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Gregg Daniel Miller
Teaches political theory
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I am excited to release into the world a live recording of The Miller-Adams-Scully Trio to Bandcamp for your discerning ears. We played May 1st, 2019 at the Substation in Ballard, hence the title. The 3 pieces we performed were done without a plan, but based on numerous rehearsals where... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at some notes
Mollusk is a collection of recordings [released April of 2019] from the newly formed Miller-Adams Scully Trio. On it, I play alto, tenor and baritone sax (sometimes through a pedal board) plus miscellaneous percussion. Casey Adams plays a drum kit. Tom Scully plays electric guitar. Casey and I have been... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at some notes Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at some notes
Announcement, announcement. On April 11th, 8pm, The Big Band at the End of the World will play, as part of the Wayward Music Series, at the Chapel Performance Space, the 4th Floor of the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood, Seattle, WA. I am so proud of the performers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at some notes
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at some notes
Some new tunes from my band, the Miller-Adams Duo. Requiem for the State of Things to Come. On this record, I am playing tenor and alto sax, plus some miscellaneous percussion, all through a few electronic stomp boxes. Everything is completely improvised, and nothing has been altered -- a little... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at some notes
My review of Bad Luck's latest CD, Four, has been picked up by The Seattle Star. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at some notes
Charles Gayle Trio. Solar System. ForTune, 2018. In the best tradition of blues-based free blowing, Charles Gayle, one of the stalwarts (b. 1939), and his trio are captured live at the 12on14 Jazz Club in Warsaw, Poland in October 2016, (released in December of 2017). This is a very nice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at some notes
Bad Luck, Four. Origin Records, 2018. Review by Gregg Daniel Miller As Bad Luck, Neil Welch (tenor saxophone & live electronics) and Chris Icasiano (drums) have played roughly 60 shows a year for over 10 years. Their latest CD out on Origin Records, Four, displays the mature, complex seamlessness which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at some notes
Casey Adams (percussion) and I (saxes, electronics) have been making music together for a while. Here is a document for where we are at the moment. All the pieces are fully improvised (and named after the fact). All electronic effects are done live during the take (except once, see if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at some notes
The title Spots on Stripes could refer to notations on sheet music. It might also refer to this record's mood: a cross between a tiger and a zebra, meat-eater and herbivore, hunter and grazer, noble beast and gentle creature of the wild. Spots on Stripes records a meeting of very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at some notes
Review of Kirkpatrick Sale, Human Scale Revisited: A New Look at the Classic Case for a Decentralist Future. Chelsea Green, 2017. Choice, February (55:6) 2018. By Gregg Daniel Miller Calling for a retreat from globalization, Sale advocates for a romantic reversion to decentralized “human scale” polities and economies—an archipelago of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at some notes
Concert Review: Anna Friz + Afroditi Psarra, June 23, 2018, The Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA by Gregg Daniel Miller Tonight a double bill. Two sound artists, a local followed by a visitor from Santa Cruz. Afroditi Psarra plays fabric; Anna Friz captures and modulates static and radio signals. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at some notes
Gregg Daniel Miller's review of Maria da Rocha's very interesting solo violin/electronics CD, "Beetroot & Other Stories," Shhhpuma, 2018. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at some notes
March 22, 2018, Woodland Theater, Seattle, WA Billed as “An Evening of New Music,” Noel Kennon has curated a 4-act program: Neil Welch (saxophones & houseplants), a trio of Lori Goldston/Greg Kelley/Dave Abramson (Cello, Trumpet, Percussion), a percussion duo of Melanie Sehman and Mike Gebhart called SymSynComCon, & Kennon himself... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at some notes
New out on Bandcamp, I have uploaded a series of experiments called "Test Subjects." I am also playing saxophone on "The Gilded Lily," with Gust Burns (a Cecil Taylor inspired pianist0 and master drummer Greg Campbell. AND, "Restless on a Plane," with drummer Dale Haley. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at some notes
One of my band-mates and I put together a little record we call, "restless on a plane." Alto sax plus percussion plus some minimal effects. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at some notes
Up tonight, Kahil El’Zabar with Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Alex Harding on bari sax. The thing about the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is that they take a riff and then improvise over it—not too may notes, emphasis on rhythmic percussion, on establishing a groove and hoeing that row. Long songs with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at some notes
June 29th 2016 Wally Shoup Quartet, playing Vito’s (at the corner of Madison Ave & 9th) in Seattle, WA Wally Shoup leads. He comes on, sets the song tone with his musky nasal alto saxophone, and then steps aside, leaning against a curved wall, the overseer. The 3-man rhythm section... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at some notes
On this recording, Matthew Shipp’s solo piano plays mostly delicate lines. There is no nu-bop, no electronic beats. His technique of playing dense chord throbbing into dense chord shows up only occasionally. Shipp is thinking aloud on piano. He is not interested in recognizable repeats, or singing tunes. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at some notes
June 28, 2015 Review of Paal Nilssen-Love big band ensemble Large Unit. Poncho Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, part of Earshot Jazz Spring Series. Seattle, Washington, USA. Large Unit: Jon Rune Strøm - bass; Andreas Wildhagen - drums; Paal Nilssen-Love - drums; Mats Äleklint - trombone; Christian Meaas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at some notes
Walter Benjamin’s star has only grown brighter and more intense in recent years. While no single work can hope to capture the full range and depth of Walter Benjamin’s panoramic gaze, Alexander Gelley’s Benjamin’s Passages (Fordham University Press, 2015) is nonetheless an exegetical masterwork, emphasizing both conceptual constants and swerves... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at some notes
11-7-14 Pharoah Sanders (ts), William Henderson (p), Nat Reeves (b), and Joe Farnsworth (d). at Town Hall, Seattle. In the Great Hall. Maybe 1000 seats. Sold out house. A line of hopefuls outside behind a sign, waiting to repurchase the seats of no-shows. Pharoah Sanders at center stage in a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at some notes
Review of Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) with Cuong Vu (t), Carmen Rothwell (b) Dylan van der Schyff (d) at the Royal Room, Seattle, September 3, 2014. At the Royal Room. Taylor Ho Bynum with some locals. He’s on “bicycle tour” down the West Coast from Vancouver, BC to Mexico. I’m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at some notes
Chiara, Bottici. Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary. Columbia University Press, 2014. In the ongoing attempt to revitalize critical theory through a reworking of themes and techniques subordinated by modernity’s emphasis on subjective reason, Bottici re-thinks the concept of imagination, neither as subjective faculty nor as contextual overdeterminant,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at some notes