Matthew Lickona 11:49 p.m., Dec. 10
Sound description: Solo percussion and amplified homemade instruments (kinda noisy), small group collaborations ranging from jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, noise, electronic music. Large works for creative music orchestras (20-30 members). On time, polite, and well behaved.
RIYL: Cosmologic, Castanets, Alex Cline, Anthony Davis, Brad Dutz, Harris Eisenstadt, Justin Grinnell, Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Rick Helzer, Mike Keneally
Upcoming Local Shows
- "Double Duos at Villa Musica" · Oct. 13, 2013
- "It's the Who, Right?" · Sept. 25, 2013
- "Passengers at Space 4 Art" · May 29, 2013
- "Along Came A Spider @ 98 Bottles" · Feb. 8, 2013
- "Steve Swallow/ Carla Bley Tribute at Villa Musica, Jan. 12" · Jan. 11, 2013
- "Nathan Hubbard Passengers Live at Space 4 Art" · Nov. 22, 2012
Influences: Stella Hubbard, Paul Lytton, Brad Dutz, Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Warren "Baby" Dodds, Douglas Campbell, Rick Helzer, Roscoe Mitchell, Fritz Hauser, Albert Ayler, Edgar Varese, Danlee Mitchell, Max Neuhaus, Napalm Death, Stan Brahkage, Max Roach, Morton Feldman, Joey Baron, George Lewis, Neil Young, Tillman Anthony Williams, John Henry Bonham, Colin Walcott, Harry Smith, Don Alias, Jim Black, Emperor, Oliver Messiaen, Gerry Hemingway, Miles Davis, Harry Partch, Sunny Murray
Percussionist Nathan Hubbard's first major gig was leading the quartet Return to One from 1998 to 2004. In the few years the group was together, RTO's music morphed from jazz to a strange music where Hubbard's melodic compositions were pitted against the group's free improvisation and electronic interests.
In 1999, he joined the free jazz quartet Cosmologic and soon after became a member of the Trummerflora Collective. The same year, he began performing solo, using percussion and his own homemade amplified instruments.
Over the past several years, he has branched out as a bandleader, forming the 30-member ensemble Nathan Hubbard Skeleton Key Orchestra, leading several other colorful ensembles, and composing music for a variety of performers. He also freelances around town, playing with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and doing musical theater work and anything else that will feed his family.
Hubbard has also worked with Detroit-based percussionist Curtis Glatter, doing new music for silent film. He also performs solo and with ARC Trio, Cosmologic, and others. As a sideman, he plays regularly with Castanets, members of the Trummerflora Collective, and anyone else who will hire him. Hubbard also curates the concert series New Sounds Downtown and runs the Castor & Pollux Music label.
Since 1999, Hubbard has released several solo recordings and solo EPs, a double CD from Skeleton Key Orchestra, a double CD of his compositions entitled Compositions 1998 - 2005, three recordings with Return to One, four recordings with Cosmologic, one recording each from ARC Trio and Glatter/Hubbard, and he has also been a sideman on over 30 recordings.
In early 2011, he and his wife moved to Chandler, Arizona, a suburb near Phoenix, though he said he’ll continue to perform on occasion with Rafter and his experimental Bossa Nova/doom metal/classical opera music project Ogd_S(11) Translation Has Failed. A year and a half later, in Autumn 2012, he and his family moved back to San Diego.
A sideline is playing with local theater productions, including the 2013 edition of The Who's Tommy at Vista's Moonlight Amphitheatre. “Oh, God, I’ve done a ton of shows,” says Hubbard. “I’ve done at least one show a year for the past 12 to 15 years. It’s not the most glamorous thing, but it’s an interesting work situation. This is pretty much an opera...I mean, it’s singing the whole time. The first time somebody talks without music behind them is in the second act. As opposed to some shows where you play a little glockenspiel, sit down for five minutes, and come back and play two triangles.”