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Secret Chiefs 3
Xiu Xiu
I am still recording and writing some music for Xiu Xiu. I have been off touring with them for the time being.
Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant
With Trevor and Mary Halvorson on guitar.
Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri
An improvising trio that plays compositions as well. THE BELL, out January 15, 2016 on ECM, is just that, Craig, Mat and I playing my pieces I wrote for the group.
Ches Smith Trio
A brand new band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet and Stephan Crump on bass. The emphasis has been on rhythm, so far. I am looking forward to exploring the timbral aspects and collective interplay of the group. I think a lot of caffeine might be involved.
Ches Smith's Congs for Brums
My solo music. These are basically etudes--studies focusing on things I want to get happening in my drumming, vibraphone playing, electronics, misc percussion, or composing.
Good for Cows
Trevor Dunn's music with Hilmar Jensson, Erik Deutsch, and Sunny Kim.
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog
with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and electronics. This band is back to a trio format. I think its about to get really crazy.
Darius Jones Quartet
Darius with Matt Mitchell, Sean Conly and myself.
We All Break
with two teachers of mine, Daniel Brevil and Markus Schwartz on traditional haitian percussion: rada and petwo drums; myself on drumset and Haitian boula drum; Matt Mitchell on piano and percussion. I wrote music for the piano using traditional Haitian rhythms and structures; we sing songs of Vodou as well. There are many many contributions from Daniel, Markus, and Matt which make a strong impression on the group's sound.
Ches Smith and These Arches
Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Mary Halvorson and Andrea Parkins interpreting tunes I write. There is a definite emphasis on collective improvisation. Our second record 'Hammered' will come out early 2013.
Mary Halvorson trio/quintet/septet/octet
Mary writes the music specifically for each configuration. Musicians include John Hebert, Jonathan Finlayson, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Laubrock, Jacob Garchik, Susan Alcorn.
Tim Berne's Snakeoil
Matt Mitchell on piano, Oscar Noriega on clarinets, Tim Berne on alto sax; ads of late, Ryan Ferreira on guitar. Has released three albums on ECM.
Collective with Brandon Seabrook, Toby Driver and myself. Dark and loud.