remembering jimmy lyons & dc space


“Live music is it…nothing will transform you like live music and spirits!”

(Henry Threadgill)   22nd season!

@Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, in Takoma DC

Takoma’s Art, Learning, DIY Culture Center

Friday, October 19, 2018




Celebrating Bill Warrell’s DC Space


‘Always Ballada’ – Celebrating Jimmy Lyons

 Nasar Abadey: drums

Sarah Hughes: sax

Daniel Barbiero: double-bass

Jimmy Lyons Trio performed a final concert at the renowned DC Space in 1986, the same year of his passing.  Tonight, Nasar Abadey, the drummer in that trio, is joined by saxophonist Sarah Hughes, and double-bassist Daniel Barbiero.

Best known for his long tenure with pianist Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons playing, influenced by Charlie Parker, kept Taylor’s avant-garde music aligned with the jazz tradition.  100% of proceeds go to the artists.


december 1952 the single on WOWD-LP’s coda show tonight

An excerpt of Sunday evening’s performance of December 1952 will be played tonight on Matt Testa’s Coda show on WOWD-LP, Takoma Park’s community FM station. Tune in at 6 PM on 94.3 FM or stream at (And if you aren’t already a regular listener of Matt’s show, you really should be…)

new in psf: on makoto nomura’s root music

In the new issue of Perfect Sound Forever, I have a piece on composer Makoto Nomura’s Root Music–its concept, execution, aesthetic, and what it’s like to realize it. (My recording of one version of the piece can be heard here. That performance is part of a current project of recording works for solo double bass by contemporary experimental composers.)

photo by Yamamoto Tadasu, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori Public University.

that was one crowded performance space…

Exfoliage and The Sloth Ensemble, setting up for The December 1952 Project during the final night of the 2018 Sonic Circuits Festival. Shown from left to right are Tom Wall, baritone saxophone; Patrick Crossland, trombone; Billy Pizzaro (mostly hidden), electronics; me; Pat Gillis, electronics; Jim Adams, electronics & composition. That’s Jimmy Ghaphery in blue, reaching for something off camera.

With thanks to everyone who played and listened.

Photo by Chris Videll.