ambient to the avant garde

the infinite

January 8, 2012

It’s a new year and for the first time in quite a few it actually feels different to me. Something shifted in my brain on midnight of dec 31. Not sure exactly what it was but I feel a new sense of calm purpose in my life. Songs and ideas have been easily flowing from the pen and I look forward to new challenges and experiences in 2012. So many interesting collaborations in the near future and so many new and talented artists have made there way into my daily life. Mixing things up with more and more folks is really what this movement is all about. Creating and engaging within a community of peers is how we will effectively bring this energy into the mainstream discussion. Reminding people of the importance of living lives that matter to the individual and not continually feeding the capitalist system that thrives on controlling by means of fear. This spirit exists amongst many idealists in many communities and the message is moving to new folks everyday. I choose to engage in activities with this intention.

~ Justin

November 18, 2011

Wow a bunch of events to keep you up to date on. First, The Schwa successfully went on our first mini tour of the Pacific Northwest taking us through Washington and down to the Northern California border. Along the way we encountered many new friends and had an excellent time growing as a band. The shows as you would expect began to really take shape and by the last night a unique comfort in the material was felt by all. This allowed us to really get out of the shell and explore the outer dimensions of the compositions. We also experimented with quite a bit of free sound. This element being very important to the vision of the Schwa. The last performance of the tour in Olympia Washington happened to be professionally recorded so we anticipate hearing this and then hopefully releasing it to the cosmos. Thanks so much to all of our friends, family, fans, and venues for being such gracious and wonderful hosts while we were away from home.

The next interesting piece of news was a special performance by Bob Rees and myself at the Bushwick Book Club last friday. I was asked to perform a piece of music inspired by Mary Doria Russel’s, The Sparrow. How it turned out I was quite happy and I am thankful for being given the opportunity to present improvised music in this setting. A copy of this recording can be heard on the front page of this site, so please have a listen.

Thats all for now. Hope to see all you Seattle folks at Dec 10 at Lucid Jazz in the U-dist. Till then be well.

~Justin

October 28, 2011

Finally found the time to sit and listen to our recent recording session on Sonarchy Radio. I knew the night was special but I have to say that from what I have heard I am most excited to share this with all of you. It was a beautiful hour long session of structured improvising highlighting all elements that make this group so unique. Doug Haire who runs the Sonarchy Sessions (Jackstraw Productions) and has for quite some time is a fantastic individual and I must commend him on his desire to continue taking risks with putting such experimental sound out in the cosmos. Absolutely brilliant that he is able to broadcast this material on radio and have it streaming across the globe. We plan to release the record in its entirety in the near future as well as promote KEXP’s on air live feed which will happen in about three months. I am going to attach a few pics from the night for you all to get an idea of what went down.

Justin

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