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Tom Musick Residency at California Clipper

Tom and I are starting up a steady gig at California Clipper on the first and third Thursday of the month, beginning this Thursday, November 7th, at around 9:30pm or so.

Additional 1st and 3rd Thursdays for the rest of 2013, for those keeping track:

November 21

December 6

December 19

and into 2014!

January 2

January 16


I won a 3Arts Award!!!

I am incredibly honored to have received a 2013 3Arts Award. I am inexpressibly fortunate. It was so humbling and inspiring to meet all of the other amazing recipients tonight, and I look forward to getting to know them better and becoming more familiar with their wonderful work over the coming months.


week 4, 10/22/13: an evening of chamber music performed by members of Mucca Pazza

I’m very excited to present a program of new material and new arrangements written specifically for this ensemble:

Justin Amolsch, french horn

Paul Brannon, percussion

Nick Broste, trombone

Andy Deitrich, marimba

Greg Hirte, violin

Gary Kalar, various plucked strings

Ronnie Kuller, accordion

Dave Levine, flute and sax

Brent Roman, percussion

Dave Smith, sax and bass clarinet

Meghan Strell, concert poms

with special guest Jefferey Thomas, guitar

featuring compositions by Bela Bartok, Nick Broste, Andy Deitrich, Gary Kalar, Ronnie Kuller, Olivier Messiaen, and Dave Smith.

10/15/13: Dan and Ronnie; Kitchen Table Illinois!

My friend Dan Dorff and I have a composition and recording project that is very close to my heart. We made a record together that came out in April 2013, and he’s driving all the way from Cincinnati to play duets with me at the Hideout this Tuesday!

Two more very dear friends make up Kitchen Table, Illinois; I’m so very excited to hear Gabe and Becky play! They’ve made lots of records too and they’re all fantastic.

It’s going to be a really sweet night of Thoroughly Pleasant Music. Hope to see you there! October 15th, 9pm, at Hideout.


photo by Michael Wilson

***update: there are two beautiful sets of photos from this show by the ever-generous and wonderful C.B. Lindsey! here’s a set of Kitchen Table, Illinois, and here’s a set of me and Dan

hideout residency begins october 1st!!!

So excited to kick off the month of October with a one-night-only remount of Theater Oobleck’s Possession: Baudelaire in a Box, Episode 5. Jeff Dorchen and Dave Buchen have arrived from faraway lands. Chris Schoen and I have been here all along, just waiting to perform for you.

baudelaire postcard-jpeg

Here are some of the poems we’ll be cantastoriaing, in case anyone wants to study up:

Mucca Pazza Sitting in Chairs in Space on Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Mucca Pazza will be Sitting in Chairs at Evanston S.P.A.C.E. this Thursday! Doors at 7pm, Mucca at 8pm in our favorite sitting-down pants. I haven’t been to this venue yet but here’s what they say about themselves: “The sound is fantastic, the sight lines are perfect, and no seat is more than 40 feet from the stage.” Did you catch that? Seats! Seats for you, seats for us, seats for everybody. Come get comfortable and hear Mucca Pazza play some really lovely new and unusual material as well as some stand-up Mucca classics.

Tickets here.