Gig Archives: 2018
(Disclaimer: this may be incomplete or inaccurate)
Friday, January 19th, 2018So there's this annual show the Oakland Symphony puts together - a "live playlist" curated by somebody
famous outside the usual music circles, in this case W. Kamau Bell. While the Jazz Mafia gang
handled most of the "rock/jazz band backing the orchestra" duties, MoeTar got to play our version of
Nina Simone's "I'm Feeling Good" arranged for a zillion instruments. It rocked. The crowd loved it (and
all the other amazing performances, of course). What a wonderful night of good vibes, and I last minute
joined in for the final tune: "Sowing the Seeds of Love" by Tears for Fears - me and Colin playing halves
of his split keyboard. I got the wurli half.
Thursday, April 12th, 2018Another big John Zorn's Masada event at Symphony Space in NYC!
We played material from the upcoming Malkhut album, which we did before but this time in far better
form now that we recorded and know the parts. Also featured this evening was Zion80 and
Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits. I was in Rick Wakeman mode, playing two stacks midi
controllers, a grand piano, and taking some solos on Brian's wurli. Good thing I got off book for
the gig. Plus some extra bonus fun times hanging out in the upper east side of Manhattan leading up
to the show. Previously it's been all about the Bronx, Brooklyn, and the LES for the past decade.
Sunday, August 5th, 2018Went to Lisbon, Portugal to play our Malkhut set (i.e. the latest Masada tunes written by John Zorn,
arranged by Trey, performed/recorded by us) as part of the big Jazz em Agosto festival!
My first time in the country, and Jenya came along, so we made a vacation of it and did toursity
things and caught many of the other amazing festival sets during the week. Of course, Lisbon
was having one of their worst heat waves in history at this exact stretch of time.
For several days in a row it got up to 110 degrees (44 Celsius). And by the way
these were outdoor gigs. We closed out the entire festival, and by that time the temperature dropped
to about 105 during soundcheck, and a nice, cool 95 by the time we started playing. Huge props to
the generous stage crew who backlined a grand piano, a wurli, and two midi controllers so I didn't
have to schlep anything from the states except my laptop and UR22 (which crapped out in the heat so
I ended up using the headphone jack from the laptop and it was fine).
Sunday, September 2nd, 2018Since the festival in Portugal was so much fun, why not do a smaller version of it in San Francisco?
There were many amazing John Zorn related sets over the course of 4 days at the Chapel. We had the
"headlinging" spot in the second show on the second night. The whole evening was insane. Improvs with
Zorn, Patton, Lombardo, Grohowski, Hollenberg, and Medeski, which then morphed into a proper
Simulacrum set. That was first show. Then it was Cleric and us doing our Beriah material.
Bit of a tight squeeze on the stage - and so I set up my rig to be three stacked keyboards right in
front of me. Pretty nerdy! This was a very good evening, including Mission tacos for dinner.
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
original announcement:Secret Chiefs 3
with be doing a short "Stone Tour" of Europe, playing
with various bands in that particular NYC jazz scene performing Zorn/Masada material. Here's what I
know about all the current dates/towns/venues:
Sat Nov 3 - Sarajevo, Bosnia–Herzegovina @ Jazz Fest Sarajevo
Sun Nov 4 - Vienna, Austria @ Porgy & Bess
Tue Nov 6 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Cankarjev dom
Thu Nov 8 - 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands @ Willem Twee
Fri Nov 9 - Ghent, Belgium @ Handelsbeurs
Sat Nov 10 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Rockit Festival