The theme for the new year at Brassland might be "collaboration," with several of our artists teaming up for various "special projects" and some more classical pursuits.
Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) has begun working with a new band called The Gloaming, an Irish/Celtic-oriented group which also features Iarla Ó Lionaird, Dennis Cahill, and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. They will play in globalFEST 2012 this weekend, a sold-out festival featuring twelve artists held at New York's Webster Hall. A few days later Buke and Gase will enjoy a change of pace, performing in the New York Guitar Festival on January 12th alongside Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo and guitar goddess Kaki King. All three of them will be premiering live scores to silent films by Buster Keaton. B&G chose the 1926 jam The General.
Next up is Bryce Dessner who, after several years of touring with The National, is starting off 2012 in a different, slightly less Rock Staresque direction, joining Nico Muhly along with our friends Shara Worden, Owen Pallett in performing a piece by composer David Lang. The word "supergroup" has been bandied about but we're not sure if you're allowed to use that word in the 2010s. Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices is also involved somehow. We know three facts: (1) The night features music exclusively written by Lang. (2) It will be held at Stanford University on January 25. (3) A second performance to follow at Carnegie Hall on the 27th. Be there or be square Californians & New Yorkers.
But that's not all! The scare quoted "supergroup" term will continue rearing its head throughout the year. Aaron & Bryce Dessner's The Long Count piece arrives at London's Barbican Theater in February. The Doveman/Nico Muhly project with Sam Amidon, The 802 Tour, will revisit earth (as opposed to our dreams) with two shows in March. Last but not least Bryce and Muhly join forces with Sufjan Stevens for a mysterious horn-focused piece in April.
Want to know more about these events? Well, look at our events page or just Google it.
Want to know more about the supergroup concept? Check Wikipedia. We have verified already that it is a compound word.
Want to buy tickets to these events? You'll need cold hard cash. The internet can't help you there. Sorry.