March in Crete
Larry spent the month of March 2023 on the island of Crete composing music. He wrote 18 new pieces inspired by the surroundings, the people and the culture of a small town in the southwest. The idea is to eventually record these compositions with a quartet. Here is a list of the titles: Sojourn In Sougia - Grameno - Samaria Arriving - Masa Soura Blues - Libyan Sea Sunset - Pachia Ammos - Anidri Gorge - Road To Chania - Enigma - See You At Vakakis - Aoria - Kali Mera, Mister - Psarakis Express - Crocodile - Village Parade - Lounging At Coconuts - Panorama - Street Cats.
Katya Tasheva with the Larry Porter Trio
In late 2022 Larry and the amazing singer Katya Tasheva decided to launch a new project. Katya is well-known for her thrilling performances of Balkan music. She traditionally sings lyrics in her native Bulgarian and other Eastern European languages with famous groups such as the Balkan Spirit Ensemble and Mr. Zarko. She is equally at home interpreting American songs in a jazz setting, and it is her exceptional talent in this area which forms the basis of their collaboration. Her warm and highly expressive voice lends a special touch to these melodies. Together with Larry's outstanding trio featuring Max Leiss on bass and Joe Smith on drums, she turns out some incredibly fresh and exciting performances of tunes by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Burton Lane, Cole Porter, etc. The band had their premiere in Berlin in 2022, and more is planned for 2023. Stay tuned.
CD - I Paint My Dream
Larry received a grant from the Berlin Senate in 2019 to record a new CD bringing together his two instruments, rebab and piano. He spent the better part of a year composing all new material, arranging it, and recording it in two steps using overdub techniques. The album consists of nine original compositions and an arrangement of an Afghan folk song. Porter plays both rebab and piano on all tracks as well as Indian tamboura on two pieces. It was officially released on March 1, 2021 and is available at all stores to download and stream. Click here to listen to samples and for download/streaming links.