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CD Release Show for “Interview Music” Saturday, April 9 in Oakland!

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Hello Folks! It’s been a loooooong road (including planning, composing, rehearsal, more composing, tweaking, more rehearsal, premiering, more tweaking, more performing, more rehearsing, recording, listening, mixing, more listening, more mixing, mastering, designing, running a crowdfunding campaign, unpacking, promoting, mailing, and more rehearsing), but the destination is finally in sight.

I am of course talking about the CD release show for Interview Music, the fourth album from the Ian Carey Quintet+1, happening Saturday, April 9 at 8pm, at one of our favorite venues, The Sound Room, in the bustling downtown Oakland arts district.

The show will feature all the music from the album (though not necessarily in order), plus new expanded arrangements of music from our previous albums Sink/Swim (2006), Contextualizin’ (2010), and 2013’s Roads & Codes (“★★★★½” —Downbeat), performed by my longtime partners in crime Adam Shulman (piano), Kasey Knudsen (alto saxophone), Sheldon Brown (bass clarinet & tenor saxophone), Fred Randolph (bass) and Jon Arkin (drums).

Tickets will be $15 advance (available here) or $20 at the door, but will include a free copy of the CD with admission! And rest assured that the great majority of your dough goes directly to this hard-working band (as The Sound Room is one of the most musician-friendly venues around).

Also: on Thursday April 7 at 9am, I will be joining Alisa Clancy at our local treasure KCSM Jazz 91 FM to talk about the album (and play some selections), so please tune in if you’re up!

Finally, here’s some more about the album:

Hope to see you at the show!

IJKL at Studio Grand 3/14; “Interview Music” CD Release April 9

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Hi folks, I wanted to let you know about an exciting show happening this Monday, and encourage you to “save the date” for our CD release show next month.

First: This Monday March 13 my new band IJKL will be playing at Studio Grand (just down the block from the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland). I formed IJKL (Ian Carey on trumpet, Jon Arkin on drums, Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, and Lisa Mezzacappa on bass) in order to explore the freer side of improvisation, and have written a new book of music inspired by some of my favorite musicians in that genre (including Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Giuffre, John Carter, and Cecil Taylor). It’s some of the most adventurous playing I’ve done in a while and I’m really looking forward to playing it with this great cast of characters.

We’re sharing the bill with Gold Age (featuring local creative music heavyweights Aram Shelton, Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, and Birtt Ciampa). The show starts at 9:45p (I know, it’s a late one) and we’ll play second (Probably around 10:45). Tickets are $5-15 sliding scale. Hope you
can make it!

Second: I wanted to give you a heads-up about the long-awaited CD release show for Interview Music, the new album from my Quintet+1, at The Sound Room in Oakland on Saturday April 9. It’s a project that has been in the works for several years and I’m thrilled to have a finished album ready to send out into the world. Stay tuned for more info as the date approaches!

‘Interview Music’ Coming April 2016!

Hi folks, I’m very excited to announce the release of the new album by my Quintet+1, Interview Music, this April. The centerpiece of the record is the 55-minute, four-movement title suite. The video below will tell you more about the album, the piece, and the outstanding band:

The album was made possible by the support of the generous donors to our crowdfunding campaign, to whom I am extremely grateful! Thanks also to San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and the California Jazz Conservatory for their early support for the composition and premiere of this piece. (You can read an extended article about the album here. )

We’ll be doing two performances in the Bay Area to celebrate the album’s release–the official CD release show at Oakland’s great downtown venue The Sound Room on April 9th, and an intimate afternoon performance at Chez Hanny in San Francisco on April 24th. I hope you’re able to make it to one or both!

IJKL at The Monday Make Out, Sept. 7

Hello Folks,

I wanted to let you know about a show coming up this Monday night which I’m excited about–I’m going to be debuting a brand new project at the Monday Make Out music series at the Make Out Room in the Mission, which has been a great showcase for creative and experimental music for years.

ijklBased on a shared love of free jazz and group improvisation, IJKL brings together my long-time collaborators alto saxophonist Kasey Knudsen and drummer Jon Arkin, along with acclaimed bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa (“one of the most imaginative figures on the Bay Area creative jazz scene” —San Jose Mercury News) in this adventurous new quartet.

The group is dedicated to performing a new book of compositions by me, inspired by classic and current legends of free improvisation including Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Jimmy Giuffre and others.

We’re going to be playing the third and final set of the night (probably starting around 10pm) and will be preceded by Sound Etiquette (Aaron Levin, Nick Obando and Eli Wallace) and Past-Present-Future (Myles Boisen, John Hanes and Lisa Mezzacappa).

And there’s no cover! Hope to see you there.

WHAT: The Monday Make Out, with IJKL (Kasey Knudsen, alto saxophone; Jon Arkin, drums; Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; and Ian Carey, trumpet), plus Sound Etiquette and Past-Present-Future
WHEN: Monday, September 7, 8:30p
WHERE: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St, San Francisco
HOW MUCH: Free!

IC Quintet+1 at the Presidio, Duocracy Workshop, Fred Randolph Quintet

Hi folks,

I wanted to let you know about some exciting events coming up:

First, next Friday July 31, I am very happy to be bringing my Quintet+1 to the Presidio Sessions series, which is presented by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music at the Presidio Officers’ Club. The room is beautiful, parking is easy, and best of all, it’s FREE! (However, seating is limited and these shows have been popular, so they suggest you reserve a spot through Eventbrite.) As a bonus, I’m very excited to have as a special guest, from New York, the amazing flutist and saxophonist (and alumnus of the Quintet+1) Evan Francis. We’ll be playing music from our albums Roads & Codes (“4-1/2 stars” –Downbeat) and my new suite Interview Music (coming to a CD near you in 2016). The series encourages a casual atmosphere and interaction with the musicians (but no stage diving!).

WHAT: The Ian Carey Quintet+1 featuring Evan Francis
WHO: Jon Arkin, drums; Sheldon Brown, bass clarinet & saxophone; Ian Carey, trumpet; Fred Randolph, bass; Adam Shulman, piano; and Evan Francis, flute & saxophone
WHEN: Friday, July 31, 6:00pm-7:30pm
WHERE: The Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco
HOW MUCH: Free! (Reserve a seat here)

The following Sunday (8/2), my partner-in-crime Ben Stolorow and I will be presenting a two-hour workshop for musicians at the California Jazz Conservatory on the Art of the Duo. Drawing from the techniques presented on our 2014 album Duocracy, we will demonstrate the range of possibilities of the duo, outlining the traditional roles of each instrument as well as showing the potential for creating more abstract contrapuntal textures. Special emphasis placed on the importance of rhythmic feel in performing in this fun yet challenging format. Open to all instrumentalists and improvising vocalists.

WHAT: The Art of the Duo: a Workshop
WHO: Ian Carey, trumpet; Ben Stolorow, piano
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 2pm-4pm
WHERE: California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley
HOW MUCH: $30 advance, $45 day of workshop

Finally, after the duo workshop, I will be heading to Portola Vineyards for an evening performance with the great bassist Fred Randoph and his Quintet as part of their summer jazz series. We’ll be playing music from Fred’s great new album Song Without Singing.

WHAT: Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz Presents the Fred Randolph Quintet
WHO: Fred Randolph, bass; Greg Wyser-Pratt, drums; Matt Clark, piano; Rob Roth, tenor saxophone; Ian Carey, trumpet
WHEN: Sunday, August 2, 5:30pm-7pm
WHERE: Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Rd, Portola Valley, CA
HOW MUCH: $15 adult, $4 child

Thanks, and hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Upcoming Shows: Cafe Stritch, Make Out Room, Circus Bella

Hi folks, this is just a quick update to tell you about a few upcoming shows I’m excited about.

This Thursday (7/2) I’ll be joining local legendary pianist, composer, author and poet Don Alberts and his Renaissance Band for my first appearance at Cafe Stritch, San Jose’s very happening Rahsaan Roland Kirk-inspired jazz spot. We’ll be playing Don’s swinging original tunes.

What: Don Alberts Renaissance Band
Who: Don Alberts, piano; Stu Pilorz, trombone; Ron Marabuto, drums; Ian Carey, trumpet; Larry Epstein, bass
When: Thursday, July 2, 8:30p-12am
Where: Cafe Stritch, 374 S 1st St, San Jose CA 95113

Monday, I’m very excited to be playing for the first time with one of my favorite Bay Area creative music aggregations: the Nathan Clevenger Group, which plays exclusively Nathan’s beautiful and thorny compositions, as part of the venerable Monday Make Out series. (I will be shedding this relentlessly unpredictable music until about 8 minutes before the gig in the hope of not crashing and burning in such heavy company.) Also on the bill are two additional bands featuring plenty of other big-time local improvisers!

What: The Nathan Clevenger Group
Who: Marcus Stephens: clarinet, tenor sax; Ian Carey: trumpet; Rachel Condry: bass clarinet, clarinet; Sam Bevan: bass; Jon Arkin: drums; Jason Levis: drums, percussion; Nathan Clevenger: guitar and compositions
When: Monday, July 6, 10ish? (The show starts at 8:30 and we play the third set, following sets by EGW Trio and Ryan Pate.)
Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street (& Mission), San Francisco
How Much: FREE!

Finally, I am fortunate to perform once again with Circus Bella, the Bay Area’s independent circus, as they begin their 2015 Circus in the Parks series–all shows are free, with live music by Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All-Star Band (Reich, accordion; Ralph Carney, saxophone; Ian Carey, trumpet; Greg Stephens, trombone; Jonathan Seiberlich, sousaphone; and Michael Pinkham, drums). Upcoming shows are:

July 3rd, 6pm: Mosswood Park, Oakland
July 10th, 6pm: Studio One Arts Center, Oakland
July 11th, 2pm: Hamilton Playground, San Francisco
July 12th, 2pm: Union Square, San Francisco
July 19th, 12pm: Dimond Park, Oakland
July 25th, 2pm: Pickleweed Park, San Rafael
July 26th, 2pm: Herons Head Park, San Francisco
August 1st, 1pm: Mission Bay, San Francisco

Thanks!

P.S. my new graphic design site is now live—please have a look and let me know if you have any design needs!

Ian Carey Quintet+1 at The Sound Room, Saturday, May 16

Soundroom_051615_flyerHello Fans of Interesting Music!

I’m excited to invite you to a very special performance next Saturday: my Quintet+1, which has done me the great honor of digging deeply into my music for the past decade, will be returning to The Sound Room in Oakland’s Downtown arts district for our first show of 2015. 

The Sound Room, a labor of love by proprietors Robert Bradsby and Karen Van Leuven, has made a significant positive contribution to the downtown district and the East Bay jazz scene, and is one of our favorite places to play. (It’s also very close to a variety of happening restaurants and BART.)

The Quintet+1 (Kasey Knudsen on alto saxophone, Adam Shulman on piano, Fred Randolph on bass, Jon Arkin on drums, Sheldon Brown on bass clarinet, flute, and saxophone, and myself on trumpet and flugelhorn) will be playing original music from our previous 3 albums (2006’s Sink/Swim, 2010’s Contextualizin’, and 2013’s Roads & Codes), plus selections from my new 4-part suite “‘Interview Music,” as well as arrangements of music by some of my favorite composers like Charles Ives and Jimmy Giuffre. We are fresh out of the studio (recording our next album, due in the fall) and the band is sounding great—judge for yourself in the video below

We hope very much to see you next week!

WHAT: The Ian Carey Quintet+1
WHERE: The Sound Room, 2147 Broadway, Oakland
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 8pm (doors open at 7)
TICKETS: $15 (available here or at the door)

 

Spring Update: Quintet+1 at the Sound Room, Bryan Bowman Album, Big Bands

Hello Folks! I wanted to let you know about some exciting musical stuff coming up that I’m glad to be a part of.

studioFirstly, the Ian Carey Quintet+1‘s next album, Interview Music, was recorded this past weekend at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley (in the same room as “Don’t Stop Believin'”, if you can believe that). The band put a herculean effort into a very long day (and my pain in the @#$ compositions) and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The album is on track for a fall release.

Speaking of which: the Quintet+1 (Kasey Knudsen, alto sax; Sheldon Brown, bass clarinet; Adam Shulman, piano; Fred Randolph, bass; Jon Arkin, drums; and me) will be returning next month to the great downtown Oakland venue The Sound Room. The show is on Saturday, May 16th, so please save the date for what should be a very exciting show.

I’m also excited about a new album I was fortunate to record with the great local drummer and composer Bryan Bowman and his quintet (with saxophonist Bob Kenmotsu, pianist Matt Clark and bassist Doug Miller). The album, titled Like Minds, features many of Bryan’s beautiful compositions. The CD release show for the album will be held Thursday, May 7 at 8pm at Bird & Beckett Books in SF.

I’ve also been playing quite a bit with two very interesting big bands, both dedicated to original arrangements–which is especially great since just a couple of years ago the Bay Area seemed to be becoming a big band dead zone.  The first is guitarist/composer Tony Corman’s Morchestra, which will be playing this Friday, April 24 at 8pm at the California Jazz Conservatory (aka the Jazzschool) in Berkeley. In addition to Tony’s beautiful charts, we’ll be joined by a special guest vocalist, the great Ed Reed.

The other big band is the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (led by trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson), which features a who’s who of local heavies and only performs arrangements written by members of the group. I was lucky enough to play on several tunes of their upcoming album Cheap Rent and have been playing fairly often with the group (and they’ve been gracious enough to play one of my compositions). I’ll be joining them at their regular (free!) Sunday night residency at Doc’s Lab in SF on the following Sundays: 4/26, 5/3. 5/24, 6/7, 6/21 (all shows from 6:30-9pm).

And later on in the summer, I’m excited to be playing for the first time with one of my compositional and bandleading idols, Nathan Clevenger, so stay tuned for details.

Finally, I’m planning on expanding both my musical instruction and graphic design business in the next year, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you know someone interested in trumpet, improvisation, or composition lessons, or who is in need of graphic design assistance.

Thanks and hope to see you at a show soon!

Duocracy Live in Tiburon, 3/1

ben_ian_3Hi folks, I wanted to let you know about a show coming up I’m very excited about–my partner in crime Ben Stolorow and I will be returning to the hills of Tiburon for a Sunday afternoon appearance at the historic Old St. Hilary’s, a former church-turned-beautiful performance venue.

This will be our second appearance at Old St. Hilary’s–our show there last spring was one of my favorite Duocracy shows so far. We’ll be offering our unique take on favorites and forgotten gems from the American Popular Songbook, along with some jazz rarities and possibly even an original or two.  Hope to see you there, and please pass on the word to any North Bay friends!

WHAT: Duocracy (Ben Stolorow, piano; Ian Carey, trumpet)
WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 4:00p
WHERE: Old St. Hilary’s, Tiburon
TICKETS: $20/$15, available here

Spring Update: Three Sundays of Music

Hi folks, happy spring to you all! I’ve been keeping busy, recording what I think will be a great album with drummer and composer Bryan Bowman at the legendary Fantasy Studios, getting ready for my own recording there with the Quintet+1 in April, and playing as much as possible! I wanted to let you know about a few shows coming up which I think you’d enjoy…

First up is a show this Sunday at Rose Pistola in North Beach–pianist Ben Stolorow and I will be joined by bassist Doug Miller for an evening of standards, originals, and jazz rarities.

WHO: Ian Carey, Ben Stolorow, & Doug Miller
WHERE: Rose Pistola, 532 Columbus Ave, SF
WHEN: Sunday, February 15, 8-10:30pm
HOW MUCH: no cover!

The following Sunday, I’ll be back in North Beach playing with the great new big band The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra (formerly the Bay Area Composers’ Big Band, but it’s still almost entirely original music!), led by the great trumpeter Erik Jekabsen and featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest. This is turning into quite a hang, so don’t miss it! (With a little luck I may even have an arrangement to premiere).

WHAT: The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra
WHERE: Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave, SF
WHEN: Sunday, February 22, 6:30p
HOW MUCH: no cover!

And the Sunday after that, Ben Stolorow and I will bring our duo project Duocracy back to the landmark Old St. Hilary’s (on the hill above beautiful Tiburon) for a very special show featuring our unique take on rarely-heard gems from the American Popular Songbook. This is a great, intimate place to hear music and was one of my favorite shows last year.

WHAT: Duocracy (Ian Carey & Ben Stolorow)
WHERE: Old St. Hilary’s, 201 Esperanza St., Tiburon
WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 4pm
HOW MUCH: $20/$15 (available here)

Hope to see you there!

UPCOMING:

April 24: Tony Corman’s Morchestra featuring Ed Reed, CJC
May 7: Bryan Bowman Quintet, Bird & Beckett
May 16: Ian Carey Quintet+1, The Sound Room