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This winter and spring, amidst all the madness in the world, Tom Burnett directed a residency at MSFS Studios in Brooklyn. Tom asked me to engineer the recording, and to play drums and electric keys, rounding out his trio with “the Philadelphia Phenomenon”, Elliott Levin (tenor sax, flute, voice). 

First I have to say that working on this project was an honour, an inspiration, and an incredibly expansive experience. These guys had been around the block before I knew what the block was…but that also meant that I brought a different perspective, and as it happens, an overlapping set of interests and skills. Tom brought some musical outlines/sketches; he and Elliott also brought poetry. Once we started playing though, it was all group improvisation.

I am mixing some of these tracks with Tom, and look forward to sharing this collaboration with you all soon!

Stay safe 


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This fall I had the great pleasure of not only returning to Andrea Clearfield's Salon in Philadelphia, but having Andrea join me in world premiere performances. Andrea is one of those great collaborators who listens deeply, gets inside of the music, and intuits what to do...there is little need for words. I will always be grateful and looking forward to our next opportunity to work together. If you aren't familiar with Andrea's music, find her here: http://www.andreaclearfield.com

More photos/videos of this event coming soon. One video excerpt of sound-check is on Instagram (@loop243)

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Friday the 13th - September in Zoo York - Open Studio / Performance / Party

A special early solstice celebration with a NY-Centric program. Performances by Rachael Elliott, Aviva Jaye, Loop 2.4.3, and Yung Rue. 
Friday, September 13
8pm - Happy Hour
9pm - Concert
Location: Artist Studio, Brooklyn (Bedford/Nostrand G)
- Suggested Donation: sliding scale $10 and up for Artists and House Drinks
- Email, Call, or Text for Address/Reservation
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Limited seating - make sure to contact us for your reservation!
Program Details
Brooklyn Classical brings together a cross-section of independent NYC composers/performers creating original work that mixes art music and social music.
Expect brains, beauty, angst, ugliness, solitude, moments of chaos, love, soul, and deep grooves...NYC
Bring your tips for the bar - cash only ;)

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premiere performance at Loewe Theatre, NYC / photo: Tsing Bardin

May 24 marks the official album release for Child of the Earth, and we are thrilled to finally share it with all of you. 

Deepest respect and gratitude to Jonathan Haas (without whom this piece may have been only an idea), to the performers who met high demands, and to everyone who dedicated time, talent, and inspiration to this project.

The challenges of executing a work of this size are considerable. The skill and dedication of all of the artists brought it to life, and it was a journey that we will never forget!

View full album credits and preview a track

I have been fortunate over the years to work with some wonderfully gifted and giving people. I cherish the opportunity to work with people who are truly committed to their art, to the production, and to sharing that moment when it comes together. There have been times when I’ve shown up to what might seem a very low key “gig” yet because of the dedication to what was happening, and the openness of the people, it became an intense and moving experience.

I don’t know if it’s true that artists generally feel things more intensely than other people, but I think that many of us may relate to the build-up that can happen when life throws its myriad of challenges your way. On top of this, you see all of the suffering in the world, much of it is so needless, which amplifies the greed and hate that lives among men. And then you find yourself in a car, driving around Brooklyn, through Manhattan, into the Lincoln Tunnel and onto New Jersey highways. You may want to scream. You may want to cry. But now it’s time to be nice, because you’re interacting with other people, and they have their own problems, and you’re a professional after all.

Now, whether you publicly perform in any fashion or not, imagine you’re onstage, in plain view of everyone, waiting for your moment. Then something in the performance is particularity moving, and all of the beauty in the world seems to show itself to you, and all of the pain in the world seems to show itself to you. And then you start screaming to yourself in your mind “don’t cry, don’t cry, dammit don’t cry”. But one solitary tear makes it to the surface and rolls down your cheek. And that tear has felt everything. And now make your entrance and don’t screw up.   - TK