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No Trick Pony (Keith, Amy, Brian) at Rhizome for CSF
No Trick Pony (Keith, Amy, Brian) at Rhizome

No Trick Pony 2/1/23 7pm at Arts Club DC

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No Trick Pony is a Washington, DC power-trio. Consisting of seasoned DC veterans Amy K. Bormet (piano, voice), Keith Butler (drums), and Brian Settles (saxophone), the group presents a unique sound that most often finds Bormet constructing song, poetry, and harmony, above a quiet tornado of exploration from Settles and Butler underneath. Though each member is steeped in streams of traditionally defined music — jazz, popular music, punk, and classical, to name a few —  the group tends to focus on a deconstruction of the strict barriers of jazz, exploring instead on the transitional points between composition and improvisation. Groove abounds as a way to moor the listener in these explorations, which have the uncanny ability to present as both song and not-song. No Trick Pony has appeared at The Duck Pond in Georgetown, Rhizome DC in Takoma Park, and was a featured billing as part of the 2022 Capital Fringe Festival.

Clip of 12/4 performance at Catalytic Sound Festival

Vocalist Bridgett Nesfield and Drummer Kendell Haywood pose with Amy K Bormet
Bridgett Nesfield and Kendell Haywood
step. and repeat.
Watch me step. Watch me repeat.
Angela Mascia and Warren Shadd
Tried to get Staci to pose like my prom date, but she didn’t fall for it.
A selfie with Christie, THE STAR OF THE EVENING!

A great night watching the incredible Christie Dashiell! What a treat to see her on the big stage, my true friend from our Howard University and inaugural WWJF days! Big thanks to L A Randall (who takes so many great photos of the DC Jazz scene, including several for Washington Women in Jazz Festival!) And a special shoutout to Staci Griesbach  from LA, who reached out to me to be her +1 VIP. Thanks for the hang, and the hors d’oeuvres! <3

P.S. Check out my up-and-coming homies vocalist Bridgett Nesfield and drummer Kendell Haywood!

Hi all! I just got back from a great trip to New York, looking at the beautiful leaves in Prospect Park and working on casting a new project for the Kennedy Center. This is a beautiful time of year, I am always down for pumpkin spice and everything nice.

However, we’re moving into a precarious season for live music, I’ve already had cancellations for indoor concerts in 2022. Many venues have closed their doors, and others have drastically cut their budgets. Although I love to work as a performer, I have spent more and more time composing music and recording. I continue to develop new music daily and I want to share it with you.

I am looking for support from my community, which has led me to join AMPLED. AMPLED is a co-operative platform that is co-owned by the artists. This aligns with my values, and gives me an outlet that is not controlled by facebook overlords, but by a community of devoted musicians.

So please join me on AMPLED for new songs, thoughts, and prompts about creativity. I can’t wait to share this space with you.

Premeires Friday 7/16 at 8pm EST/5pm PST

https://fb.me/e/1Ym1UI4ez

I asked Melinda to meet me halfway. We improvised in the sunshine in front of a lighthouse in havre de grace. Neither of us had been there before, and we hadn’t seen each other in the flesh since February 2020. Melinda brought cameras (and snacks because she is always prepared for a picnic), and I brought a little microphone. We played for awhile without any preconceived notions (just the motion of the ocean). Then we added more. More violins to harmonize with the dogs, more voices to harmonize with ourselves, more synths to harmonize with the boats, and videos of the dog/ourselves/boats.
If you are free tonight (or in the future since the internet is elusive and apparently timeless) tune in and get a piece of the peace we felt.

The mail has been extremely disappointing lately, gobbling up almost every big check I’ve been waiting for, including an “emergency grant” for over $5K that I still haven’t received, issued in November 2020. Anyway, because I am who I am, I wrote a waltz about it, and you can hear it here, debuting tonight.
(thank you to Matt Dievendorf for engineering and pressing all the buttons on our phones to make them record…)