Some thoughts about the music we are playing this season. As an intro to Carrousel (different versions of which you can find here and here) we play a new piece, which I am going to record for the next album. I noticed that the new music I am writing has more rhythm and tempo changes than usual. Maybe that’s a reaction to so much music staying at the same tempo throughout… including my own. Now I want to hear changes within a piece. The aforementioned Carrousel intro switches between three rhythms and tempi. Another new piece we are playing in the second set switches between Tangos and Rumba rhythms and a 6/8 section. It feels very organic and natural to me. When the rhythms switch seamlessly it is a great kick.
We signed up to play the Wave festival in Los Angeles at the Greek Theater on September 29th. Since Stevo has a family thing that weekend and Davo might be in Brazil, we put a new quartet together for the occasion: Barrett Martin and Robby Rothschild will augment Jon and myself. Jon and I have been wanting to hear those two play together and this will be a fun one-off.