Honkin’ on the Solstice

I love summer…or Triathlon Season as I now call it.

The sun comes up at 5:11am and sets at 9:11pm. It’s light when I get up early and it’s still light when I take the puppy out at 10pm.tri-01 The light energizes me and I feel at my most inspired, motivated and creative best this time of year. Summers here are glorious and this is payback for the darkness of November and December in the Northwest.

On the Solstice, I played saxophone on a float in the Fremont Solstice Parade with a ten-piece Brazilian/Funk band backing a large Samba dance troupe. Rolling down the street playing for thousands of euphoric people lining the street was a blast! But aside from this and a little honking with the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, my attention is elsewhere this summer.

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Honkin’ in October

SWOJO-Ingrid-Jensen_Cynthia-MullisI played an arsenal of saxophones, clarinet and flute on two really cool performances this month.

These Earshot Jazz Festival concerts were with the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and the Cornish Contemporary Big Band…two groups that are doing good work in keeping the modern jazz big band flourishing into the 21st century.

Ingrid Jensen and Darcy James Argue are both world-class musicians and this was a great opportunity to hear them in Seattle. I was honored to be playing in concerts with these great musicians.
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Honkin’ on KEXP

I recently played saxophone on a session for Sonarchy Radio as the leader of Analog Honking Device. It was aired on KEXP 90.3 FM and is now available as a Sonarchy Radio Podcast.

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Sonarchy Radio Session: Analog Honking Device 

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Sonarchy Radio: Analog Honking Device
Produced by Doug Haire at Jack Straw Studio, Seattle, WA
Cynthia Mullis (tenor sax), Chad McCullough (trumpet)
Steve Kim (electric bass), Chris Symer (acoustic bass), Chris Icasiano (drums)

This session was recorded in Seattle on March 16, 2013 and was more condensed than previous live concerts. The biggest challenge was keeping things moving for the sake of a radio recording — we performed 7 tunes in the hour. For this session I invited Chad McCullough to join in on trumpet and we had some freakish Continue reading

Honkin’ in July

julyRight now in my life, I have several diverse interests that each take a lot of focus: web design, triathlon training, school, projects, family…and music. Sometimes it seems like the honking becomes way too infrequent in the mix. Then sometimes it takes over and I gladly indulge in the musical momentum. July has been a perfect blend of saxophone, exercise, web design and fun.

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Ruminatin’ on Women in Jazz

allison-millerOver the weekend I attended the Ballard Jazz Walk and the Ballard Jazz Festival Mainstage concert. Kudos to Matt Jorgensen, John Bishop and all of the people who worked hard to produce yet another great year of the festival. I was pleased to see some Sisters included in the Brotherhood aspect of the festival and it got me thinking about what the “Women in Jazz” thing means to me personally and my mixed feelings about it. Continue reading

Honkin’ at Sonarchy

In March I did another Sonarchy Radio session but this time as the leader of Analog Honking Device. I invited Chad McCullough to join in on trumpet and we had some freakish mind-meld moments. Again, we achieved my goal of creating music that was free yet structured, with a lot of interplay between the musicians. Here are some videos from the session. Continue reading

Honkin’ at Wayward

Here are three videos from the Wayward Series Chapel Performance Space concert in January. The music was free yet structured, with a lot of interplay between the musicians. I was especially pleased with the sound of two basses (electric and acoustic) and two saxophones, and Chris was the perfect drummer to tie it all together.

Analog Honking Device
Wayward Series at the Chapel Performance Space
Seattle WA, January 3, 2013

Cynthia Mullis (tenor sax), Brent Jensen (soprano sax)
Steve Kim (electric bass), Chris Symer (acoustic bass), Chris Icasiano (drums)

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Honkin’ in January

Cynthia Mullis & Brent Jensen

Cynthia Mullis & Brent Jensen

At the beginning of January, I played two gigs with Analog Honking Device and guest Brent Jensen. Musically they were a success and a lot of fun. I was especially pleased with the sound of two basses (electric and acoustic) at Wayward. The next night at Egan’s was a high energy, 90-minute set with piano, bass and drums. Continue reading