New DTM page: Variants on a Theme of Thelonious Monk. An anthology of all the DTM Sphere material from the last two years, including the questions for Eric Lewis.
On the eve of NYE, Sarah and I are throwing a rent party for New Directions. Sarah's description:
Sunday, December 30
8 p.m. Cocktails and Snacks
Suggested Donation: $20
ABOUT THE DONATION: If you can afford more, please give more. All donations are fully tax deductible and benefit New Directions Support Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
BONUSES FOR BIG SPENDERS: I'm offering the same reward tiers as I did for my Kickstarter supporters: $100 gets you a private personal training or yoga/massage session. $500 gets you a catered dinner party (5-course tasting menu for up to 10 guests or buffet party for 30. You pay for ingredients, I shop, cook, and clean).
ABOUT THE CAUSE: When I was nine years old and my brother was seven, our single mother had a psychotic episode and was committed to a state mental hospital. This terrifying ordeal might have destroyed us, but my mother used it as an inspiration to heal herself and help others. She got her master's degree in group therapy and started a support group to help those in danger of falling through the cracks.
Twenty-six years later, New Directions is the largest support group in the Philadelphia area and has helped thousands of people suffering from bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, Asperger's, AIDS, and other illnesses. My mother is a loud voice in the media and with elected officials, working to combat stigma and make life better for those who suffer from mental illness.
Two years after I gave her my kidney (renal failure is a side effect of lithium), Mom is still going strong. Every dollar of your donation helps give her a living wage and supports the life-saving programming of New Directions.
For more information, or to make a Paypal gift online, see:
I don't feel like putting my address on the front page of the blog, but if you want to come, send an email to ethan.teaches (at) geemail and I'll get you the info. (We are in Park Slope.)
Non-TBP in January:
January 11 and 12 I'll be accompanying Johnny Gandelsman in the three Brahms violin sonatas at Bargemusic. This is extraordinary music, I've been practicing hard, and Johnny is a passionate player who has been giving me valuable direction in rehearsal. (He's in the acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider.)
January 22 I'm a still-unannounced guest at the 92st Y, where I will take the low half of the piano for a dashing and undoubtedly note-perfect rendering of the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The man at the high end of the keyboard will be Matthew Guerrieri, AKA Soho the Dog, and of course the reason for our reading is his remarkable book, The First Four Notes.
January 23 and January 24 Spike told me to bring something into Smalls, so I called the three other musicians I most wanted to hear play together and, to my delight, everyone was in. As I say, I made the calls, but there's no way this is anything but a collective, especially since the only directive is: be yourself. Ethan Iverson/Tim Berne/Andrew Cyrille/Sam Newsome.
Forumesque 12 is an opportunity to weigh in on recent posts and anything in the contents. Factual corrections are welcomed; general questions are fine too. I'll close the forum Saturday night before I travel home to the rent party.
It may take time for me to see the comments, especially today and tomorrow, so please be patient. (This is the only time I could see running a Forumesque, as I don't have much piano access over the holidays.)
UPDATE: Comments running to two pages.