Hello, if anyone is reading this. It's been a while. With the Space Exchange series going on hiatus (I hope not permanently) and my playing schedule cut back tremendously, I haven't had much reason to revisit this blog and post messages regarding events.
The first reason I'm posting is to help promote the new CD of Concerto for Orkestra. If you've followed my online presence before, you no doubt know about this work. It's not likely the work will ever be performed again, unless by some miracle an organization discovers my work and decides to throw its backing towards it. I sometimes am a little skeptical when someone writes this, but I was especially burned out after that performance (a little over a year ago) and have no desire to relive the experience of putting that piece on again. So, the recording is the final step in presenting this work.
The album is available in CD or download formats, and I'll be pushing them into local stores and have them for sale in person in the near future too: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/benopie
Some other things happening soon: I'll be playing in a trio with my old stalwart David Throckmorton, and up and coming guitarist Anthony Ambroso on Saturday, April 29 at James Street Gastropub, downstairs, 9pm.
I'll be playing with the Afro Yaqui Collective May 5 (May Day!) upstairs at the James St, with the Low Down Brass Band from Chicago opening, in advance of Pittonkatonk. https://jamesstreetgastropub.rabbl.com/calendar
And looking to later May: https://culturaldistrict.org/production/53438/abbey-in-the-red