It’s shaping up to be a pretty eventful year for us here in the ZT camp. Just when I thought there was no home for a not-quite-jazz/not-quite rock band in Seattle, the Emerald City opens her arms. Unexpectedly, we’re about as booked as we want to be all the way to summer. Even better, the shows we have lined up will present all the different facets of our little troupe, from almost progressive rock, to atmospheric soundscaping, to straight up jazz composition – and even some cool other stuff in between.
To that regard, I want to thank everyone who came out to support our second Mars Bar gathering right after New Years. According to the venue, we had one of the best nights they’d seen in several months. Those of you who attended the show sure saw a hell of a line-up! From the debut of my open jam ensemble Fundamental Forces, to a kick-ass set by Jason Goessl’s Trimtab, and finally an all too rare performance by Ryan Berg’s Iron Kim Style, the show was a smash. So much so, The Mars Bar has asked us to keep doing it. More on that later.
In the near term – we have a show scheduled this weekend that I’m really excited about. Zen Tornado will be hosting a few guests for a night of quietly haunting melodies and darkly compelling originals, followed by an (all too) rare appearance by guitarist Ken Masters.
Zen Tornado w/special guests:
Greg Campbell, Jim Knodle and Ken Masters
Saturday, January 22nd
8PM, $5-$15 sliding scale
1412 18th Avenue (18th & Union St)
Seattle, WA 98122
Zen Tornado will be joined by guest percussionist Greg Campbell (and a cameo appearance by trumpeter Jim Knodle) for some special re-interpretations of our songbook to suit the intimacy of the venue. The program will consist of material specifically written for flute, alto sax and clarinet improvisations, all processed through James DeJoie’s wizard boxes.
At 9PM, baritone guitarist stalwart Ken Masters will take the stage for a session of free jazz duets with the aforementioned exquisite trumpeter Mr. Knodle. Ken is a guitarist’s guitarist, having been a driving force behind the venerable Seattle ensembles Outhouse and Free Consultation. This evening he’ll be showcasing his Joe Veillette Baritone Guitar which is tuned down a fourth from a standard guitar.
Come join us for an evening of overcast music on what is sure to be another overcast Seattle evening. We’ll miss you if you don’t!
Then, as we move through the first half of 2011, we’ll be playing in different configurations about once a month, from the full on distortion of Zen Tornado, to the (mostly) acoustic Rik Wright Quintet, to the open form exploration of Fundamental Forces.
Here’s another video for your viewing pleasure.
This is a clip of the most recent roster of Zen Tornado from our “Secret Not-So-Secret” show in Seattle. This was non-publicized performance in a small venue, and was the first time I’d played in public after a year of recuperating from a neck injury. This was filmed in March 2010 at C2aT in Seattle. The working title of the tune is “Little Woozy”.