The new solo recording 'Tales From The Desert' is now available via this website as well as CD Baby. This is the first new full length solo studio endeavor since 2001's 'The Learning Curve'. There are six new solo acoustic pieces as well as a reworking of Creme Brulee from the PING / White Light canon. Two new ambient electronic pieces with vocal / guitar loops bookend the recording.
Working on booking new shows in my own neck of the woods as well as the next east coast tour in the fall of 2015. Thankfully, many new venues have been very flexible to accommodate my travel schedule. Check the GIGS section for more info.
Visited Oregon for the first time and attended the Portland Jazz Festival with my friend and host Jeff Krow. Some of the great music I caught included Joel Harrison, Lee Konitz, Tommy Emmanuel, Becca Stevens and Billy Child's tribute to Laura Nyro. Missed Vijay Iyer's trio due to a time overlap with Mr. Emmanuels' concert. Oh well...
Finally getting around to updating the Listening Pleasures page to reflect my 2015 favorite recordings. Again, this is not a 'best of' or even a comprehensive list of what I listen to. It's essentially a list of recordings that I listen to multiple times...say three times in a row...to really dig in and hear things I didn't catch the previous time(s). Isn't that what captures our fancy about great music any way? Every listen should yield some new treasures...
Speaking of listening. We have seen some great concerts in our area over the last few months. Bill Frisell's Space Age, Ryan Adams, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Altan, Scofield/Medeski Quartet and Zakir Hussain's Celtic Connections were some of the highlights.
And...just returned from a European trip with my wife Joanna. Got to visit Slovenia and attend the (56th!) Ljubljana Jazz Festival. Some real edgy improvised collaborations tempored by chamber/orchestral jazz stylings...some 19 concerts over 4 days. Highlights included James Blood Ulmer (celebrating his 75th), KUU!, Terje Rypdal & Big Band RTV featuring Stale Storlokken and Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer. For more info about the festival, go to www.ljubljanajazz.si
The Past Is Not Forgotten
My son Colin Biedermann passed away on August 27, 2005. He was 19 years young. CB was the rhythmic force behind our duo work as well as that of White Light's. Besides the responsibility of maintaining the pulse, he pushed the music forward with musical sensibilities attributed to a musician of many more years' experience. His ability to improvise in a group context was of the highest order and allowed the other players extraordinary freedom to interpret the music and play with abandon. His abilities as a musician were only surpassed by his human qualities...the understatement of a lifetime. Colin will be sorely missed...however...never forgotten.