Mexico, California, and Arizona with Paul Pinto, starting tomorrow!

Tomorrow I journey to sunny Mexico to begin a two-week adventure touring the states of Baja California, California, and Arizona with Paul Pinto! We’ll play shows in Tijuana, Ensenada, UCSD, downtown San Diego, and LA, before spending a week in Phoenix developing new work with Orange Theatre and performing on the 3rd Annual Oh My Ears Marathon Concert. If you know folks in these areas please let them know about the shows! At the end of the month I’ll be back in Brooklyn to play a tour kickoff show with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests before we set off for a full month touring the South. Read on for details!

thingnyswpatriotstour_finalOur first two shows are in Mexico, where we’re subbing out our usual English-heavy pieces for improvisations for voice, violin, and live processing using Ableton Live. Neither of us have played in Mexico before, so we’re really excited to check out the scene in Tijuana and Ensenada!

Next is our lengthiest program of the tour: we’ll play a concert at the University of California, San Diego that includes improvisation, the selections Hack It! and Radio Edit from Paul’s opera in progress Thomas Paine in Violence, and our half-hour two-person comedic, political experimental opera Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: an Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young.

This last piece is our sole offering for the next two performances, in downtown San Diego and LA, as well as our last performance of the tour on the epic, ten-hour Oh My Ears Marathon Concert in Phoenix. In between is the raison d’être for our trip: a six day residency with Orange Theatre at their space in Phoenix, where we’ll create new work together with the support of a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET).

This tour wouldn’t have happened without Orange Theatre and NET, but it also wouldn’t have happened without T.J. Borden, Bonnie LanderOdeya Nini, and Elizabeth Kennedy Baker, who did tons of work helping us put together the shows as well as playing on the bills themselves. Check out their work, they’re all really cool artists.

In case your life occurs almost entirely on Facebook, you can find the Facebook events for all the shows linked from this master Facebook event I made for the whole tour here.

For you New Yorkers: please mark Thursday, January 28 and Thursday, February 25 in your calendars. Those are the kickoff and homecoming shows for my monthlong tour with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests! Both shows are part of Valerie’s Trauma Salon series at Panoply Performance Laboratory. As for the rest of the stops on this tour, for the most up-to-date listing, please keep checking the shows page!

Finally, RIP Pierre Boulez who I met that one time – or, well, several times – thanks for all the music and for founding the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY!
Jeff

P.S. Nope, I wasn’t the one who wrote that Boulez article. But I share the sentiment.