Saturday, February 27, 2010

March tour dates announced for the Silent League

This will be my second tour with the Brooklyn-based chamber-pop band the Silent League. I'm very excited to get to go to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin after hearing about it for so many years! I'm going to do my best to blog from the road and the festival.
The Silent League has a few shows coming up in Brooklyn before we hit the road. This Saturday we're playing at Sycamore in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. This will be a somewhat acoustic show, with a small chamber ensemble joining us.
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The tour dates:

3/12 Boylan Heights - Charlottesville, VA
3/13 Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC
3/14 The Pearl Lounge - New Orleans, LA
3/15 Rubber Gloves - Denton, TX
3/16-19 South by Southwest Festival, Venues TBA - Austin, TX
3/22 Venue TBA - Little Rock, Arkansas
3/23 Grimey's - Nashville, TN
3/24 Venue TBA - Columbus, OH

Friday, February 26, 2010

Minerva Trio gigs

A new collaborative piano trio project played its first public performances this week! Minerva Trio features Carlo Costa on drums and Pascal Niggenkemper on bass. We've been playing together informally for a while, doing lots of improvising and having a great time. At the shows we played compositions by each of us, and improvised a few pieces.
Minerva was a Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, magic, and was also the inventor of music. Not too shabby! She is often depicted with an owl, a symbol of wisdom.
The first show was at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, a great venue dedicated to experimental music. A wonderful trio called Yugonaut played after us.
Then last night we played at the 5C Cafe and Cultural Center in the East Village. What a great spot! It was a very cozy environment to play in while Manhattan was being buried under endless torrents of snow.
Here is a very short video excerpt from the 5C Cafe. (Thanks, Devin!)