Calendar

2017

May 2017

May 7th, 8:30 PM – Dan Weiss Sextet at The Stone, with Dan Weiss (drums) Mike Formanek (bass) Trevor Dunn (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Craig Taborn (piano) Matt Mitchell (piano)
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June 2017

June 8th, 2 PM – Solo Set in the Chapel at Ithaca College at the International Society of Bassists 2017 Convention
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Past Events

2017

April 2017

April 5thThumbscrew 05.04.2017 KÖLN/Germany
April 7thThumbscrew MADRID/Spain Centro Cultural Conde Duque Madrid
April 8thThumbscrew at Transition Jazz Festival Utrecht (NL) 2017
April 17th – Set Time TBA, Windup Space Baltimore, MD with Dave Treut and Jarrett Gilgore's Breakfast of Champions with Tony Malaby and Dave Ballou
April 22nd – Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus at the NYU Washington, DC, Abramson Family Auditorium
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March 2017

March 5thWindup Space in Baltimore, with Joseph Bowie, John Dierker, and Eric Kennedy
March 12th, 8:30 PM – Outright! at The Stone, with Tim Hagans, Jon Irabagon, Uri Caine, and Tyshawn Sorey
March 25th – Sound It Out at Greenwich House, NYC with Angelica Sanchez Trio
March 26thCornelia Street Cafe, NYC Ben Perowsky Quartet with Chris Speed and Ben Monder
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February 2017

February 9thThe Stone (NYC) duo with Kris Davis 9PM
February 17-19 Midwest dates – Russ Johnson’s Quartet with Aruan Ortiz and Gerald Cleaver
February 17thHungry Brain, Chicago, IL
February 18thJazz Estate, Milwaukee, WI
February 19thUW Parkside, Kenosha, WI
February 26thMLK Library in DC, with saxophonist, Brian Settles.
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January 2017

January 2ndLPR Thumbscrew opening for the Chris Speed Trio
January 11th,  9 PMThe Stone, Not Bloodcount with Jim Black, Tim Berne, and Chris Speed at
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2016

December 2016

December 10thThe Windup Space Baltimore, MD with Hank Roberts and Ches Smith 
December 15thLincoln Center, NYC Listening Party with Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl Mary Halvorson, Amirtha Kidambi, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tomas Fujiwara
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November 2016

November 11-13The Stone with Marty Ehrlich groups
November 18thAutumn Jazz Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland with Ensemble Kolossus
November 21st-25thSibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland, Michael Formanek Large Ensemble Music, outside performance with the Sibis Alumni Big Band
November 30thTowson University, Towson, MD, Tim Berne with Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, and Ches Smith

October 2016

October 8th – Opening Concert at the City of Asylum Alphabet City Center, Pittsburgh, PA with Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up with Dave Ballou, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara
October 9th – Opening Concert at the City of Asylum Alphabet City Center, Pittsburgh with Thumbscrew
October 13th - 17thAngel City Jazz Festival Los Angeles, CA and other west coast dates with Thumbscrew
October 22nd – John Zorn Bagatelle Marathon at National Sawdust Brooklyn, NY with Marty Ehrlich, John Irabagon, Michael Formanek, and Ches Smith - Set at 3PM
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September 2016

September 9thCreative Alliance, Baltimore, MD with Ensemble Kolossus. Rescheduled performance from cancelled date due to January’s major snowstorm. Original tickets can be used for this.
September 11thSonic Circuits Festival, Washington, DC with Anthony Pirog Quartet
September 28thThe Stone, New York, NY with Ches Smith Groups - Sets at 8PM and 10PM
8PM: Travis Laplante (tenor sax) Mat Maneri (viola) Stephan Crump, Michael Formanek (basses) Ches Smith (percussion) New Compositions for low-end, drone and multiphonics.
10PM: Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Craig Taborn (keyboards) Michael Formanek (bass) Ches Smith (drums, percussion) Mike Clark (drums)
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August 2016

August 5thThe Stone, New York, NY, Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara - Sets at 8PM and 10PM
August 12th – House Concert, Oakland, CA with Ben Goldberg and Hamir Atwal
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July 2016

July 18th – Provincetown Playhouse, Tony Malaby Quartet with Kris Davis, Michael Formanek and Nasheet WaitsProvincetown Playhouse
July 25 - 29ththSIM Summer Intensive Workshop Brooklyn, NY with Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Andy Milne, Michael Formanek, and Tom Rainey
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June 2016

June 10th and 11th The Jazz Gallery, New York City, Special Project with Mary Halvorson
June 12th Red Hook Festival, Brooklyn, NY with Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up
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May 2016

May 12th – Roulette, Brooklyn, NY CD release for new Thumbscrew CD with Mary Halvorson and Tomas Fujiwara, Convallaria, on Cuneiform Records
May 13th to 31st European Tour with Thumbscrew - Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara and Michael Formanek
May 21st to June 5th Thumbscrew CD Release Period, Europe and US
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March 2016

March 12thCornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY, with Tony Malaby and Hank Roberts
March 16th The Stone, New York, NY, with Angelica Sanchez Trio and Tyshawn Sorey on drums
March 22nd and 23rdThe Jazz Standard, New York, NY, with Ensemble Kolossus
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February 2016

February 5th An Die Musik Baltimore, MD, with Elijah Balbed
February 27th The Stone, New York, NY, with Russ Lossing and Mike Sarin
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January 2016

January 9th Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY with Tony Malaby's Apparitions
January 16th Winter Jazzfest, New York, NY, with Ensemble Kolossus
January 22nd Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, with Ensemble Kolossus
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2015

November 2015

November 10th to 23rd European Tour Tim Berne's Decay with Ryan Ferreira, Ches Smith, and Michael Formanek
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October 2015

October 7th – Towson University with Dave Liebman, Dave Ballou, and Devin Gray
October 10th The Creative Alliance, Baltimore with Marilyn Crispell and Eric Kennedy
October 23rd Edgefest, Ann Arbor, MI Tim Berne's Decay with Ryan Ferreira, Ches Smith, and Michael Formanek
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September 2015

September 5th – Cornelia Street Cafe Angelica Sanchez Trio
September 17th Guelph Festival, Guelph, Ontario, Canada with Thumbscrew - Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara and Michael Formanek
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August 2015

August 1st Jazz Gallery, NYC with Ingrid Laubrock Group with Vincent Chancy, Tom Rainey, Eivind Opsvik and Michael Formanek
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July 2015

July 27th to 31st SIM Summer Intensive Workshop, Brooklyn, NY with Ralph Alessi, Tom Rainey and Andy Milne
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June 2015

June 2nd Caen, France Michael Formanek's Resonator with Loren Stillman, Chris Speed, Angelica Sanchez, and Tyshawn Sorey
June 5th AMR Geneva, Switzerland Michael Formanek's Resonator with Loren Stillman, Chris Speed, Angelica Sanchez, and Tyshawn Sorey
June 20th – Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC with Thumbscrew - Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara and Michael Formanek
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May 2015

May 22ndCarriage House, Baltimore with Loren Stillman and Vinnie Sperazza, and also Peter Formanek's group with Liam Hurlbut and Sam Balcom
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April 2015

April 8th – Solos and Duos with Dave Ballou at the Carriage House, Baltimore
April 18th – Tomas Fujiwara and the Hookup, with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, and Michael Formanek, CD Release at the Cornelia Street Cafe – Sets and 9PM and 10:30PM
April 19th – Tomas Fujiwara and the Hookup, with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, and Michael Formanek, CD Release in Baltimore
April 26th – Ben Goldberg, Donny McCaslin, Hamir Atwal, and Michael Formanek at the Windup Space, Baltimore
April 28th – Ben Goldberg, Kenny Wolleson, and Michael Formanek at The Stone, NYC – 8PM
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March 2015

March 13th and 14th – Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sacks and Dan Weiss at the Cornelia Street Cafe – Sets at 9PM and 10:30PM
March 19th – Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sacks and Dan Weiss at the Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
March 20th – Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sacks and Dan Weiss at the Portalegre Jazz Festival, Portugal
March 21st – Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Brian Settles, Jacob Sacks and Dan Weiss at the Bergamo Jazz Festival, Bergamo, Italy

February 2015

February 20th – Oliver Lake, Lafayette Gilchrist, Eric Kennedy, and Michael Formanek at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore – 8PM
February 26th – Marty Ehrlich - Michael Formanek Duo at Bertha's Mussels (Upstairs Concert Space), Baltimore – 8PM
February 28th – Dave Ballou's Macro Quartet with Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson, Tom Rainey, and Michael Formanek at iBeam, Brooklyn – 10PM

2014

December 2014

December 12th-14th Anthony Pirog Trio with Ches Smith CD Release dates for Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform Records) - New York, Baltimore, DC

November 2014

November 19th – Thumbscrew Mary Halvorson and Tomas Fujiwara at Towson University

October 2014

October 3rd L'off Jazz Montreal Festival with the Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks, and Tyshawn Sorey
October 4th – Lafayette Gilchrist and Eric Kennedy Inside out at the Windup Space 12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201.
October 5th – Trio with Uri Caine and Devin Gray at the Windup Space 12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201.
October 10th – Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson and Tomas Fujiwara at Cisco Brooklyn
October 11th – Tim Berne's 60th Birthday Celebration Decay (Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Tim Berne (sax)) and Cornered (Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega (saxes) Matt Mitchell (piano) at the Stone, NYC
October 12th – Tim Berne's 60th Birthday Celebration Decay (Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Tim Berne (sax)) and Cornered (Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega (saxes) Matt Mitchell (piano) at the Stone, NYC
October 18th – Duo with Ross Hammond at the Windup Space 12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201.
October 24th – Tony Malaby Tamarindo Trio Tony Malaby Tenor Saxophone Nasheet Waits Drums at the Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC
October 25th – Tony Malaby Tamarindo Trio Tony Malaby Tenor Saxophone Nasheet Waits Drums at the Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC
October 30th York College of Pennsylvania with the Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, and Dan Weiss

September 2014

September 11thKerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor, MI
September 12thSt. Louis New Music Circle St. Louis, MO
September 13thConstellation Chicago, Ill.
September 30thJohns Hopkins Silvia Adalman Recital Series with Craig Taborn, piano, and Edwin Huet, electronics

August 2014

August 11-15 – SIM Workshop (School for Improvisational Music) Brooklyn Conservatory, Brooklyn, NY 

July 2014

July 17th The Smithsonian Museum's Take 5 Series with Four Cool Blue Maniacs (Formanek, Kuhl, Ballou, Formanek) with special guest saxophonist, Brian Settles, plays the music of Charles Mingus

June 2014

June 15th – Decay (Tim Berne, Ryan Fereirra, Michael Formanek, Ches Smith) at the Red Hook Jazz Festival, Brooklyn, NY
June 17th - 25th – West Coast CD Release Tour dates for Thumbscrew on Cuneiform with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara including a very special Four Night residency at Duende, Oakland with special guests!
June 17th - The Blue Whale Los Angeles, CA
June 19th-22nd - Duende Oakland, CA
June 23rd - Luna's Cafe Sacramento, CA
June 25th - Kuumbwa Santa Cruz, CA

June 12 - 14th – Residency at the Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Thursday, June 12th – Michael Formanek's Elusion Trio
Kris Davis - Piano
Michael Formanek - Double Bass
Ches Smith - Drums and Percussion
Friday, June 13th – The Michael Formanek Quartet
Tim Berne - Alto Saxophone
Craig Taborn - Piano
Michael Formanek - Double Bass
Dan Weiss - Drums
Saturday, June 14th – Michael Formanek's Resonator Sextet
Loren Stillman - Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Andrew Bishop - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute
Kirk Knuffke- Cornet
Angelica Sanchez - Piano
Michael Formanek - Double Bass
Tyshawn Sorey Drums

May 22nd - May 31st – Thumbscrew European tour

22.05.2014 WARSAW/PolandPolish Radio Concert Hall
24.05.2014 PRAGUE/Czech Republic – Agharta Jazz Centrum
26.05.2014 INNSBRUCK/AustriaVerein Verbale/The Early Bird
27.05.2014 SCHWAZ/AustriaEremitage
28.05.2014 VILLACH/Austria
30.05.2014 WIEN/Austria Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music Club
31.05.2014 BIELEFELD/Germany

May 2014

May 8thRSI Radio Performance/Recording  in Lugano, Switzerland with the Michael Formanek Quartet (Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, MF, and Gerald Cleaver)
May 9thVicenza (Italy) Jazz New Conversations Festival XIX with the Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne- Alto Saxophone, Craig Taborn - Piano, Michael Formanek - Double Bass and Gerald Cleaver - Drums
May 10thCasa Del Jazz, Rome, Italy with Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo
May 14thThe Windup Space, Baltimore, with Four Cool Blue Maniacs (Formanek, Kuhl, Ballou, Formanek), double bill with Kirsten Carey's Ulysses Project

April 2014

April 11thFirehouse 12, New Haven CT. with Thumbscrew Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara
April 12thGreenwich House Sound it Out Series, NYC with Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo
April 13th – Second Sunday at the Windup Space, Baltimore with guest TBA and Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Formanek and Eric Kennedy 8PM
April 19th – Philadelphia, Center City Jazz Fest with Thumbscrew 4PM Set at Fergie's Pub
April 19thiBeam, Brooklyn with Travis Laplante, Mat Maneri and Randy Peterson Set times TBA

March 2014

March 9th – Second Sunday at the Windup Space, Baltimore with guest vocalist Fay Victor, along with Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Formanek and Eric Kennedy 8PM
March 15thThe Stone NYC 8 and 10PM  with Endangered Blood - Chris Speed, Oscar Noriega, MF, Jim Black
March 20th The Windup Space, Baltimore, with Thumbscrew-  Mary Halvorson, MF, and Tomas Fujiwara - CD Release Concert for Thumbscrew's first CD, Thumbscrew on Cuneiform Records
March 21stCornelia Street Cafe New York CD Release of Thumbscrew on Cuneiform with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara Sets at 9 and 10:30PM
March 22ndPioneer Valley Jazz Shares Series at The Arts Block Cafe, 289 Main St., Greenfield, MA with Thumbscrew-  Mary Halvorson, MF, and Tomas Fujiwara - CD Release Concert for Thumbscrew's first CD, Thumbscrew on Cuneiform Records
March 25thThe Stone NYC  8 and 10PM with Jim Black, Chris Speed, Tim Berne, and MF 

February 2014

February 9th – Return of Second Sundays at the Windup Space, Baltimore. Saxophonist/Clarinetist Oscar Noriega will join Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Lafayette Gilchrist, Michael Formanek and Eric Kennedy 8PM
February 15th Cornelia Street Cafe with Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara Sets at 9 and 10:30PM
February 21stAn Die Musik Baltimore with the Michael Formanek Quartet - Ellery Eskelin - Tenor Saxophone, Jacob Sacks - Piano, Michael Formanek - Double Bass, and Dan Weiss - Drums Sets at 8 and 9:30

January 2014

January 12th Cornelia Street Cafe with Tomas Fujiwara's Hookup with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, MF, and Tomas Fujiwara
January 16thThe Atlas Theater, Washington, DC with the Anthony Pirog Trio  - Anthony Pirog - Guitar, Compositions, MF - Double Bass, Ches Smith - Drums, Electronics
January 17th – Philadelphia, PA with  the Anthony Pirog Trio  - Anthony Pirog - Guitar, Compositions, MF - Double Bass, Ches Smith - Drums, Electronics
January 18thThe Windup Space, Baltimore with  the Anthony Pirog Trio  - Anthony Pirog - Guitar, Compositions, MF - Double Bass, Ches Smith - Drums, Electronics
January 19th – New York with  the Anthony Pirog Trio  - Anthony Pirog - Guitar, Compositions, MF - Double Bass, Ches Smith - Drums, Electronics

2013

December 2013

December 4thThe 2640 Space, Baltimore, with Andrew Bishop, Dave Ballou, Anthony Pirog, and MF.
December 7thThe Windup Space, Baltimore, with Ellery Eskelin's "Mirage" trio with Susan Alcorn - Pedal Steel Guitar, Ellery Eskelin - Tenor Saxophone, and MF - Double Bass
December 12th The Windup Space, Baltimore with Inside Out - Lafayette Gilchrist - Piano, MF - Double Bass, Eric Kennedy - Drums

November 2013

November 14th – The Stone with Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet (8PM) and Traveler's Tale (10PM)
November 16th – Cornelia Street Cafe with Tomas Fujiwara's Hookup with Jonathan Finlayson, Brian Settles, Mary Halvorson, MF, and Tomas Fujiwara
November 23rd – Cornelia Street Cafe with Ellery Eskelin's "Mirage" trio with Susan Alcorn - Pedal Steel Guitar, Ellery Eskelin - Tenor Saxophone, and MF - Double Bass

October 2013

October 5thSt. Louis New Music Circle with Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet
October 12thGreenwich House Sound it Out Series with Mark Helias Solo and Duo Basses
October 15thBlues Alley, Washington, DC with The Wolff and Clark Expedition
October 25thConstellation, Chicago with The Michael Formanek Quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Jacob Sacks, and Dan Weiss
October 26thEdgefest, Ann Arbor, Michigan with The Michael Formanek Quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Jacob Sacks, and Dan Weiss
October 30th – Towson University with Ralph Alessi

September 2013

September 20th – Bowdoin College Workshop and Concert with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, Formanek)
September 21stThe Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, Formanek)
September 26th – Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, with Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus - with Loren Stillman, Oscar Noriega, Chris Speed, Brian Settles, Tim Berne, Dave Ballou, Ralph Alessi, Shane Endsley, Jonathan Finlayson, Alan Ferber, Jacob Garchik, Ben Gerstein, Jeff Nelson, Patricia Franceschy, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, and Tomas Fujiwara
September 28thThe Windup Space, Baltimore with Even Parker and Susan Alcorn

August 2013

August 14th and 15th – 8 and 10PM The Stone, NYC, with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, Formanek)
August 16th and 17thCornelia Street Cafe with Michael Formanek's Resonator with Loren Stillman, Chris Speed, Angelica Sanchez, and Tyshawn Sorey
August 18thThe Windup Space, Baltimore, with Four Cool Blue Maniacs (Formanek, Kuhl, Ballou, Formanek) Plus special Guests - Special going away to college celebration for Peter Formanek

July 2013

July 13thAn Die Musik with Henry Kaiser, Anthony Pirog, and Friends
July 19thGreenwich House Sound it Out Series Benefit with Endangered Blood, and Devin Gray and Jonathan Goldberger
July 22nd through 26thSIM Summer Intensive Workshop at NYU
July 25thThe Stone, New York City, 10PM Set with Michael Moore, Mary Halvorson, Tony Malaby, and Gerald Cleaver

June 2013

June 7th – 4PM International Society of Bassists Convention at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, with Michael Formanek Quartet
June 12th – DC Jazz Festival at the Atlas with Michael Formanek Quartet
June 29thThe Ottawa International Jazz Festival with Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up
June 30thThe Vancouver International Jazz Festival with Tomas Fujiwara and the Hook Up

May 2013

May 2nd – The Metro Gallery with Mike Clark, Lafayette Gilchrist, John Dierker, and Michael Formanek
May 10thCornelia Street Cafe with Jacob Sacks, Ellery Eskelin, Dan Weiss, and MF
May 11thThe Stone, NYC, with Tim Berne/7 - Berne, Noriega, Mitchell, Smith, Weiss, Ferreira, Formanek
May 12th – The Stone with Tim Berne, Ryan Ferreira, and Ches Smith &10PM

April 2013

April 27thCornelia Street Cafe with Endangered Blood (Speed, Black and Noriega)

March 2013

March 9th – 7:30 and 9:30 Nordic Cool Series at the Kennedy Center, DC with Jacob Anderskov's Agnostic Revelations
March 21st – The Greenwich House Sound it Out Series with drummer/composer Ananda Gari, with Tim Berne and Rez Abbasi
March 23rdCornelia Street Cafe, NYC, Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Peter Formanek, Jacob Sacks, and Jim Black 9&10:30 

February 2013

February 8th-10th – Kris Davis Group with Mat Maneri, Ingrid Laubrock, and Tom Rainey at An Die Musik, Baltimore, Bohemian Caverns, DC, and The Philadelphia Art Alliance
February 14th – 2640 Space, Baltimore Mark Saunders, with John Dierker and Lafayette Gilchrist 7:30PM
February 22-March 6th – European Tour with Endangered Blood - Chris Speed, Oscar Noriega, and Jim Black, MF subbing for Trevor Dunn

January 2013

January 5thCornelia Street Cafe, NYC, with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, Formanek)
January 6thThe Windup Space, Baltimore, with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, Formanek)
January 12th – 7PM Winter Jazz Fest, NYC, with Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart - Chris Speed, Jacob Sacks, and Dan Weiss at 45 Bleecker Street

2012

December 2012

December 15th – 8:30PM - iBeam, Brooklyn, NY with Travis Laplante, Mat Maneri, and Randy Peterson

Michael Formanek Quartet European Tour
October 10-21st 2012

October 11th Innsbruck Treibhaus, Austria
October 12th Tilburg Paradox, Netherlands
October 13th Rotterdam Lantaaren-Venster, Netherlands
October 14th – Vilnius Jazzfestival, Lithuania
October 15th Dudelange Opderschmelz, Luxembourg
October 17th Marostica Panic Jazzclub, Italy
October 19th Singen GEMS, Germany
October 20th Ferrara Jazzclub, Italy

New ECM CD Release "Small Places" Concert Dates:

October 2nd and 3rd The Jazz Standard, NYC with The Michael Formanek Quartet.
October 4thThe Regattabar, Boston, MA with The Michael Formanek Quartet.
October 5thOpen Music Collective, Brattleboro, VT with The Michael Formanek Quartet.
October 6thThe Windup Space, Baltimore, MD with The Michael Formanek Quartet.
October 7thThe Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA. The Michael Formanek Quartet.

Michael Formanek Quartet

September 2012

September 2nd – Scapescape 2012 Baltimore with Four Cool Blue Maniacs (Formanek-Kuhl-Ballou-Formanek)
September 10th - 7:30PM – Mark Dresser, Dave Ballou, and Michael Formanek Solos, Duos, and Trios at the Metro Gallery
September 25th – Official US release of
Small Places on ECM

July 2012

July 16-20SIM Summer Workshop NYC
July 17thKorzo with Devin Gray Quartet
(Ellery Eskelin, Ralph Alessi, Michael Formanek, and Devin Gray)
667 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 between 19th & 20th Streets
Orders & Reservations: (718)-499-1199
July 18thSIM Faculty Concert
July 19thCornelia Street Cafe with Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Tim Berne, Ellery Eskelin, Jacob Sacks, Michael Formanek and Dan Weiss
July 20th SIM Student Concert
July 21stShapeshifter Lab with Tim Berne's new group with Tim Berne, Ryan Ferrara, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, Michael Formanek, and Dan Weiss
18 Whitwell Place Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 1st and Carroll Str- Park Slope)

June 2012

June 2nd – The Rhythm-In-the Kitchen Festival at the Church for All Nations 417 West 57th Street (between. 9th and 10th Avenue) NYC with Thumbscrew (Halvorson, Fujiwara, and Formanek)
June 6thBarbes, Brooklyn, NY with Devin Gray Quartet (Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, MF
June 15thCornelia Street Cafe with Kris Davis Trio (Kris Davis-Piano, MF - Bass, Nasheet Waits- Drums)
June 16thThe Douglass Street Music Collective with Tomas Fujiwara's The Hook Up
June 20thShapeshifter Lab with Michael Formanek's Cheating Heart with Chris Speed, Jacob Sacks, and Dan Weiss; plus Kris Davis, Michael Formanek, and Kate Pittman.
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 1st and Carroll Str- Park Slope)
June 27th – Greenwich House, NYC with Devin Gray Quartet
(Ellery Eskelin, Ralph Alessi, Michael Formanek, and Devin Gray)

May 2012

May 5th, 8PM The Stone, NYC with Travis Laplante, Mat Maneri, Randy Peterson, and MF
May 10th, 8PMYoshi's Oakland with the Mary Halvorson Trio (Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith, MF)
May 12th – Penofin Jazz Festival, Northern California, with the Mary Halvorson Trio (Mary Halvorson, Ches Smith, MF)
May 28thZebulon, Brooklyn with Travis Laplante, Gerald Cleaver, and Michael Formanek
May 30th – At the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn - Susan Alcorn's new arrangements of Astor Piazzolla songs performed with Ryan Sawyer, Steve Swell, Darius Jones, Michael Formanek, Maria Chavez

April 2012

April 7th, 9PM – with Walter Wierbos (Special Project) at the Windup Space, Baltimore, MD
April 12th, 9PMCornelia Street Cafe with Devin Gray Quartet (Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, MF) New York, NY
April 21st – with Marty Ehrlich and Phil Haynes. Milheim, PA.
April 22nd, 9PM – with Devin Gray Quartet (Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou, MF) at the Windup Space, Baltimore, MD
April 27thCornelia Street Cafe with Tomas Fujiwara's Hookup New York, NY
April 29thSycamore, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with Thumbscrew

March 2012

March 11th, 8:30PM Cornelia Street Cafe with Thumbscrew (Mary Halvorson, Tomas Fujiwara, MF - new group.) New York, NY
March 14th, 9PM – with Thumbscrew at the Windup Space, Baltimore, MD

2011

December 2011

December 3rd, 7PM – Piano Weekend with Inside Out (Lafayette Gilchrist-Eric Kennedy-MF) and Dave Burrell Trio (with Kennedy and MF) at the Windup Space, Baltimore
December 4th, 7PM – Piano Weekend Dave Burrell Solo and Marilyn Crispell-MF Duo at the Windup Space, Baltimore
December 11th, 7PM – Creative Differences 2nd Sunday Jazz Series - Baltimore based "house band" with guests. The Windup Space, Baltimore
December 14th, 10PM – Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver at The Stone, NY.

November 2011

November 5th, 8PM – Solo Bass performance and guest artist with Connection Works at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
November 9th, 8:15PM – Ellery Eskelin and Susan Alcorn at Towson University
November 13th, 7PM – Creative Differences 2nd Sunday Jazz Series - Baltimore based "house band" with guests. The Windup Space.
November 20thJazzowa Jessien' Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland
with The Michael Formanek Quartet featuring Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver

October 2011

October 2nd, 8PM and 10PM – Lafayette Gilchrist with Andrew Cyrille trio at 8 and with Steve Swell and Darius Jones quintet at 10. The Stone, NY
October 9th, 7PM – Creative Differences 2nd Sunday Jazz Series - Baltimore based "house band" with guests. The Windup Space.

September 2011

September 10th, 7PMCrosscurrent Festival at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
with Dave Burrell and special guest Steve Swell
September 11th, 7PMCrosscurrent Festival at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
with the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
September 17th, 8:15PM – Angelica Sanchez Group with Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, and Marc Ducret at Towson University
September 18th, 7PM – Ballou-Dierker-Formanek - Double bill with Jake Leckie and The Mash Potangos at the 2640 Space - 2640 St. Paul St. Baltimore

August 2011

August 1st-6th – Teaching and performing at the SIM Workshop at LIU Campus Brooklyn, NY

July 2011

July 6th – Uri Caine Ensemble plays Mahler
Festival of World and Sacred Music Girona. Auditori de La Mercè, Spain
July 7th – Uri Caine Ensemble, Lyckå Kammarmusik Festival. Lyckå, Sweden
July 9th – Uri Caine Ensemble, Musik Forum. Klagenfurt, Austria

July 13th – 10PM The Stone with Tim Berne and Ches Smith

July 14thCornelia Street Café, NYC with Tim Kuhl’s Doomsayer CD Release

July 17th-23rd – Teaching and performing at The Maine Jazz Camp, University of Maine at Farmington

Michael Formanek Quartet West Coast Tour
June 1st-June 6th 2011

The Michael Formanek Quartet featuring Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, and Gerald Cleaver

June 1st – 8:30 and 10PM Blue Whale @ The Weller Court
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Suite 301. Los Angeles, California
June 2nd – 7:30 PM The Bellevue Jazz Festival
Bellevue, WA (Seattle Area) Double Bill with Chris Potter’s Underground
June 4th – 7:30 pm The Shedd Institute: Jaqua Concert Hall Eugene, OR
June 5th – 8PM The Redwood Jazz Alliance
Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street, Eureka, www.humboldtarts.org
June 6thYoshi’s Oakland, CA.
June 14th – The Harold Danko Group at the Rochester Jazz Festival

May 2011

May 14th 10PM – The Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks, and Gerald Cleaver at The 2nd Annual Gowanus Jazz Festival 2011 at the Douglass Street Music Collective

May 15th 6PM – The Michael Formanek Quartet with Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks, and Gerald Cleaver
And at 8PM Michael Formanek’s Unintended Consonance featuring Tim Berne, Jacob Sacks, Gerald Cleaver, Cam Collins, Eric Trudel Nathan Ellman-Bell, Peter Formanek, John Dierker, Dave Ballou, Brent Madsen, Marc Miller & Susan Alcorn The Windup Space 12 W. North Ave, Baltimore MD 21201 410-244-8855

Michael Formanek Quartet Tour/ April 2011

Tim Berne, Alto saxophone
Craig Taborn, Piano
Michael Formanek, doublebass
Gerald Cleaver, Drums

April 6thSJU Jazzpodium Utrecht Utrecht, Netherlands
April 7thUnterfahrt Muenchen, Germany
April 8thKulak Baden, Switzerland
April 9thPenn-Ar-Jazz Espace Vauban Brest, France
April 10th – Sunset Paris, France
April 11thJazz @ Cafe Wilhelmina Eindhoven, Netherlands
April 12thPorgy and Bess Vienna, Austria
April 13thJazzfest Brno Brno, Czech Republic
April 14thJazzbina Spring Edition Pula, Croatia
April 15thTeatro San Martino Bologna, Italy
April 16thCount Basie Jazzclub Genova, Italy
April 17thBimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008-2010

October 2010

JUNE 2010

APRIL 2010

MARCH 2010

March 30th - Trio Performance with Ed Soph and Stefan Karlsson- North Texas Jazz Artist Series at McDavid Studio
Presented by: Performing Arts Fort Worth Performance to be held in McDavid Studio, 301 East 5th Street

February 2010


February 19th - The Tea Lounge, Brooklyn with Devin Gray, Ellery Eskelin, and Dave Ballou

December 2009


December 12th – Philadelphia with Tim Berne (Large group with Marc Ducret, Dan Weiss, Chris Speed, Matt Mitchell, and Shayne Endsley)

November 2009


November 15th - The Windup Space, Baltimore with Michael Formanek's Cautious Optimism (premier gig of new quartet with Cam Collins, Eric Trudel, and Nathan Ellman-Bell playing MF's music) 
Sets at 7 and 8:30

November 11th - Peabody Conservatory - Duo Recital with Pianist Tim Murphy 

October 2009 

October 29th - PiM Milan, Italy duo with Mark Feldman
October 31st - Botticino, Italy with the James Emery Quartet

October 15th – An Die Musik, Baltimore, with the Tim Kuhl Group

October 14th - The Windup Space, Baltimore - Duo with the great John Dierker - Double bill with Third Man Trio (Will Holshouser, Han Bennink, Michael Moore)

October 2nd - Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel MD with Saxophonist Carl Grubbs

September 2009

September 26th – the New Languages Festival, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with Aaron Ali Shaikh and Randy Peterson

September 19th - An Die Musik, Baltimore - Coltrane Tribute Concert with Carl Grubbs and special guest Odean Pope on Saxophones

September 17th - The Windup Space with Anders and Peter Nilsson

September 9th and 12th - The Rosenbach Museum, Philadelphia with Dave Burrell

June 2009

June 12th 5PM - ISB Convention in State College, PA with Tim Berne (Duo)

May 2009

May 1-10 - Scottish Arts Council Tour

Julian Arguelles Trio (with Tom Rainey and Michael Formanek) Featuring John Abercrombie

1.5.2009 Cheltenham International Jazz Festival

2.5.2009 The Sage, Gateshead

3.5.2009 Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

4.5.2009 Redrooms, Perth Theatre

5.5.2009 Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

6.5.2009 Eden Court , Inverness

7.5.2009 Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

8.5.09 Byre Theatre, St Andrews

February 2009

February 14 - Joe Lovano at the Portland Jazz Festival

February 15 - Judy Silvano’s Cleome at the Portland Jazz Festival

January 2009

January 23-February 1st
– UK tour with Julian Arguelles Trio
(with Tom Rainey and Michael Formanek)

23/1 Brighton (England)
24/1 Nottingham (England)
25/1 Off
26/1 Vortex (London)
28/1 Cardiff (Wales)
29/1 Bristol (England)
30/1 Sheffield (England)
31/1 Belfast (Ireland)
1/2 Dublin (Ireland)
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December 2008

December 13, 2008 8:00 PM - Music Wide Open Festival
Brooklyn, New York

with Judi Silvano, Joe Lovano , Gerry Hemmingway, and Michael Formanek
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November 2008

November 1, 2008 8:00 PM - An Die Musik
409 N. Charles St. 2nd Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Tickets: $20 General Admission /$18 Seniors & Students

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES DOUBLE BILL TRIO BRAAM/DEJOODE/VATCHER
Michiel Braam - piano
Wilbert DeJoode - double bass
Michael Vatcher - drums 3081.5
Dave Ballou - trumpet
John Dierker - reeds
Marc Miller - guitar
Michael Formanek - double bass
Will Redman - drums
with special guest Tim Berne - saxophone

August 2008

August 5, 2008 8:00 PM - The Stone
The Corner of Ave. C and E.2nd Street NYC, New York, New York - $10

Michael Formanek - Solo Bass

August 5, 2008 10:00 PM - The Stone
Avenue C and E.2nd Street NYC, New York, New York - $10

Michael Formanek, Tim Berne, Gerald Cleaver, and ...

July 2008

July 28, 2008 6:00 PM - Outdoor Gig
Hartford, Connecticut

Bloodcount - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Michael Formanek

June 2008

June 10, 2008 08:00 PM - Barbès
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope
phone 718.965.9177, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Bloodcount - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Michael Formanek, Jim Black
2 Sets- Contrary to the time listed above, I’m not actually sure of the set times.
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June 11, 2008 08:00 PM - Barbès
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope
phone 718.965.9177, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Bloodcount - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Michael Formanek, Jim Black
2 Sets- Contrary to the time listed above, I’m not actually sure of the set times.
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June 13, 2008 5:00 PM - The Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
Free after museum admission

Dave Burrell/Michael Formanek Duo
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June 14, 2008 09:00 PM - The Living Theater - New Languages Festival
Clinton St., New York, New York

Aaron Ali Sheikh, Michael Formanek and Randy Peterson
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June 15, 2008 08:00 PM - Jimmy’s 43 Restaurant
43 East 7th Street NYC (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), New York, New York
$10 door + 1 drink min.
Phone:212-982-3006

3081 - Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Michael Formanek, and Will Redman
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June 28, 2008 5:00 PM - The Vancouver International Jazz Festival - Roundhouse Performance Center
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, British Columbia - Free

Tim Berne/Michael Formanek Duo
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June 29, 2008 11:00 PM - Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2008 -
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street, Vancouver, British Columbia - $18 (Canadian)

Bloodcount - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Jim Black, and Michael Formanek
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May 2008

May 17, 2008 09:00 PM - The Red Room
425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore, Maryland - $6

3081 - Dave Ballou, John Dierker, Michael Formanek, Will Redman Check
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