as well, Dapp Theory will be participating in this years CMA and APAP conferences, performing the music off of our newest release, Forward In All Directions, available now through Whirlwind Recordings Ltd. Though initially recorded in 2011 with Jimmy Haslip at Tedesco Studios by the man himself, Tom Tedesco, it was released this last September and oddly enough, has been met with great approval over in the UK. If you haven’t grabbed a copy you should. If your a fan of my work, or a curious newcomer, this is easily one of the records that I am more proud of. I rarely say this, but in this case it is true. Dapp Theory was one of favorite bands while at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and once I found out that Andy Milne taught there, I immediately signed up to audition. Growing up as a child primarily addicted to Prog-Rock, Fusion, Latin Jazz, and then later on the rest of the wide umbrella of Jazz, I found Dapp Theory to be something that spoke to me instantaneously. Andy has been a dear friend and mentor ever since.

Lastly, I’m happy to announce that I will be performing with Felix Pastorius at this year’s Bass Bash taken place during the 2015 NAMM Show over. I’m already nervous but totally thrilled. We will play trio with saxophonist and long time cohort, Christopher Joseph Ward.

Thank you for taking the time to read all this and I will see you all very soon! I’ll have a few more show announcements for this month and a few other musical endeavors as well, but for now, be well and thanks for checking in!

Cheers,

Kenny

Live With Felix Pastorius & The Social Experiment

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Greetings, 

As the title would suggest, I’ve recently been video taped by photographer Max R Sequeira at a recent gig at Zinc Bar with Felix and the gang, (Chris Ward on Sax and William Tatge on Keys). Almost the entire set was captured (with the exception of one full tune and most of ‘Jazz Crimes,’ but still having about 100min of footage is pretty sweet, no? One caveat: I accidentally set the camera too low when placing it, so you rarely see my face in the video, just a lot of handwork, which is probably more beneficially anyhow.

The show took place on Jan 27th, 2014 and shown in the video are my Bosphorus Turk Series Special Dry Ride (modeled after my Zildjian 21″ Special Dry Ride, but with a more pronounced bell), 14″ Turk hats and my 20″ Special3 Ride (by the hi hat). Also using my Noble & Cooley snare with 24-strand brass Custom Pro set from Puresound, (Evans G1 on top, Hazy Resonant on the bottom.) That’s it for the gear count, now on to the video!

Winter Jazz Fest, APAP, & NAMM

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Greetings,

It is my hope that all of you have rung in the new year with a blast! For me, it has been somewhat of a shaky start personally, but Musically speaking, I could not be happier. It is in this, and with gladness and espresso, that I bring you this update, albeit somewhat late, as to the goings-on these days in the life of the (real) Kenny G. As one could gather from the title, I will be involved in this weekend’s NYC Winter Jazz Festival, the 10th one, to be exact. Abraxas will be performing tonight at NYC’s Subculture, going on at 1:30am with a pretty killer lineup! Everyone is currently prepping the music and going through the parts to ensure that we do our best tonight. I’m drinking espresso, to ensure that I have sufficient chutzpah for tonight.

Along with this, Dapp Theory, thought not making an appearance this year at NYCWJF, will be quite busy performing on Sunday at this year’s APAP conference. These shows happen to be open to the public, so if you would like to stop by the Hilton Hotel (by Carnergie Hall), Harlem Suite on the 4th floor, you can catch us playing a bunch of new material from our upcoming album! Yes, it’s almost done and will be coming out shortly. Couldn’t be happier as this is my first record with the band that I’ve been admiring since 2004. Address and times are listed in my Itinerary for your perusal. 😉

In the last little bit of news, I’m happy to announce that I will be attending this year’s NAMM show in Anaheim, CA! This the first time I’ve ever been to this event, and I excited to see what goes on in what I would call, “The Candyland of Music Gear (and other such nerdy things).” Many friends and colleagues will also be in attendance, and there’s a good chance that you can catch me hanging out at the Bosphorus booth checking out Ari Hoenig’s new ‘Lyric’ series. If you happen to be in attendance, feel free to hit me up and we can hang for a bit! There’s a slight chance that myself and a few other close friends will do a few impromptu performances, so stay tuned for that as well!

That’s all I can write for now, but I hope to see you all either this weekend, very soon, or in the upcoming Abraxas EU tour! Till then, be well and peace to you all. May 2014 be Our year!

cheers,

keny

Post-Secret Chiefs 3, Pre-Psycho Magia

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Greetings,

Seemingly, I’ve begun a new habit of updating this site once every blue moon, but I do believe it is now time for said moon to shine. Quite a bit has taken place for me personally since last I wrote a column in the News section of this site, but I assure you, it has all been quite pleasant and uplifting, gratifying really, to say the least. After the conclusion of what I would consider to have been an incredibly successful and utterly exhilarating tour with Secret Chiefs 3, and also realizing that my drum tracks actually made it on to Book of Souls Folio A, for which I had No idea I would get to be a part of, I returned to New York feeling recharged and reinvigorated, honored and overjoyed and ready to come home and focus back on my music, both for my solo projects and with all the new upcoming Resolution 15 music that is now rising to the surface (after a very tumultuous year for the band). What was also in the works is something that has now nearly come to fruition and I’m very happy to begin to announce Some details about what has transpired, post SC3 tour.

About 5 months ago, myself and the guys in Masada, Book of Angels, Volume 19: Abraxas (or “BoA:19” or “Abraxas,” for short), were chosen to be part of a new project. John Zorn had approached Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, leader and guide of Abraxas, to record a brand new album of music that John had written in memorium for philosopher Giordano Bruno, entitled “Metem Psycho Magia.” He specifically wanted the line up of Abraxas to record this brand new set of non-Masada/Book of Angels music, and instead of it being a songbook, was more of a realized composition. The difference this time being that we would be rehearsing, performing, and recording along side our illustrious composer, as opposed to creating the arrangements and everything ourselves and getting the ‘OK’ from the composer. For all of us, the process began as soon as we received the written scores as homework immediately ensued for all four of us. Trying as best to figure out How to approach the music, what ideas we had work or didn’t work, what we felt needed to happen, How to “interpret” each piece became a new challenge, especially considering our individual touring schedules. All this effort and time lead up to a series of long and focused rehearsals, followed several shows that took place at The Stone in Alphabet City. We started with one night full of our ‘BoA:19′ material, followed 2 nights for the premier of “Metem PychoMagia.”

The performances were Rough at best. The band, as a whole and individually, were struggling to find the voice of each piece, as well as the overall spirit of what PyschoMagia” meant. Needless to say, we went into Laswell’s studio feeling pretty defeated, but somehow, John was able to pull the fire and ‘magic’ out of all of us and to be honest, I think the end result will blow what we did with BoA:19 out of the box! The entire album went from Lackluster to Psychotic, all thanks in part to the artistry of everyone involved, as well as the dedication and leadership of Zorn. This being my first ever in the studio with John, I have to say it was a dream come true. I remember listening to recordings of Naked City and Cobra as a kid and being frightened, as well as intrigued, by what I was hearing: Most people simply didn’t make music like this in Miami and I considered Dolphy and Shostakovich to be the extent of what I thought of as “peculiar.” (This was also around the first time I discovered Mr. Bungle, whom I heard first). But to share the studio with a hero was an earth shattering experience and it’s one that I’ll Never forget. Thankfully, there is auditory proof of what we did and the result of all of our hard work and collaboration. For the first time in a long time, I am proud of music that I got to be a part of, and more so, my performance of said music. (AKA, I actually for once Like what I played!)

In the upcoming weeks, I will be able to report some exciting news about this as the details continue to be sussed out, but let’s just say that it will entail a brand new album to be released sometime early next year, a performance at the upcoming Winter Jazz Festival, as well as a tour of the EU in early 2014!

Though this year is drawing close to an end, I have to say that I’m beyond excited as to what 2014 bring musically (not so much environmentally) and I look forward to the day when I will be able to share a slew of exciting new music for all of you! As always, thank you for taking the time to read this diatribe and till next time, be well and see you soon.

 

Cheers,

Kenny

Hipster Assassins, Now Vs Now, & Edit Bunker

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Now Vs Now, Hipster Assassins, Edit Bunker

 

I’m Incredibly excited (and kinda nervous-who wouldn’t be playing next to Zach Danziger and Mark Guiliana?!)- but this will be an excellent show to see on a Monday! July 8th, just three days from now, you will hear some of the finest Jazz/Rock/Fusion/Electronica/World/Anything/Everything that NYC has to offer. This is not to be missed by any means and the ticket price is ridiculous for something of this magnitude. We will also be playing a couple of Brand New Tunes, so you definitely don’t want to miss this!

I will see many of you New Yorker’s there!

cheers,

Kenny

September 19th-22nd, Intensity!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Greetings All,

Recently, I’ve posted a personal message to friends, family, and fans on my Facebook page. I’m truly excited about what’s coming up soon. In that spirit, on to the post…

This week will be an epic one: Starting on Wednesday, the Zé Luis Quartet will be playing at Nublu for the early set opening for Forro in the Dark, Then on Thursday, Felix Pastorius‘ Hipster Assassins will be playing the late set @The 55 Bar starting at 10. Then on Friday, HUNG will be performing at Dingbatz for Tim Martinez‘s birthday bash: HUNG at Dingbatz, then finally Abraxas will be opening for Consider The Source in NYC – A WORLD AFFAIR ft. Abraxas & Zetizen starting at 9PM. I hope to see any of you at any or all of these shows!

 

Cheers,

Kenny

One Band, One Song, Two Weeks At The Zinc Bar (Same Hair, Sorry)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

For your viewing pleasure, Felix Pastorius’ Hipster Assassins performing Butter Biscuit, from April 23rd, 2012 and April 30th, 2012. Feel free to comment and leave me with your thoughts as I’m always curious as to how people perceive this music.

Enjoy,

Kenny

The Update! April 23rd, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Greetings,

I know it’s been quite a while since the last post but a lot has taken place since then, so hunker down and brace yourself, and I will do my best to not drag this on too long!

I’m sure as some of you can see, Resolution 15 was Successful in it’s kickstarter campaign! To those of you who supported this effort, you have my humblest thanks. I’ve been slated to start recording the drum tracks at the end of this month with Stacy O’Dell at Spin Studios. It will be my first time recording in Greenpoint, but I’m sure the end result will be quite epic.

In keeping with recording news, I have recently received a mastered copy of Shanir Blumenkranz’s upcoming album for his new group, ABRAXAS, featuring the music of John Zorn’s Book of Angels! It’s been a huge honor to be part of this project and I have to say, it was quite fun playing blast beats, bayons, funk, weird sounds, and all the added Moroccan vibes to this music. Look for the album to come out sometime later this year in leu of our upcoming performance at the Marciac Music Festival! (more…)

Live Recording of the Felix Pastorius Group/55 Bar Gig!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Greetings,

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits.  I’m writing to let all of you know that I’ve recently posted new material on my Soundcloud profile, including some live clips of my recent performance at the 55 Bar with The Felix Pastorius Group, aka, The Hipster Assassins.  There are a couple of tracks online as well as previews of some upcoming music that I’m writing for Resolution15’s upcoming full length album.  For now, here’s a sample of what you can expect from my Soundcloud page:

 

In other news, Resolution15 has begun to divulge the history of the band itself in our latest video on YouTube:

Thanks again for visiting my site.  I look forward to seeing you at any of my upcoming shows (conveniently listed in my Itinerary).  Until next time, be well.

 

Kenny