In the Studio

Two months in a row I've been in the recording studio with two of the most influential and incredible saxophonists and musicians alive today!

After a few dates at The Stone amidst a month-long residency celebrating his 60th birthday, Steve Coleman and Natal Eclipse laid down some tracks for an upcoming album on Pi Recordings.  

Steve Coleman and the incredible line up of Natal Eclipse (Neeraj Mehta, Kristin Lee, Matt Mitchell, Jen Shyu, Greg Chudzik, Maria Grand, and Jonathan Finlayson) at Systems Two in September

Steve Coleman and the incredible line up of Natal Eclipse (Neeraj Mehta, Kristin Lee, Matt Mitchell, Jen Shyu, Greg Chudzik, Maria Grand, and Jonathan Finlayson) at Systems Two in September

And last week after a killer concert at Miller Theater Talea Ensemble recorded John Zorn's absolutely wild and beautiful wind quintet. (You can look at our shout out in the New York times here).

Talea Ensemble & Jim Baker with John Zorn at EastSide Sound in October 

Talea Ensemble & Jim Baker with John Zorn at EastSide Sound in October 

Pass It On

Vinko Globokar with SICPP faculty and members of the Callithumpian Consort

Vinko Globokar with SICPP faculty and members of the Callithumpian Consort

Much to my delight the summer of 2016 was filled with opportunities to work with motivated and talented students in front of vastly different backdrops. The Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP or "Sick Puppy") at New England Conservatory kicked off the summer season with a residency by Vinko Globokar, legend of theatrical, sometimes bizarre, and always abundantly creative music. This year we helped participants stretch their instrumental skills in addition to singing, speaking, improvising, moving and all manner of inspired chaos.


Sunset at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Sunset at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, set in the bucolic hills of southern New Hampshire, provides the unique opportunity for musicians of all ages (12-80) and levels (conservatory student to beginner) to grow and experience community through chamber music. I can safely say everyone who attends is transformed and as a coach there for several years I would encourage every budding musician to participate. 


Gorgeous concert space (and former latrine for monks!) at Royaumont

Gorgeous concert space (and former latrine for monks!) at Royaumont

Built in the 12th century, the Rouyaumont Abbey just outside of Paris currently hosts exclusively arts related programs. Talea Ensemble stayed there for two weeks working with advanced composers and performers from around the world, playing concerts, teaching lessons, and coaching chamber music. 

Royaumont Abbey

Royaumont Abbey

Now that the fall season is well underway I'm happy to be back with my private students in and around Boston and my chamber music students at Mather House on the Harvard University campus. Other teaching highlights for me this season will include lectures to Music Humanities class at Columbia University as part of Talea Ensemble's year-long residency there and several other school visits with The City of Tomorrow in New England (details to follow soon!).