THEN/NOW RELEASES MARCH 25, 2021 on bandcamp
In the run-up to the release of my debut solo percussion album, THEN/NOW on March 25th, I’ve been thinking…
When I began to conceive of this recording project, circa 2002 in Boston, MA, I was doing so because I needed to find my place in a field that, quite frankly, was going to be fine without me. I was searching to find a sustainable path and responded by doing the only thing I’ve ever really known. I walked into a practice room; I closed the door; I set-up some drums; I began to play. That piece was She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket, and it is the first track on THEN/NOW. I needed more music, so I dug through old boxes in my studio and came across Links and Link No.2. I threw those up on the stand and began to get slammed with 1970’s avant-garde solo vibraphone music. Next was Patchwork, a marimba piece that was introduced to me in my undergraduate studies and whose language matches my priorities as a performer. This work allows the marimba to speak and be featured, not the performer. The performer is only the vessel. These three works saved me. They showed me that our priorities aligned. They told me that I was in the company of a larger and greater good. But best of all, they showed me that they’d be here for me whenever in my life I need them. I needed them THEN. And I need them NOW.
Reuniting with these old “friends” after all of this time is better than any random “Hey, I know you!” at some conference where it’s far too cold on the street to properly reunite. I’ve had time to grow personally and professionally and now show them what I’ve learned over the past 20+ years. I’ve introduced them to my new recordings of Links, Links No. 2 and Links No. 3. as well as Hop by Paul Lansky. These new works fit right in with the old. It was not a friendship I could have conceived of when I was 23. It’s a friendship that occurred because I played the long game. It’s a friendship I’m proud to share with you.