It’s been a bit since writing one of these eh?….too busy writing, playing, and performing my music! (duh)
Fall is a great time to get back in touch with oneself..moving inward once again as the Earth does the same..cracking open a good book or two..and of course listening to soothing piano music..heavy, thoughtful, creative original music..live, funky music….all by ME, of course. *gotta talk it up*
So, here’s whatsup!
I’m excited because I have what’s shaping up to be a nice lil’ season of special shows coming up!
It’s a veritable sprinkling of literally EVERYTHING JULIAN HARTWELL MUSIC! Quality, not quantity 😉
For instance, there’s the Pastorius Community Garden Fall Festival, where TWO of my bands will be playing, THE JHP with some fresh new music and members, and French St Gumbo doin’ it’s THANG! What a gift to perform on the stage that I helped build, in the garden I helped found, to the community I’ve come to know over the past year + which continues to grow bringing neighbors, farmers, thinkers, dreamers, together around the one thing we can all agree on these days it seems – access to delicious, local, thoughtful FOOD and the simple joy that brings.
Then, the JHP gets back down and dirty at the ‘ole Philly jazz watering hole Chris’ Jazz Cafe.
I’m unveiling some brand new compositions, arrangements, even members…A night not to be missed if you like jazz that makes you wonder “what even is this ‘jazz’ thing anyway, is this ‘jazz’?…and why i am i wanting to stand up and dance right now?…and why does Julian banter so much?” You get my drift. *gotta talk it up*
In November I’m positively hyped to have a SOLO PIANO PERFORMANCE (I gotta do more of those..huh?) at the incredible Rittenhouse Soundworks in Germantown!!! If you haven’t heard of this place, well I’m not surprised. It’s truly a hidden gem of a recording/performance/multi-media arts Powerhouse in a beautiful space! Their monthly “Musician’s Gatherings” bring together amazing multi-genre talent and just simply have to be experienced for oneself. And I’m honored to be on the bill premiering several of my original solo piano compositions in this intimate setting…which brings me to…
I have a solo piano single getting ready to be released! Well, calling it a “single” just doesn’t do it justice.
It’s actually a suite, honestly, in three movements. “Land of Lotus” is probably one of my more extensive piano compositions and it feels GREAT to be FINALLY putting the finishing touches and recording it in my home studio. Let’s just say it’s been in the workshop for far too long and it’s ready to see the light of day.
It’s coming out within a few weeks so LOOK OUT FOR THAT!
And this will of course spur me to record many more that have been awaiting to see that light, ever helping me realize my artist-identity as a solo pianist/composer/performer in its own right. (oo i just rhymed too, yo.)
And lastly, (atleast at the moment) I’m a FEATURED ARTIST with Jazz Bridge in their Neighborhood Concert Series 2016-’17 Season!!! This is a great organization that raises money to support jazz and blues musicians in crisis, as well as producing performances all around the tri-state area and featuring some fantastic local talent and beyond. I’ll be performing with my trio at Fellowship Hall, the Roxborough edition of the neighborhood concerts. Since I don’t trio all that much (guess I just like them horns and beefy arrangements..after all I am a Horner remember) this is a great opportunity to catch me stretching out as a pianist on a few of my more ‘heavy’ tunes…we’re talkin 5-6 pages+, people. Some most folks haven’t even heard before. And also featuring the jazz trio interplay that happens with my brother on bass and our dynamic drummer Matt Jernigan which I’m excited to present as just yet another expression of this thing called ‘Julian Hartwell Music.’
So these are all the wonderful things going on in the world of Julian Hartwell Music this Fall!
I always like to full you in on just a lil’ more than the who, what, where, what times…with the backstory and the trackstory and the reason why YOU need to listen, Be There, Support..cuz’ you really do. *gotta talk it up*
Since you made it to the end of all this talking (typing), you get rewarded with more of me talking! (actually talking)
Check out this video produced by Jason Fifield and Jazz Bridge to promote the series and me!