TBP plays the first NYC performance of On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring this Thursday at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Free concert! The estimable Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble is on at 7:30; we start at 8:30. To give the visuals by Cristina Guadalupe and Noah Hutton as much darkness as possible, we will play a few TBP originals first, probably commencing the Rite around 9.
There are no other NYC plays of this major TBP action booked at this time, so if you are a fan of the band, grab an ice cone and come check it out. We've gotten to perform it a lot, so what was once extremely stressful is now a truly fun gig.
Thanks to Bill Bragin for the commision and the venue. Also thanks to Bill for tweeting this utterly ludicrous video.
More Stravinsky analysis this week planned, stay tuned...
On Saturday we meet Bill Frisell as part of an extremely strong Newport Jazz Festival line-up. Repertoire will include music by Paul Motian.
TBP is off until mid-September, when we get going again with some concerts celebrating the release of our next album, Made Possible.
However, to take the edge off the dog days of summer, I'm going to lurk at the Village Vanguard August 21-26 in a collaborative trio with Ben Street and Albert "Tootie" Heath. One of those nights will be broadcast by WBGO's The Checkout.
Martin Porter hung out with Mr. Heath recently.