Monday, April 21, 2014


Ceremonies Out of the Air, a double album of saxophone improvisations recorded in August 2013, is released on New Atlantis Records on April 22. A tour begins in New Haven the same day. Current dates and locations are below, and updated at

Ceremonies is available as two 12" vinyl LPs in a gatefold jacket, as a single, 79-minute CD, and as an MP3 download. All five tracks (and a few more, which are not being released at this time) were recorded in a single session at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. The audience was comprised of some of the folks who helped fund the making of the album through a crowdsource campaign. The album art was painted by Erin Rice. The recording was made by Eugene Lew, and mixed by Kato Hideki.

The project is a dedication to my mother, Esther Neuringer, an avid new music supporter who died of lung cancer in March of last year. There is a quotation that frames the work and lends it its title, from Cormac McCarthy's The Road: "Evoke the forms. Where you've nothing else construct ceremonies out of the air and breathe upon them." The text of my eulogy is the liner note for the album.

The titles of the improvisations are:
1- okay we can go now
2- Japanese Maples
3- i dreamt there was nothing wrong with my chemistry
4- The Dogwood Circle (round and round, round and round)
5- we had mostly good times

Ceremonies can be purchased via New Atlantis Records, or in a special edition through, or from independent record stores and mail orders, or from online retailers like iTunes. For anyone interested in supporting this album beyond a purchase: ask your local independent record stores to carry it, and request it on your local radio stations.

4/22 NEW HAVEN: Uncertainty Music Series at Never Ending Books + Cretella/Matlock
4/23 MONTREAL: La Vitrola + Clarinet Panic, Goddard X Pelchat
4/24 OTTAWA: Gallery 101 + Clarinet Panic, Solina String Ensemble
4/25 KINGSTON: The Artel + Clarinet Panic, Salle Sella
4/25 GUELPH: Silence + The Vertical Squirrels
4/27 TORONTO: Oz Studios + Clarinet Panic, CCMC
4/28 BUFFALO: Hallwalls + Kevin Cain
4/30 ITHACA: Angry Mom Records
5/01 ALBANY: Upstate Artists Guild
5/04 PHILADELPHIA: Archer Spade Series at Rotunda + Devin Hoff

5/15 DETROIT: Trinosophes
5/16 KALAMAZOO: Corner Record Shop tbc
5/17 DUBUQUE: Monk’s + Bucko/Berns
5/18 IOWA CITY: Public Space One + Oren/Hurlin
5/19 CHICAGO ?
5/20 COLUMBIA MO: houseshow
5/21 ST LOUIS: Cafe Ventana + N.N.N. Cook
5/22 LAFAYETTE IN: Black Sparrow tbc
5/23 BLOOMINGTON IN: houseshow
5/25 CLEVELAND: Guide to Kulchur