Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hearing Things on tour with Nick Waterhouse!

Brooklyn, Boston, Philly and DC, look out we're coming to town!

Hearing Things

Matt Bauder - Saxophone
JP Schlegelmilch - Electric Organ
Vinnie Sperrazza - Drums

East Coast Mini Tour
Four-night east-coast mini-tour opening for Nick Waterhouse

October 8th, 2016 8pm
Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 10th, 2016 8pm
Cambridge, MA @ Sinclaire

October 11th, 2016 8pm
Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry

October 12th, 2016 8pm
Washington D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Ball at Barbes!

Though someone once proclaimed in a song that "each day is Valentine's Day", you won't get to see a gig like this just any day, even in Brooklyn! I'm thrilled that Hearing Things will be sharing the stage with these wonderful bands tonight at Barbes. 

9pm: The Fraternal Order of the Society Blues--disciples of Blues legend Carolina Slim play soulful tuneful songs that the people understand

10pm: Hearing Things--"kind of Middle Eastern flavored surf rock with old-school R&B honking and striptease-worthy themes" (Chicago Reader)

11pm: The Sway Machinery--"unclassifiable, uplifitng" (The New Yorker)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Three Magicians: Farmers by Nature at the Stone

I made it out last night to Craig Taborn's residency at the Stone to hear the improvising group Farmers by Nature with Gerald Cleaver and William Parker. It was my first experience seeing them live, and the room was packed with free jazz musicians and aficionados. Before they started playing Gerald Cleaver remarked to the audience, "So should we pray now or later"?, perhaps in response to the hushed expectation that was beginning to electrify the room.
As they started playing the music immediately had a very physical, tactile feeling, especially watching Craig Taborn and William Parker. There was nothing "abstract" about their improvising, everything felt rooted in the body.....or in the earth? Does the name of the band imply something to this effect? "Farmers" of the primordial soil of music?
Every time I see Craig Taborn play the piano I'm struck by the way he's able to completely transform the instrument through the power of his musical imagination and staggering technique. There's always a moment where my ears stop registering the sounds as originating from the piano and the music enters a transcendent realm of pure sound.