Trio recording with Drew Gress & Devin Gray at Oktaven Audio

this sound picture of a moment happened today at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon or what felt to me like the magic mountain room up there - with Drew Gress on bass (and modular system) and Devin Gray on drums... Jeremy Loucas in charge of the sound. myself on piano, Chinese gongs and compositions. (special thanks to Ryan and Nathan at the studio) what a joy it is to play your best or re-imagine the best you have ever played before, and really make it happen even further, taking it beyond that level by assuming risks and making assertive choices. deep/ for real. discipline and hard work do bring their fruits making life truly meaningful. this today actually happened, a 10 hr outstanding recording session at this incredible studio with the best piano I have ever had the chance to play... an absolute blast to make music besides with incredible human beings a 110% engaged during the whole process. the making, preparation and special caring of this trio recording have made me feel proud and grateful today of being who I am, a pianist and a musician. and by it carrying the mission of engaging in music with other people, making that connection happen and feeling just alive. today literally made my year and 2019 already. looking forward to the next step or level. now the composition process is finished and I do have the best possible picture of it. life is good. -

this sound picture of a moment happened today at Oktaven Audio in Mount Vernon or what felt to me like the magic mountain room up there - with Drew Gress on bass (and modular system) and Devin Gray on drums... Jeremy Loucas in charge of the sound. myself on piano, Chinese gongs and compositions. (special thanks to Ryan and Nathan at the studio)
what a joy it is to play your best or re-imagine the best you have ever played before, and really make it happen even further, taking it beyond that level by assuming risks and making assertive choices. deep/ for real. discipline and hard work do bring their fruits making life truly meaningful. this today actually happened, a 10 hr outstanding recording session at this incredible studio with the best piano I have ever had the chance to play... an absolute blast to make music besides with incredible human beings a 110% engaged during the whole process. the making, preparation and special caring of this trio recording have made me feel proud and grateful today of being who I am, a pianist and a musician. and by it carrying the mission of engaging in music with other people, making that connection happen and feeling just alive. today literally made my year and 2019 already. looking forward to the next step or level. now the composition process is finished and I do have the best possible picture of it. life is good. -

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Eva Novoa Trio January 18 IBeam

hi there,

I'm excited to invite you to my next concert with my trio this friday...

we'll be running the music we are recording next week at Oktaven studios.

thrilled to play again with this incredible rhythm section... and btw we are making a new record.

would be great to see you there!

peace,

e

Friday January 18th (1/18/2019)

Eva Novoa Trio

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Devin Gray, drums

9pm

iBeam

168 7th st - Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15

(cash, no card)

100% music - no alcohol

F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop

news in 2019!

it's time for  news !  I am continuing to curate a new music series for  two pianos.. . after the first concert with  Shoko Nagai  and the good success and fun we had, I am really excited to have the second concert of the series happening soon and being able to play again with two pianos. so here are the details...     Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.2  continues in late january!!! !!  I have the pleasure this time to have pianist and composer  Angelica Sanchez  joining me to continue with the series. she is an amazing improviser and very active in the avant-garde scene since she moved to NYC back in 1994. we'll be starting our set at 8:30pm on Friday Jan 25th. I will be curating this at  iBeam  monthly or every other month... so please stay tuned! also, if you happen to be a pianist feel free to contact me via email if you would like to join at future concerts. the more, the merrier.  -big thanks to  Brian Drye  at iBeam for accepting the challenge and kindly supporting my initiative from the start-.    also, in the new year I will be going into the studio with my  Trio  in late January at  Oktaven studios  in Fordham, NY. thrilled to make it happen and record new music. I am making this recording with  Drew Gress  on bass and  Devin Gray  on drums.  Jeremy Loucas  will be in charge of the sound again this time... really looking forward to this!    later in february my friend and bassist  Masa Kamaguchi  based in Barcelona will be in NYC after a year... I'm excited to play with him again! I am thrilled this time the amazing drummer  Gerald Cleaver  will be joining us for our set.    here are the details of my  upcoming concerts:      Friday January 18th (1/18/2019)    Eva Novoa Trio    Eva Novoa , piano   Drew Gress , bass   Devin Gray,  drums   9pm    iBeam         Friday January 25th (1/25/2019)    Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.2     Angelica Sanchez, piano    Eva Novoa, keyboard & Chinese gongs    8:30pm    iBeam            Saturday January 26th (1/26/2019)     recording session at Oktaven Studios   Eva Novoa Trio , with  Drew Gress  and  Devin Gray       Friday February 8th (2/8/2019)    Novoa / Kamaguchi / Cleaver    Eva Novoa , piano   Masa Kamaguchi , bass   Gerald Cleaver,  drums   9pm    iBeam       $15     100% music - no alcohol    iBeam   168 7th st  Brooklyn, NY 11215  F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop    finally, I am also happy to share recent news that  DownBeat Magazine  has listed my last album,   Live At iBeam   by  Ditmas Quartet  released back in the summer on  Fresh Sound New Talent,  within  the Best Albums of 2018!!!   see  DownBeat's January 2019  issue on  page 54 :   http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2019/DB1901/single_page_view/54.html    -here's the link to the  four stars review  **** published in their November issue. Denise Sullivan wrote a wonderful review which you may read here below:     http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2018/DB1811/single_page_view/56.html     thanks for reading & happy new year.    peace,  e

it's time for news!

I am continuing to curate a new music series for two pianos... after the first concert with Shoko Nagai and the good success and fun we had, I am really excited to have the second concert of the series happening soon and being able to play again with two pianos. so here are the details...

Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.2 continues in late january!!! !!

I have the pleasure this time to have pianist and composer Angelica Sanchez joining me to continue with the series. she is an amazing improviser and very active in the avant-garde scene since she moved to NYC back in 1994. we'll be starting our set at 8:30pm on Friday Jan 25th. I will be curating this at iBeam monthly or every other month... so please stay tuned! also, if you happen to be a pianist feel free to contact me via email if you would like to join at future concerts. the more, the merrier.

-big thanks to Brian Drye at iBeam for accepting the challenge and kindly supporting my initiative from the start-.

also, in the new year I will be going into the studio with my Trio in late January at Oktaven studios in Fordham, NY. thrilled to make it happen and record new music. I am making this recording with Drew Gress on bass and Devin Gray on drums. Jeremy Loucas will be in charge of the sound again this time... really looking forward to this!

later in february my friend and bassist Masa Kamaguchi based in Barcelona will be in NYC after a year... I'm excited to play with him again! I am thrilled this time the amazing drummer Gerald Cleaver will be joining us for our set.

here are the details of my upcoming concerts:

Friday January 18th (1/18/2019)

Eva Novoa Trio

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Devin Gray, drums

9pm

iBeam


Friday January 25th (1/25/2019)

Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.2

Angelica Sanchez, piano

Eva Novoa, keyboard & Chinese gongs

8:30pm

iBeam

Saturday January 26th (1/26/2019)

recording session at Oktaven Studios

Eva Novoa Trio, with Drew Gress and Devin Gray


Friday February 8th (2/8/2019)

Novoa / Kamaguchi / Cleaver

Eva Novoa, piano

Masa Kamaguchi, bass

Gerald Cleaver, drums

9pm

iBeam

$15

100% music - no alcohol

iBeam

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop

finally, I am also happy to share recent news that DownBeat Magazine has listed my last album, Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet released back in the summer on Fresh Sound New Talent, within the Best Albums of 2018!!!

see DownBeat's January 2019 issue on page 54:

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2019/DB1901/single_page_view/54.html

-here's the link to the four stars review **** published in their November issue. Denise Sullivan wrote a wonderful review which you may read here below:

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2018/DB1811/single_page_view/56.html

thanks for reading & happy new year.

peace,

e

Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.1 and News!

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hi there, 

hope this email finds you well and you're enjoying the beginning of the holiday season... ... 

it's time for news

I am really excited to announce I am starting to curate a new music series for two pianos

Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.1 starts tomorrow night!!! !!

I am pleased and thrilled to have pianist and multi instrumentalist Shoko Nagai joining me to begin and inaugurate the series starting at 8:30pm tomorrow. I will be curating this at iBeammonthly or every other month... so please stay tuned as the second concert is already scheduled later in January 2019. 

-big thanks to Brian Drye at iBeam for accepting the challenge and kindly supporting my initiative from the start. a project which is finally happening after months of introspective piano brainstorming... and which special set up is keeping me very excited-. 

also, I am happy to share recent news that DownBeat Magazine has listed my last album, Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet released back in the summer on Fresh Sound New Talent, within the Best Albums of 2018!!!

DownBeat's January 2019 issue on page 54: 

CLICK HERE 

-here's the link to the four stars review **** published in their November issue. Denise Sullivan wrote a wonderful review which you may read here below: 

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2018/DB1811/single_page_view/56.html

finally, I will be going into the studio with my Trio in late January at Oktaven studios in Fordham, NY. I am thrilled to make it happen and record new music I am currently writing. I am making this recording with Drew Gress on bass and Devin Gray on drums. Jeremy Loucas will be in charge of the sound again this time. It happens to be my next and second trio recording in the last 8 years, as my debut album was also a Trio album. This to say I feel really excited and fortunate to have this incredible rhythm section with me. 

here are the details of my upcoming concerts:  

Saturday November 24th (11/24) 

Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.1

Shoko Nagai, piano & electronics 

Eva Novoa, keyboard & Chinese gongs

8:30pm 

iBeam


Friday January 18th (1/18/2019)

Eva Novoa Trio 

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass 

Devin Gray, drums 

9pm 

iBeam


Friday January 25th (1/25/2019) 

Brooklyn Music For Two Pianos Concert Series.2

Angelica Sanchez, piano 

Eva Novoa, keyboard & Chinese gongs

time TBA 

iBeam

$15 

100% music - no alcohol 

iBeam 

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop

thanks for reading & happy holidays. 

peace, 

Great review on DownBeat Magazine **** November issue !!

My latest album "Live At iBeam" by Ditmas Quartet released back in mid July 2018 on Fresh Sound New Talent got 4 stars! on DownBeat's November issue... again no publicist. Really proud and excited about this project and all my efforts… wonderful review!!

You may read the whole review by Denise Sullivan here, on page 56:

http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2018/DB1811/single_page_view/56.html

peace,

eva

“ A wonderfully wild, moody, collaborative and improvisational set by Spanish composer Eva Novoa’s Ditmas Quartet was recorded live during the summer of 2016 at Brooklyn’s IBeam, home to experimental and innovative new works. Opening with the pensive “Déjà Vu,” its escalating intensity lent by Novoa’s piano and drummer Jeff Davis, there’s something familiar about the quartet’s approach to free-jazz, at once feeling its 20th-century origins and free of them. Contrasting with Novoa’s striking and inventive playing, saxophonist Michaël Attias lends his arresting style to the set’s stand-out performances: the haunted and dramatic “Enough,” the angular study of “Why You Here” and the pleasantly quirky “Yela.” Bassist Max Johnson stands out on “Walk On The Moon,” as he keeps it floating on the solos until Davis finally tips in and the quartet brings home the set’s penultimate and climactic number.

For the final mood piece, “Lines And Dots,” Novoa’s gong contributes to the dark and somber effect—an unusual way to end a show and an album, but then, Novoa’s Ditmas Quartet is anything but usual, and that’s exactly what makes it so compelling.”

Novoa / Johnson / Hertenstein and October gigs

Here are some upcoming performances of mine next month…

in early October I will be curating Max Johnson's band with the pianist Simon Nabatov for their cd release. here are the details...

Saturday October 6th (10/06)

Simon Nabatov - Max Johnson - Michael Sarin CD release for "Free Reservoir"

Simon Nabatov, piano

Max Johnson, bass

Michael Sarin, drums

8pm

Novoa / Johnson / Hertenstein

Eva Novoa, piano

Max Johnson, bass

Joe Hertenstein, drums

9pm

$15

100% music - no alcohol

iBeam

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop

Sunday October 21st (10/21)

Novoa / Pavolka / Gray

Eva Novoa, piano

Matt Pavolka, bass

Devin Gray, drums

1pm

New York Academy Of Medicine

Eva Novoa Trio at iBeam! and upcoming news

hi there,

hope this email finds you well and september is starting smoothly for you. summer has been pretty great so far and intense. it's been so so incredibly fast this year... summer gone, fall is almost here.

here's a quick note to let you know I am playing with my trio this Friday at 9pm, one set. would be great to see you!!

later this year me, Drew and Devin will go into the studio here in NY to record new music I am writing and we are currently trying out. really excited about that actually and making it happen!!

Friday September 14th (9/14)

Eva Novoa Trio

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Devin Gray, drums

9pm (one set)

in early October I will be curating Max Johnson's band with the pianist Simon Nabatov for their cd release. here are the details...

Saturday October 6th (10/06)

Simon Nabatov - Max Johnson - Michael Sarin CD release for "Free Reservoir"

Simon Nabatov, piano

Max Johnson, bass

Michael Sarin, drums

8pm

Novoa / Johnson / Hertenstein

Eva Novoa, piano

Max Johnson, bass

Joe Hertenstein, drums

9pm

$15

100% music - no alcohol

iBeam

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 9 st - 4 av stop

on another note... this fall and later next year I am still promoting my last album Ditmas Quartet: Live At IBeam, fourth album as a leader, which came out in mid July on Fresh Sound New Talent. great news ahead... it is set to be reviewed on DownBeat Magazine in November!!! yesss... also it has been reviewed on The New York City Jazz Record, in September... and it got a great review on Jazz Weekly in CA back in August... more about this project soon. stay tuned!!

thanks for reading.

peace and be well,

e

news and next performances!

hope this message finds you well. here are some music news... 

playing this saturday 8/18 at iBeam with three of my music heroes in town... Oscar Noriega, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. very much excited and fortunate to put this band together and get to play my music with them! indeed. bringing some recent and brand new music which we'll perform live at iBeam... for you. 

also, here are other upcoming performances of mine in the next weeks... and a nice review from my last album Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet released last month on Fresh Sound New Talent records, a wonderful review which just came out in Jazz Weekly in CA! written by George W. Harris... 

read here

http://www.jazzweekly.com/2018/08/eva-novoas-ditmas-quartet-live-at-ibeam/

and yes! I will soon actually perform for the second time in my life singing, whistling and playing the acoustic guitar in early September... my tunes too, though surprisingly they're not jazz... they're a bit political (as one of my friends says) or just simply about life... I will perform some well known rock covers as well as a few beautiful Irish traditionals. for real. break a leg!

anyway, here below are all the details!!

thanks for reading and hope to see you sometime soon. 

happy summer! 

peace, eva

Saturday August 18th (8/18) 

9:00 Novoa / Noriega / Gress / Rainey

Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Tom Rainey, drums 

iBeam 9pm

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15 

 

Wednesday September 5th (9/05)

"the plucky whistler" 

Eva Novoa vocals, whistling & acoustic guitar 

Cherry Grove, Fire Island, NY

time TBA

 

Friday September 14th (9/14) 

9:00 Eva Novoa Trio

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Devin Gray, drums 

iBeam 9pm

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

$15 

 

Tuesday  September 25th (9/25)

Eva Novoa, piano solo 

at Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art 

Soho, NY

time TBA

 

Saturday October 6th (10/06)

Max Johnson's Band

time and line up TBA

Eva Novoa

time and line up TBA 

-curating two bands at iBeam-

 

directions to: 

IBeam: 

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 4th Av - 9th St

Gowanus

 

 

solo concert at IBeam and upcoming concerts!

here are a few concerts I'd like to let you know about... first of all I'm performing a solo concert this coming saturday... me & myself at the piano... yes, where? iBeam in Brooklyn, when? 8pm, why? guess what... because it's summer!!... and I will be bringing my Chinese gongs with me really hoping to see some friendly faces during the early set... if you'd like to see me whispering to my gongs now and then and doing what I most love to do: playing the piano... you may even hear me whistle... ... 

I am currently writing new music which I will also play in a special solo set up this time, for your ears only... and Randy Thaler's ears too, as he is going to be recording both sets. 

I will be curating the night at iBeam. Kenneth Jiménez Trio will play the second set... Kenneth plays the bass and writes cool music. he is bringing a great band. here are further details and other interesting concerts of mine that I am excited about in the coming weeks and months... music, music, music... isn't that why we are ALL here?! 

also! my next album -fourth album as a leader- Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet just came out two days ago!! it is released on Fresh Sound New Talent

Michaël Attiasalto & baritone saxophones; 

Eva Novoapiano/ compositions & Chinese gongs; 

Max Johnsonbass; 

Jeff Davisdrums 

mixed and mastered at Sear Sound in NY by Jeremy Loucas. 

it is also part of this music announcement: you will see the details further below... just scroll down & click on the FSNT link at the bottom. more details & updates related to this wonderful project and band coming soon... stay tuned! 

UPCOMING CONCERTS IN NEW YORK:

Saturday July 21st (7/21) 

8:00 Eva Novoa, solo concert

Eva Novoa, piano & Chinese Gongs 

9:00 Kenneth Jiménez Trio

Kenneth Jiménez, bass 

Santiago Leibson, piano, 

Juan Pablo Carletti, drums

 

Friday July 27th (7/27)

8:30 Novoa / Makabe / Takeishi

Emi Makabe, vocals & shamisen 

Eva Novoa, piano

Satoshi Takeishi, drums

 

Saturday August 18th (8/18) 

9:00 Novoa / Noriega / Gress / Rainey

Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Tom Rainey, drums 

 

Friday September 14th (9/14) 

9:00 Eva Novoa Trio

Eva Novoa, piano

Drew Gress, bass

Devin Gray, drums 

 

IBeam

168 7th st

Brooklyn, NY 11215

F/G trains to 4th Av - 9th St

 

no beer - no alcohol - 100% music

thanks for reading

peace, 

eva

new album! 

Click here: 

 

Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet is coming out on FSNT July 15th

So excited my next 4th album as a leader and Ditmas Quartet's 2nd album as a band is coming out shortly next month on Fresh Sound New Talent! July 15th. 

Live At iBeam by Ditmas Quartet: 

Michaël Attias, alto & baritone saxophones

Eva Novoa, piano, compositions & Chinese gongs

Max Johnson, bass 

Jeff Davis, drums

Recorded live at iBeam in Brooklyn by Jeremy Loucas 

Mixed and mastered at Sear Sound in New York by Jeremy Loucas

BUY HERE!! 

Novoa / Fortià / Mintz Barcelona Meets Brooklyn.6

I am pleased to invite you to another concert out of the Barcelona Meets Brooklyn series.6

This time I will be performing with two of my favorite players. My friend Manel Fortià from Barcelona and the great Billy Mintz, who doesn't need further presentation. Every time I get to play with Billy it is special indeed. Here are the details. 

5/05 Saturday: 

Novoa / Fortià / Mintz
Eva Novoa, piano
Manel Fortià, bass
Billy Mintz, drums
9pm

Please join us and support live music! -without you music has no audience... -

No beer - 100% MUSIC

$15 suggested donation 

IBeam Brooklyn: 168 7th St Brooklyn, NY 11215

(F/G train to 4th Av stop & a three block walk)

Attias / Novoa Duo and Arturo Garcia Fenix: The Music of Santa Sangre

I am curating Arturo Garcia's project, an adaptation and music arrangement he has made from the film score of the movie Santa Sangre (a surreal thriller by Alejandro Jodorowsky). 
This is Arturo's adaptation for a 10 musicians ensemble. Arturo Garcia is a wonderful composer, drummer and percussionist from Venezuela based in Miami, FL. He plays in different bands and currently tours nationally in the US with his project Cave Of Swimmers. 

Thrilled and honored to present his special project at iBeam! 
I will perform duo with the great Michaël Attias on alto sax. 

Please join us for a truly special night! 

ATTIAS / NOVOA DUO
8:30pm
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone
Eva Novoa, piano & Chinese gongs

9:30pm
ARTURO GARCIA'S FENIX: THE MUSIC OF SANTA SANGRE
Arturo García, conductor/percussion
Hery Paz, woodwinds
Ali Bello, violin
Liz Taub, violin
Leonor Falcon, viola
Stephanie Jaimes, cello
Patricia Brennan, vibraphone
Juanma Trujillo, electric guitar
Brian Tate, acoustic bass
Daniel Vargas, percussion

100% MUSIC - NO ALCOHOL $15 cover

 

Novoa / Ferreira / Kamaguchi / Gray and Ditmas Quartet at iBeam

really excited to play this great double bill!! 
10/14 Saturday
Novoa / Ferreira / Kamaguchi / Gray
Eva Novoa, piano

Ryan Ferreira, guitar & effects
Masa Kamaguchi, bass

Devin Gray, drums
8pm

Ditmas Quartet
Michaël Attias, alto sax
Eva Novoa, piano
Max Johnson, bass

Jeff Davis, drums
9pm

$15
Ibeam Brooklyn

Please join us and support live music! (plus it is my birthday so you cannot miss this)
No beer - 100% MUSIC

April concerts in NYC

Barcelona meets Brooklyn.2
4/29/17 IBEAM

Novoa / Fortià Duo
Eva Novoa, piano & gongs
Manel Fortià, bass
8pm

Novoa / Fortià / Sperrazza
Eva Novoa, piano
Manel Fortià, bass
Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
9pm
 

Very excited to play with these two great musicians and friends in a special set up

4/21 Friday
Novoa / Dunn / Noriega Trio
@IBeam 168 7th Street Brooklyn, NY
Eva Novoa (p) 
Trevor Dunn (bs) 
Oscar Noriega (dr) 

Please join us and support live music!!
Peace & music

$15 cover

Really looking forward to this!
4/18 Tuesday
Eva Novoa Trio at Korzo Konceptions Music series: 
Eva Novoa, piano/ compositions
Max Johnson, bass
Devin Gray, drums
10:30pm set
@ Korzo, 667 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Please join us and support live music! (you may as well have a beer!)