Recent Live Recordings

The solo, improvised, pieces presented below were all recorded in 2017 and 2018 “live” using delays and (for the most part) live looping.

Brush Ruminations

This is the beginning of the first of two live, solo sets I performed at a one-day group art installation in the old Fuller Brush factory in the Northend of Hartford. The show/event, produced by photographer R. Max Gavrich, was titled “The Dial II: Useful as a Glass Hammer”. The performance begins with sound recordings of cleaning brushes followed by light layers of thumb pianos and dousn’ gouni.

Cinco de Mayo

This is an excerpt from the second of two live, solo sets I performed at a one-day group art installation in the old Fuller Brush factory in the Northend of Hartford. The show/event, produced by photographer R. Max Gavrich, was titled “The Dial II: Useful as a Glass Hammer”. This performance includes sound recordings of random Mexican radio broadcasts, custom beats, and layers of thumb pianos and dousn’ gouni.

Old Snow (excerpts)

After hearing Terry Riley’s “Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band” in the seventies, I sought out any opportunity to get my hands on two, four-channel, reel-to-reel tape machines to both practice and perform live tape-delay improvisations, mostly vocal, but sometimes instrumental. Decades later, I’ve begun to revisit this practice, albeit digitally. Here are a few overlapping excerpts of one such recent live improvisation with the only instruments being a dousn’ gouni (6-string Bambara hunters’ harp) and sanza (African thumb piano), both digitally processed.

Subfreezing (edit)

Inspired by using Michael Norris’ spectral processing plugins, this is a simple edit of a live, solo, improvisation on a digitally-processed sanza (thumb piano). Recorded at the end of a long, New England, deep freeze.

Gouni-Erhu Improvisation

Three overlaying loops of dousn’ gouni with an improvisation on sampled Chinese Erhu fiddle.

Harmonic THinG

The 6 open strings of the dousn’ gouni (with processing) explored in a live improvisation with room to breathe.