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2014 projects update

September 18, 2014

O! These summer days of baseball, hot SF outdoor shows, and the use of the word, “hipster.”

Time for an update about my projects! My main band since 2002, Judgement Day, has been on hiatus for all of 2014. Last year we faced the decision to another push (make another album, tour 9 months out of the year, etc), and decided against it. I love doing Judgement Day, as it contains the essence of my being, but after 11 years it is time to grow in other ways, rather than be stuck in the limbo that would be JD. I’m redirecting my focus towards different projects, including a freelance cello career that supplements my artistic endeavors. In no way does this mean I’m done with Judgement Day. Thank you, Anton and Jon, for a great chapter in my life.

I have co-composed a ballet with Sascha Jacobsen, in collaboration with Island Moving Company and artistic director Spencer Gavin-Herring, called the Brom Bones Tale. It is based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and it is being performed in Rhode Island September 26th and 27th. I unfortunately can’t be there to play or even watch, but we’re making a recording (which I still need to finish) that they will dance to and I’m really excited about what we wrote. Thank you, Sascha, for being an inspiring collaborator, and thank you, Spencer and IMC, for this opportunity. Also thanks to my friends and family who are helping me by playing on the recording; Carla Picchi, Graham Patzner, James Pytko, and Jon Bush.

When I finish this ballet project I will resume work on my solo acoustic cello album of originals and transcriptions. JD fans who like my “etude” will be happy to know there will be 6 of them on the record. I’m also taking some old songs by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Schubert, etc. and doing my own thing with them. Thanks to Joan Jeanrenaud, who is producing, and Scott McDowell who twists the knobs. I have no timeline for the project, but the release will probably be entirely independent and hopefully it will be soon. Gotta practice.

Speaking of practicing, Concerto Club Symposium II is happening Sunday, 9/21, at Redwood Park in Oakland as part of the Art in Nature Festival. We’ll have Bach concertos performed by Yuri Kye and Moses Lei, a Vivaldi piccolo concerto rendered by Rebecca Kleinmann, and I will play 2 short Vivaldis. We play at 12:45PM. Concerto Club is made up of people who like practicing and pushing themselves to new heights. For me personally, it is about overcoming some performance anxiety and really just being a better cellist than I was a year, month, or week ago. Something my parents taught my practicing is Karma and I’m starting to see what they mean. It opens up opportunities and the work rolls in. Now I get to play Bach and Vivaldi in a redwood grove in the Oakland hills, which is basically a dream come true. Thanks to everyone in the ensemble, and also Elektra Schmidt for setting this up. We’re also playing other chamber music throughout the day, including a Schumann trio and some Beethoven folksongs.

My brother, Graham, has some exciting things happening, like new-born Otis, a new and lengthy Whiskerman album (to which I sparingly contribute) in the works, a completed Gospel Flats record (his project with his partner, Chelsea) with another album on the way, and some cool shows, including an opening slot billed as Graham Patzner at the Jon Batiste and Stay Human show at The Great American Music Hall on Friday, 9/19, and I’m in the band. Woo! You should also check out his Patreon page, which is cool way to get your hands on some good music and other content while supporting the arts.

Since Judgement Day is on hiatus, I’ve gotten my rock band fix by playing in La Dee Da, Oakland’s sweetest, ragin’est band of eclectic folk. We have a killer record, “a Day in the Park,” and we play a show about once or twice a month. Check us out at Awaken Cafe October 17th.

The Town Quartet has some cool stuff in the brew-pot. We’re playing a concert in Mendocino Novemnber 23rd, and we just decided the program will be music by Janacek, Milhaud, and Shostakovich. We will probably play this stuff down in the Town and the rest of the Bay, so look out! We continue to host a residency at The Musical Offering Cafe in Berkeley every Sunday at 1PM.

I’ve been a member of the jazz/world/new music string quintet, Musical Art Quintet, for about a year and a half, and we have a couple of shows coming up. October 2nd is a chamber salon thing and we will debut/do a reading of some the Brom Bones Tale music, as well tossing off old favorites. October 26th we are playing at Yoshi’s SF, or whatever name it will be under the new ownership. We are a group of top notch musicians, including bassist, bandleader, lead composer and arranger, and Brom Bones collaborator, Sascha Jacobsen, and I’m happy that we are starting to play some of my music too.

Hip hop is happening! Seriously. I just played a really fun show with the Shotgun Wedding Quintet at Yerba Buena Gardens, and I’m currently part of the hip hop-classical fusion ensemble, Ensemble Mikna Wooj. We have played some fun shows, and we have an album release show at Yoshi’s Oakland October 16th. Not to be missed!

Devotionals is crouching like a tiger in the grass. Now the listing:

Friday 9/19 Graham Patzner at Great American Music Hall. With Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Michelle Musgrove. Doors at 8, show at 9. $20

Sunday 9/21 Concerto Club Symposium II at the Art in Nature Festival. Redwood Park, Oakland, at Trail’s End. 12:15PM FREE

9/26 and 27, Brom Bones Tale in Rhode Island.

Thursday 10/2 Musical Art Quintet at Salle Pianos. $donations, 8PM

Wednesday 10/15 Ensemble Mik Nawooj at Yoshi’s Oakland. East Bay Album Release Party! 8pm. $12 advance, $17 at the door.

Friday 10/17 La Dee Da at Awaken Cafe, more info coming.

Sunday 10/26 Musical Art Quintet at Yoshi’s SF. more info coming

Sunday 11/23 Town Quartet at the OPUS Chamber Music Series. Preston Hall, Mendocino. 3pm $20. Under 18’s get in FREE!

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