Touch & Go Sextet

Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

In 2012 the Touch and Go Sextet was invited to perform at the Novara Jazz Festival in Novara Italy. The performances were recorded and are available on a limited edition c.d. on Nine Winds Records.

The Touch and Go Sextet

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Touch and Go Sextet, Live at the Novara Jazz Festival is made possible through the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.

The Sextet

Samples from Live at the Novara Jazz Festival

The Touch and Go Sextet at the Intersection of the ARts

The Touch and Go Sextet at the Intersection of the Arts.

Venues Performed


I started the Touch and Go Group in 2008, initially in order to play the compositions of visiting musicians. Our first performance was with N.Y. based saxophonist/composer Avram Fefer, in 2008. Later in 2009 we did a concert featuring the music of Vinny Golia, with Vinny Golia directing the ensemble. In 2010 we did a show featuring Marco Eneidi playing various compositions by everyone in the group. During this time (2008-2010) I was studying composition with Roscoe Mitchell at Mills College, and was inspired to write for this group to see what I could come up with. The core group was Sheldon Brown on reeds, Darren Johnston on trumpet, Lisa Mezzacappa on bass and myself on drums. I then enlisted Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Aaron Bennett on saxophones to round out the ensemble.

In writing music for this group I tried to incorporate the personalities of each individual member of the group along with innovations of past to present great American composers. Some of these composers include Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington, Roscoe Mitchell, and John Carter. In doing this I am trying to create a unique personal sound that does not recreate the past, but takes ideas from the masters and reshapes them into our own musical statement. This musical statement embraces a broad inclusive approach to composition that is not restricted by styles or genres but focuses more on timeless ideas and concepts. The video selections below are a few examples of the music I wrote for this ensemble. Feel free to contact me at if you are interested in booking this group.

The Touch and Go Sextet, May 2nd, 2010 at Mills College. Audio: Barton Mcguire. Video: Jeff Kao.