Last night, Roulette, tomorrow, the world! Or rather CA, AZ, NM, CO, WY, UT, NV & DC!

This month, I’m performing 14 concerts in 8 states plus DC! It started last night at 8pm at Roulette in Brooklyn, when I joined thingNY on the Experiments in Opera series to perform the first real glimpse of Gelsey Bell’s new piece Rolodex. Then tonight I take off for my biggest solo tour to date, 12 shows including five in California, three in Arizona, and one each in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada (see map below). I booked them all myself and I think I did a darn good job. And then I fly back and immediately drive to DC to play with Rachel Mason. Details follow!

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A map of my solo tour. Start in San Francisco and move down to follow! Click the map or here to view on Google Maps.

I’ll make this brief: at Roulette last night, we performed a 25-minute version of Gelsey’s piece, which is a work in progress. It’s a game piece with a fragmented score/story broken up among cards in a Rolodex that we can move between according to rules she’s devised. It’s cool, as were three other works of experimental opera by Roddy BottumJason Cady, and Aaron Siegel. Stay tuned for more Rolodex!

There’s so much I could say about my tour. What I’m playing: a quirky 30-minute selection of my own music for solo violin and live electronics under the heading Jeffrey Young’s Magical Kingdom of Dust, including in-your-face theatrics, comedy, unabashed shredding, and dreamy, oceanic soundscapes. I’ll also play Paul Pinto‘s mini_005, the short piece for speaking violinist and retuned violin he wrote for me, and on some concerts Luciano Berio’s intense Sequenza VIII for solo violin. Other than that, I’ll let the list on the shows page speak for itself. Please tell your friends to come to my shows in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Santa Fe, Greeley, Cheyenne, Provo, Reno, Sacramento, or San Francisco! If they ask what they might hear, send them this podcast I did with Doug Laustsen, where I delve deep into the Magical Kingdom of Dust:

Finally, I’ve been enjoying my performances with Rachel Mason and her film The Lives of Hamilton Fish. If you live in or near DC, please come out to see us perform at the Corcoran School on April 22. It’ll be my welcome-back-to-the-East-Coast party!

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thingNY on the Ecstatic Music Series and in Boston and much more!

Hi in 2015! So far the new lustrum is much the same as old. But new this quinquennium are amazing shows in New York and Boston: thingNY is collaborating with indie-pop-en-español singer/songwriter Helado Negro on the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall this Wednesday, then Friday at the Advent Library Music Series in Boston. The Ecstatic Music Festival is a pretty big deal in both the avant-garde/experimental classical and the indie rock scenes, which, ya know, is where I live. So please please come out and support!

Playing with World/Inferno Friendship Society in Dallas in November

Playing with World/Inferno Friendship Society in Dallas in November

For our collaboration, Helado Negro (Roberto Carlos Lange) is leading a type of performance he’s dubbed The Brain Finger, in which he interprets his songs using yarn tied between his hands and live musicians’ bodies; with a flick of the finger, he can summon any of us to play or stop via this uniquely physical kind of conducting. It’s a really cool way to get into his music, which he usually performs live with backing tracks. We’ll also perform our own set, including music by Paul and Erin and from our opera This Takes Place Close By, and Roberto will give a taste of his more typical style of solo performance.

I’ll just give a quick summary of what’s coming up in the weeks ahead: First, I’m back performing with folk rocker Bill Steely in Westchester the last Wednesday of the month, and look out for a rebroadcast of a live radio show he and I taped as a duo a few weeks ago, February 24th at 2pm on WVOX New Rochelle. I’m very excited to be joining the dynamic ensemble Ne(x)tworks and their incredible, influential singer Joan La Barbara to perform a new opera-in-progress by Paul Pinto called Thomas Paine in Violence at HERE on March 6 and 7. I’ve been joining Rachel Mason the past few weeks to accompany her in performance along with her really cool new film The Lives of Hamilton Fish, and I’m looking forward to doing that again in Hudson, NY and at the Queens World Film Festival. And finally in March and April thingNY has more very exciting shows coming up – our first performance at the New Music Bake Sale, and the first look at Gelsey’s new Rolodex Opera on the excellent Experiments in Opera series.

Also, I ate my first hamburger ever and turned 30 last month. It’s ALL happening!

Big premiere at New York Live Arts Oct 8-11 and tour with World/Inferno Friendship Society! and more…

This week, Wednesday through Saturday, is the premiere at New York Live Arts of g-h-o-s-t c-r-o-w-n (working title), the dance piece for which I’ve been creating a score since December! The piece is the biggest commission in my life so far. I’m very grateful to choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin for bringing me into the process, and to Hannah LevinsonMara Mayer, and Lisa Dowling for joining me in playing the music. Please check it out and buy tickets here. You can read more about it below, along with two other events in October: a CD release show by Duke Guillaume‘s Metropolitan Gospel Big Band and improv with Jill BurtonRobert DickAndrew Drury and Shoko Nagai. And I’m extremely excited to announce that I’ll be joining World/Inferno Friendship Society on a tour from New Orleans to California in November! More info below…

A snapshot from tech week of g-h-o-s-t c-r-o-w-n (working title)

g-h-o-s-t c-r-o-w-n (working title) during tech week

g-h-o-s-t c-r-o-w-n (working title) is a dance work of just over an hour. I’ve created original music to accompany the majority of it, with myself on violin and live electronics, and with the musicians listed above on viola, bass clarinet, and upright bass, respectively – all filtered through my electronics. The Huffington Post says it’s a must-see. But mostly, you should come see it because I’ve been working so hard on it! A warning to those who might be offended: there is full nudity in the piece.

To summarize the rest of the month: Duke Guillaume’s Metropolitan Gospel Big Band should be pure fun. The compositions are religiously inspired, but they’re instrumental, and one doesn’t need to be religious to enjoy them. And do please let me know if you’d like to come to the awesome night of improv on October 20! I’ll be playing with some amazing musicians – check out the lineup on the right.

Finally, you should also check out the shows on the right I’ll be playing with World/Inferno next month! They’ve been around since the ’90s playing an extremely high energy music I might call cabaret punk (think Gogol Bordello meets the Pogues), but I first saw them play a few years ago at Music Hall of Williamsburg and was blown away by their live show. So I’m super excited to now be playing in the band on tour! If you have any friends on the route, please let them know.


August: Food Will Win the War residency, Valerie Kuehne returns, “thingNYamajigs”

This month Food Will Win the War is in residence at Pete’s Candy Store every Wednesday night. Tomorrow, I join Valerie Kuehne for her first New York performance in nine months. At the end of the month, thingNY is joined by our Bay Area counterparts Thingamajigs for a week of music- and instrument-making. Details below!

Freaking out with thingNY at The Firehouse Space in June.

Freaking out with thingNY at The Firehouse Space in June.

Every Wednesday night in August at 10pm, Food Will Win the War is in residence at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, our favorite neighborhood bar – it’s around the corner from our rehearsal studio – and the place I played my first show with the band. We started the residency with a tribute to Elliott Smith, then the following week played an all-acoustic show. The final two weeks feature full band sets of mostly originals. No cover!

Tomorrow, Saturday the 16th, cellist and professional madwoman Valerie Kuehne is back in town for the first time in months! I’ll be joining her alongside two other intrepid improvising violinists, Storm Garner and Natalia Jenkins. Mayhem will ensue. Also on the bill: Jonathan Wood Vincent and Public Speaking.

The month ends with a week-long exploration of instrument building, alternate tuning systems, long-form improvisation, and all things thing, when Bay Area group Thingamajigs joins thingNY to develop new work, partly at the Knockdown Center, an incredible space in Maspeth, Queens, and partly at an abandoned Citibank in Midtown (organized for us by chashama). Our final presentation on August 29 will be invite-only, but if this really excites you and you let me know you’d like an invitation, I’ll see what I can do.

Finally, please keep on your radar the premiere week of a new dance piece by RoseAnne Spradlin with original score by me: the second week in October at New York Live Arts! It’s my biggest project right now and will be for the next couple months. Tickets go on sale on Monday – more info here.

Peace in the Middle East,

Firehouse, Queens Museum, a movie, and Anti-Socialites.

It’s thingNY week! Tonight, Thursday at 8pm, it’s music from our own Andrew Livingston’s Piad Guyvessant project (recently released on CD by fellow thingNY member Dave Ruder’s Gold Bolus label), opened up as frameworks for improvisation. Joining us on the bill is Justin Sharp, a pianist/electronic musician visiting from Mississippi. Sunday‘s concert I’ve been excited about for a long time: a composition/performance collaboration between thingNY and youth new music ensemble Face the Music to be performed at the Queens Museum’s Panorama, the scale model of New York City created for the 1964 World’s Fair! Both ensembles will also perform separately throughout the museum.

Playing with Minnie Dee last Friday at The Bitter End

Playing with Minnie Dee last Friday at The Bitter End

Monday night at 9:30pm, I’m not playing live, but you can hear my solo violin on the soundtrack of Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, an eerie, acclaimed new film by Josephine Decker screening at BAM once only! Tickets are hereThe following Sunday, June 29, I’m playing a new movement for string quartet by James Barry at Anti-Social Music’s Works-in-Progress-Free-For-All-Potluck-BBQ. Bring food, and eat-listen-chill with us!

Visions of July: a free outdoor show in Westchester with folk-rocker Bill Steely; a trip with thingNY to Staten Island’s greatest cultural center, Snug Harbor; a dose of piano-driven pop with Scott Stein’s Well-Groomed Orchestra.

Stay cool,

New website, Rockwood, Home Audio, Jerome Kitzke, and more!

Hi! Check out my new website, developed by Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance LaboratoryLet me know what you think about it. Then…get out of your apartment – it’s springtime! – and come down to Rockwood Music Hall. Food Will Win the War takes the stage at 11pm tonight, and there’s no cover! On Thursday night, get into my apartment. I’m not playing, but I’m hosting a great night of music and dance as part of Mara Mayer’s Home Audio series (more info on facebook here, email me for my address). This Friday night, go to church – I will literally be stomping, clapping, yelling, and banging rocks together in a new piece by composer Jerome Kitzke, at a historic church in Brooklyn Heights.


Visiting Banff after shows with thingNY in Calgary and Edmonton!

Next Tuesday, I’ll be playing music by Bach and by 20th-century Russian composer Alfred Schnittke at a church in Williamsburg. On Friday, May 30, it’s my second show in NYC with Westchester-based folk rocker Bill Steely. Mark your calendar for June 7, when Food Will Win the War returns to Mercury Lounge as part of Dream Day NYC (our drummer, Dan, is endorsed by Dream Cymbals and Gongs). And look ahead for more music in June with Minnie Dee and thingNY, including a really exciting collaboration between thingNY and youth new music ensemble Face the Music!