Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

For those who have missed it, Biliana Voutchkova’s series of duo releases on Relative Pitch this year have all been eye-opening and worth investigating. The latest, with Tomeka Reid, though, ups the ante. Voutchkova’s approach to the violin is equal parts ecstatic and visceral. On Bricolage III, moments of surprising, elastic beauty intersect with inquisitive sonic threads stretched until they’re about to break. Joined by the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

Spirit Wave #1: The Bitter Giuseppe

I once told someone that I collect bars. It felt cringey as I heard it leave my lips, but now, after having just helped a friend move, after a handful of trips up stairs lugging his boxes of books and LPs, I’m pretty pleased with my intangible (read: weightless) collection. There’s a list (no shit there’s a list, we live in a world organized by … Continue reading Spirit Wave #1: The Bitter Giuseppe

2021 & The Year That Was

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. It’s been almost a year since I announced Foxy Digitalis was coming back in 2021 and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first big surprise came when there was an instant outpouring of excitement and support. I honestly wasn’t sure if anyone remembered Foxy Digitalis, but then I started … Continue reading 2021 & The Year That Was

Artifacts “…and then there’s this”

I already wrote quite a bit about this trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed when Foxy Digitalis premiered “Soprano Song,” but with as much as I’ve listened to and dug into …and then there’s this, I could write a book. Every time I listen, though, I come back to the AACM’s (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music) motto, “Ancient to the Future.” … Continue reading Artifacts “…and then there’s this”

Track Premiere: Artifacts “Soprano Song”

The combined prowess of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed is something to marvel. All three are gifted players and innovative, inspirational composers. As Artifacts, the trio comes together in joyous, virtuosic fashion on original compositions plus one each by Roscoe Mitchell and, “Soprano Song,” a choice Muhal Richard Abrams cut.  Abrams was a legendary figure whose influence and inspiration will continue for generations … Continue reading Track Premiere: Artifacts “Soprano Song”