Once In a While the Stars Line Up

August 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


This stuff slips away from me.  A couple of years ago – on July 14, 2007, to be precise – I had a jam session at my house.  Steve Hiltner was in town from New Jersey, and we had a bit of a Lunar Glee Club reunion.  Present were Aron Kaufman, Dave Mason, myself, Steve Hiltner, and Steve Osburn.  At the end of the night we had a great improvisation – Oz was on bass, Aron on traps, Dave percussion, Steve on clarinet and I had a trumpet with a Harmon mute for a while and then my voice when the stars lined up.

About two minutes in, the groove is happening – Oz and Aron and Dave sound great in my living room, with the high ceiling – and then Steve and I get something going with the horns:

– Once In a While – Horns

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N’faro Manaku

May 5th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

A couple of Thursdays ago, Dan Ladizinsky was in town from Oregon, and music happened at Oz’s. This particular session was doubly special, as Aron Kaufman was celebrating a milestone birthday that week, and Dan had composed a tune, N’faro Manaku (anagram of Aron Kaufman?) for the occasion. » Read the rest of this entry «

the Process IS the Product

October 28th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink


Let us start with an audio recording.

This little improvised groove was the first of three or four improvisations that happened at my session at Oz’s last Thursday night. Present were Aron Kaufman playing traps, Steve Osburn playing Chapman Stick, and yours truly Dan Bilich playing muted trumpet, piano and voice.

I am really lucky to have guys like this show up to play music with me.

Could this music be an embodiment of the Lunar Glee Club?

It’s definitely rather seriously influenced by the Lunar Glee Club…

Will we ever develop or play this improvised piece again? Probably not, but who knows?

The Process is the Product.

The Music Environment at Oz’s

August 27th, 2007 § 3 comments § permalink


Here are a few pictures of Oz’s Music Environment, on Packard road here in Ann Arbor, about a mile from my house.




Oz’s is in a great old building, and the room itself has an odd asymmetrical shape, like a pie wedge with two flat ends, which make the acoustics really great. Furthermore, over the last three years, since this space, which used to be a vacuum cleaner store, became incorporated into Oz’s orbit, I’ve had a number of really wonderful musical experiences here.

Here is Songcatchers improvising on “I Guess I’d Better Jump”. Here is an instrumental jam. Here is the Lunar Glee Club inventing the Groucho Walk.

Playing music is not unlike having a séance, and Oz’s Music Environment is a place where music happens. The ghosts show up and the table shakes.

So, Oz just got back from an island up in Lake Superior and we’re talking about instituting some kind of regular musical occurrences in this very cool, richly ghosted space.

What should we do? How often? Private? Public? Sometimes private, sometimes public?

Later….I just got back from talking to Oz until about 3 AM. I’ll be doing some more sessions over there. More on this later.

The Groucho Walk

June 26th, 2006 § 1 comment § permalink


How about the Groucho Walk?

Let me set the scene. This unforgettable event happened on June 16th 2005 at Oz’s Music here in Ann Arbor. Steve Hiltner was in town from New Jersey and the 1980s Lunar Glee Club Horn Section was all in the same room for the first time in many years.

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