Posts Tagged ‘Music’

I Love Brand X In The Spring Time

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Greetings,

As always, hoping that all is well to those who read these words. It’s been an incredibly fun and busy couple of weeks, but just as Spring comes into bloom, so too, do the shows! Brand X is getting ready to hit the road in May in support of our upcoming live Ep, ‘Locked and Loaded: Live at Longs Park Amphitheater’, which will be available for sale at the upcoming shows, including our performance at this year’s RoS Fest on May [the] 4th [be with you]! This recording is a memento of the 5th show i had played with the band at that point, prior to officially joining the group and filling in for the incomparable Kenwood Dennard. The music and my relationship to the band has grown much since this recording, but it’s still wonderful to have something that documents the experience of that first run with one of my childhood, as well as my dad’s, favorite bands. Seldom do things get checked off the proverbial “bucket list”, but when they do, they should be embraced fully, warts and all.

Also coming up in pertinent news, Imperial Triumphant has officially announced the release of our upcoming full length, ‘Vile Luxury’, which will be out this June via Throatruiner Records and Gilead Media! We are very excited for this release, as well as personally, as this will mark the second album i’ve done for the band that includes some original compositions of mine, one of which to be featured on our upcoming music video. We will be releasing this one as a Gatefold double vinyl and in several options, so be sure to be on the look out for this one!

 

For those of you in NYC, I’ll be performing this Thursday with guitarist Jeff Miles at Bar Next Door, two sets starting at 8:30p

Friday, a double header with guitarist Sally Gates and bassist Trevor Dunn at Coney Island Baby at 7pm, followed by the Richard Padron Group playing the late set at Fat Cat, 1am-3am-ish,

Saturday, performing at the Flushing Town Hall with Arun Luthra & KJP, show time at 6pm!

 

 

If you’re in town, would love to see you at any of these shows, and for those of you who are fans of the BX, see you on the road!

Be kindness, to oneself and another. Sometimes kindness is not what one thinks it is, given the circumstances/time.

Cheers,

kenny

Fun Shows & An Old Video Found (It has a drum solo in it, ooh!)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Greetings,

Here’s a clip of myself and good friend, pianist  Pablo Vergara, taking solos on the song Obeahman by composer and saxophonist Jorge Sylvester. This was taken in January of 2011 at the Baha’i Center in Manhattan as part of Mike Longo’s long running Tuesday Night Jazz Series. The group is called The A.C.E. Collective (Afro-Caribbean Experimental Collective, if you will) and is lead by Jorge Sylvester. Other members include bassist Donald Nicks, vocalist Nora McCarthy, and trumpeter Waldron ‘Mahdi’ Ricks. The Group will have a performance on Oct 18th at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY. I unfortunately will not be able to be apart of this, but they have a very special kick-ass guest to serve as my sub. It’s music that truly is worth hearing live.

This performance is a little something different than what you’re probably used to seeing me do, but I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.

In other news, Shanir Blumenkranz’s Abraxas-Masada Book 2 Volume 19 will be making another appearance on October 9th at The Stone at 10PM, preceded by Samuel Adams & Adrian Knight, followed by a performance of the Ze Luis Quartet on October 10th at Nublu at 930PM, opening for Forro In The Dark, and lastly, Dapp Theory will be performing on Friday October 12th at The Blue Note as part of the late night groove series. The doors for Friday are at midnight and the show starts at 12:30AM.

More news to follow, but right now I desperately need to get back to studying Secret Chiefs 3’s Ishraqiyun (This music is so, So awesome and so nuts, cannot wait to play this!)

Cheers,

Kenny

Abraxas in Marciac, Being Folked Up, & a Midsummer’s Recap

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Greetings,

Given that it’s been quite some time since the last update, I bring you an-all encompassing update as to what has been going on over in my new homestead known as Brooklyn!

Later this week, Abraxas will be making it’s live debut here in NYC at John Zorn’s The Stone. Earlier this year John Zorn commissioned bassist Shanir Blumenkranz to record an album of selected pieces from Zorn’s  Book of Angels V. 19 repertoire, giving him free reign to record and produce the album as Shanir saw fit. The end result was something very primordial, tribal, and visceral. Featuring some amazing guitar work from Aram Bajakian (of Lou Reed) and cutting edge experimental guitarist Eyal Maoz. At times, taking from Classic Rock to Moroccan rhythms, Jewish mysticism and an atavistic approach to music, this is an album that I think any fan of music will enjoy. You’ll be able to grab a copy at our upcoming show at  The Stone this Friday, August 3rd or at Zorn’s website. This will be our prep show for the next one, a brief hit at the Jazz In Marciac festival, playing along with John Zorn’s Aleph Trio and Secret Chiefs 3! I’m super humbled and excited all at the same time to be sharing the stage with these insane musicians, as well as thrilled for this will be my first time in France and hopefully Without being detained at De Gaul International!

Here’s a sneak peak of what you can expect on the album:

This past July I had the opportunity to record with composer and long time colleague Daniel Bernard Roumain and North Carolina artist and activist Laurelyn Dossett for an upcoming album that we will be touring briefly later this year. The details on our live shows will follow as they come, but what I can say about the recording session was that it was an absolute joy to work with Laurelyn and many of her various musical partners and band mates. All incredible musicians as well as being incredibly chill and wonderful people to be around and talk with. Many a late night patio talk was had at the end of our 10-hour days in Asheville, NC, and could possibly be one of my personal high points of the summer. Recording at Echo Mountain Studios, is easily the next highlight of the summer thus far. If you ever have the chance to record an album, do yourself a favor and make it happen at this place. Incredible gear with incredible sounding rooms, super pro and courteous staff, and the in house musical gear is killer. There’s also a nice, crunchy coffee shop near by and the tech owns an instrument/amp repair shop down the road. It’s perfect.

In more recording news, I’ve had a chance to hear a bit of the upcoming Dapp Theory album we recorded this past April, and I think old school fans and newer Dapp fans alike will really enjoy this offering. Between and Andy’s compositions and musical direction coupled with Jimmy Haslip leadership and expertise in the producer’s chair, will make for a rather nice album from start to finish. We’ll be making some live appearances this summer, including a quick gig at Harlem’s Ginny’s as well as a set at this year’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. If you haven’t already, check out Andy’s music on the recently released documentary, The Captains, chronicling the personal lives and tribulations of All the Star Trek captains. It’s a must see for any Star Trek fan.

Resolution 15 is also just about finished with it’s newest album, the completion of Svaha. It has been a long time coming but I think our fans will be really pleased with the newer material and a fully realized album. We’ve already written enough new material to record the next two albums, so though we are eager to put that material out there, for you now you all can enjoy the entirety of this album. We should have physical copies fairly soon, along with a very special engagement that we will be letting the world know of in the upcoming months, so stay tuned either here or at Res15’s various media outlets.

As always, thank you for checking in with me and please stay tuned for more updates as they occur. I will have much to report in the upcoming months, as well as some project ideas I have in the works, both in videos and in released music. In the meantime, please enjoy this latest video from Hung’s show at Arena in Queens, NY and till next time, be well.

Kenny

Gira Colombia & Under The Microscope

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Greetings All,

May this message find you in a place of peace of mind, or at the very least, positive transition! It’s been some weeks since I’ve written to you, but my absence from the online world has not been for naught. I’ve been pretty busy with a brand new production lead by Grammy Award winning producer and arranger Victor “Papo” Ortiz for the upcoming Iglesia Casa De Alabanza album. For those of you who may not be aware of this church, it was founded by my Grandfather, Apostle Bobby Cruz (of the Richie Ray y Bobby Cruz fame). I won’t go into a full history of the church,  but I will say that within the christian community, ICA has been a powerhouse of music, especially within the Latin Christian world, with my grandfather rewriting or rearranging with Richie Ray many of their classic songs, transforming them from  secular songs to  religious-oriented materials. But getting back to the point…

What started out for me as merely being hired as a session player for a few tracks on the album, has lead me to becoming part of the production aspect of the album, with the responsibility of writing/arranging/producing a song for the album in more of a Funk/Gospel vein. So far, the experience has been quite rewarding. We tracked the drums at Hit Factory Studios in Miami, Florida, in the same room that my father once tracked drums in when I was a little kid, Which was an honor in and of itself. Next, we recorded the rest of the song in New York City’s Premier Studios in Times Square, with good friend and studio virtuoso Ryan Kelly at the helm (Click Here for the “Humble” version of his clientele). Later in September, I’ll be flying to Nashville to produce the singers for the song, another event that I’m quite looking forward to. The album is expected to be done by early Fall, so stay tuned for more information on that.

In other news, Resolution 15 is getting ready to release another chapter of our Svaha Sessions, so check us out on Facebook and Twitter for release times, or, if you’re a true audiophile, hit us up on our Soundcloud page. Also in metal news, the music video that I performed in for I.N.C. is now live and streaming for your viewing pleasure! Check out myself and Sam Roon from Hung rocking out from a rooftop in Brooklyn!

Lastly, I will be returning to Colombia this year with my good friend and tremendous guitarist Greg Diamond. This year we will be performing in Bogota, Manizales, and Barranquilla, throughout the first week of September, with a few more dates to come so stay tuned for that as well!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming show or hearing from you via email or facebook!

Cheers,

Kenny

Passing of The Torch

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Greetings,

This may seem a bit of a strange post to be making, but I feel strongly that all facets of Life and Experience shape the way we interpret, create and perform musically, so in that sense all things are necessary to talk about in conjunction with Music since art is simply a manifestation of all things experienced, channeled through a created medium. Perhaps this is not so simple of a manifestation.

I’m writing this note because as of 530Am this morning, the 12th of February 2011, my father has passed on to the next phase of existence. As you could imagine, writing this is not the easiest task in the world right now, but I feel perhaps it is best to make this public and to make this personal. That, and it helps to put these thoughts down on “paper,” as it were. (more…)