July 25th, 2013 § 0 comments

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here. This year has been my most intense traveling year ever, and time flew by! From February until May, I spent some time in Johannesburg teaching several classes at Wits University. In March, I participated in Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui’s project “Within” – a week of solo and ensemble drum set concerts with some great drummer colleagues at the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE. In April, I was in Beirut, Lebanon, playing and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere and music at the Irtijal Festival, and at the end of May, I visited Nairobi, Kenya, for a brief participation in the Goethe Institute’s “Ten Cities” project. In between was the launch concert of Soundmindlab, an initiative I’m involved in to develop a space for creative music in Johannesburg. At the beginning of June, I was in Brazil for the opening of “O jogo insond├ível”, a sound installation I created using sounds from soccer games; it will be on exhibit across South America during the next year and my Upcoming Performances page will contain all dates as they become known to me. After that, my newest piece, “Lakoni in Kazonnde” for 2 drum sets, was premiered at the Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC by drum super-virtuosos Ben Reimer and David Cossin. I then went on tour with my band Burkina Electric, playing in Austria and Hungary, and am now on a monthlong residency in Venice that culminates in a concert this Saturday at the Arsenale with the great Laboratorio Novamusica. Phew! After all this it’s back to the States again for a somewhat more quiet August.

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