Joe is clearly too modest (or too busy) to post the news here, but he has a gig tonight well worth checking out. I'm reproducing his press release here:
Joseph C. Phillips Jr.
Thursday June 22, 2006
The Puffin Room Gallery
435 Broome Street
(between Broadway and Crosby Street)
in SoHo, New York City
Tickets are $15 at the door. There will be an informal reception following the performance.
In the Pali language of the early Buddhist texts, "vipassana" means "to see things as they really are" or insight. Vipassana is a four-movement, 70-minute composition partly inspired by Björk's Selmasongs as well as photographs from Yann Arthus-Bertrand's Earth from Above series and Jake Rajs' The Hudson River. Vipassana, which also features the poetry (in the final movement) of Denise Levertov (Variation and Reflection on a Theme by Rilke) is scored for 25 instrumentalists and singers: Ben Kono, Dan Willis, Ed Xiques (woodwinds), Dave Smith (trumpet, fluegelhorn), Deborah Weisz (trombone), Tom Beckham, Dan McCarthy (vibraphones), Rachel Eckroth, Brenda Earle (pianos), Amanda Monaco, Joel Newton (electric guitars), Peter Wise, Dave Mancuso (percussion), Charenee Wade, Julie Hardy, Amy Cervini, Jo Lawry, Monika Heidemann (voices), Ana Milosavljevic, Kiku Enomoto (violins), Frank Foerster, Adam Hill (violas), Leigh Stuart, Lauren Riley (violoncellos), Kermit Driscoll (bass), and Joseph C. Phillips Jr. (conductor).
Many thanks to all who came out to Galapagos on Thursday. We were a little apprehensive about the sound going in -- Pulse is not any easy group to mix by any means -- but the house sound guru, Josh, worked minor miracles behind the boards all night, freeing all the musicians to focus entirely on playing their asses off.
This was the first time I'd seen many of the projected photographs used by my fellow performers, and it was fascinating to see how they influenced my perception of the music. Galapagos was a great space for us to play and I hope we can return soon.
Meanwhile, if you missed us on Thursday you have one more chance to catch this edition of The Eloquent Light -- tomorrow (Sunday) evening at St. Peter's Church (619 Lex, at 54th Street) -- 7:30 PM hit.