Posts Tagged ‘US’

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

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