Posts Tagged ‘tour’

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

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,

kenny

 

Dapp Theory Hits The Road, Feb 9th-19th

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Greetings,

It’s been quite some time since the last update and for those of you who follow the Facebook page or any other of the social media pages I use, you already know about most of what’s been going on. For those who do not, a quick recap.

Imperial Triumphant is currently halfway through writing a new full length record. Demos are currently being recorded and edited to be sent out to business world for their approval. John Zorn’s Simulacrum has recorded album #6, once again being joined by bassist Trevor Dunn. The newest album, entitled ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’, inspired by the work by Hieronymus Bosch, should be out on Tzadik this month.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, who are about to go on tour starting this week, will also be releasing a brand new album later this year entitled ‘Seasons of Being’, a new work full work composed by Andy Milne and featuring the members of Dapp Theory, La Tanya Hall, Ralph Alessi,  Michaël Attias, Christopher Hoffman, and Ben Monder.

In the meantime, check out the itinerary for the upcoming Dapp Theory shows, and please enjoy the latest video from the youtube channel, a clip from soundcheck for the 2016 G4 Experience Camp performance by Alex Skolnick, Steve Jenkins, and myself. We are looking to continue writing/playing as trio this year, so stay tuned for more on that!

 

As always, be well and be good to one another.

cheers,

kenny

 

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!

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John Zorn’s ‘The Painted Bird’ & The Devoid of Light Tour

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Greetings,

As always, it is my hope that this message finds you well and in good spirits. I quickly wanted to brief you all on the goings-on over in this neck of the woods pertaining to John Zorn’s Simulacrum band and Imperial Triumphant.

The Painted Bird,’ the most recent offering of John Zorn & Simulacrum, is available now via Tzadik Records and to my knowledge, is currently ranked #15 out of 100 for Contemporary Jazz Album and #50 out of 100 for Top Jazz Album. This came as a bit of a shock to all of us since the majority of the list is comprised of some of the most popular names in Jazz today, who more often than not create music that is significantly easier on the ear (as well as the eye, most likely) and palette, so to be ranked among them is quite a treat. Perhaps the Jazz audience is a bit more adventurous of things most would deem frightening than I’ve always assumed but none the less, we are all proud of this release and can’t wait for you all to hear what’s in store for the trio. We already have a fifth record “in the can”, and we may have some touring news for you all very soon. If you want to hear what it would sound like if Moonchild and Nova Express had a love child, look no further than this album. Now, speaking of touring…

Imperial Triumphant will heading to the west coast starting next week in support of Uada & Witchaven in the Devoid of Light Tour, but we will not do so empty handed. We will also be sharing our latest offering, an EP we call ‘Inceste‘, so for those of you on the west coast, you will be some of the first to receive our latest physical release. Official release date will be April 15th via Redefining Darkness Records. I’m proud to say that not only does this release feature my drumming, but also some of my choral arranging and song writing as well, with “Oblivion in Morsels” being an original composition of mine that we thought could fit well with the dynamic of the EP, as well as the choir in the beginning of “Breath of Innocence” being an original row of mine composed for the release. A bit of personal trivia: This release also marks my first foray into working with my wife, writer, make up artist, and vocalist Julie Castro, who along with multi-instrumentalist Aaron Kruziki of Dapp Theory and vocalist Sarai Chrzanowski  performed the Choir parts in both “Breath of Innocence” and “Oblivion In Morsels”.

 

Lastly, I will leave you with my latest video, documenting our last rehearsal for the upcoming IT tour. Thanks for checking in and I will hopefully see you soon. Until then, be well and remember that the Future is Now.

 

Cheers,

kenny

In Between Tours

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Greetings,

Though it’s been a while, I hope this message has found you in a good headspace and thanks for coming back to the site, or for those visiting for the first time, should that be the case. Although being on tour is wonderful, engaging experience-most of the time-this last week being home has been truly cathartic. The EU/Siberia/Tel Aviv tour with Secret Chiefs 3 went rather well, despite several injuries plaguing the band. For anyone who has seen some of the videos from the recent tour, you can see Trey walking about in crutches. Well, the truth is that he broke his foot as soon as we landed in Siberia. Needless to say, it made touring slightly more difficult, but SC3 is ensemble of people who can get themselves out of or deal with difficult situations. All in all, the shows were wonderfully attended and we all had a great time making music together again across the pond.

In the meantime, Dapp Theory is getting ready to perform this coming Tuesday, Sept 23rd, at The Iridium Jazz Club in Times Square in conjunction with the release of our newest album, ‘Forward In All Directions‘. (Click the link for the album preview! woohoo media!) We will be playing two sets, of which the first set is already sold out, so in leu of this, Iridium will be waiving the first 30 admissions to the second set, first come first served naturally. If you’re in town you will not want to miss this show. We will also be joined by special guest Ben Monder . Afterwards, we will be going out for a couple of shows throughout the US, listed in my Itinerary, but we will be playing at The Blue Room in Kansas City, MO on sept 27th, The Velvet Note in Alpharetta, GA on Sept 28th, and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, CA on sept 30th. If you’re out in those areas it would be great to have you!

Soon after the Dapp Theory stint is concluded and a brief hang in LA happens, I will then head out to meet up with the guys in SC3 for the start of our North America Tour! We will start in Canada and work our way back into the US and going until Nov 8th. I am in the process of updating this site with the show details, so all show details will be available here, but for those burning to know, you can check out Windish Agency for a list of tour dates.

Thanks for checking in and hopefully I’ll have some more news for you all, especially concerning my solo album(s), as well as tracking for Victor Papo Ortiz’ upcoming solo album. I just got an update as to the personnel for the session and it’s going to be pretty nuts! More news on that soon, but till then, be well and blessings!

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!

Join Me On Facebook

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Greetings,
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.

Cheers,

Kenny

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.

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Secret Chiefs 3: October 25th Thru December 2nd

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Greetings,

 

As most of you have already seen from both my previous posts and itinerary, the time has come to begin the tour with Secret Chiefs 3. It easily goes without saying, but I’m incredibly excited!

In light of this, I will do my absolute best to keep this site updated, but in reality, the condition of my laptop makes it very precarious for me to bring it on the road, so I’ll be doing all future tour-related posts via my mobile phone. As you can imagine, this could drastically affect my overall output. I will, however, do my best to keep the Twitter and Facebook accounts active (where pilfering WIFI is a reality… Is it really pilfering anymore? Wifi connections abound…). Hopefully, some really nice pics and video will come of all of this.

Please stay tuned and many thanks for your support! Now, off to Europe!

 

*** SECRET CHIEFS 3 ***
Winter 2012 : new LINEUP : new SET !

Full new songs never played LIVE from
*FORMS, Traditionalists, UR and Ishraqiyun*

Trey Spruance ::: Guitar, Electric saz.
Timba Harris ::: Violin, Viola, Guitar, Trumpet.
Matt Lebofsky ::: Keyboards, Samples, Guitar.
Toby Driver ::: Bass.
Kenny Grohowski ::: Drums, Percussions.
Olivia Oyama ::: Sound.

Cheers,

 

Kenny