Greetings from Sarah Manning

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the note. Hope you’ve been doing well out there in the Bay. Sure, you can repost, although I ask that you take out my contact information (the PO Box address). And if you repost Scott Friedlander’s photo he just needs credit.

Sarah Manning
Alto Saxophonist/Composer 
For Concert & Picture
Elflion Intrigues
Twitter:  @artistempathy
On Dec 9, 2013, at 6:26 PM, mark weiss wrote:
mazel tov to you, sarah.
mark weiss
is it okay if I repost this to my “plastic alto” blog?

From: Sarah Manning <>
To: Mark <>
Sent: Monday, December 9, 2013 6:59 AM
Subject: Hello from a long lost saxophonist!

New album January 21st on Posi-Tone!

Where I’ve been

San Francisco to NYC and the woods in between…

So. It’s been a very long time since I’ve written.

Neil Young was quoted in the New York Times on 9/19/12 as saying: “For whatever you’re doing, for your creative juices, your geography’s got a hell of a lot to do with it. You really have to be in a good place, and then you have to be either on your way there or on your way from there.”

(see: “Neil Young Comes Clean” by David Carr–ed.)

For me, that’s a place close to NYC but with more trees and owls and things. After 2010’s Dandelion Clock (Posi-Tone), I went through some tumultuous times and my saxophone and I had a few misunderstandings.  I’m happy to say that I’ve now put that behind me, and I’m in the midst of a creative renaissance which I’m celebrating with the release of my fourth album, Harmonious Creature (Posi-Tone 2014) on January 21st.

Featuring Eyvind Kang on viola, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar, Rene Hart on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums, much of the music was written when I was a 2012 Fellow in Composition at the MacDowell Colony. MacDowell was my first experience as an artist receiving the space and time to create without restriction, along with a wonderful roof over my head, delicious food, and inspiring colleagues. MacDowell helped give me the courage to continue at a time when I needed it the most.

As I come out of hibernation, I’d love to hear from you. As the folks who listen to my work, you are such an important part of my life. Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say as a musician and as an artist struggling with the philosophical questions that arise on the creative path.

See you soon.


Next show January 25th at
I-beam Brooklyn!

Jonathan Goldberger, Rene Hart, Allison Miller

Click the photo to read about my MacDowell Colony experience! There was a bear, and coyote, porcupine, salamander and my studio was once used by Aaron Copland! Plus, picnic baskets.
(Photo courtesy of Scott Friedlander)

Over the last year, I’ve also been doing some playing with Zion80, a fascinating Jewish Afrobeat project that took me to Austria in August. It was my first overseas trip, and it was beautiful and thrilling. I also had the opportunity to play with John Zorn during the final night of the band’s residency at The Stone in the East Village  – he helpfully said that we provided the consonants that night, and he provided the vowels.

Jon Madof Zion80 Jewish Afro Beat – Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2013-08-24

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Live concerts are the best rehearsals,” (Polish trumpet-player Tomasz) Stanko said. “What better rehearsal is there than just to play? But for me, the studio is a more natural place to play free. There is a special kind of tension in the atmosphere. Your concentration is different. For this recording, I walked into the studio completely empty in order to have a fresh atmosphere and improvised arrangements. And this maybe sounds strange, but the atmosphere in Provence made quite a big difference, especially for the free-improvisation feeling. I didn’t expect this, but it’s true — it changed our sense of freedom.”

Stanko’s journey to this place in his career began almost by accident. He initially studied violin when he was growing up in Krakow. But, he explained, “I didn’t want to play violin. Instinctively I liked trumpet. And I was in the scouts and was the one of the only guys who had contact with music. Everybody decided I had to play the trumpet signals.” (Derk Richardson, 2006)


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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