Music of Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, NYC (March 6, 2017)
I served as music director, with Antibalas as the house band, for the Music of Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, March 6, 2017. We'll be doing a warm up show the night before with some of the performers at City Winery, NYC. Info: http://musicof.org (NEW PICS HERE)
Malaria Prevention work in Benin, West Africa (Spring 2016)
In collaboration with filmmakers Jon Fine and Sarah Dupont, members of Antibalas, Angélique Kidjo, Gangbé Brass Band, Logozo, filmmakers from ISMA and students and faculty from CIAMO (International Center for Arts and Music-Ouidah) I served as music producer, engineer, arranger and performer on a song and video about malaria prevention. The video and song are in post-production and will be part of a campaign in conjunction with UNICEF, Center for Disease Control, US Embassy-Benin, Peace Corps, and other agencies to eradicate malaria in Benin and sub-Saharan Africa.
ENYE Project: Composition and scoring (Spring 2016)
Work in progress: film music, composition and performance for "Being ENYE" Documentary by Denise Soler-Cox and Henry Ansbacher.
Teaching Artist Residency at BASE: Bronx Academy for Software Engineering (March 2016)
Working with a curriculum developed by my colleague Jordan McLean and Students Live, I facilitated four days lyric writing and performance workshops in four Global Studies classes with 100 high school sophomores, followed by a performance of these works.
SF Jazz Center with Eric Harland (1/7/2016)
Antibalas horns and Amayo collaborate with Eric Harland and his Voyager ensemble at the SF Jazz Center.
Antibalas West Coast Run (11/20-21/2015)
Performances at the Mezzanine (SF) and the Regent Theater (LA). Arrangement and performance of "Satellite" with Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio.
Antibalas residency at Brooklyn Bowl- 10/28-11/18/2015
Completed a four-week Wednesday residency at Brooklyn Bowl, performing a retrospective program of Antibalas repertoire 1998-present stretching over four weeks, and collaborations with Lorenzo "Jovanotti" Cherubini, Santigold, Saul Williams, Lee Fields, Quantic, Sahr Ngaujah, and Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket).
"Hulaween 2015" String Cheese Incident featuring GZA10/31/2015
Performed the "Ghoul Train" set of funk classics on Halloween evening at the Suwannee Hulaween festival in Live Oak, Florida with Antibalas horns.
"Lean On Me" The Music of Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall. 10/1/2015
Transcribed and arranged charts for the Antibalas horns as part of the Bill Withers tribute directed by Greg Phillingaines, with vocalists Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Valerie Simpson, Gregory Porter, Kori Withers, Kathy Mattea, Anthony Hamilton, Ed Sheeran, Amos Lee, Jonathan Butler, and Dr. John.
Santigold: Studio Recording (NYC) (June 2015, out Nov. 4th, 2015)
Recorded flutes, baritone saxophone and tenor saxophone with trumpeter Jordan McLean on two songs with Santigold for her upcoming album.
Hear the single "Can't Get Enough of Myself" HERE. I play flutes, baritone and tenor saxophones.
"Cantos" A Collaboration with Ana-Maurina Lara and Youmna Chlala
Composed, arranged, performed and recorded music based on numerical cipher-based translations of Ana-Maurine Lara's original text.
Antibalas: Blue Note Tokyo (April 2015)
Performed six shows at the Blue Note, Tokyo Japan.
Musical director for the Music of David Byrne and Talking Heads (Carnegie Hall) (March 2015)
Arranged and performed 11 songs for Antibalas with featured artists including Cee-Lo Green, Sharon Jones, Santigold, Esperanza Spalding, Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Alexis Krauss (Sleigh Bells), Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff, and Steve Earle.
Musical director: Zap Mama + Antibalas North American Tour (Jan-Feb 2015)
Arranged and performed collaborative set with Antibalas and Zap Mama at performing arts venues and theaters across the US and Canada
Musical director for Strange and Beautiful: The Music and Art of John Lurie (Le Poisson Rouge, NYC) (Dec 2014)
Arranged and performed music of John Lurie, Lounge Lizards, and Marvin Pontiac for Antibalas.
"Mortdecai" Soundtrack recording (Avatar Studios, NYC - Dec 2014)
Recording film music with producer Mark Ronson for feature film starring Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow.
"The Last Days of Hustling" Soundtrack scoring / recording (Dec 2014)
Scoring for the short film "The Last Days of Hustling" written / directed by Karim Lopez, produced by Mike Tyner. Official selection (Short Films Corner) at 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Apollo Theater - Daptone Super Soul Revue ( Dec 2014)
Two nights of performances with Antibalas as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires, the Sugarman Three, and Saun and Starr, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, the Menahan Street Band, and the Como Mamas.
The Complete Last Waltz (Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY - Nov 2014)
Performance of The Band's iconic farewell concert with the Antibalas horns and guests including Nels Cline (Wilco), Binky Griptite (Dap Kings) and others.
Jovanotti: "Lorenzo 2015cc" Album Recording (Electric Lady Studios, NYC - Oct 2014)
Composing and recording two songs "Melagioco" and "Libera" with Italian star Lorenzo Cherubini aka Jovanotti. As of May 2016, 5x platinum in Italy.
Mark Ronson "Uptown Special" Album Recording (Electric Lady Studios, NYC - Oct 2014)
Recording on "I Can't Wait" featuring Keyone Starr.
The Roots: Global Citizen Concert (Central Park, NYC - Sept 2014)
Performance with Antibalas horns joining the Roots for "Water No Get Enemy" and "Move On Up". Other performers: Jay Z, Sting, Alicia Keys, Tiesto, No Doubt.
Fela: '69 LA Sessions (Grand Performances, Los Angeles - Aug 2014)
Performing the entire album of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's 69 LA Sessions with members of Chop and Quench (aka the FELA! Broadway band) and Antibalas.
Daptone Super Soul Revue (Europe - July 2014)
Performances with Antibalas as part of the Daptone Super Soul Revue featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires, the Sugarman Three, and Saun and Starr. Appearances at Montreux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Nice Jazz Festival, Vienna Opera House, Rock Werchter, North Sea Jazz Festival and Eurockeenes.
Musical director for the Music of Paul Simon (Carnegie Hall) (March 2014)
Arranged and performed 17 songs for Antibalas with featured artists including Allen Toussaint, Sam Moore, Angélique Kidjo, Betty LaVette, Richard Marx, John Doe (X), Bob Mould, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Mike Gordon (Phish), Josh Ritter, Andy Cabic and Isobel Campbell (Belle and Sebastian), and Brett Dennen.