I’ve just got back to New York after 3 weeks on tour with Kyle Eastwood in Europe promoting his new album, The View From Here.
Like the last album, I was heavily involved in the writing of the material and it’s been such a pleasure bringing it to so many people. I think the highlight for me was an audience of around 700 at Le Trianon theatre in Paris.
One of the new pieces, Luxor has a solo piano breakdown and although the song has strong echoes of Miles Davis and Marcus Miller, I get a chance to explore the harmonic language in (hopefully) my own way whilst also evoking my romanticised fascination with that city’s ancient civilisation.
Before that I performed alongside the composer as joint soloist in Jason Yarde’s Modo Hit Blow. What an exciting experience performing alongside the players of the LSO at the Barbican! Jason managed to create an engaging orchestral study whilst also allowing enough room for us to do our thing. Judging by the piece’s reception, I think a few of our fans were in the house and maybe even some new ones!
Now I have around two weeks in the city before some more work with Kyle in France then London and my attention is currently turning back to myself with two European concerts coming up for the trio.
My first month-long trips to New York a couple of years ago were to practise and I’m beginning to feel that need again. At the moment I’m starting to hear things a little beyond my technique as well as ideas for new music and time, as I’ve said before in my last post, can be a little evasive in NYC!