Ping Pong Pang

Album cover for Ping Pong Pang, with splattered paint

I’m very pleased to announce the release of this record. On one beautiful, sunny Seattle day, the three of us converged at Jack Straw Cultural Center and recorded whatever was to happen. What resulted was this surprising collection of improvisations. I find there’s a certain perfect balance that results from a triangle of improvisors. Just enough collaborators to close a circuit of inspiration. Few enough that we can easily communicate and respond to whatever transpires. In this session, you’ll hear how ideas bounced, ricocheted, collided, and vibrated as we created music together. I hope you enjoy!

Also, special thanks to Scott Schaffer for creating a felicitous environment for improv.

Check out Ping Pong Pang right now, featuring Amy Denio, James Hoskins, and myself Kai Strandskov.

Welcome to Murderville

Welcome to Murderville poster

I’m very excited to share with you that our 48 Hour Film Project submission “Welcome to Murderville”, which includes my debut original soundtrack, is available for viewing online. If you’re not familiar with the 48 Hour Film Project, this is a festival with very strict requirements for admission and judging that are centered around creating an original film within 48 hours. That short time span includes writing the script, and so necessarily even the soundtrack cannot really be fully realized until the script is significantly underway. This was my first participation, and it was a complete blast. It’s stressful, but the good kind of stress that draws out the highest creativity from everyone involved. I learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to next time!

Here is the IMDB listing where you can get all the details.

We have already submitted to a few film festivals and I have received Honorable Mention for Original Soundtrack in two festivals so far. We will also be making a director’s cut of the film where we are not constrained by the original rules of 48 Hour Film Project. The director’s cut will include an updated soundtrack by yours truly. I’ll keep you posted.

Relevant awards so far:

  • Cult Critic Movie Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award – Best Film Score
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest: Outstanding Achievement Award – Best Film Score

The Rumba Kings at the Triple Door

Please join me for an evening of Mediterranean music at the Triple Door. Two nights! This is quite a unique an expansive production, featuring dancers, a string quintet, guest singers, and other surprises. I will be performing on doumbek and tapan.

November 19 and 20, 2021 at the Triple Door

More info about the show, and tickets.

More info about The Rumba Kings.

I hope to see you there! Note: booths are about sold out, so grab those tix now to get the full experience.

New Stereo Creeps just dropped – “Goat Sounds”

My band Stereo Creeps just dropped another track as part of a split video release with Suitcase. These were both recorded by Don Farwell at Earwig, and the double video was done by Lance Hofstad at Don’s house.

Part 1 is Goat Sounds: a medley of Dumb Prayer (composed by myself), Faded (featuring yours truly on theremin), and closing with the psych-punk Talking to Brian. Yeah, we were going through a Brian Wilson phase.

Part 2 is Brothers of the Deep, by Suitcase. This is probably the heaviest thing I’ve ever heard from these song writing geniuses.

The video is now live over at Second & Montana. Check it out!

Trading cards

This is weird, but Sean Moe from Stereo Creeps put together a deck of trading cards including myself plus the rest of the band, plus all the bands and friends in our scene. I never expected to be a trading card. They were very careful to get a really bad photo of me where I’m scowling, just to kind of make the situation perfect. The cards come with gum. And a download code for a compilation of music from all the bands. And then all 150 of them sold out in a week. So, I guess I’m just documenting this here because the whole situation is unexpected and surreal and I needed to share.

You can go and download the compilation without the deck. It’s actually a really good set of music, and the song order was carefully curated like a mixtape, so enjoyable to play all the way through.

Check it out!