All concert appearances on pause until further notice. I'm working hard in the meantime on new compositions and solo recordings.
Named RISING STAR in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Downbeat Critics Poll
Sept 15, 2019 new release 'Ways' on
Hathut Records new label - ezz-thetics
Masa Kamaguchi & Billy Mintz
a set of improvised music
june 15, 2020
I composed this suite specifically for this trio and this record date. (SteepleChase Records)
CD release date October 4, 2020
Pre-release on Bandcamp Sept. 4, 2020
Kyoto Kitamura voice
Russ Lossing piano
Adam Kolker bass clarinet
Mark Helias bass
Two Song cycles composed by Russ Lossing based on the poems of Zen Masters Ryokan Taigu and Dogen Zenji, monks from the 18th & 13th Century, respectively.
Tracks 1-5, Ryokan
Tracks 6-10, Dogen
Chamber improvisation, song, poetry, sprechstimme and beautiful compositions.
The musical empathy is obvious.
-Mark Helias 2020