Posts Tagged ‘Shanir Blumenkranz’

2018, Brand X, New(ish) Beginnings

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Greetings (if there ever was one!),

As always, hoping that you are all well and that this finds you in good spirits. It’s been quite sometime since the site has been up and thankfully for good reason! There are changes coming, good ones, that will expand upon what this site has been thus far. When the time is right, we’ll go further into those details. In the meantime, this update has been long overdue so let’s get to it.

As many of you may be aware of, I have recently joined legendary Fusion/Prog innovators, Brand X. For a fairly in-depth interview talking about joining the band and taking over for the incomparable Kenwood Dennard, check out this link from my interview with NewEARS Prog Show. Personally, it is something that I would have never imagined coming to pass, but somehow it has. It is awe-inspiring how life works sometimes. That being said, we will be hitting the road again this Spring for the ‘Locked and Loaded’ tour, once again taking on the east coast of the US– for now. There are plans for this year and next that will take us further across the globe, the Fates willing. For more info on the tour, check out either the itinerary or head over to the Official Brand X page on Facebook to keep tabs on the band.

Continuing in the spirit of new/upcoming releases, John Zorn’s latest offering, Masada: The Book Beriah, is officially out and they are now for all sorts of varieties orders, from digi-paks to Select Vinyls to signed box sets! It is not only a massive honor to be part of this box set, but let alone with two groups that have been both incredibly impactful on my career and hugely instrumental in the more recent musical growth periods, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’ ‘Abraxas’, and Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3. SC3 will be performing this music soon, along side Zion80 and Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of Spirits at the Symphony Space! Check the link for more info on this epic release. Also on the way this year will be the first recording with a new Zorn band that will be called, ‘Insurrection’, which features both Trevor Dunn and Matt Hollenberg, as well as guitar virtuoso Julian Lage, in a more funk and rocked-out version of what we had cultivated on the various Simulacrum records, which should be released via Tzadik later this year, just in time for us to record the second album later this year. Imperial Triumphant will also be releasing its awaited new full length, ‘Vile Luxuries’, later this year as well and it is a record that we cannot wait to unleash upon the world. Let’s just say, we had an incredibly fun time making this music. We will perform some of the new material at our upcoming show with Krallice and Zevious  at the Mercury Lounge on April 6th.

Thank you for checking in and speak/see you all real soon. Will also be updating the Faceboook page and YouTube page with some video clips from the past Artificial Brain show- will join those dudes one more time for a show coming up at Brooklyn Bazaar along side Crowbar!- that took place at Obnoxious Noise, so stay tuned for that!

Until then, take care,



A Taste of Imperial Triumphant In Spring

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Greetings All,

I will keep today’s posting both short and sweet. Below are a few videos captured of Imperial Triumphant while we were on tour with Witchaven and Uada, as well as our return show at NYC’s Saint Vitus Bar, where we once again had the honor of sharing the stage with Absu, as well as Bastard Sapling. Please enjoy these videos and expect another update very soon concerning the upcoming Andy Milne & Dapp Theory shows, the release of Rez Abbasi & Junction’s debut full length, as well as  Misha Piatigorsky’s Sketchy Orkestra debut at Le Poisson Rouge, and finally the upcoming Abraxas: BoA19 EU Spring tour!

With all that being said, on to the videos!


Interview For CrashBangBoom!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are all well these days. I wanted to share with you a recent interview I did with drummer Jody Smith of Beast Modulus for his music podcast entitled, “CrashBangBoom!”, where I talk about the forming of Abraxas, Simulacrum, working with Secret Chiefs 3 & Zorn, plus a bit of my personal history. For those of you into that sort of thing, take a listen below!


New Year, New Music

Thursday, January 7th, 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.


Getting Caught Up

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Hey All,

As always, I hope this message finds you in the best of spirits and moods. Lately, it seems as though there is much turmoil in the world and let’s be frank about it; The world is not doing so well these days. But, I believe it can still be better and that ultimately, one way or another, it shall. Perhaps it could be that as I write this I’m watching South Park, a show that always tends to put me at ease in ever so strange as that may seem. It works wonders.

I wanted to take some time to update this site since it’s been quite a while, but it feels grossly inappropriate to be talking about what’s been happening the last few weeks and the in the weeks to come, but I can say that at least on a personal level, it has been wonderful. Dapp Theory had a wonderful little stint in the north east, performing in New York City’s Cornelia Street Cafe, Montreal’s Resonance Cafe, and New Haven’s Firehouse 12, which was followed by a very special show of John Zorn’s Simulacrum at The Village Vanguard. To be honestly cliched, it went by in a blur of a whirlwind, one that I will never forget. Many thanks to those of you who came out to support us. Immediately following this show, Simulacrum returned to Eastside Recording Studios to record the fourth studio album, featuring Kenny Wollesen on Vibes. It took us two day’s to track and a little over a day to mix, once we all was said and done with this we went out for our very first run as a band. It truly was a fun and spectacular run, another milestone for the band and for us personally. It will have been only a year this coming December that this band has existed, and already it’s been a dream come true. All in all, it’s been wonderfully fun.

As I’ve finally updated the calendar- not completely, but soon it will all be sorted- There are some exciting shows coming up this very week, starting Thursday with Felix Pastorius & Hipster Assassins at one of our favorite haunts, The 55 Bar. We will also be playing this coming Sunday along side Mass Mental at the premier of Rob Trujillo’s Jaco: A Documentary Film , at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Before that, Braindance will once again be performingin NYC at Santos Party House. Pretty soon I will have a couple of videos up from one of our practices, once again in the crude, guerrilla-style, spiderman-angeled way that I seem to take videos. While we are on the subject of videos…
Abraxas, Live in Bogota

Dapp Theory, Live at Cornelia Street Cafe

Simulacrum, Live in Philly

I will leave this post here for now, but as always be well and I hope you enjoy yourselves! till next time…


Join Me On Facebook

Friday, June 14th, 2013

I know it’s been a while, but as you can imagine, it’s been quite hectic post Secret Chiefs 3’s North America Tour and Stone Residency, but I’m writing to let everyone know that I’ve created a facebook artist page, for those of you into the whole social media thing. I’ll be posting daily on this page in order to better communicate with fans. Feel free to add me on there and as always, I hope that you are in good spirits.



Post Secret Chiefs 3 Tour and December 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Greetings All,

I’ve begun to write this from a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan, though I’m sure I won’t finish this writing here. By the sheer fact that I’m updating this site, you can safely surmise that I’ve returned from the Secret Chiefs 3 tour of Europe. That is, of course, if the title wasn’t enough of a give away for you. Myself and Toby Driver arrived Tuesday afternoon to a thankfully not-so-crowded JFK International Airport, only to take what would have been the most roundabout and costly way to either of our Brooklyn homes via a very frustrated cabbie. (He spent a good chunk of time in traffic riffing at some chick on the phone). But that’s the beauty of living in a major metropolitan city, and though breakfast in Paris’ red light district was no where near as gross as you’re thinking (more like a park slope brunch, but at a restaurant called Twinkie; I shit you not), there’s No place like home!

For all intents and purposes, the SC3 tour was a huge success and incredible amount of fun was had by all. It’s somewhat strange that it is all over now and everyone is back to their “regular routines” considering how intensely this band tours. Everyday there’s a new show, possibly in a different country, but never really a day off (with the exception of one day where the gig fell through), constant load in, setup, soundcheck, show, break down, load out, rinse & repeat. After a while, it becomes hypnotic; The lack of sleep coupled with the constant lifting and moving into fully rocked-out shows, then back to reality and manuel labor,  it soon becomes a physical and spiritual high. But after about 6 weeks, it’s nice to be able to come back to a place like New York and say, “Ah, back to normalcy!” I think for most people, calling NYC normal would be a rather strange leap in logic. Then again, I tend to favor strange leaps in logic.


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

Friday, October 5th, 2012


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!)



New Video from Jazz In Marciac!

Friday, August 17th, 2012


As some of you may have read in my last post, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to the south of France for the Jazz In Marciac festival with Shanir Blumekranz’s Abraxas, opening for John Zorn’s Aleph Trio and Secret Chiefs 3. For many stateside, this would have been an amazing treat to see. Well, for those of you who couldn’t be there with us, here’s an edited version of the entire concert, including one of the several encores we performed! I hope you enjoy this offering from Arte Live Web.

via John Zorn au festival Jazz in Marciac.

I hope you enjoy the concert and as always, be well.




The Update! April 23rd, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012


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…)