Download the new Faraway Plants!

Faraway Plants is available on most formats including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Music.  Cover design by Sara Kay.  IMG_4801.PNG

Komorebi

Komorebi is the Japanese word used to describe sunlight as it passes through trees.  In this piece I play rich tones on the marimba which are paired with heavily dubbed spikes of zither.  Each timbre enters representing the light passing through leaves and branches.  At about midway through the improvisation, a trumpet enters soaring over the scene like a bird of prey.   Listen and download here: Komorebikomorebincweb

Charles Mantis and Everypeople Workshop at Transistor May 18th

by Doug Abram.

If you are in Chicago for the NATO summit or plainly would like to avoid it Charles Mantis will be playing Transistor Friday May 18th with Everypeople Workshop.  Transistor is located at 3819 N Lincoln Ave in North Center.  It’s just a short walk or cab ride from the Irving Park brown line stop.   The venue/shop is located in a perfect neighborhood to grab dinner before and drinks after.  A special thanks to Doug Abram of Black Bear Combo and Rat Snake Turbo Rat for all his work on this cat poster!  RSVP HERE! 

Balkan Invasion of Wicker Park

For close to a year and a half DJ Roma Soul and Black Bear Combo have played to a packed house downstairs at Subterranean on the third Friday of the month in Chicago.  This has grown to be one of the more successful nights I’ve seen featuring an instrumental act since I moved to Chicago nearly 7 years ago.  The crowd demands high energy.  I look forward to it every month and I hope that you will join us this Friday February 17th 2012.  More about the night in the Chicago Tribune.

Photography by Antonio Bovino

Live Production as a Musical Instrument.

the Akai APC40.

The Akai APC40 is a midi controller instrument that controls audio clips, effects and virtual instruments in a live setting.  The grid design of the instrument provides an angle to writing music that is very different from composing and performing on a traditional piano.  The buttons illuminate when they are actively playing an audio clip creating a choreographed light show to the music.

new music

I recently opened a Sound Cloud account. You can check out my newest songs here.  My latest composition project is in collaboration with visual artist Rajeev Basu involving electronic works made entirely of alarm sounds called eep eep eep.  It’s a great challenge to make something beautiful out of sounds that are intended to warn humans of danger.  You can hear an abbreviated version of what I came up with below.

alarm sounds