Resolute – new EP

It has been 5 years since my last official release, Mechanical Uprising.

So, what have I been doing the last 5 years? Besides working on this new release, I made a few contributions to some top-notch electric guitar driven compilations (Axe – Various Artists, $100 Guitar Project – Various Artists ), recently finished a commission for the NYC Guitar Orchestra and participated in various other musical activities. And although I didn’t perform live much, I played and taught a lot.  All that while being a Dad to a 5 year old girl which is its own wonderful and challenging thing.

The initial plan was to release a full-length album of new music using the same instrumentation throughout: electric guitar, electric bass, virtual instruments (piano), percussion samples and voice samples (once again, courtesy of my wife, Kim) but while working on the album,  I reached a point where I felt I had said enough.  A short piece which I originally composed for the album didn’t make the cut, so it was left off. (The piece can be heard online: Yawp).  Call me old-fashioned, but I still believe in the album concept and this EP is the most consistent compared to my other releases.  Why include more music for the sake of it?

This EP also has the least amount of guitar than any of my other albums, even though I still play lots of guitar and have thought about doing a solo guitar album for years now. Talk about a complicated relationship..

Ultimately it doesn’t matter how much guitar is in my music as the music itself matters the most. Truth.

So, I bring you, Resolute.  Hope you like it.

Resolute front back 11.18.15.jpg

Special thanks to Bruce Hamilton of Spectropol Records for his ongoing interest in my music and for including this release on his label.

My other releases:

Mechanical Uprising

The Ominous Corner

Tesla at Coney Island (with David Lee Myers)

Electroacoustic Compositions for Electric Guitar

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Set of 3 pieces (new music)

My first experience with drums and percussion in an electroacoustic piece was for a composition called “Kickstart” from my 2010 release, Mechanical Uprising. I have often referred to that piece as a composition for an “electroacoustic musique concrete avant rock band.” I’m still surprised it took me that long (about 11 years and 4 albums later) to get around to using drums and percussion in my own electronic music.

Now, I love it.

So, this past year I composed music focusing on a particular instrumentation of electric guitar, electric bass, piano, drums and various percussion. One composition, “Joyous Returns” also uses female voice samples (courtesy of my wife, Kim). I then composed a set of three pieces. (EDIT 6/8/15: originally posted all three, but took down two of them. EP with all three pieces will be released in late 2015)

The guitars were all performed by me and the piano music was composed by me. The drums and percussion sounds are samples from various sound libraries.

These compositions will all be included on my next album scheduled for release in……….

Thanks for listening.

My music in a short film

Recently, some of my music was used in a short film by Don Cato called, Dead Man Rides Subway . The film is a depiction of a poem of the same name written by Cornelius Eady recently published in Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems – Editor, Gerry LeFemina (Smalls Books, April, 2012).

The film was one of six films as part of the Subway Film Series. All the films were premiered at the Queens World Film Festival in March 2012.

The poem:

He lolls, he sways, this lone male sleeper
Minding his business on the B’way local.
Some let him snooze and think they’re
doing him a favor,
Others wait to see his head startle awake,
His drowsy panic,
Uptown when he meant to be Downtown,
Downtown when he intended to be Up,
And feel a bit cheated when his nap proves
to take longer than their stop.
Need I tell you life in New York City
is different? Difficult?
There he floats, slightly out of style
From the rest of us.

Cornelius Eady (b.1954)

The film:

“A man holds dearly onto his soul as he eternally rides the subway.”

The director Don Cato selected my music, so nothing was composed specifically for the film. I think it all worked out beautifully and am very happy with the result.  Hope you like it too.