Michael Mull Octet

Michael Mull Octet

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Octet Returns

Lots of music going on this month, just like it should be! I wanted to drop a quick note about a house concert I organized that is coming up on Saturday, 9/22. There will be three diverse groups performing throughout the night (the third of which is my Octet), and in between sets it's just a big hang! I'm expecting a fun, casual vibe with some great music.

1604 North Avenue 56, Los Angeles 90042
Doors open 6pm
Bands will gratefully accept donations throughout the evening
Bring your own refreshments

     This engaging Los Angeles-based quartet consists of guitar, clarinet, drum set and up-right bass. The identity of the ensemble is established by the individual, multi-faceted identities of each artist—Maxwell Gualtieri (Stupid Man Suit, Ladies & Gentlemen, A.K.A., King and the Cattail) on guitar, Andrew Conrad (BLockRad, Chord Four) on clarinet, Colin Woodford (Chord Four, Solo Percussion, Sogo Takeover) on drumset, and Emilio Terranova (A Giraffe, 3tet, Big Enough Band) on up-right bass. The compositions are held together by the tenacity of the close friends who realize them. Music played by this group is rich in artful improvisation and tactful negotiation of curiously irregular metric landscapes.

      genevieve artadi makes the same music you would if you were her. on september 22nd, at the house in highland park, she, andrea calderwood, sean fitzpatrick, aya toyoshima, and louis cole will show you what that sounds like!

     Coming back with a few new tunes. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/michaelmullmusic/videos to watch the Octet at the Blue Whale. Michael Mull, Frank Silva - woodwinds; Harrison Kirk, Will Wulfeck - trombones; Tim Fischer, Adam Ratner - guitars; Emilio Terranova - bass; Mike Lockwood - drums and percussion

Monday, September 10, 2012

Brian Havey Trio @ Blue Whale on Wednesday

UPDATE 9/24/12: Brian's album is now available on bandcamp at: http://brianhavey.bandcamp.com/album/absence-of-appropriate-affect

Hi friends, just wanted to do a quick plug for my good friend Brian Havey, pianist and music-maker (quite a Yoshi's Cookie player as well). He is releasing his most recent album, the first with his trio, with a performance at (what should be) everyone's favorite live music spot in LA, the Blue Whale. It's taking place this Wednesday, September 12th at 9pm.

You might not have heard Brian before - but trust me, you want to. Hear something you might be in for on his soundcloud page. Brian and I have played together in some extremely varied settings over the last 7 years or so, and he was a part of a group I led in my CSU Northridge days that I consider to be one of the most influential workshops in my development as a player and composer. His playing has extended far, in many directions, since then.

I hope to see you at Brian's show on Wednesday night, and I'm looking forward to grabbing the new record. You can check the event details on Facebook and below.

Brian Havey Trio @ Blue Whale
Wednesday 9/12/12
9pm, two sets
21+ only

Brian Havey (piano)
with Emilio Terranova (bass) and Martin Diller (drums)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Orkestar MEZE September 14th

It's been a while since the last post, but this will be the triumphant return, primarily to announce another triumphant return: that of your friendly neighborhood peasant funk band, Orkestar MEZE. After a couple of months off, we are gearing up to re-explode Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica on Friday, September 14th! All your favorite peasant jams, plus some brand new surprises, so don't miss it!

Orkestar MEZE @ Rusty's Surf Ranch
256 Santa Monica Pier
10pm, all ages
$7 ($12 if under 21 without a guardian)

If you or a loved one (or a despised one, I'm not too picky) doesn't have MEZE's debut album "Peasant Funk" in the ol' collection, we are holding a "Back to the Farm September Sale" at orkestarmeze.com/store. This means free shipping worldwide and an amazing "I Peasant Funk" sticker included with every purchase! Hard to resist.

There will be tons of great music happening this month, including an Octet house concert (9-22), Mahadev at a yoga studio (9-15), and my musical buddy Brian Havey's trio at the Blue Whale (9-12). Keep this blog on rotation for more specifics soon!