Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Brrrrrr....

Hey Everyone,

Okay, so updating my website more often should probably be one of my New Year's Resolutions! (-_-). Let me update you on what's going on.

DEBUNK has been busy! We played at 45 Bleecker Theatre, Spectrum, and most recently, at the FireHouse Space in Brooklyn. I am so, so excited about the feedback we've been getting from our off-the-wall avant-jazz/trip-hop/noise shows, so if you haven't checked us out yet, come to Bar Reis on Friday, December 14th at 9:00pm for a special double-bill with Concert Black. We'll also have our very own website/Facebook page up-and-running within the next month or so...stay tuned!

On Wednesday, December 12th at 9:00pm, I will be playing another duo gig with Robert Dick at Sycamore in Brooklyn. I am extra-excited about this gig; Robert Dick is one of the leading voices of innovation on flute, and certainly one of the greats of our time. In fact, I'm secretly glad that our gig, which was originally on November 1, was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy--because now I can actually get people to come!..and not worry about power lines landing on their heads on their way to the venue.

I've also been playing a lot with singer-songwriter/composer David Alan Thornton. He is a truly gifted composer/arranger whose songs WILL get stuck in your head months after you hear them. He's also an all-around beautiful person. You may have missed our last two gigs together, but you can catch him at Rockwood Music Hall on Monday, December 3rd, 10:00pm at Rockwood Music Hall.

In June, I played at Arts for Arts' Vision Festival with the Sound Band --a personal milestone for me-- led this time around by saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc and joined by some of my favorite musicians: Ras Moshe, Matt Lavelle, Pete Dragotta, Kirk Knuffke, Max Johnson, Tor Snyder, Zak Sherzad, and Tom Zlabinger. Then, in September, duo with Ras Moshe in the Interstellar Space Tribute to John Coltrane.

What else...oh yes. The mantra for these next few months is COMPOSITION. I will be focusing more of my energies on making newer, better music for Tiffany Chang's Free Association (which has been in a cocoon as of late, changing its colors), DEBUNK, and even a revival of the Botiquin band.
Thanks for checking back. I promise you'll be hearing again from me soon. Come out and hear some music!

Love,
Tiffany

Monday, May 14, 2012

Schizophrenia ensues.

I haven't posted here since St. Patrick's Day. And what may appear as laxity to whomever views this page is in fact the result of the CRAZY, FRENETIC activity in my life at the moment.

Here's what's gone down since my last post: MixTape Dance had our show at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. It was smashing. If you like feel-good music and creative choreography, you'll want to stay tuned for our next show in the Fall.

A few days before that I played with Four Women (With and Axe to Grind) at the Clemente Soto Velez with Kris Davis, Mazz Swift, and Patricia Parker. Probably one of my favorite gigs I've played so far this year, hands down. Such a beautiful meeting of spirits...we'll be playing again on June 25th. Come through.

There's something about playing with other women that really taps into a different creative energy. Just a few weeks ago, after playing with DeBUNK at the Delancey, I had a rehearsal with Valerie Kuehne and Natalia Steinbach, followed by a session with Nonoko Yoshida and Rema Hasumi.There are so many talented women out there playing creative music these days...it's truly encouraging.
 
Aside from that, Sound Band, the free jazz big band, has been hitting it hard also, with Tor Snyder playing a key leadership role. We've been playing every month or so at the Evolving Series. Next show is June 4 at the Clemente Soto Velez.

Coming up this week: playing in David Alan Thornton's showcase at the Laurie Beechman Theater, David Alan Thornton vs. the Tiny Hippo Tuesday, May 15th at 9:30PM. Catchy songs, my favorite of which is a suite called Tiny Hippo and His Tiny Train. I Know. I wish I had thought of it too.

LASTLY BUT NOT LEASTLY, but actually MOSTLY, this coming Sunday, May 20th at 8PM, a super exciting collaboration between DEBUNK and DAVI, an afro-electro-funk artist/choreographer. We'll be playing at the Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg for the release of his EP. This production features several guest artists, dancers, costumes, and is definitely going to be a FULL-FLEDGED experience. You will think you're on drugs and watching an alien reincarnation of Prince. You can get tickets here: http://ticketf.ly/J4PsJa. Think of it as a birthday present to me...I'll be celebrating all weekend. Come say hi and party with DAVI and DeBUNK on Sunday night!!



Monday, March 19, 2012

Quarterly Report

Hello T.Chang Fans,

Thanks for bearing with me through these incredibly eventful months.  2012 has been really awesome so far. Some highlights include: "DeButing" DeBUNK with Josh Henderson, DJ Hubcap, and Isamu McGregor (soon to be Dave Mainella on keys) at The Tank, playing at Knitting Factory with Pilot Kings, and of course, playing with Tiffany Chang's Free Association at Freddy's Backroom.

Coming up, I'm looking to another round of playing with a couple of my favorite groups: DeBUNK at the Shrine in Harlem on March 29th, Detroit-born dancer/emcee Dulcinea Detwah on April 9th, and the Ras Moshe Trio at Brecht Forum on April 15th.

Additionally, I will be playing with an AMAZING group of musicians, Patricia Parker, Kris Davis, and Mazz Swift at the Clemente Soto Velez next Monday, March 26th. I feel so honored to share the stage with such incredible musicians.

Last, but not least, I will be playing with the fabulous dance company MixTape Dance at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC) April 6 and 7th. This is a unique, beautifully choreographed project that explores the role of music in our daily lives. Check it out.

Love,
Tiffany

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It's 2012!

After two beautiful weeks in California with my family, I came back to New York and landed right in the middle of a Pilot Kings rock show at Ella Lounge, where I found myself sipping rum and coke and playing a lobotomized half-kit (sketchy backline). It was an awesome show nonetheless, and I can't wait to play with those fellas again on St. Patrick's Day!

Then, that Saturday I played at the Judson Memorial Church with several of my favorite musicians, including William Parker, Ras Moshe, Cooper Moore, Fay Victor and Patricia Parker. The event was to raise funds for an Anti-Guantanamo Freedom Ride, and there were several talented poets and an awesome Appalachian band sharing the bill.

Next week, I'm really looking forward to playing with 3Spoke Wheel (Avi Granite, guitar/Danny Gouker, trumpet) next Monday at the Local 269, a night put together by my favorite baritone saxophonist, Jonah Parzen-Johnson.

Then, on Saturday night is the debut of DEBUNK!!! A new hip-hop/experimental group with Josh Henderson on violin, Mike Watson aka DJ Hubcap on turntables, and Isamu McGregor on keys. I'm sooo excited for this performance featuring all-original compositions. Come out to the Tank next Friday if you can!

And to top it ALLLL off, Tiffany Chang's Free Association is playing next Saturday at Freddy's Backroom at 8pm, followed by the marvelous Rock Hop Ninjas at 9pm.

Come for an awesome night of music (which all of them will be!), and have a drink with me to 2012!!!

Seriously. I haven't seen you since last year. It's been a while ;)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Happy Holidays!!!

Hey Everyone! Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Holiday season. I'll be returning to California in three days to spend a week or two with my big Taiwanese family, and I absolutely can't wait!

Thanks to all of you for supporting me and my music in 2011. It's been a truly remarkable year and I know it's going to get even better in 2012. December has been especially awesome: after playing to a packed house at the ABC No Rio with Free Association, I played an incredible gig with Ras Moshe and Dave Ross last week, and the duo gig with Robert Dick at EXAPNO was amazing too-Brooklyn musicians who are looking for a vibrant musical community really oughta check out EXAPNO sometime.

As a last hurrah for 2011, I'll be playing with The Sound Band on Monday, December 19th at 10pm at the Clemente Soto Velez on my last night in New York. Looking forward to playing with some more great musicians under the conduction of Roy Campbell. Maybe I'll see you there?

Love,
Tiffany

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Triumphant Return of Free Association and the Impending Arrival of other Marvelous Things

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I for one have about a billion things to be thankful for, including some old and new projects in the making. I've been taking some time to compose new music, session with some new people, and eat at different slices of the human experience, including but not limited to: getting cozy with my true love, volunteer teaching Spanish to Harlem third graders, and...jury duty. -_-

All that is going to make its way into the music somehow.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of playing with the Sound Band, a free jazz big band with some awesome musicians including Michael Wimberly, Kirk Knuffke, Max Johnson, Yoni Kretzmer, Ras Moshe, Matt Lavelle, Tor Snyder, among others. The concert was a tribute to the late great trumpeter Raphe Malik, and was conducted by the not-late but also great Sabir Mateen, whom I adore.

This past Saturday was the return of Free Association at Freddy's Backroom in Brooklyn. You can check out a video clip for our tune "The Raven and the Writing Desk" from that gig HERE! The band is sounding better and better every time, and I'm so thankful to have Jonah, Ross, and Evan to make music with.

Coming up: experimental hip-hop trio w/ violin and turntables, duo concert with flute revolutionary Robert Dick, and a mystery gig with Ras Moshe.

But first, I'm gonna go to Rhode Island and eat some deep-fried turkey. :) Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Love,
Tiffany

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of playing duo with Michael Attias at the Dias y Flores Gardens. My boyfriend Mike helped me schlep my entire drum set down to the East Village (despite the L Train not running), which in itself was quite a feat.

But totally worth it. Playing outdoors is always so refreshing, especially on a gorgeous sunny day like Sunday.

After we played, I grabbed a slice of Artichoke pizza with Mike and we just kicked in on 14th street for a couple hours. Then our little caravan of two headed over to the West Village to play another improvised set with Three Spoke Wheel, my new trio with Avi Granite and Danny Gouker, at the Brecht Forum at 10pm. The Music Now! Series, curated by Ras Moshe, takes place in a beautiful, semi-circular space by the Westside Highway.

Then, on Monday night, I had the honor of playing at the Kabayitos Theatre as part of the Tribute to Ed Blackwell percussion circle, conducted by William Parker and Gerald Cleaver. Several other drummers were present, including Michael T.A. Thompson, Juan Pablo Carletti, Max Jaffe, and Devin Gray. The challenge of playing with other percussionists was slightly daunting at first, but it turned out to be a really rich and therapeutic, albeit brief, experience.

My love to Ed Blackwell, who inspired us all to be there on Monday night.

Stay Beautiful,
Tiffany