Snarky Puppy is up for a potential 3rd Grammy this year! Culcha Vulcha was the first “studio album” we’ve made since the early days — meaning no audience in the studio with us, and we did some overdubbing and really took our time. I love the way it sounds; the production is thoughtful and creative, thanks to Mike and Nic Hard. So excited it got nominated!!
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I’m very excited to announce that I will be on stage playing guitar in the new musical Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh running from Nov 18 to Jan 17 at New York Theatre Workshop. It’s a show that features new arrangements of his hits plus several brand new songs, all tied into a story that is a continuation of Bowie’s sci-fi cult classic The Man Who Fell To Earth. And the cast is amazing, led by Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under). Check out www.nytw.org for more info.
So a few years ago I nerded out pretty hard and stayed up many nights to program the Guitar Scales page of this website. Ever since then I’ve wanted to make a mobile app version of it, but as it turns out that kind of programming is completely different from html. So it has taken me a long time (with plenty of false starts) but after conceding to letting a professional help me I’m happy to say that it is almost here. We’re just putting the final touches on it and then it’s ready. So I’m starting to get the word out, including making a website for it with a nifty demo. Check it out and tell me what you think!
Foe Destroyer is once again a musical band, this time in New York at the off-broadway theater Playwrights Horizons. We’ve been rehearsing the last week or so and now we are into previews, which means you can come see it, even though we’ll still be making some small changes here and there before the official opening on June 10. It’s a really beautiful show, and it’s getting better and tighter all the time. We have an even bigger role now than we did at the Dallas Theater Center, doing prop hand-offs and sound cues. So if you’re in New York any time between now and the end of June (or possibly longer if it gets extended) come see it!
Just did three weeks of Snarky Puppy last month, then jumped on a plane to Asheville NC to tour down with Foe Destroyer and friends and I’m finally back in Austin, just in time for SXSW festivities. I’m happy to be joined by Danny and Cade from Foe Destroyer plus our crew of friends who are launching their new media company called BKLYN 1834. They’ve got a house down here for the next couple of weeks and there will be all kinds of music & media happening, including screen printing, 3D printing, recording and showcases. Foe Destroyer has a show at the Scoot Inn Sunday the 9th at 11 PM with a local singer songwriter Dwight Smith, who I’ve been wanting to play with for awhile. And we’ll be doing a showcase at the BKLYN 1834 house Monday night, the 10th. Also I just found out my fellow Snark and musical genius friend Cory Henry is down here to demo Seaboard, so I’ll definitely be trying to jam with him.
In nerdy news, I finished transcribing and charting all the songs for the new Snarky Puppy album for the official Snarky Puppy songbook, so those will be available very soon through Lulu.
Sooo yeah! Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz fusion band consisting of about 500 technical wizards that make music for dorks — has won a Grammy!! It’s pretty much the craziest thing of all time. The band has definitely been growing in popularity anyway, selling out large venues and getting the attention of some important people. But still!
Of course, it would be for the one album I’m not on. Foe Destroyer was right in the middle of the CD release tour for our debut album we put out March 6 when these guys were recording Family Dinner in Virginia with Lalah Hathaway and several other incredible singers. But I’m so thankful to Mike and the other guys for letting me come along for the ride and enjoy the Grammy experience. It was surreal. Highlights include: watching Mark Lettieri drink whiskey out of a Grammy (with the blessing of the man that actually makes them by hand), Boys 2 Men putting on a surprisingly fantastic show at the after party, including all your favorite hits from middle school dances, meeting Maria Schneider and Quincy Jones, listening to Yoko Ono ramble perfectly about multiple universes, eating McDonalds–our first meal together as a Grammy-winning band–with my foodie, yelp-obsessed bandmates out of pure desperation when it was literally the only option in the Staples center, and Shaun Martin instigating bouts of joyous group-yelling at various times throughout the night.
The experience has also left me with the desire to practice more and write more to feel like I truly deserve to be on that stage. So I’m making it my goal to work harder this year on Foe Destroyer, Snarky Puppy, and everything else I do. Including updating this website! See you soon!
If you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s the Grammy winning track:
Hey! I’ve been so busy I’ve been kind of ignoring this blog. But it’s cool, I don’t think anyone really minds. On the off chance that you are actually reading this I wanted to announce that the band I’ve been working on for the last 3 years or so, Foe Destroyer, has finally released its first album! We love it, we are extremely proud. There are some really great people that helped us with it, but quite a bit was completely home recorded/produced/mixed, and the cases the CDs come in were designed by us and hand-printed by Danny. All of the information as well as the ability to stream the entire thing, buy it physically or digitally, and share it with people can be found at our official website and at our Bandcamp page. Thanks for keeping up with me and live long and prosper.
This is a quick note to let you know about a show we’ve recently booked that I’m especially excited about. Myself, Bob Lanzetti and Mark Lettieri (the three guitar players in Snarky Puppy) have booked a night of our respective original music at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn NY, the same venue that Snarky recently recorded its live CD/DVD groundUp. Those guys each have their own original instrumental fusion bands, and my set will be Foe Destroyer. At the end you have to decide who you love the most. Just kidding. But if you want to just voluntarily tell us you love us the most, that’s totally acceptable.
It’s happening Tuesday August 14!
I’ll have some ticket info soon. In the meantime, enjoy this amazing photo of Mark Lettieri: