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Happy New Year!!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Happy New Year!

Like a lot of musicians, i’m not over busy at this time of year, in these latitudes the nights are long and the temperatures are low – but time for taking stock and making plans.

I’d have to say that 2010 was a good year for me, musically – I had several of those moments where you think that maybe you didn’t waste your life learning an instrument after all: the Gathering continues to be a joy, and its live offshoot, the Infinite Monkey Orchestra managed another memorable performance with Simon Fell on bass.

Meanwhile, I’ve got two finished CD’s on the launch pad: ‘Human’ with Maggie Nicols is a 50 minute collage of improvisations, found sounds and poetry that we took 18 months to assemble, while the second amere3 album is a classic bass/drums/sax recording with a classy sound and some fabulous playing. Recording-wise I’m continuing to work on Steve Boyland’s solo album as well, which, true to form, has developed into something a lot more complex.

But the best bits, as in 2010, will be the things I haven’t seen coming. Kind of like the best improvisation, really.