I have to say that I was pleased with the public debut of the Jim Ryan/Mark Pino Duo.
We rehearsed a lot, with the focus being on playing not so much time, but rhythmic pulse. Our five improvisations seemed well paced to me, and it seemed like our playing was interactive and aware.
Jim was kind enough to consent to me reading some poetry (while he played flute), a piece that was dedicated to Sufi musicians from Syria, whose mosques were destroyed.
Also on the bill was Chekere, who play tuned gourds with shakers on them. They were augmented by some gamelan players, and they were amazing.
What a fun evening!
Below: Jim Ryan/Mark Pino Duo, photos by Brian Lucas. Thanks, Brian!