On Wednesday, September 24, Bristle will be playing at the Center for New Music in San Francisco with the international string trio Hear in Now, featuring Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid, New York violinist Mazz Swift, and bassist Silvia Bolognesi from Italy. Cory and I are working on new pieces--they've been slow to coalesce, but are offering rich new vistas for improvising. For me, it's the tricky balance of wanting every new piece to be its own animal, completely different from what's gone before it, while at the same time wanting it to fit into the Bristleverse of sounds and approaches. We've been toying with mixing and mashing the written material with more improvisational transitions and interludes. It's always new, always different with this group of four musicians--Cory, Lisa and Murray are up for anything; it's a delight to write for them, I'm always trying to come up with new challenges for these amazing players. Methinks Hear in Now's improvisational approach will be a nice complement to what we're about. I'm looking forward to the gig--hope you can make it out!