Primary Instrument: Drums
The group’s debut album, Every Morning, A History (Peacock Recordings), features Siegel’s exploration of transition-less composition. “From a compositional standpoint, transitions pose a troubling dilemma,” explains Siegel. “They can be anticipated and are also radically sudden. I wanted to see how eliminating transitional material would affect the listening experience.
Siegel runs “the out-musical gamut, comfortable in contemporary freeish jazz or the most abstract experimental music around,” (CityPaper). His most recent recording Memorize the Sky (2007), documents a collaboration with Zach Wallace and Matt Bauder. The Cabinet (2006), a solo percussion CD, was praised as “an exquisite set that has a meditative ease and grace,” (The Wire). As a composer, the New York-based chamber ensemble Till by Turning commissioned and performed his Chalk Line (for piano, bassoon, viola, viola and cello). In May 2008, he will premiere a stage work for string quartet and four actors at the Chocolate Factory Theater. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Fred Lonberg-Holm, Scott Rosenberg, Guillermo Gregorio, Stephen Rush, Jason Roebke, Chris Peck, Nate Wooley and Sean Meehan. He is a member of Memorize the Sky, The Anthony Braxton Sextet, White, Blue, Yellow and Clouds, The Pavones, and Assembly.