Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Pete Tufel

on friday, dec. 10th, i'll be playing at the sidewalk cafe on the corner of 6th st. and ave. A with pete tufel. we'll be performing one set of pete's terrific music, and it's free!!! so come on out and enjoy an evening of great rock.


The much anticipated MOPDTK cd is here!!!! we'll be performing on WED. DEC. 15th at NO MOORE (W.Broadway and N. Moore St.) at 8 PM. The club is one block north of the Franklin st. stop on the 1/9 line, the cover is $10 and the cd's are $5. The band includes Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, and Kevin Shea, and we'll be performing selections from the cd. See you there!!!!!!
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

NYTE Statement


Group Statement

The New York Trumpet Ensemble is a collective of musician-activists seeking to promote improvisation as an experiment tied directly to culture itself. The members see improvisation always differently, yet in performance we have commonly sought to:

1) provide a sustainable practice of creative music in our cultural moment

2) offer/problematize alternative communities by foregrounding music as a social discourse and

3) feedback the effects of technology on musical culture in order to displace the Eurological categorizations of sound as organized by reason.

A critical component of our music revolves around the impact that technology has on the way people listen to and live with music. Digital technology (encompassing recording technique, the Internet, iPods) has transformed music into an informational flow that obliterates notions of chronology, authorship and intellectual property, cultural identification, and style. Given that playing an instrument is itself a form of biotechnology (the body and the "machine" functioning as one), improvised music allows for the transformation of the technological into a location of social and spiritual activity. The NYTE seeks to investigate these issues with improvisation, which becomes a real-time networking of social interdependencies, personal musical biography, cultivated technique, and stylistic signposts.
Currently the group is made up of three trumpets, bass, and piano. Although the music utilizes in a general way the practices outlined above, specific reference points of style include free improvisation, free jazz, 80's and 90's pop music, and most recently (and perhaps inevitably) opera. Some of our most exciting moments in performance have been when these various elements are not mixed, but layered in a sort of live "stereophonic" texture.
The group aims to reflect the current musical landscape but also to project a model for change, particularly in the music education system. NYTE believes that it is essential for young musicians to have an active role in thinking critically about how and why they create music. Improvisation has the unique ability to offer young musicians the agency and mobility to explore their individual relationship to music and culture, while also allowing the opportunity to form communities of difference with other players. NYTE is committed to pursuing improvisation as an activity which can open windows for musicians to find their own path in music, regardless of style or training.

NY Trumpet Ensemble

the new york trumpet ensemble will be performing at elixr smart bar on thurs, oct 21st. the space is on chambers st. at w. broadway (subway to chambers), and we start at 9 PM. the group consists of mark gould, peter evans, and cj camerieri on trumpets, mike gallope on keyboard, and myslf on bass. this show will be our first quintet performance and will be part of a great night of music. see you there!!!!!

Upcoming Shows!!

on wed. oct 20 i'll be playing at the knitting factory with jon lundbom and big 5 chord. the band includes jon irabagon and brian murray on saxes, andrew bain on drums and myslef and mr. jbom on bass and guitar. we'll be playing some new tunes in addition to some classics from the BFC rep. the show starts at 8:30 in the old office, and will be spectacular. see you there!!!!!!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Pete Tufel

i'll be playing at the sidewalk cafe with pete tufel on wed. oct 20. the band will feature vinnie sperazza on drums. the sidewalk cafe is on the corner of ave. a and 6th st. and there is no cover. the show starts at 8. see you there!

High School

on friday, oct. 8th, i'll be performing at st. mary's high school in manhasset as a part of a fundraiser. i'll be accompanied by brian woestehoff, jesse stacken, and vinnie sperazza. our performance begins at 7 pm and the high school is located on clapham rd. 3 blocks south of the manhasset railroad station and just off northern blvd. we will be playing one set and proceeds will benefit inner city schools. there is a $10 donation at the door. see you there!

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Recent Developments

after recent performances with melissa giges and pete tufel, i'm looking foreward to recording with both groups in the near future...stay tuned. I'll be performing in brooklyn on monday, sept. 20th. for details on that performance visit on wednesday the 22nd, i'll be at galapagos on N. 6th st in williamsburg brooklyn with jon lundbom and big 5 chord. the show is at 8 and will be amazing. hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Ice Cream Duets

this thursday, sept. 2nd, peter evans and i will be playing duets at emack and bolios, an ice cream parlor on ditmars blvd. in astoria, queens. we will be an hour of the happiest music you've ever heard in your life from 8 to 9 pm. the music is free, the ice cream is plentiful, and the time is right for you to come on out to the show. take the n train to ditmars and walk 1 block past the end of the train. see you there!!!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Big 5 Chord

on sunday, august 29th, i'll be playing at CBGB's as a part of the freestyle series with jon lundbom and big 5 chord. the band features jon irabagon and brian murray on saxes, jon on guitar, myself and andrew bain on drums. the show starts at 7 pm and is not to be missed as this is mr. irabagon's triumphant return to NYC from his summer in pennsylvania. see you there!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 08, 2004

NY Trumpet Ensemble

the big show is upon us. the NY Trumpet Ensemble will be playing at Makor on tuesday, aug. 10 as a part of the FONT festival put together by dave douglass and others. for more info on the show check out the FONT website. also on the bill is a performance of the Berio trumpet sequenza and the Meridian Arts Ensemble. Makor is on w. 68th near central park west. this show will be spectacular!!!!see you there!!!!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Tuesday at Niagra

on tuesday, august 3rd, i'll be playing at niagra with the christian pincock quintet. we start at 9 pm and will be playing 2 sets of christian's amazing tunes. the cover is $5, niagra is on the corner of 7th st and ave. A in the east village, and the show will be amazing. afterwards, as usual, greg glassman's jam session will take you into the wee hours of the morning. see you there.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Weeping Matildas

on monday, august 2, i'll be playing with a group led by jon lundbom of big 5 chord at the c-note. the group consists of myself, and frequent partners in crime mr. lundbom (guitars), peter evans (trumpets), and kevin shea (things he hits). we'll be playing a set of improvised music starting at around 11 pm. the c-note is on ave C and 8th or so in alphabet city, there's no cover, and the music will be amazing. see you there!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

NY Trumpet Ensemble

2 weeks ago, the ny trumpet ensemble went into the studio to attempt to document some of the music we've been making recently. we came out with some of the most unique juxtapositions of sounds i've ever heard and a lot of incredible music. we have 2 shows coming up, one on august 7th and another on the 10th. the show on the 7th will be in williamsburgh, and the show on the 10th is part of the second annual trumpet festival put together by dave douglass and tonic. our fearless (and old) leader, mark gould, will be absent from the show on the 7th, but pianist mike gallope will be joining peter evans, cj camarari and myself for that performance. more details as i become more aware of them myself.

Upcoming shows

on saturday the 24th, i'll be playing with the evan wilson quartet at the mill city gallery in Providence, RI at 9 PM. later next week, i'll be at the Cornelia st. cafe with the charle evans quartet playing a set of charle's music and a few standards. the band will feature peter evans on trumpet and eli hludzik on drums. the gig is part of a democratic party fund-raiser, so come out for a night of great jazz!!!!

New CD

on thursday, july 22nd, my quartet, mostly other people do the killing went into the studio to record our first album. the session went great and we came out with some amazing music. the finished product should be ready in two months or so, so stay tuned for more updates!!!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Knitting Factory

on thursday, july 15, i'll be performing in the old office at the knitting factory with the evan wilson quartet featuring ian young and evan pazner. we'll be playing one set from 8 to 9. on sunday, july 18, i'll be back at the knit with jon lundbom and big 5 chord. we're also playing in the 8 o'clock slot. the cover is $10, and there will be other great bands performing after our set. the knitting factory is on leonard st. in tribeca one block west of broadway. take the R to canal and walk down broadway to leonard and turn right. see you there!!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Melissa Giges

on friday, june 25th, i'll be performing with melissa giges at american spirits located on 91st st. and 2nd ave. we'll be playing from 9 to 12. see you there!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


i'll be performing at the ABC lounge in the east village on friday, june 18th with peter evans, mark gould and cj camarari. we'll be playing a set of music based on compositions by peter, so come on out and enjoy the sounds. we start and 9 and are opening for a fantastic rock band. see you there!!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Big 5 Chord

on sunday, june 6, i'll be performing with Jon Lundbom's Big 5 Chord at galapagos. we play from 9-11 or so, the cover is $5, and galapagos is located in williamsburg, brooklyn, on N. 6th st. near the L train. see you there!

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Friday, May 21

This friday i'll be playing with singer/songwriter melissa giges at american spirits. we start at 10, and the club is located on 2nd ave at 92nd st. hope to see you there.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Tuesday, 5/18

Hey everybody,
on tuesday, may 18 i'll be playing at niagra with the charles evans quartet featuring mr. evans (charle) on baritone saxophone, mr. evans (peter) on trumpet and jan roth on drums. we play from 9 to 12, the cover is $5, and niagra is located on the corner of 7th and ave. A in the east village. see you there!

Friday, April 30, 2004


On Tuesday, May 4th, I'll be playing with Rollaway, a Southern Rock band led by Tim Roark and Peden Young at the Luna Lounge. The show starts at 8:00 PM, there's no cover, and the club is on Ludlow St. between Houston and Stanton on the lower East side. The band will be performing tunes from our CD as well as a couple of new and re-worked pieces. See you there.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Big 5 Chord

John Lundbom's Big 5 Chord will be playing this coming Tuesday, 4/27 at the Old Office at the Knitting Factory. The group includes Jon Irabagon, Jason Gillenwater, and Justin Walke. We'll be playing a set of spectacular compositions by Mr. Lundbom, so come out for a night of Jazz.

Friday, 4/23

This Friday I'll be performing with Melissa Giges at American Spirits, a club on 2nd ave between 91st and 92nd. There's no cover, the bar features some great specials and we'll be performing some great music! See you there.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Upcoming Shows

This is going to be a busy week! Kimmy Gibbler and the Evans/Elliott/Traczinsky Trio just made their triumphant returns, and now we're back in NYC. On Friday the 16th i'll be performing with the New York Trumpet Ensemble at the NY Brass confrence being held at SUNY Purchace. We perform at 8 in the main auditorium. On Saturday the 17th i'll be playing some great Rock and Roll with Pete Tufel at the Acme Underground. We go on at midnight. The weekend closes with a great show I organized at No Moore. This concert features my quartet, "Mostly Other People Do the Killing" with special guests, "the Quartet of Happiness" (featuring Kelly Roberge)from Boston. The show starts at 7, the cover is $5, and the club is at the corner of N. Moore and W. Broadway in TriBeCa (subway to Chambers st.). This weekend promises to be a lot of fun, so come on out to the shows. The meyham continues next week when I'll be performing at Queens College with Charles Evans' band "The Language Of." We'll be performing on tuesday the 20th and recording the next day.

Monday, March 29, 2004

New Jazz Summit

On Sunday, April 18th, my quartet "Mostly Other People Do the Killing" will be playing a concert with Boston's "Quartet of Happiness." The show is at 7PM at No Moore (234 W. Broadway at the corner of N. Moore St. in TriBeCa near Chambers St. stops) and the cover is $5. More on this show will be posted later. See you there!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Kimmy Gibbler!!!

The return of Kimmy Gibbler is taking place on Monday, April 5 at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH. We'll be following a set by Chris Trazinsky and reprising some of our earlier evil. In addition, Standards Trio (Evans, Elliott, Trazinsky...cooler name to be determined at a later date) will be performing on Thursday, April 8 in Oberlin, OH in The Cat in the Cream. This performance will be preceded by Information Night, an Oberlin-based free improv group. See you there!!!

Monday, March 15, 2004

upcoming shows

i'll be playing on tuesday the 23rd with my quartet, "Mostly Other People Do the Killing," at Niagra. The club is on the corner of 7th and Ave A in the East village, cover is $5 and we start at 9 PM. i'll also be playing with Peter Evans and members of the New York Trumpet Ensemble at the Read Room in Williamsburgh on the 19th at 8 PM. hope to see you there.


Sunday, March 14, 2004

just a test

Testing... Testing... Hmm. Everything here seems to be in order. So this is gonna be Moppa's news and performances page where he'll no doubt keep you apprised of what's going on in his life and where he'll be playing next.
This isn't Moppa, by the way, I'm just the guy who's putting his site together...

Saturday, February 28, 2004