Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe

the-book-of-knotsMay means many things but for me, May means great music. May marks the greening of the grounds, but first and foremost, May marks the time for the wonderful FIMAV festival in Victoriaville!

zorn1This year’s line-up is, once again, outstanding: Iva Bittova/Gyan Riley/Evan Ziporyn, Michel Doneda/Tatsuya Nakatani, Haunted House, Oxbow, ZGA, Anna Homler, The Book of Knots (!), The Thing and Thurston Moore, Hikashu, and many more. And to close out the festival this year, a full day of John Zorn projects to mark his 60th birthday, including Moonchild, The Dreamers, Electric Masada, chamber ensembles, a “song project”, and solo church organ! Hooray for May! More details here.

wilmer14_7950To top off the month of May, there will be a tribute to Albert Ayler at Jacksonville’s Burro Bar on May 26th. This show was set up and organized by Jamison Williams, who asked me to participate. I have arranged The Spiritual Unity Suite, a suite based upon the Spiritual Unity album, with a bit of other Ayler thrown in. Other musicians participating in the evening include Jamison Williams, Kris Gruda, Steve Bristol, A.J. Herring, Bill Henderson, Jack Allen, Jeff Abbott, Kathy Burkett, Jason Dean Arnold, Dan Kozak, Tim Albro, Micheal Lanier, and Lucy Bonk. It will be a monumental tribute to a monumental artist. Be there if you can.

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Travelin’ The Spaceways: A Tribute to Sun Ra

Note to Jacksonville: A new experimental music venue is opening up in late May, courtesy of Jamison Williams, saxophonist extraordinaire. The new venue, called +Solo, will have it’s official grand opening on May 25th and 26th, during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. A veritable who’s who of Florida improvisors will be on hand, performing throughout the night.

For my contribution on the night of the 25th I am organizing a large ensemble in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the passing of Sun Ra who left this planet on May 30, 1993. The performance will be a conducted, semi-structured improvisation that will include several of Sun Ra’s compositions. I’m very excited about this as Sun Ra was a HUGE influence on my development as an improvisor.

Stay tuned. Second stop is Jupiter.