April 23, 2017—Droppin Holar Augasteininn (“Water Drops Hollow the Eyestone”), a commissioned work for soprano and piano, premieres in Reykjavik, Iceland.
February 21, 2017—my article “The Original NEA Legislation is Actually a Great Work of Literature: On What We Risk Losing in National Funding for the Arts” appears on LitHub.
June 2, 2016—premiere of a commission solo shakuhachi work—”Spherical Intersections: Dedicated to Malevich”—to dedicate the completed “Ex of In” structure by architect Steven Holl at T-Space. A YouTube video of the performance can be viewed here.
May 21, 2016—at 11AM EST, a live broadcast of me playing a new duet with Zach Poff’s “Pond Station,” an installation broadcasting a feed of otherwise hidden underwater sounds from a freshwater pond from sunrise to dusk, on WGXC/90.7 FM. An archived recording can be found here.
February 26 – 28, 2016—The NewBorn Trio (me, with Katie Down and Miguel Frasconi) serving as both composers and musicians, provide the score for the RipeTime/The Play Company production of Sleep, presented as a work-in-Progress at The Japan Society, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami.
February 22, 2016—read an interview with The NewBorn Trio about our work on Sleep.
November 13, 2015—In|Filtration book launch, featuring a cavalcade of poets and music by yours truly together with the exceptional Otto Hauser and David Rothenberg. The free event takes place at Time and Space, Ltd. in Hudson, NY.
October 4, 2015—performance of original works and improvisations at Theater Konstanz with guitarist Carsten Radtke on Lake Konstanz, Germany.
October 2, 2015—performance of original works in Munich, Germany at ArtOxin with vibraphonist Ralf Kleinehanding and guitarist Carsten Radtke.
August 15, 2015—live broadcast of me playing a duet with Zach Poff’s “Pond Station,” an installation broadcasting a feed of hidden underwater sounds from a freshwater pond from sunrise to dusk, on WGXC/90.7 FM—listen here.
August 8, 2015—performance of collaboratively created works from musicians in residence at Music Omi 2015, joined by yours truly, under a big tent in The Fields Sculpture Park, 5PM, free.
July 26, 2015—performance of “guerilla improvisations” in the Cafe at the Charles B. Benenson Visitor Center at the Omi International Arts Center, with special guests Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso of the Creative Music Studio, 3PM, free.
June 20, 2015—performance with poet Eric Keenaghan at the McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.
June 5 – 14, 2015—the NewBorn Trio in residence at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, as part of its Ground Floor program, creating music for the Ripe Time production of Sleep, based on the short story by Haruki Murakami.
April 1, 2015— Journeys Have Destinations Of Which The Traveler is Unaware, a CD featuring all compositions by me, performed by Scott Fields on guitar with me on shakuhachi, produced by Albany Records, released!
December 14, 2014—performance of breath, song, an evening of new compositions by me and improvisations for shakuhachi and voice, with vocalist Nihan Devecioglu, at the Hudson Opera House, in Hudson, NY. December 8, 2014—performance of breath, song, an evening of new compositions by me and improvisations for shakuhachi and voice, with vocalist Nihan Devecioglu, at the The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.
October 16/17, 2014—performance of breath, song, an evening of new compositions by me and improvisations for shakuhachi and voice, with vocalist Nihan Devecioglu, and special guest, electronic musician Barkin Engin, plus a workshop for music composition students, at Bilkent State University in Ankara, Turkey.
October 5, 2014—performance with Carsten Radtke (10-string guitar, e-guitar) and Udo Schindler (bass clarinet, cornet, tenor sax) and me (shakuhachi, xiao, bawu) at Freies Muzikzentrum Munich.
October 4, 2014—premiere of breath, song, an evening of new compositions and improvisations for shakuhachi + voice + electronics, with vocalist Nihan Devecioglu, and special guest, electronic musician Barkin Engin, at Einstein Kultur in Munich, Germany.
August 29, 2014—Hauser/Lependorf/Radtke Trio, with Otto Hauser on percussion, Carsten Radtke on guitar, and yours truly on assorted Asian bamboo flutes. 533 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534, 7pm.
July 20, 2014—The “Omi Improvisors Orchestra” returns to Club Helsinki, led by Karl Berger with special guest Ingrid Sertso, in an evening of “guerrilla jazz,” with yours truly in the orchestra.
May 4, 2014—”East Meets East Meets West” performing an evening of traditional Zen mediation music in duo with Eric Keenaghan reading from “Talisman Songs,” a poetry collection inspired by Turkey, at the CCCA in Hudson, NY.
February 22, 2014 — performing a duo concert with percussionist Matt Hannafin at Conduit Dance in Portland, Oregon with special guest appearances by dancers Tere Mathern and Kristine Anderson. We’re celebrating the physical release of our CD Eight Songs Between Morning and Dark.
November, 2013 — Everything Is In The Instructions, my recording with Scott Fields of new works for shakuhachi and guitar recorded last year in Cologne has been released in Sweden (and everywhere online!) on the Ayler label.
October 6, 2013 — performing in Sibiu, Romania with Scott Fields, performing new works composed by us for classical guitar and shakuhachi.
September 29, 2013 — performing at Les Cercle Des Voyageurs in Belgium, with Scott Fields, performing new works composed by us for classical guitar and shakuhachi.
September 28, 2013 — performing at the Tenri KulturWerkstatt in Cologne, Germany with Scott Fields, performing new works composed by us for classical guitar and shakuhachi.
September 27, 2013 — performing at The Ort in Wuppertal, Germany with Scott Fields, performing new works composed by us for classical guitar and shakuhachi.
August 28, 2013 — The NewBorn Trio (Katie Down & Miguel Frasconi on glass instruments and me on flutes) is back! performing at The Branded Saloon in Brooklyn, NY.
July 30, 2013 — Meshell Ndegeocello presents me and four other performing as HOW TO WRAP FIVE EGGS (Ute Voelker/accordion, Carsten Radtke/guitar, Blaise Siwula/saxophone, Otto Hauser/percussion and me) at her new Listening Room at the Henry Hudson Studios, 726 Union Street, Hudson, NY.
July 21, 2013 — appearing with the Omi Improvisors Orchestra, conducted by Karl Berger, at Helsinki Hudson.
April 25, 2013 — CD release performance for Notes Are Rain, Timbre Is Snow atSAPPHIRE LOUNGE (249 Eldridge St, NYC) — Constance Cooper on keyboard, Thomas Desisto on electric guitar, and John Cacciatore on percussion with me on Asian flutes.
March 2, 2013 — Candlelight Concert at OMI INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTER — Me with Chemical Composition at 6PM.
January, 2013 — Eight Songs Between Morning And Dark: Improvisations for Shakuhachi and Percussion, my recording with percussionist Matt Hannafin is now available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
November, 2012 — Notes Are Rain, Timbre Is Snow, my recording with Chemical Composition (Constance Cooper on keyboard, Thomas Desisto on electric guitar, and John Cacciatore on percussion), is now available on iTunes, CD Baby and other online music buying places.
October 21, 2012 — (Köln, Germany) ATELIER DURRENFELD — Another opportunity (like just below) to hear me improvise with Music Omi alumni in Germany, plus a video installation by Gudron Barenbrock.
October 20, 2012 — THE ORT (Wuppertal, Germany) — Off Omi: Lependorf, featuring me on shakuhachi and other flutes along with a number of Music Omi alumni for a special reunion concert, featuring Ute Völker, Christina Fuchs, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Angelika Sheridan, Sebastian Gramss, Udo Moll and Ralph Beerkircher.
October 17, 2012 — THE LOFT (Köln, Germany) New Music for Guitar and Shakuhachi, with composer/guitarist Scott Fields. We’ve commissioned new works from one another, which we will also be recording for a new CD while I’m in Germany.
October 10, 2012 — FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE (Frankfurt, Germany) I will be moderating two wonderful panels at the Frankfurt Book Fair:
- 11AM (Sparks Stage, Hall 8) Hello, Reader!—How Independent Literary Publishers are Successfully Reaching Their Audiences
Audiences America’s “Big Six” publishers are struggling to figure out how to change in this new world of producing books, working to develop “vertical marketplaces,” and trying to figure out ways to reach readers directly. At the same time, America’s independent literary publishers seem to have figured out exactly who their readers are and how to reach them. Learn their secrets at this panel discussion featuring Anna Moschavakis of Ugly Duckling Presse and Johnny Temple of Akashic Books.
- 2:30PM (Weltempfang, Salon) The Margins Move to the Middle: Small Press Publishers Take Center Stage
Once the last resort for literary agents and a second choice for most writers, American independent literary publishers have recently taken center stage, with books showing up on all of the major awards lists and authors and agents taking notice. What has changed? How are these small presses suddenly the toast of publishing? Jeffrey Lependorf (Executive Director of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses) leads a discussion with the Erika Goldman (publisher of Bellevue Literary Press), Julie Schaper (President and COO Consortium Book Sales), and Ira Silverberg (Director of Literature, National Endowment for the Arts).
September 30, 2012 — HUDSON OPERA HOUSE (Hudson, NY) shakuhachi performance with C. Ryder Cooley on musical saw, and Hazel!, to kick off the annual ArtsWalk 2012.
September 23, 2012 — BROOKLYN BOOK FAIR (Brooklyn, NY) — I’m moderating: “Nothing Ever Breaks But The Heart,” featuring novels that span generations and continents to remind us to tread lightly when following the heart. Stewart O’Nan (The Odds), Gail Tsukiyama (A Hundred Flowers) and Terry McMillan (Getting to Happy) read and discuss their work.
September 14, 2012 — THE STONE (New York, NY) The NewBorn Trio (Katie Down, Miguel Frasconi, Jeffrey Lependorf) return to NYC with new music for glass and flutes for your pleasure.