Scroll down for news. The gigs page has a listing of my public shows. Check the projects page for details of groups with which I
play/have played. Also, there is some music up on the Sounds page and video on the, you guessed it, video page.
Any feedback or ideas on how to make life better, in general, can be sent to me all e-mail like: Ronnus at RonWiltrout dot com
February 1, 2016
Groundhog Day coming up! The Holiday, but also the concert!
January 7, 2016
Yeah, it didn't happen. Back into the swing of things trying to be proactive. Looking forward to
Palace Hotel tonight improvising with Mike Quinn and Gerald Gregory. That's a really fun band.
Also looking forward to Rad Western playing for the 2nd annual Charleston Jazz Festival on the
22nd. That's also a pretty damn fun band. Then playing with the big band the next night with
Dianne Schurr singing! And the band is followed by the one and only Arturo Sandoval!! What a
Then right around the corner in February... Groundhog Day IV: The Groundhoggening.
December 10, 2015
Doing it. Lots of music happening. Lots of work, too. Cherishing my downtime pretty hard right
now, looking forward to getting out of town at some point... dunno when that's going to happen.
October 29, 2015
Woot. Come see me play music. Happy to get back to NYC this weekend to celebrate the
release of Ted Hearne's The Source CD. Also happy to squeeze in a show with friends The
Hands Free at Shapeshifter. New Stuff!
October 21, 2015
Thanks to one of my students chastising me on the street I have updated my website. Almost
got Carpal Tunnel inputting all the gigs I'm playing. Not trying to brag or anything... but I'm playing
a lot of gigs. Maybe that's why it's been hard to focus on writing and organizing my life.
Great stuff coming up. Real excited about the CJO show with Wycliffe this weekend. And the
Tom Waits show, also. Jeremy Wolf's music has always made me happy, so that will be fun.
Looking forward to seeing my NYC peeps again and to check the new space National Sawdust
that so many people are raving about. THEN Rad Western opens for Cory Henry at the
Pourhouse. Whew! Come out and play.
September 6, 2015
Gotta stay focused. Gotta move mountains.
July 23, 2015
No more heat. No more heat. More music. More sleep.
April 18, 2015
moving forward. keeping busy.
February 23, 2015
Nice couple weeks of music behind. Big band music with CJO and Darius Rucker. Looking
forward to some nice shows first couple weeks of March with some out of town bands coming
to Charleston for the first time. But right now I have to finish packing for the drive to NYC to
record with Ted Hearne. Looking forward.
February 12, 2015
Sheesh. Life is hard.
January 14, 2015
Whoa. What a month. Check the gigs page for all the hot stuff coming up.
November 10, 2014
Lots of great shows coming up. Come out and say hi.
September 9, 2014
Ok. Go. Do it. Now. Guafdi.
August 18, 2014
Big summer of transitions. Settling in, but feeling uncomfortable. Probably for the best. Gotta get
Big time fun playing music these past few months. Premiering and workshopping new works by
Ted Hearne. Latin Jazz Collective blowing up. Jeremy Wolf's great new album. Recording
videos with Michael Flynn (and Ted Hearne). Bringing Flynn's solo album to life. Garage Cuban
Band sneaking in a quasi reunion. Conor Donohue, Punks & Snakes... Matadero. Rad Western
getting back in the saddle. And even playing the regular hits at the Charleston Grill has been
April 8, 2014
So much for bleak couple of months! I'm busy! Lots of interesting projects coming up. Playing
music with Jack Burg of Punks & Snakes, Michael Flynn, Ted Hearne, Conor Donohue, Jill and
Robert Lewis, Matadero, Dan Voss and Nick Jenkins, plus my regular gigs at the Charleston
Grill. Trying to stay focused!!
Still looking forward to getting the band back together and writing new tunes. Cannot wait until
the summer... must not wait until the summer...
March 11, 2014
Hmmm. Kind of a bleak couple of months coming up. A few nice things, but lots of holes in my
schedule. Time to write and book shows with Rad Western, I think. Or at least practice...
Februay 14, 2014
Looking forward to playing tonight with my quartet at the Charleston Grill. Apparently love is in
the air, but whatever. Music!
Also looking forward to hearing Tim Daisy and Mikolaj Trzaska this Sunday at King Dusko. I
haven't been to this spot, yet, but Nick Jenkins has put on some nice shows there. He's put
together an opening slot for himself, me, Dave Stickel, and something else this Sunday, so
come out and listen. Support experimental music!
January 10, 2014
New Year, same old problems.
Lots of great opportunities coming up to play great interesting music. Charleston Latin Jazz
Collective is branching out and playing more shows for more people following our tour of the
Southeast Coast last Fall. I'm traveling to play music with Ted Hearne a good bit in the next few
months, which I have missed doing greatly. Also, the members of Rad Western are itching to
get back in the shed and back on stage in order to continue what we started almost a year ago.
In sad news Mercato has closed for renovations and rebranding. They'll reopen as a new
restaurant in a couple months and are hopefully (not gauranteed) to have live music. Fingers
crossed. I have made such satisfying music in that room. It is a sad development in the
Charleston Jazz scene.
Big news! Groundhog Day show 2014 coming up soon. First rehearsal tomorrow and I'm pretty
excited! Lots to live up to from the first show, but it'd be hard to mess up with the people
December 11, 2013
Holiday season brings no nights off for 3-1/2 weeks! Weeeeeeee...
September 30, 2013
Updated gigs page. Crazy stressed with life and gigs. Just hoping to find time to write music and
rehearse with Rad Western soon so it'll all be worth it.
July 30, 2013
weeeeeee. I had a giddy time playing and listening to 90's music the other night at the Tin Roof.
Lindsay Holler's fundraising events are getting better and better. Tin Roof is always a satisfyingly
low-brow good time. Refreshing to get out of the downtown restaurants.
My new quartet Rad Western played at the Tin Roof last month and it was a blast. We all
agreed we would like another shot at the tunes, though, so I scored us a sweet gig at Voodoo
Lounge as part of their monthly jazz series (thanks, Q). Looking forward to continuing the
exploration with these fine folks (Tyler Ross, Gerald Gregory, and Alex Kellner).
Also doing some recording next week with Ted Hearne, who just released this old gem. Miss
those days. Your Bad Self was a bad ass band.
(updated my discography on the links page)
June 9, 2013
Excited to have been very busy during Spoleto (and the few weeks/months prior) this year.
Super excited to move forward with some new projects now that Spoleto is done. My new
quartet playing original instrumental music that isn't really jazz is debuting at the Tin Roof on the
18th. My existing quartet that plays original music that is pretty much jazz is playing the Mezz on
the 27th. I have a lot to be happy about, and much work still to do.
April 23, 2013
Updated gigs page with some fun shows in the next few weeks (lots this week). Looking forward
to a few days off next week (2 days, that is), and then hopefully diving back in fully recharged
and ready to go, because it's the long slow build to Spoleto time.
March 31, 2013
New band still in the works. Hard to get the boys together since they're all badasses who play all
the time. It's sounding great, though, and I'm trying to stay focused to make it happen.
Gigs page updated with the first week of Spoleto included. Playing some nice shows during that
time with a good variety of people. Also the upcoming CJO show (in May) will be fine with Robert
Lewis having arranged the entire Porgy and Bess for the big band. Woot!
BUT FIRST! make sure you come and see Ted Hearne and Philip White on April 11th at the
Halsey Institute. R WE WHO R WE will blow your mind.
February 4, 2013
updated the sounds page for the first time in 2-1/2 years. So, there's that.
Pretty excited about a new group I'm putting together to play original instrument music that isn't
quite in the 'jazz' realm, whatever that is. I've been writing chords/melodies/grooves and the
band seems to respond well. After one rehearsal I'm already wondering where we can play out.
Had fun playing the CJO concert a week ago (music of John Coltrane) and with Slowrunner at
the Holy City Pop Show on groundhog day (music of Slowrunner). So glad the Charleston Music
Hall is committed to producing concerts now. Thanks, Charles Carmody. We needed you.
January 6, 2012
Happy New Year. weee. Hope it gets better.
Trying to put together a band to play some original instrumental material that is not so much 'the
jazz'. It's been fun making demos of such things to give to people to learn my music. It's also
been a wake up that I need to write more and better and also a bit of a reality check that I need
to practice. So, here we go. 2013!
Also, starting the new year with a new Monday routine wherein I'll be playing duos with Gerald
Gregory at Mercato twice a month or so. Looking forward to it.
Happy Birthday, Mike.
October 22, 2012
Whew. Swamped lately.
Looking forward to the John Cage Festival at FSU this weekend. Then taking a few days off
(actually just one day off) before the holiday rush starts setting in.
August 21, 2012
I've updated a few pages on this site. The links page now has a somewhat current discography
with links to hear the music. The projects page has lost some of the projects that no longer
exist. More updates to come.
July 30, 2012
Getting back to the grind of playing in restaurants was a challenge at first, but then I
remembered I get to play with different groups of great musicians on a pretty regular basis. It got
easier after that. Also, it has inspired me to start writing tunes. Some of these tunes will make it
in the restaurants, but some of them will make me start looking for more alternative venues in
which to play less 'palatable' music. Not to say it won't be accessible, because it will be, but to
say it might take a little more engagement...
The New Music Collective is finalizing our Fall season, and it looks to be a doozie, with
wonderful guests coming to town and a few instances of us (Sam and I, who are the only ones
left in town) going out of town. Updates on that soon...
July 2, 2012
Finally feels like Spoleto is over. There was a lot of good music made during that time, and I'm
inspired to continue good music-making. Just gotta make the time.
Had a beautiful time in Asheville last week rehearsing and performing with Terpsicorps Theatre
of Dance for "The Many Deaths of Edward Gorey". Looking forward to doing the same thing in
Winston-Salem next week. Never been to Winston-Salem. Coffee shop recommendations
In the meantime I'm playing all over Charleston this week, including Folly Beach Drop-In tonight
(last minute drop-in), Pourhouse tomorrow night with good friend Jessie Pritchard, The
Charleston Grill a few times, and back home at Mercato this Saturday. So come see me and I'll
tell you about all the vegitarian food I ate and local beer I drank last week.
May 1, 2012
No time! Lots of great playing opportunities, as well as art-making opportunities. Let's not forget
sandwich opportunities, too. Sleep opportunities?
I'll be in Los Angeles this weekend. To play music with Andy Akiho at Walt Disney Concert Hall. I
should be telling more people about this.
March 15, 2012
Tons of playing happening around here. New gigs at Fish and the Charleston Grill are helping
me stay motivated, which I need to be to learn the music for so many upcoming shows. The
CJO Swingin' Soul show should be a blast. Pretty funky for a big band. Also very excited for the
New Music Collective show next month. There are probably too many John Cage tribute shows
happening around the country this year, but we're still excited about presenting selections from
44 Harmonies from Apartment House 1776. Beautiful stuff.
also, allergies. blech.
January 15, 2012
New Year, same story: trying to get music out of me and into the world. Both parts of that have
proven disappointingly complex in the first few weeks of 2012, but things are looking up. Maybe it
was just necessry to be forced to reflect on all the things that happened in 2011 before the next
thing could be brought out.
November 25, 2011
Recipe for Chickpeas Wiltrout
-2 cups garbanzo beans rinsed (best results from dried beans cooked in a slow cooker until
soft, but not falling apart)
-1 large red (or yellow)onion coarsely chopped (I like big pieces, I cannot lie)
-2-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
-3 tbspns olive oil
-3 tbspns cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos
-2 tbspns dill weed
-1tbspn crushed red pepper
-salt, pepper to taste
heat olive oil in large saucepan or wok over medium heat. Add minced garlic and crushed
pepper, cook until soft ,around 1 minute. Add the onion and cook 3-5 minutes until the onion is
softening a bit. Add the chickpeas and the Bragg's, stirring until heated through (I usually throw
some black pepper in at this point, too). Add the dill and stir a bit. Turn off the heat, throw in the
feta and stir it up. If you want the feta to be melty you can throw it in with the dill, but that's not
really how I roll. ALSO, you can throw in a bunch of baby spinach toward the end (for 2-3
minutes) if that's how you roll.
Super easy dish that is great as a side, snack, or accompanied by a salad and some toasted
sourdough for a light meal. Garbanzo!
November 18, 2011
Frantic few weeks coming to a close soon. And I thought it was going to be a slow month!
Next week I spend relaxing and eating turkey, but I will also be learning music! Ted Hearne's
Delusion Story has a show at Public Assembly in Williamsburg on the 29th. Then there's the
Christmas Special (which should provide some unique challenges this year since the MD is
asking me to use a sampler in addition to the drumset), and also the next New Music New
Charleston show presented by the NMC.
recipe suggestions? send 'em to me at the address above. music suggestions? do the same.
September 30, 2011
It's great when friends make the world the better place without even realizing it.
practicin' practicin' practicin' practicin'
September 14, 2011
Recipe for Quinoa Wiltrout
-1 cup dry quinoa
-1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
-1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
-1 large bell pepper, coarsely chopped
-1 fistful of baby spinach (or 2 fistfuls)
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 cup almonds (roasted, lightly salted), coarsely chopped
-1 cup dried cranberries
-1 tbspn crushed red pepper (seems like a lot... it is)
-2 tbspn olive oil
-1/4 cup Bragg's Liquid Aminos (soy sauce substitute)
cook the quinoa per package instructions, making sure to rinse well if indicated. I cook it in the
rice cooker using half water and half vegetable broth. set aside.
In large sauce pan or wok heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper and
cook for 1 minute or so ( I hate burnt garlic). Add the onion, carrot, and bell pepper and cook for
5-7 minutes or until they start to soften, stirring occasionally. Add the Bragg's and stir in the
fistful of spinach. Cover and cook for 2 minutes to barely wilt the spinach. Uncover and add the
quinoa, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, and crumbled feta cheese. Stir to heat and
homogenize and serve in a bowl with a big spoon.
with all the goodness in this dish you could live off this as a meal alone for weeks. leftovers are
August 20, 2011
Had a great time with Ted Hearne in a sweaty sweaty space last month, and then with Asphalt
Orchestra in a very northern place. Now I'm sweating a hurricane in the South and trying to
make sure I can keep paying for my car by playing at Mercato 5 times this week. Could be much
worse, for sure.
Playing a nice show in Wilmington, NC next weekend with Kim Pacheco and the Rudy Waltz.
Great singer, great band (if I do say so), hopefully some good food (I don't know WIlmington).
July 5, 2011
well, ok. let's get back on track here.
May 10, 2011
Woooo! Spring! Allergies! Music!
Tons of stuff happening. Playing a bunch for the JAC Jazz Series in May and June, and then
running back to New York to learn some new music by Ted Hearne and play with the Asphalt
Orchestra at the Bang On A Can Summer Marathon Concert. It's gonna be a good time, as long
as I get some sleep at some point.
I got to see many great friends in New York last week, as well as see some new friends play
some great music. Still love visiting that city. Still love coming home after about a week.
March 3, 2011
Garage Cuban Band is learning new stuff for our relatively busy Spring. The Tin Roof and
Voodoo get to have us over the next montha and a half. Will you have us?
Excited to be playing marimba and percussion on Slow Runner's CD Release show next
weekend. Great band putting on a great show that you should see.
Also excited about the New Music Collective Spring season which is about to start. We're
presenting a concert for Receiver Fest that includes great works of experimental music that are
a challenge, butsurprisingly fun to play.
Spring is welcome here.
January 30, 2011
Soldiering into the new year. Eh, what do I know about being a soldier.
Much music happening, and I've been writing more and forcing my tunes in front of musicians
on the job. They seem to like it, though. That's how I've been dealing with being "back to the
grind" after the end of a whirlwid 2010.
Recording some music for the Opposite of a Train's 2nd album, as well. Working title of the
album is The Metal Album, but I'm fairly sure that's just a joke (never know with these guys).
Garage Cuban Band is finally feeling real good as a quartet. Whenever we can have Nathan
Koci with us it's ideal, but that's not always possible since money is a huge object.
December 14, 2010
Eh. Let's go get a whiskey and some soup. Then we can talk about life, or just sit there and be
happy to be alive.
September 27, 2010
Working hard lately.
Good Latin Jazz gigs recently, and more to come: Gino Castillo and Tumbao are playing for the
Moja Festival finale Sunday in Hampton Park. Nice to play music a block from my house. Next
Sunday Garage Cuban Band returns to the Pourhouse. It's been a long time coming, and we
think you won't have waited in vain. Come early for pig roast and Johns Island Nortena bands on
More soon, but I need some rest.
September 4, 2010
Whew. Getting back to a relatively normal schedule after a summer of much traveling and
fluctuation. The Katrina Ballads tour was a great joy, and was received well (new york times
review!). I can't imagine what my life would be like without the opportunities to play music with
those wonderful people. Don't want to, either.
Before that the Bossa Bossa show with Leah and Duda Lucena was beautiful. I'd play anything
with that band. Beautiful players all.
Now I'm just trying to stay focused and inspired. Autumn temperatures will help...
Upcoming concerts include a Conspectus of Michael Pisaro's work with the New Music
Collective, Charleston Jazz Orchestra's Latin Night, Tumbao at Eye Level Art, and in October a
glorious return of the Garage Cuban Band to the Pourhouse. This time with roast pig!
August 4, 2010
Music is taking me places again. Some places less hot than Charleston (Western
Massachusetts with the Opposite of a Train) and other places potentially hotter than Charleston
(Houston, Texas with Katrina Ballads). I'll do whatever it takes to get to play this music with
these people, though. And I'm lucky enough to still get the chance to play great music locally as
well. See you out there.
May 25, 2010
Tons of great gigs coming up which have been posted. The most urgent of which is the New
Music Collective's 5th Anniversary Concert this Saturday at Redux. It will be epic.
Also coming up are great shows for the Piccolo Spoleto Jazz Series presented by the Jazz
Artists of Charleston (Kopaja, Tommy Gill Trio, and Tumbao (an 8-piece salsa band)). The a
great show in New York at Merkin Hall with Ted Hearne, a weekend in Norfolk subbing with the
Asphalt Orchestra, and finally a week of recording Ted's music in New York. What a June, what
May 14, 2010
I spent some time yesterday writing music with Bill Carson and Nick Jenkins for a show tonight
at Redux. 23 Eyeballs and 1 Asshole... and Nick Jenkins is opening up for Vialka and Oicho
Kabu and it should be a rockin good time. We'll probably start around 8:30 so get there early for
April 28, 2010
Lots of exciting gigs coming up. The New Music Collective Fundraiser is this weekend, and then
begins the long buildup to Spoleto. And quickly after that I'm out of town a lot for shows. It's
gonna be a wild summer.
More news soon on the CD recently recorded with Robert Lewis and Gerald Gregory. We
should be touring soon. Really, we should.
April 3, 2010
I was fortunate to get to play for a couple Guerrilla Cuisine events in March. I highly recommend
these events to anyone interested in local foodie culture. It's a great vibe, and usually interesting
people from all over Charleston. Unfortunately for me at one of the events I lost some cymbals
and a bag of percussion. Boneheaded move on my part and I'm still kicking myself because
some of the items in my bag of percussion are irreplaceable... so it goes.
In other news I played a great show with the Tyler Ross Double Trio last week. Lee Barbour,
Gerald Gregory, and I are rehearsing some originals for a show in Columbia opening for the
Specs. And I'm off to New York next week briefly to present some of Ted Hearne's new songs at
Le Poisson Rouge.
The New Music Collective Fundraiser is right around the corner. April 30th at Eye Level Art.
March 17, 2010
Also, there's a video archived on the Kennedy Center website of the Opposite of a Train's
Performance on the Millenium Stage last February. check it out
March 12, 2010
Also, some new audio available on the sounds page.
March 11, 2010
Whirlwind traveling lately. Being out of town so much the last few months has left me a little
unsettled, but I've had a great time playing music in so many new places (and ways). I'll get
used to it, though, because it's not going to stop. I don't want it to.
Good shows coming up including a Silent Music show tomorrow night, a show with Tyler Ross
on March 25th, a show in New York with Ted Hearne next month.
Also, I recently recorded an album's worth of material with Robert Lewis and Gerald Gregory. It's
half originals and half standards and we're pretty happy about, so we're probably going to
release it to the public. This is the same trio that plays (mostly regularly) at Mercato, so if you've
been to see us you know how much fun we have and how the chemistry is something pretty
January 10, 2010
Spent a nice chilly week in New York last week rehearsing some new music of Ted Hearne's.
Always a pleasure and a challenge with that guy. And met some new people with whom I look
forward to playing music again soon.
Voodoo Winter Jazz Series is happening soon, and the Rudy Waltz is playing on the 26th. Good
February brings much playing with the Opposite of a Train. We're playing a big show for the
Halsey Gallery on the 2nd which will have Nathan Koci, Bill Carson, and I joined by Kevin
Hamilton, Clint Fore, Wilton Elder, and Charlton Singleton, as well as Lindsay Holler, Joel
Hamilton, Stefanie Underhill, Michael Trent, and Cary Ann Hearst. The next day we're off as a
trio to bring our chamber-folk-jazz to other cities that have yet to know just what is the Opposite
of a Train...
Here's to winter chills and unexpected thrills
October 15, 2009
I got to play a nice collaborative show last weekend with Jacob Wick for a project he's doing
while traveling around the country (It's called ROAD TRIP). A couple other of my Charleston
friends were involved, and we were all pretty happy about what happened. Before that (and on a
totally different note) I played with Bobby Alvarez and a band called Para Ti which was also fun.
We played before a great Richmond-based band called Bio Ritmo which is an incredibly tight
and danceable band.
The Rudy Waltz is looking for a new place to play. I've played with those guys for so long it's
weird not having a gig any more.
There's a couple new things posted throughout the website. Check it out.
I need to clean my room and hang some art. Will you help me?
September 20, 2009
I'm playing a solo opening set and hopefully collaborating with my good friend Philip White for a
concert at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC this coming Monday. I don't do
solo sets often, so I always look forward to the challenge of it. Plus I love seeing what Philip
does, and this is another chance for that.
September 15. 2009
The gigs get shuffled. I'm doing a show starting soon at a new restuarant/supper club called Vue
with a singer named Bob Anderson. I'm playing occasionally at Alluette's, but it's loose right
now; no set group. Things are gonna happen.
Also, I updated the "what I'm listening to" portion of my links page, for those that read such
things (thanks, mom!)
September 3, 2009
Gigs are slow, so i'm practicing and doing sessions with people to keep the juices flowing. How
do you feel about that? huh?
August 7, 2009
Here comes the Fall, and hopefully some cool weather soon. I'm looking forward to getting back
to playing with my peeps in Charleston. It's been a long summer, and I've got some ideas for
what to do now (if I can only get motivated).
July 25, 2009
Before I go on vacation I'm playing a concert in Columbia at 701CCA (for the third time this
year). This time it's a concert put together by Jason Brogan and Sam Sfirri and it's called
Several Silences. I always enjoy playing music with these guys, so I'm happy to put off vacation
for one little day. The concert has already gotten good press, partly because this music is not
played very often and there are genuine followers. Sequenza21 even gave a shout out. If you're
in the area it would really be a beautiful evening for you to show up and listen.
July 3, 2009
The heat will stop me from being me.
Lots of around town gigs coming up this month. Also, doing a show at the Charleston Music
Hall. Garage Cuban Band is playing at Voodoo Lounge on July 21st, which will be lots of fun.
Just ask anyone.
Also, the Opposite of a Train CD has finally made it to iTunes! Search for it in the iTunes Store.
Buy it, review it, tell your friends, tell your enemies. Also try CD Baby (it's fun!). We're hoping to
do a tour of the East Coast in the late Fall.
June 11, 2009
oof. this has been a long few weeks, and now I've got a cold. probably due to exhaustion...
The Voodoo Lounge Jazz Series is happening again, and I will be playing with numerous groups
for that (to be finalized soon) so go check that out.
Also, I got a great book from Nathan Koci a while ago called All Over Coffee by Paul Madonna.
I've just started reading it, and love some of the poignant, yet simple, writings he throws together
unrelatedly with pencil drawings of the bay area.
"The hardest part for the living is feeling dead
And that those whom we're dead to
Keep on living."
"Everything takes more time, money, and effort than you think it will
Plus something you could never imagine, until you're completely immersed"
These seem to resonate with me these days...
June 1, 2009
BANG ON A CAN MARATHON OMG OMG OMG!!!!
JAC JAZZ SERIES OMG OMG OMG!!!
YOUR BAD SELF ON TOUR OMG OMG OMG!!!
i'm a little busy right now, but if you'd like to leave a message just wait for the tone...
April 14, 2009
well, my mother complained, but I just haven't had the time to do major changes here. I've been
busy co-hosting a fundraiser for the NMC, writing and playing new music in Columbia, watching
friends get married (from right behind them), releasing a CD with the Opposite of a Train, and
playing a lot of gigs.
In upcoming news I'll be playing a few concerts with guitarist Tom Noren this weekend. We're
playing some Lou Harrison works for guitar and percussion, and it's great great stuff. After that
I'm in Savannah playing with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra which is always fun. Next month, I'm
excited to say, Your Bad Self will be playing at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York. BOAC
is an organization that, when I was fresh in college, radically changed my ideas of what music
could be. I'm excited to get a chance to be a small part of that great community now.
March 1, 2009
I've played a lot the last month for the various jazz series going on around Charleston and I've
had a great time doing it all. Trying to balance that with organizational responsibilities has not
been so much fun, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.
There are some minor layout updates to this site as well as some new pictures posted here
and there. I'm still far too lazy for a complete overhaul of the site. I'll wait until my mother
February 3, 2009
the Rudy Waltz totally rocked the Voodoo Jazz Series last Saturday. It was ridiculous. Women
were fighting over us, and I kid you not.
I am happy to be playing quite a bit for the local jazz series this winter. I play at either the Voodoo
or Mellow Mushroom Jazz Series or both every week for the next month. I'm looking forward to
all of them, but this coming Monday, the 9th, will be a unique group that I've not performed with
before with Charlton Singleton, Gerald Gregory, and Ben Wells. I like that kind of thing!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the NMC's presentation of Beatrix*Jar. I think everyone
can agree it was a good time. Make sure you check out White Rocket who will also be doing a
workshop and masterclass at the college on Feb 19.
January was long and difficult, and I hope everyone made it through... I also hope the prospects
for life improvement are good for youse guys (it's got to get good at some point, right?)
January 6, 2009
After a whirlwind end to 2008 that included a frantic two months culminating in a New York City
performance at the Stone with Nathan Koci and Nathan moving to that city I find myself with a lot
of time on my hands (aka very few gigs) and a lot of business to take care of (aka more
responsibilities). It's hard to stay focused. It's also hard to look forward when so many friends
are moving away to bigger things...
On January 17th Jason Brogan, Sam Sfirri and I will drive to Asheville to play a concert at Flood
Gallery. We will perform works by Mark So, Antoine Beuger, Michael Pisarro, Joe Kudirka and
others. I'm looking forward to playing at this space, which I hear is wonderful, and with these
people, who I know are wonderful.
Otherwise I'm spending most of January getting ready for the months to come with New Music
Collective events right around the corner and CD releases to be anounced soon.
December 1, 2008
Well. I recorded two albums over the weekend: One with Kim Pacheco (the Rudy Waltz as the
rhythm section) and the other with The Opposite Of A Train. The Opposite Of A Train is myself,
Bill Carson, and Nathan Koci doing original ditties that we all had wrote... well, I only had wrote
one tune and that only happened when prompted beautifully by Bill. But anyway, I'm excited
about that record for sure. It's gonna have it all.
The New Music Collective put on a great concert a few weeks ago of many world premieres and
some old classics. I made my compositional debut on the concert with a short piece for two
antiphonal bass drums, french horn, and tape and it was lots of fun. I also got to play in
premieres by Sam Sfirri, Nathan Koci, and Mustafa Walker. On top of that I got to play Nagoya
Marimbas, which I really like doing. The NMC is presenting Gutbucket this Thursday for their CD
Release tour. I am in one of the opening bands called Lavalas with Jason Brogan and Mustafa
Walker. We play kind of loud and you'll love it. Also, this sunday is the last of the Silent Music
Series Concerts. I am performing a piece by James Tenney as well as some other beautifully
I have been busy, and busy is good. I'm pleased that there have been many recording
opportunities in the past few months. Besides the recent studio sessions there are also a
couple of live recordings which are in the process of being mixed which should be at least a little
exciting. Maybe people can take me home in recorded format soon...
October 1, 2008
It's really been a month... weird.
Just got back from New York where Nathan Koci, Bill Carson and I performed some music of
Ted Hearne at The Stone. Also performing were Eileen Mack, Chris Coletti, Taylor Levine, Matt
Wright, Miki-Sofia Cloud, and Ted himself on piano. It was a great show of brand new music that
was challenging for the listeners as well as the performers and I was glad to see familiar faces
in the audience. What a pleasure. Oh yeah, and we're called Your Bad Self.
Also last month was the culmination of a somewhat ambiguous project called The Future Is On
The Table. This has been a few years in the making, and though I never took the time to fully
understand the scope of the project I did have a fantastic time improvising with Nathan Koci, Bill
Carson, and Sam Sfirri while Aurore Gruel danced with blocks of ice. It was mesmerizing, I tell
you. And there's a good chance it will happen again in 2009.
I'm in Savannah this Friday with Dave Kain. Then Sunday Havanason is making a rare
appearance at the Hispanic Festival in North Charleston. Also Sunday is the first of the Silent
Music Concerts presented by the NMC and curated by Jason Brogan. Brogan, Koci, Sfirri, and
myself will perform an hour of sparse music which often surprises even me with its simple
AND I'm playing the South Carolina Jazz Festival again. This time with a quartet led by Robert
August 27, 2008
There is a Katrina Ballads CD Release party this Sunday at Robert Lange Studios. The CD is
being released as a digital download from New Amsterdam Records this weekend and we will
be playing the recording of the piece and having an informal chat and hang with wine and
snacks starting around 7PM. Come out and listen to the wonderful work of wonderful people
(watch out, though, East Bay Street can be a weird scene).
Also, I am on another CD that is being digitally released this week. It's called "by virtue of the
fact" and it's a bunch of improvisations by a loose collective of musicians called 'non'. Ray
Evanoff organized the group, and got the internet label Insides Music to release it on their
website. You can listen to it for free on their website.
August 14, 2008
The summer's ups and downs are almost over, giving way quietly to the fall's ups and downs.
It's a good thing I never aspired much toward a steady schedule of meaningless work. I get
neither steady nor meaningless work lately.
Voodoo Lounge's Jazz and Blues Series seemed to be well booked and well-received. Kopaja
played and the garage Cuban Band played and both were good times had by all. Voodoo has
been a popular bar for a few years, and I can say that it could easily become a popular concert
venue. It's cozy enough, and the sound is good. The bar crowd can be noisy, but hey, they're
just trying to get crunk.
NMC is bringing and performing with Kenosha Kid on September 18. They are an Athens-based
group that have scored a soundtrack for a Buster Keaton silent film. It's a little bit jazz, little bit
rock, whole lotta fun.
That weekend Nathan Koci and I once again get in my car and drive to New York to play the
music of Ted Hearne. This time it's an hour-long new work for sextet and we get to perform at
The Stone. I'm excited.
July 18, 2008
R.I.P. Taras Kovayl. I can't comprehend, yet. All I can do is remember how much he loved
July 9, 2008
Maybe it's just that it's summer, and irreverence is expected. Or maybe it's that I was so busy
during April, May, and June (not to mention March). Or maybe it's something else entirely that
I'm unwilling to admit in public, but I have been lazy lately. Well, not so much lazy as floating. I
guess it's to be expected.
Spoleto was a blast. I had opportunities to play with a ton of groups, and it all went well. I was
proud of my diversity and ability to be myself in a dozen different situations. But what next?
Well, for one: I'm going to Pickens, SC at the end of the month to do some sort of collaborative
multi-disciplinary art hang at the home and studios of some great upstate artists.
Also, a bunch of the concerts for Piccolo were recorded and might be good enough to sell. Also,
I recorded an album with Robert Lewis & Fearless Jones, and that should be a lot of fun, too.
May 25, 2008
SPOLETO. I have no time to write now. Check gig updates please.
May 11, 2008
Nathan Koci recently bought a Clarinet. And I pulled out an old cymbal I thought I would never
use. Hilarity Ensued.
April 29, 2008
I Have daytimes free again! No more early mornings and late nights! Now just late nights!
Check out the play Eurydice up in North Charleston. It opened over the weekend, and I think it's
gonna be a good run. There is a full schedule up here. I'm playing the Loud Stone as well as
music with Nathan Koci and Bill Carson. If I'm not there then the great Nick Jenkins will be in my
Also check out the lineup for the Piccolo Spoleto Jazz Series Upstairs at Mistral. I get to play on
four different occasions with four different groups and I'm looking forward to all of them. May 27
is the Rudy Waltz; May 29 is with David Heywood, Bert Ligon, and Craig Butterfield; June 1 is
with Robert Lewis & Fearless Jones; and June 5 is with Kopaja.
I'm also playing with two groups on the Piccolo Spoleto Cuban Block Party. Garage Cuban Band
opens, and Havanason is playing with some special guests from miami. All in all the next month
and a half is going to be a great showcase for much of the talent in Charleston, and I'm glad to
be a part of that right now. P.S. there will be another Tom Waits Show in June!
April 6, 2008
oof, it's been a long two months since last update.
Tatsuya Nakatani was here for a couple of days. He is a great cook, and a great guy... plus he's
an amazing percussionist. I spent the first two weeks of March in New York and New Haven
playing concerts of Katrina Ballads. That was an amazing experience I'll never forget. So many
great people, and such wonderful music. How does Ted Hearne do it? The recording session at
Avatar Studios was incredibly intense, but well worth the effort. Sometime soon there will be a
CD of this music so everyone can hear something that means so much to those involved.
The NMC hosted Red Light New Music two weeks ago. They were a great bunch of people that
I'm glad to have met, and their music was well received. Red Light can crash at my house any
There is a Fundraiser for the NMC and Theatre 99 coming up soon. Please check it out here
and come support! We need it, and you'll love it.
Lastly: Nathan Koci, Bill Carson, Nick Jenkins, and I are in the midst of rehearsing a play with
Pure Theatre. It's called Eurydice and we are playing the role of the Stones (modernized Greek
Chorus) as well writing music for the play. The play opens on April 25th and it should be
oh wait one more: the Illuminati Outro is scheduled to play for the Charleston Jazz Society on
April 27th. Last time we were supposed to play for this organization it washed out and we lost
our chance. This time we'll make up for it. Come out (as soon as I know the venue I'll let you
February 10, 2008
trying to keep it going here. Lot's of stuff coming up, but not really many regular gigs, which I like
to use as a kind of home base for my playing. I'll need to practice more...
Soon I travel to New York and New Haven for more Katrina Ballads performances and also a
recording session. Recording this great music with these great people will be an experience I
don't have a precedent for, but to which I am looking forward very much. (I'm excited)
for those of you that do read this stuff, first of all: thanks, and second of all: I'm slack and haven't
updated much in a while. Let's all pretend I'm as busy as I keep thinking I am.
January 2, 2008
a new year, yay.
I travel to Chiacago this weekend (by car, for I play drums...) to play some concerts for Ted
Hearne, a composer for whom I have much respect, and a guy for whom I have much love. We
will be performing a chamber version of Katrina Ballads, as well as another full concert for his
organization Yes Is A World. This organization is committed to bringing about social change
through music, and I have no problem with that. If you happen to be in Chicago... please come
and change the world with your support.
In Charleston, I'll still be at Mistral on Tuesdays and Mercato on Fridays (when I'm not in
Chicago, anyway) and I'll also be back at Porgy's Other Place with Robert Lewis and Fearless
Jones a couple times this month and again in February and March. Fun groups all, and unique,
There are some videos of me floating around out there, too. Two are on YouTube Here and
Here. A couple more are on the website of a good friend, and great musician Duda Lucena.
Hooray for the interweb. Al Gore did us right on that one.
I'll look for you out there, and let's try and make this one better than the last one.
November 26, 2007
Tons of great concerts coming up this weekend. the New Music Collective is playing two
concerts two nights in a row that are completely different. Needless to say, my rehearsal
schedule for this week is fairly consuming. I've also got a gig on the 10th at Porgy's with Dave
Linaburg that should be a lot of fun.
Ummm... okay, that's all I got really. Come to the concerts, they will prove to best thing you've
ever done... ever. I'll bet you money.
November 10, 2007
'Tis the Season!! No more Mondays on the beach for me. Station 22 Restaurant on Sullivan's
Island has noticed the slight slowdown in patronage from tourists and we no longer have a place
to play on Mondays. Dave Linaburg, Ben Wells, and I had a good time playing there, forging a
new musical relationship as well as eating some tasty, tasty food. On to the next thing, I
Look out for many special events in the next month. Numerous concerts including a
re-emergence of the Illuminati Outro for the CJS, back-to-back and unique concerts from the
New Music Collective, and the continuation of a new gig at Porgy's Other Place with Robert
Lewis and Fearless Jones.
October 31, 2007
Well, this is the first Wednesday since July, 2006 that I am not playing at Cordavi with Kopaja
(Kevin Hamilton, Nathan Koci, and I). Unfortunately, this great restaurant on the Ass-East side of
town will be closing soon, so we're looking for a new place to call our weekly home. For now, I
am somewhat content to have a few nights off. And there's much to be preparing for in my
newfound spare time. in the next months are two shows with Brad Moranz, two shows with the
New Music Collective (on back to back nights), a concert with Frank Duvall, a concert with Kevin
Hackler, a concert with the Illuminati/Outro, and I'm starting a new gig at Porgy's Other Place
with Robert Lewis. All in all, busy times. Come out and see me, and let me know that my hair is
getting too long. (yes, Kari, I'm talking to you.)
October 1, 2007
Just got back from the Savannah Jazz Festival where I got to play after Rashied Ali's Quintet (!!)
with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra featuring Vincent Herring. Vincent's a killing player and we all
had a lot of fun. Savannah's a beautiful city with a vibrant art scene, but I haven't seen much of
the music scene beyond straight-ahead jazz. Hopefully I'll get a chance to explore it more in the
Next Tuesday, Oct 9th, everyone in Charleston should come to the College of Charleston and
see the Claudia Quintet. This band is the future in my opinion and I'm excited to be a part of the
reason they're coming to town. check newmusiccollective.org for more info.
Also, later this month I've got the first of what will hopefully be many gigs with robert Lewis and
Frank Duvall in a trio situation. Come out and listen.
September 21, 2007
Well, The sounds page has finally been updated. After about two years of old stuff there will now
commence a period of about two years featuring less old stuff. By the time this new stuff gets to
be old as the old stuff is now hopefully I will have a slew of other recordings that I'm proud of, or I
just think are interesting, or were fun to make.
I'm playing a concert with Bobbie Storm this Sunday. She's a great singer. I'm playing with the
Savannah Jazz Orchestra for the Savannah Jazz Festival next Saturday. The guest is
saxophonist Vincent Herring. From what I hear he's really good. It's always fun to get out of town
for music, and Savannah is beautiful. And there's a coffee shop I kind of like, too.
September 1, 2007
I'm playing a few more special concerts this month. Monday the 3rd at the communications
museum behind a man named Killick. Wednesday the 12th with Havanason at MUSC. Thursday
the 13th at the College of Charleston for Robert Lewis' faculty jazz recital. But you can still see
me most nights at my regular gigs.
I've had a chance to make numerous recordings lately with various groups, and it's kind of
exciting that some of it sounds pretty good! I'm considering compiling a few of the better
moments and making it available. It will be affordable, I assure.
Come see the NMC sponsored event on Sept 11 featuring Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens from
Chicago. Supa great music from the heartland.
August 11, 2007
Okay: Driving to Asheville tomorrow to play for the Western North Carolina Jazz Society with
Duda Lucena. I have a couple friends who rave about playing music in Asheville, but I have yet
to have those experiences, so I'm looking forward to the trip. Also in the band is Kevin Hamilton
on bass and Gerald Gregory on piano. Some naturally musical cats, you know?
Next week is Charleston's First Annual Improvised Music Festival. Ray Evanoff has put together
two nights of a good blend of out-of-towners and local talent starting at 6PM August 17th and
18th. Come to St Mark's on Thomas Street downtown Charleston to witness the magic... or the
mayhem, depending on how everyone feels that night.
Later this month Rich White, Jake Holwegner, and I (often referred to as the Rudy Waltz) will be
playing for the Charleston Jazz Society's monthly concert. Check the gigs page for more info on
these and other opportunities to hear me play music. Thanks.
ever wonder what people do when a gig starts much later than expected? it usually involves
drinking and occasionally involves dancing.
July 5, 2007
Well, done with Spoleto; done with vacation... now back to the grind. Luckily I love what I do. I've
got numerous steady gigs that I'm looking forward to honing over the next month: rehearsals are
in order. Kopaja is in the process of adding five or six new tunes to our book for Cordavi. It will
be fun to see how they develop over the next few weeks.
okay that's all for now. keep looking for short audio experiments on this page... if you're into that
sort of thing.... or maybe you prefer myspace.
June 14, 2007
When digging through the past one can occasionally find a gem.<>
June 11, 2007
Spoleto has come and gone again and I feel like I missed a lot. Having to work all day most days
was the culprit, which my friend Wayne Mitchum reminded me is a good thing. I always look
forward to the modern dance companies, but I am never able to make it to the performances. I
did get to see Joey Baron who has been a huge influence on my playing for about 6 years. And it
was a great honor for Guy Klucevsek, another hero of mine, to introduce me to Joey as "another
great drummer." I think I even blushed...
The premiere performance of Ted Hearne's Katrina Ballads was a powerful experience that I
won't soon forget. I felt honored to be able to play such moving music with such a wonderful
group of musicians. I look forward to being able to do it again.
I'll be around most of the summer still playing as much as I can with as much love as I can.
Look for me; I need your support.
March 27, 2007
Moving right along here.
Good times are had Tuesdays at Mistral, Wednesdays at Cordavi, and soon to be Fridays at
Upstairs. Havanason will be playing every Friday of April at this new bar above Joe Pasta. Come
out and dance.
NMC Fundraiser Thursday the 5th of April. Come see the Kopaja Quintet with Bill Carson as
well as the Wiltrout/Evanoff Duo. Also come check out friends like Morimoto, Cary Ann Hearst,
Quentin Baxter, and Unbegrenzt. All have donated their talents for this night to raise money for
March 2, 2007
The NMC had a concert last friday, and it went really well. The crowd was definitely appreciative
of our modest presentation of 20th century avant-garde compositions. Dulcie Livingston, Dave
Linaburg and I also performed Ray Evanoff's new composition The Scale of an Object is
Relative to Perspective for oboe, electric guitar, and marimba. It went well, but the record labels
were not in attendance, and now we'll have to wait until next concert for our big chance.
Sunday past was a second showing of the Illuminati Outro, a group comprised of Lee Barbour,
Jeremy Wolf, Nathan Koci, and myself. We played for an hour at 52.5 record shop to celebrate
their 10 years of being open. I hope for ten more, and maybe another chance to play there... it's
a great place.
Havanason will be trying to make a comeback this spring starting with a short gig at the CCPL
for their Local Blend series. Hopefully we can find a steady gig somewhere so the salsa
community of Charleston can see a live band every now and then. Also at the Local Blend
series will be the premier of Buenos Hermanos. check it out.
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February 2, 2007
Cars are the ultimate damper on spiritual happiness. I love my car; I love to drive my car. I
drive it pretty often which means I'm using a lot of fuel... good for the economy, bad for the
future. Plus it's expensive. But the biggest expense is when you have to sink a load into repairs
just so you can continue to buy fuel and drive around happily. My car has a new engine now...
and to remind me of this my check engine light keeps coming on. "I know," I say to my car, "It's
very pretty. I'm glad you want me to look at it, but I'm driving to a gig right now." If only cars
could be vain. Then all the warning lights could be an appeal for more affection rather than to my
January 6, 2007
The holidays have ended and I have time to rethink much in my life. Music, like people, must
change, and I am endeavouring to understand the next necessary step in my life as a musician
as well as the next step in my life in general. Stubbornness will not get me through this time.
I also plan to change, or just add to, this website with more up-to-date sound files and streamline
the projects page so that some of the groups that haven't played for more than two years can
be made more difficult to find. I've also updated the little tidbits here and there. In the meantime I
am also more or less in charge of updating the content on the New Music Collective's website,
so you can find out more about me there. Numerous big concerts are planned for the rest of our
season and you should come to all of them, if possible.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a great band called Dragons 1976. Their music made me
excited about the possibilities of the world, and I hope the inspiration will not soon wear off.
Impermanence is something that many musicians battle either consciously (with recordings) or
subconsciously (with anxiety and the need to constantly be playing) and the past year has
shown me that dealing with it consciously can be much more rewarding... so I'm going to record
more, dig? see you out there.
October 25, 2006
Cordavi was recently featured in Esquire Magazine as one of the top 20 new restaurants in the
country. Check it out, and check out the fact that Kopaja plays there every Wednesday evening
at 9 o'clock. Cordavi uses this night to present special prices on a selection of their wonderful
food, so everyone wins.
Last weekend I played with Dave Linaburg at the first annual South Carolina Jazz Festival. We
played away from the main stage, however, in a restaurant that used to be a Quincy's. Though
we were technically playing for the festival it felt more like we were playing for the regular
Saturday night buffet customers... Hopefully Dave's tunes helped with their digestion (I believe
they would need the help.) Jake Holwegner agreed that it was the most bizarre gig we've played.
New Music Collective concert November 3rd. Be there. For me?
October 1, 2006
I saw a group called the Young and the Restless last night (which consists of Dave Linaburg,
Gerald Gregory, and Nick Jenkins) and I loved it. Everyone should see them, because they are
making new music in Charleston, and it's great.
I am getting ready for a fairly busy fall, but I can't help but to relax every now and then and enjoy
this beautiful weather. When I am working, though, I am playing with Kopaja (with Kevin Hamilton
and Nathan Koci) and the Rudy Waltz (with Rich White and Jake Holwegner) and getting ready
for the New Music Collective's next concert at Redux on November 3rd. drop me a line and ask
me what's what: ronnus@RonWiltrout.com
August 25, 2006
A life in transition leads to interesting music. I've got many new musical prospects on the
horizon, including a few improvised gigs with Dave linaburg, Jason Brogan, Michael Hanf, and
Keiran Daly. Kopaja is still playing at Cordavi on Wednesdays. The Rudy Waltz is still playing at
Mistral on Tuesdays, and the line-up for that has been changing weekly and including such local
luminaries as Taras Kovayl, Rich White, Jeremy Wolf, and Jake Holwegner. I'm working on new
techniques for playing percussion/drums with and without electronics, and I'm trying to figure out
how to efficiently wire my computer and recording interface equiplment for ease-of-use (and to
get rid of the sympathetic pops from the dryer.) Good times all-around.
July 2, 2006
The summer has brought me quite a bit of time for reflection and practice. More than anything,
though, I want to get out and play music. This month will see the debut of a new project with
Kevin Hamilton and Nathan Koci called Kopaja (Koe-pah'-jah). Wednesday, July 5th we'll be at
Cordavi on North Market near the Customs House, downtown Charleston, SC. Hopefully, this
will be a regular Wednesday night thing, but the first night will be a good time no matter what, so
please come out and hear what we've been working on. In other news, the New Music Collective
will be participating in an art show/event in the upstate of SC in the first week of August. This will
be at the childhood home of Shelby Davis, and will coincide with the last week Shelby and NMC
founder Philip White will be on the East Coast. Philip White, NMC co-founder, will be attending
Mills College in the fall. You might not make it to this show, but you should say 'hi' to Philip
before he leaves.
June 5, 2006
A month of chaos has ended and left me wandering around my house anxiously trying to focus
on the next thing. One of the next things is Nathan Koci and I playing at the CCPL Local Blend
series Sunday June 11th at 3pm. Should be a good combination of improvised goodness and
worked out minimalistic schtuff and possibly a backwards loop or two. In the meantime I'm
spending all my money and thinking about how to get more, and also playing music.
May 12, 2006
The endless string of ridiculous gig cancellations continues. These people don't seem to know
how to even act professional. Since when did music become such a throw away commodity
that musicians can be given no notice (!) and never a good reason for cancelling a gig?
In the meantime, on with the show: Tonight, Friday the 12th of May, Havanason is playing for the
North Charleston Arts Festival/Latin American festival in Mead/Westvaco Park. Free block party
with lots of food. This Sunday the New Music Collective hosts the Nomos String Trio from NYC
at the Halsey Gallery of CofC.
-April 30, 2006
May's gigs posted. Bunch of stuff coming up this month. Please come to the New Music
Collective's various concerts throughout the month. Also, on May 11th check out some friends
of mine playing at Redux: Ruby Rosa, and Bill Carson. Ruby Rosa is the project of Clay Ross
and Krystle Warren... hey, I'll be there!
-April 19, 2006
Oak Steakhouse no longer requires the services of my Cuban band Havanason, but we will be
looking for a new, better place to play soon. With all these gig cancellations I have to wonder if
maybe some kind of change is due for my lifestyle. Maybe now is the time to start hustling a little
harder for better gigs, and trying to keep them longer (with methods in addition to playing good
music.) Or maybe now is the time to start pushing specific projects harder for bigger gigs and
touring. Or maybe now is the time to get a job with a little bit more security and use the little time
I will have on the side to push one or two projects hard. Either way, this has a been a stressful
month and I will be glad when it's over.
-April 9, 2006
lots of news: Wedensdays at J.Paul'z and Sundays at Lite Affair have both been "temporarily"
put on hold until crowds get bigger and people buy more drinks... Not many people in
Charleston, SC come out to hear good music and spend a lot of money, so what are we to do?
we'll cope somehow.
The New Music Collective has finally settled on a date and venue for our upcoming String Trio
concert. May 14th at the Halsey Institute of CofC we will be hosting a trio out of NYC headed by
David Medine. They will play some, and we will play some with them.
In the meantime I am going to Las Vegas with jake Holwegner to play some Bulgarian fusion
music with Angel Gadzhev. Next Friday, April 21, Lee Barbour and I will be opening for Cyro
Baptista's Beat The Donkey at the Pour House in Charleston. I doubt I'll see any familiar faces in
Vegas, but please come to the show at the Pour House.
-Febreuary 25, 2006
Video page updated. Gigs added to gigs page. Projects are getting individual pages with lots of
info (maybe). More updates coming this weekend, but I'm about to be late to a rehearsal, so I'll
write more later. ciao.
-January 22, 2006
A ton of new gigs added to my schedule for the upcoming months. February will bring the onset
of steady wendesdays at J.Paul's on Maybank Highway with Lee Barbour and Jeremy Wolf as
well steady Thursdays with singer Quiana Parlor at Toucan Reef; and the debut of the Easy
Way To Quit Smoking sundays at Lite Affair (on the square). Right away in February, though,
the New Music Collective will start the 2006 concert/event season with a huge concert on
February 3rd. see below and the NMC website for more info. Come out and see some music,
-January 9, 2006
Okay the holidays are gone and now sets in the long hard doldrums of January... call me
anytime, odds are good I won't be on a gig. But I will be preacticing, for there is much
excitement on the horizon. February 3rd is the next big concert for the New Music Collective.
Guests from NYC as well as two pieces written for the NMC, one of which a world premiere!!
In the meantime, Cuban music still happens at Oak on Fridays and the Rudy Waltz, that
not-so-famous not-so-jazz power trio, continues to play at Mistral every Tuesday. Also soon to
debut publicly is the duo project with Lee Barbour that is The Easy Way To Quit Smoking.
-December 2, 2005
Holiday times are busy times... and it takes so long to get anywhere due to consumerism run
rampant. But that is a forum for some other place. Christmas Special is underway. Get tickets
and bring the family. The New Music Collective is planning a fundraiser at Redux on December
16th to help bring some fantastic musicians to town for our February concert (tentatively Feb 3)
including David Cossin and Jody Redhage.
In other news: Havanason every Friday night at Oak! They have opened up the second floor for
dancing, and have even brought in dance instructors to help those interested in learning to
dance Salsa and Cha-Cha and other Cuban favorites... Look for some new video soon of the
Empty Words Ensemble's first gig. Embrace the cold, it's good for you.
-October 30, 2005
Philip White's event, A Separate Reality, at the Humanities Center last Friday was a success.
Thanks to all who came to the show (there a lot of you) and thanks to Quentin Baxter for being a
beautiful person and a non-stop giver of much appreciated support.
On a different note: the Tea Cult of Japan, comprised of Kevin Hamilton, Lee Barbour, and
myself, has lost its gig at Meritage. This wednesday, November 2, will be the last time we play at
Meritage. We see this as a chance to move on to bigger and better things, so never fear, you die
hard fans (you know who you are), we will play again. But in the meantime, please come out
and support us for our last show at the spot in which the band was born.
-September 20, 2005
The New Music Collective concerts of the past week went very well. Thanks to all who came out
on the 15th. It was small crowd, but an attentive crowd, and that's what we like.
Also of note: Kevin Hamilton's name suggestion for the band on Wednesdays at Meritage has
stuck; we are now called the Tea Cult of Japan. Our crowd is growing, and there are more
familiar faces every week. Keep coming back! We try to add a new song every week, and it
looks like Kevin is bringing electronics now!!
also: There is now a video page!! You should go there now!
-September 5, 2005
I've been driving too much lately... need to stay in town more. Big news is the upcoming
concerts of the New Music Collective. Three in less than a week's time! Saturday the 10th at the
Gibbes Museum's birthday bash; Sunday the 11th at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in
Avondale; and Thursday the 15th at the College of Charleston Recital Hall. Each concert
program builds on the one before it, so you can come to all three and support new music in
-August 18, 2005
Somewhat overdue updates happening over this weekend. The gigs page is up to date with a
new page of archives. The sounds page still needs to be redone, but I have yet to get motivated
to do that. A ton of New Music Collective shows coming up in the next few months. Numerous
requests have come in and that makes us feel confident that we are getting new music out
there (exciting.) Still haven't heard about it? Check their website and my own projects and
sounds page for more info.
Also: please come see my friends and I play music!! We may not ask you in person, but we
would very much like it to be an implicit invitation no matter who you are.
-July 23, 2005
Minor updates to the links, projects, and gigs page today. I plan on redoing the sounds page in
the coming weeks, but first I have t figure out where I will be for the next few months of my life.
All is well, though. T
he New Music Collective's next concert will be September 15th at the College of Charleston
Recital Hall. Works by Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Ted Hearne, Philip White, Takemitsu, and
more. Also look for information about an October concert at the Humanities Center with music
by Philip White: The Army of Darkness.
-July 8, 2005
Last night was another successful gig for the Empty Words Ensemble. Nothing but positive
feedback so far makes me wonder if maybe we should be a little more active in booking this
group... Thanks to Ray Evanoff for inviting us to play and playing with us. Thanks to Rick Zender
at the John Rivers Communications Museum for giving us a space to play. Thanks to Lee
Barbour and Joseph Peaks for the support and kind words. Tony Prete, you are the man.
-July 1, 2005
Summer is here, and it's time to reflect. Now that Spoleto is over and done I've got more time
than I know what to do with... well, actually I've got plenty to do. The new gig with Kevin and Lee
is working towards a cohesive sound (we're actually rehearsing now.) The Empty Words
Ensemble has its second gig coming up on the 7th. The New Music Collective is in the process
of becoming Not For Profit, as well as planning and programming the fall concerts (check for
info on those in the near future.) And on top of all this: I get to practice!
Philip White is right now mixing a higher quality recording we did of his fifteen part suite "A
Dream Sequence." The plan is to create a DVD with Kevin Taylor's film. Information is
Thanks to all my friends in NYC. Your hospitality was appreciated and will not be forgotten.
-June 12, 2005
The Empty Words Ensemble's premiere performance went really well. It was a small but
receptive audience at the Library's auditorium. It was great to play spontaneous music in a
small, clean, controlled environment. It made every note and gesture we played that much more
important (because it could actually be heard). And we could do so much with the nuances of
sound. We're going to look into doing more concerts there with the New Music Collective.
Thanks to Kevin Crothers for his help. Thanks to Pierre from Quebec City for his kind words
about our music. practicin' practicin' practicin' practicin' to Rani Boyle for being supportive and
just downright cool.
The heat will stop me from being me.
-June 2, 2005
Spoleto is here, and I've never been as busy. Check out the gigs page to see where I'll be.
My new gig at Meritage with Kevin Hamilton and Lee Barbour is a blast! We never quite know
what's going to happen which keeps us on our toes. Playing with these guys is a challenge and
a joy. And it can only get better.
More music has been posted on the Sounds page!! Recordings from recent concerts with the
New Music Collective. The concerts went great and were received better than we imagined.The
heat will stop me from being me.The heat will stop me from being me.