Concerts in Berlin, Leipzig, and Oslo + a puppet show in northern Norway

Hi from Leipzig, Germany! Since I last wrote in January, I had a fantastic monthlong tour with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests – watch a full set from that tour here – and a great trip to Switzerland to play The Rite of Spring and Berg’s Three Pieces for Orchestra in a Memorial Concert for Pierre Boulez with an orchestra of LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI – listen to that concert here. I just arrived in Leipzig a few days ago and will be hanging out mostly in this city for a couple weeks. I’ll also play two concerts: one in Berlin tomorrow, April 21st, and one in Leipzig on Saturday. Then I’ll fly to Oslo, where I’ll play a show on the 30th before heading to Stamsund in northern Norway: I’ll be in residence there from May 1-15 at Figurteatret i Nordland, workshopping music by Andrew Livingston as part of a piece by puppet theatre group The Unitards, helmed by Daniel Fay of Standard ToyKraft. Read on for details of my trip!

Performing with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, TN in February. Photo by Tim Hinck.

Performing with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, TN in February. Photo by Tim Hinck.

Tomorrow, I’m traveling from Leipzig to Berlin to play an improv concert with Penelope Gkika, violin, Rieko Okuda, viola, and Adam Goodwin, bass. We’re playing at a secret venue on Okerstrasse that I’m told is well known within Berlin’s improvised music community. I met Adam at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY where we discovered that we were some of the few musicians in the orchestra regularly playing improvised music. We’ll be performing as a duo in the concert in Leipzig on Saturday at Atelier M89, a cool underground art space on the east side of the city that just reopened under the care of French saxophonist Sébastien Branche, who may play with us as well. Let me know if you’re in the area and would like to drop by, and I’ll let you know the addresses.

The show in Oslo next Saturday, April 30th, is organized by pianist Kjetil Jerve and will feature a large swath of the local experimental scene, some of whom I’ll improvise with in addition to playing solo. The event is called Klubb Jervaas after Kjetil’s genre-crossing duo Jervaas, who will perform at the event with singer Seshen from Japan. Also on the bill: Kristoffer Alberts, sax, Andreas Hoem Røysum, guitar & clarinet, Joel Ring from Sweden, bass & cello, Andreas Wildhagen, drums, Karoline Ruderaas Albrigtsen, voice, the band Bølgebad including DJ Bendik Baksaas on sound and Sakarias Jønsson & Daniel Mahal on visuals, as well as Christian Meaas Svendsen, double bass, Sindre Bergsvik Øvstegård, double bass, and Håkon Aase, violin. I’m really excited to hear all these musicians – if you know anyone in Oslo, tell them to check out this cool event!

Then I head up to Stamsund, Norway for two weeks north of the Arctic Circle working on music for the puppet show Point Pleasant – The Legend of the Mothman. I played in an earlier workshop version of this piece in the 2013 edition of puppet lab Labapalooza at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn (some cool photos from that production here), but since then the piece has expanded from about 20 to 70 minutes, and the musicians reduced from three players to just me on violin and Andrew Livingston, fellow thingNY member and composer for this project, on cello and electronics. The show is about the Mothman sightings that occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967. It uses a really cool combination of live feed miniature, shadow, and Bunraku puppetry. It’ll come to New York in the not too distant future, so keep an eye out! By the way, after the residency, I’ll hang out in the nearby city of Bodø for a few days, from April 16-18 – give me a shout if you happen to be around!

Further ahead, I have a show with Westchester folk rocker Bill Steely at Otto’s Shrunken Head in NYC on June 2. Should be a fun and laid-back time. And then I have a very exciting show announcement for later in June, but I’ll leave that for next month’s newsletter…stay tuned!

Opossum massage,

Month-long tour with Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests, plus World/Inferno tomorrow at Starland Ballroom in NJ

I’m back in New York for a few days after a fantastic trip to Tijuana, Ensenada, San Diego, LA, and Phoenix with Paul Pinto! There were a lot of great performances, especially of our experimental opera …Patriots…, but the most inspiring part of the trip was our six-day collaboration with Orange Theatre in Phoenix. We had a great open rehearsal where we showed the 25 minutes of work we developed; you can read an article about it in the Downtown Devil here and listen to a radio piece about it on KJZZ here. I hope we get to continue our work together in the future! But for now it’s time to move on to the next tour – a month on the road with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests starting this Sunday! And tomorrow I’m playing a big show with The World/Inferno Friendship Society at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Read on for more.


Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, performing at Art Share L.A. on January 16, photo by Nicky Young

Tomorrow’s show with World/Inferno opening for Catch 22 and With The Punches is rescheduled from January 23 due to the snowstorm, and a good thing too, because I was performing in Phoenix on that date and was going to miss it. We’re playing at Starland Ballroom on a monster bill starting at 4pm – check out the Facebook event here. If you’re in Jersey, this is one not to be missed!

The next big adventure starts Sunday, my month-long tour to Austin and back with Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, featuring Valerie on cello and voice, me on violin, and Alex on drums. We’ll be performing a new set of songs about cults, porn, food and transcendence to celebrate the November 2015 release of our album The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese on the Gold Bolus Recordings label. If you haven’t yet heard the album, you can stream it in full here. We start close to home in Montclair before heading down the coast to Arlington, Durham, Roanoke, and Atlanta, then curving west to Birmingham, New Orleans, Houston, and Austin, then back northeast to Dallas, Fayetteville, Nashville, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Chapel Hill, Staunton, Morgantown, and Pittsburgh, returning home for a stop in Brooklyn, and finally spending three days hanging out at experimental music festival XFest in western Massachusetts. We may add a few more performances as well! Our music is a loving mix of grindcore, cabaret, performance art, punk, and neo-classical art song, with a dash of free improvisation for good measure. Of special note on the tour are our two nights playing in Chattanooga, where in addition to our own set we’ll perform in a brand new performance piece by composer/cellist/performance artist Tim Hinck. If you know anyone on our route, please let me know, I’d love to meet new friends in these cities and share music with them!

Looking ahead, Westchester County folks can save the date for a show I’m playing with folk rocker Bill Steely on March 5, and for those above the Arctic Circle, I’m gonna be in northern Norway for the first time in the first half of May! I’ll also be hanging out in Leipzig in the second half of April, so Germans – bis bald! I might even play some shows while I’m there.

Marcel the Shell,

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!

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

Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, Jennifer Harper, World/Inferno Friendship Society

As the year winds down, I’m gearing up with a project that’s been dormant for two years, Valerie Kuehne and the Wasps Nests, a trio with Valerie singing her intense songs and playing cello, Alex Cohen on drums, and me on violin. Our preparations for a monthlong tour of the South in February started on December 3rd with a release show at JACK of the album we recorded two years ago! Later in the month we have shows upstate and at the Silent Barn. Last night, I played a very different album release show with singer/songwriter Jennifer Harper at Rockwood Music Hall’s Stage 2, and in the days after Christmas, I’m playing some big shows with The World/Inferno Friendship Society in Jersey and Long Island. All details below!

On tour in Boston last month with Food Will Win the War at Magnolia Loft

On tour in Boston last month with Food Will Win the War at Magnolia Loft

So – that release show at JACK I mentioned was for our freewheeling yet dark experimental album The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese, out on Gold Bolus Recordings. You can hear the whole thing here, please check it out! Also on the release show bill were Ron Anderson/Chris Cochrane/Brian Chase/Michael Evans, Shawn Escarciga, and an APOCALYPSE CHOIR. Freaky stuff.

Jennifer Harper’s release show at Rockwood last night was for a very different kind of album I played on as part of a large string section, along the lines of Carole King, Carly Simon, and Sheryl Crowe. At the release show, I was the whole string section! Check out the album on iTunes here.

I’m looking forward to exploring the scene in New Paltz, which has ever more cross-pollination with NYC. Lots of interesting weirdos sharing the bill with us: Kid Millions & Jim Sauter duo, Matt Luczak & Lucas Brode duo, Mike Ryan, plus Colin Fisher from Toronto. The Silent Barn is more familiar ground, but boasts an even bigger lineup of interesting weirdos: Peter Mills Weiss, Chris Carlone, Boom Bat Gesture, Dale Buchheister, Scott Johnson, and Popra, Keito & Matteo. The every gracious CATFOX (Catrin Lloyd-Ballard) hosts. Check it.

Finally this month, The World/Inferno Friendship Society will snap you out of that post-Christmas capitalist haze with shows at the venerable Stone Pony in Asbury Park with punk rock band The Bouncing Souls, and one at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville. Bridge and tunnel folk home for the holidays – don’t miss it! And bring your relatives who need to be shaken up a bit!

Looking ahead, Paul Pinto and I set off for exciting adventures in California, Arizona, and Baja California in January; then there’s that big tour with Valerie and Alex of the South in February. If you live in those areas, let me know, I’d love to see you while I’m there!

Oh, and apparently I’m sometimes a music journalist these days. You can read my recent article about the new music scene in LA where I interview LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI here! Yeah, most of the article is just me quoting other people, but I think I captured the scene pretty well. Please let me know what you think of it!

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Food Will Win the War EP release shows: Boston tomorrow, Adirondacks Saturday, NYC November 21; Sara Banleigh at LIC Bar

This month I return for my first shows with Food Will Win the War since February, and for the release of our brand new EP. They’ll also most likely be my last shows with the band, as I and most of my former bandmates are moving on to other things. We’ll be in Boston tomorrow, in the Adirondacks on Saturday, but the biggest show will be the official release in New York on Saturday, November 21. I hope to see you there, to celebrate the end of six years of music-making together. I’m also playing one folk music show this month with Sara Banleigh on November 19. Read on for more.

At _TORUS_PORTA last month after performing The Princess and the Fungus. Photo by Mitchell Murdock.

At _TORUS_PORTA last month after performing The Princess and the Fungus. Photo by Mitchell Murdock.

In Boston tomorrow, Food Will Win the War will play a loft show in Jamaica Plain with fellow NYC band Silverteeth and Bostonite Moody Judy. There’s no cover, just come by, buy our new album, and throw a few bucks in the jar. Or $100, your choice. The following day is a college gig at Paul Smith’s College, our second performance there. It’s a pretty campus, if you happen to be around, come check it out!

My only non-Food-Will-Win-the-War show this month is with Sara Banleigh, who incidentally sang with Food Will Win the War for a brief stint. That show will be a cozy fireside performance at LIC Bar in Long Island City, with a full band playing traditional folk music and Sara’s folk inspired originals. Besides her haunting voice, Sara is also known for her energetic onstage banter – please, please come heckle her and see what happens, it would totally make my night.

Finally, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, stop by the new Elvis Guesthouse in the East Village for Food Will Win the War’s EP release. The bar is a tribute to the myth that Elvis, rather than dying, actually moved to Kathmandu and opened a small bar there under an assumed name; this bar attempts to recreate that one. We’ll be joined on the bill by shyly sensuous synthpop diva Ellen O of Gold Bolus fame, who’s sure to get you dancing or whatever that non-dancing thing is you hipsters do. Come celebrate our album release in style!

Looking ahead, highlights on the horizon include a “Home for the Holidays” show the day after Christmas with The World/Inferno Friendship Society opening for The Bouncing Souls at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and a trip to Phoenix in January with Paul Pinto, where we’ll spend six days in a workshop with the fine folks at Orange Theatre and perform our “Patriots” experimental duo opera on the third annual Oh My Ears Marathon. We’ll also make a few other stops around the area, most likely including stops in southern California and my first performances in Mexico!

Oh, and I thought you should know – I just lost The Game.

Experimental Song Fest tonight, country music at The Living Room, _Torus_Porta, World/Inferno’s Hallowmas!

Thanks so much to all who came to the premiere of thingNY‘s This Takes Place Close By in NYC, and for those who live elsewhere, we hope to bring the piece to you soon! You can read a review of it here. This month brings a wide range of shows, all in Brooklyn, including two solo experimental performances with different material, a gig with a sweet country band at The Living Room, and my first performance in Hallowmas, The World/Inferno Friendship Society‘s biggest show of the year, on Halloween! Details below.

At the dress rehearsal for thingNY's This Takes Place Close By, which premiered last month at the Knockdown Center. Photo by Michael Yu.

At the dress rehearsal for thingNY’s This Takes Place Close By, which premiered last month at the Knockdown Center. Photo by Michael Yu.

It all starts tonight with my performance at Panoply Performance Laboratory of Paul Pinto‘s intense mini_005 and my own bawdy, comedic vocal/electronic/prop-heavy performance art piece, The Princess and the Fungus, at Naked Roots Conducive‘s Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival. Jeff, you might ask, while your speaking performances are fun, are they really song? To which I could say, in this crazy carnival, perhaps your question is itself the song?!?! Anyway, your melody-craving ears are in good hands for the remainder of the evening with the lilting voices of Ellen O, Anaïs Maviel, and Valerie Kuehne + Natalia Steinbach of Naked Roots Conducive.

Sunday I’m playing for the first time with local country rockers Goldenchild for their album release at the new Brooklyn location of The Living Room, after its relocation from the Lower East Side. I was brought into the project by thingNY bassist and rock star Andrew Livingston, who’ll also be playing. It’s sweet music, come cheer us on!

The following Sunday I’ll be trying out brand new solo experimental material at the mysterious underground lair _TORUS_PORTA, home of the truly wild Wild Torus performance art duo. It’ll be a marathon night of weirdness, spearheaded by “grindcore violinist” Joey Molinaro, one of the fiercest road warriors I know. (My month in Europe was cool, but he was there touring solo for three months this summer!) Stomp on over to Bushwick and expect the unexpected.

I close out the month with a performance I’m very excited about, my first time performing on The World/Inferno Friendship Society’s biggest concert of the year: Hallowmas! Every Halloween, the WIFS and their fans gather to witness the rising of the great pumpkin and worship en masse among the devil’s devotees! Plus we all have a great time, with moshing and stage diving for all. Seriously, it’s a great and supportive place to try stage diving for the first time. I speak from experience.

And finally, I’m pleased to announce my new job as a content manager for LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, a new organization for alumni of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY! Check out our Facebook page here and like us!

thingNY’s opera premieres this week at Knockdown Center!

Let me tell you, I had an extraordinary European tour this summer. With The World/Inferno Friendship Society, I played 23 cities in 24 days in Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, England, and Scotland, and then I played four solo shows in Poland and Germany. You can get a taste of my adventures in these photos on Facebook. But this week, it’s THINGNY OPERA TIME!

Playing solo in June at Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Yu.

Playing solo in June at Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Yu.

After nearly three years of work it’s finally here: the premiere of This Takes Place Close By this Thursday through Sunday, September 24-27, in the gorgeous 50,000 feet of the Knockdown Center, the largest production thingNY has ever done! Following some initial planning, we started workshopping our newest experimental opera in a fall 2013 residency at Incubator Arts, performed a work-in-progress version in Canada at New Music Edmonton, and workshopped it more at a residency at Standard ToyKraft. Now, a team of stellar designers led by director Ashley Tata have joined us to make this a really special piece. Grab tickets now, here!

You can listen to some of the piece and meet the design team here:

So what is this opera?

Through stories, songs and scenes, our new work explores the reactions of isolated individuals in the wake of a devastating storm that affects them in drastically different ways. A woman crushed under a building, a bureaucrat from FEMA experiencing victimhood for the first time, a musician channeling his energy into a relief concert, and a shop owner insisting on rebuilding storm after storm…in short vignettes, the opera captures ordinary people thrown out of their “comfort zone,” while addressing issues such as the voyeurism of storms, the anxiety of privilege, and the emotional distance humans tend to keep between themselves and disasters.

I really hope you’ll come and tell your friends. And – stay tuned next month for solo performances I’m doing at the Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival organized by Naked Roots Conducive (Valerie Kuehne and Natalia Steinbach), and at a show at _TORUS_PORTA organized by Joey Molinaro!

Snow leopard cubs,

thingNY at JACK on Saturday, solo & curating at Bushwick Open Studios, Europe with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, and more!

It’s been more than a month since I got back from my solo tour of the western US, but I’m still very excited by all the great new friends I made, sights I saw, and shows I played! Solo recordings are forthcoming, but for now please enjoy this video of a free improv set I played in Sacramento with Suki O’Kane and Edward Schocker. Back home, things keep moving. This Saturday in Brooklyn, my group thingNY is performing newly revised excerpts from our forthcoming experimental opera This Takes Place Close By at JACK, and the following Saturday an awesome lineup of five acts I curated will play outdoors at a block party during the huge art event Bushwick Open Studios – including myself, performing a couple of pieces from my tour. Then in less than a month, I fly to Europe for a month touring with The World/Inferno Friendship Society! Read on below.


Impromptu performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza for solo violin in Joshua Tree National Park on last month’s solo tour

Please save the week of September 20-27 for the official premiere run of thingNY‘s This Takes Place Close By at the amazing Knockdown Center in Queens, but for those who want to see how our work has been progressing, come by this Saturday to JACK. We’ll perform 40 minutes or so of material from the piece, much of it extensively revised from previous versions we’ve presented. It’s part of three days of theatrically driven contemporary music curated by percussionist/composer Dennis Sullivan, who shares the night with us in a duo with fellow badass percussionist Levy Lorenzo. If you’re a fan of badassery, be there!

The following week, I’m extremely excited to have curated the music acts at the Grattan Street Performance Block Party for the second year in a row! (Under thingNY’s name, but it was all me.) The music starts at 12:30pm with Oxygen Ensemble, a funk/free jazz project of Thomas Bell of Spread Art. I play solo at 1:30pm, performing Paul Pinto‘s virtuoso piece for speaking violinist mini_005 and my own dreamy violin/electronics piece Magical Kingdom of Dust. New Thread Quartet, an excellent new music sax quartet featuring fellow thingNY member Erin Rogers, plays at 2:30pm along with guitarist Luke Schwartz, then the intense duo Naked Roots Conducive (Valerie Kuehne and Natalia Steinbach) presents their particular weird brand of violin/cello-driven singer-songwriter performance art. The amazing futurist avant-jazz/rock trio Cacaw ends the lineup at 4:30pm. Between each music act will be performance art acts curated by Spread Art, plus installations and art trucks, cold beverages at event sponsor Pine Box Rock Shop, and ALL OF THE ART in the open studios next door!

Just before I head to Europe, I play a mysterious and sultry violin in the immersive theater production Serenade. I won’t say much about it, but if you seek a lavish night out on the town that includes dinner and drinks in the company of dark spirits, go to the website and explore.

Now for my big European tour in June and July, the longest I’ve ever been on and my first big tour in Europe: most of the cities are in Germany, but we’ll also make stops in Scotland, England, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Austria. So many cities I’ve never been to before!!! I’m looking forward to practicing my German, and to being back on the road with the crazy punks in the World/Inferno Friendship Society. Seriously, if you’ve never been to a World/Inferno show, you’re missing out. The energy at the shows is incredible. It’s also a great place to try stage diving for the first time – I tell you from experience! Please tell all your friends in the European cities on the shows page that we’re going to invade their cities and blow their minds, and by the way – rent my room while I’m away!

I’m also pretty astonished to announce that a piece I recorded nine years ago as a student at Oberlin Conservatory is out this week on John Zorn’s Tzadik label! The CD is dedicated to the music of the formidable composer Jason Eckardt, and the piece is his piano concerto Trespass featuring the equally redoubtable pianist Marilyn Nonken, with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble conducted by Tim Weiss and 21-year-old me on second violin. It sounds fricking awesome. You should buy a copy here.

And I recently added a page to my website for MY WALKING TOURS OF NYC! Please check it out. If you’re in town, I’d love to take you on a tour of the Lower East Side, Chinatown/Little Italy, or Southside and South Williamsburg…or more tours to be announced!

Finally, please enjoy my first ever review on Yelp, which is basically a novel about Di Fara Pizza. If you read this far, I love you.

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!