This past Friday, June 24 I had the amazing fortune of performing my new suite "As Though I Had Wings: a suite for Chet Baker" at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The music and spoken word recitation was composed and arranged by Bill Stevens and featured Bill Stevens on trumpet, Josh Sinton on bari sax and bass clarinet, Corey Larson on guitar, Paul Pricer on upright bass and Brian Woodruff on drums. With spoken word by Ira Rosenberg. I was truly humbled at the level that these performers brought to my music and their ability to bring my concept to life. I am forever grateful for their contribution in fulfilling a dream to its conclusion. I am also thankful for the audience of friends and family, as well as those interested in celebrating the legacy of Chet Baker who came out for the event, as well as a thanks to the OKB Trio for their second set performance. For more information on the performance, please see my new blog post. You can also see some pictures in the photos link above and continue to check this website where I will be posting the full video of the suite.
Finally, looking ahead, I will be performing at Silvana on September 21 with the Bill Stevens, Rich Russo, Gary Fogel Trio with special guests on spoken word Ira Rosenberg and Jamie Winnick as we perform my suites "Restless Motion" based on the poetry of Joan Egeland-Scott and "La Jetee" based on the 1962 narration to the film La Jetee by Chris Marker. More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Announcing the Release of Bill's New Album - lema sabachthani
lema sabachthani, the 15 movement suite based on the series of
paintings by the abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman
entitled "The Stations of the Cross" is now available for Download
at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and Band Camp (see links below).
The Barnett Newman Foundation has granted permission for
the images of the paintings to be used as part of this project.
The replication of the images on the 2 cd album version are
stunning and crystal clear and can be purchased through the
CD Baby, Amazon and Band Camp links below.
View the video to listen to Bill explain the inspiration behind his new album.
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