July 2015

July 2015: Thanks to Kevin McNeilly for inviting me to present at the Vancouver colloquium Time Changes: Improvisation, History, and the Body June 20 and 21, where I was able to present on the Artists’ Jazz Band and Ornette Coleman, and present the Shirley Clarke film Ornette: Made in America. Great work from presenters Emma Cleary, Brian Jude de Lima, Julia Úlehla, Kiran Bhumber, Bob Pritchard, Neelamjit Dillon, Gerry Hemingway, Tom Scholte, Ben Brown and Michelle Lui , Geoff Mitchell (skyping from Quebec), the incredible Rupert Common and the Freestyle Rap Alliance, and many others.


It was the culmination of a great week in which I did a brief reading at the launch of the Boneshaker Anthology at the Supermarket in Toronto, along with Lillian Necakov, Bev Daurio, Gary Barwin, Stuart Ross, bill bissett and many others, and played a great set at Hamilton’s Artword Artbar with Terry Fraser, John Oswald and Mike Malone, opening this year’s Something Else! Festival.

2014 Roundup

2014 was a great year, with the New School launch for The Battle of the Five Spot in New York City, the Rhythm Changes Conference in Amsterdam, and a visit to Paris where Maureen and I hit all the high spots: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and of course the great store “souffle continu.” Guillaume Belhomme has written a very generous review of “Five Spot”: http://grisli.canalblog.com/archives/2015/01/26/31411574.html


August 2014: As well as getting considerable writing done this summer, I played a lot of music—some of it in new and intriguing contexts. My fellow PhD student Kimber Sider is researching animal-human communication, and asked me to be part of her research on improvised music and horses.


At a ranch outside of Guelph, I spent some time with Shiva (l) and Stuie (r), playing in different ways. But only when we moved into the barn, and I began doing some nice slow low bowing sounds, did they come in so close that I had to be careful not to poke Shiva with the bow--so close that while I continued to play, Stuie rested his snout on my tailbone.

June 2014: Just got back from New York where I was able to launch the new edition of The Battle of the Five Spot at The New School! The event, which presented me in a panel with Stacy Dillard and Howard Mandel, was documented on video: The Shape of Jazz to Come

I am currently working on a PhD at the University of Guelph's School of English and Theatre Studies. Andrew Vowles wrote an excellent article about me and my studies for the university website.


I also appear briefly in the university’s 50th anniversary commemorative video! It is around the 4:10 mark:


Commander Zero Excerpt

Commander Zero Excerpt

An audio sample of David Lee playing double bass as he reads the "Borderlands" chapter from his novel Commander Zero (recorded live by Ron Gaskin at CFRU Radio, University of Guelph, November 14, 2012)

Click here for the excerpt from Commander Zero.