Records will release Billys "Starlings" record in
September as part of their composer series.
Performed and recorded originally on a wide variety
of African thumb pianos, these delightful pieces have been meticulously
transcribed, arranged and orchestrated by Anthony Coleman for
string quartet and chamber orchestra. Rounding out the program
is a suite of compositions performed by Billy's dynamic percussion
If you have Billy's Black
Elk Speaks CD (Amulet) you can compare the orchestral versions
to the original mbira performances which is quite astounding if
we do say so ourselves.
Billy and Cyro Baptista have curated September music at the Stone
in New York City, a not for profit performance space dedicated
to experimental and avant garde music. Please see www.thestonenyc.com
for a detailed schedule including special performances by Billy,
John Medeski and famed Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira.