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!
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 Bottum, Jason 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: http://radio.lownote.net/2015/
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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