SPLIT CYCLE 2: Samuel Blais, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Akira Ishiguro, Al Bourgeois
  • SPLIT CYCLE 2: Samuel Blais, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Akira Ishiguro, Al Bourgeois
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Split Cycle est un collectif qui existe depuis 7 ans, une rencontre entre la scène New Yorkaise et Montréalaise qui a donné lieu à de nombreuses tournées un peu partout au Canada et aux USA.

Split Cycle is a collective project inspired by the New York and Montreal music scene. It has been around for 7 years now and we've had the chance the perform

Split Cycle est un collectif qui existe depuis 7 ans, une rencontre entre la scène New Yorkaise et Montréalaise qui a donné lieu à de nombreuses tournées un peu partout au Canada et aux USA.

Split Cycle is a collective project inspired by the New York and Montreal music scene. It has been around for 7 years now and we've had the chance the perform all over Canada and the USA. This will be our only concert in Montreal so make sure to be there! :-)

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Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic is a New York-based acoustic bass player and composer who skillfully brings his background in the fine and performance arts to his projects. He is one of the primary forces behind BOMB X, the VIENNA SUITE, Haleoscene, the 4 Runners and VOX SYNDROME, UNATTENDED PARKING, Planisphere 6tet....
When seeing those bands perform, the audience is treated to a life-changing experience. He is curating 3 Series in NYC: Spectral Interzone at Spectrum,Free Standards and 1+2+3.(Details on the site) As a creative and talented musician/composers in the new music scene, he has challenged both musicians and listeners to face the music within themselves and the world around them...
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Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic: bass, composition Robin Verheyen: saxes Akira Ishiguro: Guitar Nick Anderson & Ziv Ravitz: drums

for VOX SYNDROME album by MICHAEL ATTIAS, followed by bio

There is a miraculous aura to this recording, an immediate propulsion to a world of airiness, insect definition, transparent mesh of light and shadows over water. The woody detail of drums and bass, the breath of cymbals and the agile androgyny of the saxophone-bird calling in soprano or tenor voice through variously colored foliage of guitar, all conspire to create a natural world of organic resonance and behavior... and yet as one listens further, deeper, a new metaphor emerges, that of a perpetuum mobile, carefully constructed with moving levers, pulleys, triggering mechanisms, detonators; the landscape has become a jigsaw puzzle of moving parts; the toads and dragonflies are magical contraptions, there is a wizardly intelligence behind the design. It is a thrilling tribute both to Nicolas' writing and to the imaginations and talents of the players that the music never feels contrived, that it breathes and moves with such organic coherence and spontaneity. Well-traveled and well-schooled in the esoteric secrets of a rose, a bottle of Chateau Margaux, an angel by Paul Klee, the dance of numbers in a West African clave, a composition by Thelonious Monk, this is a music of the world, as Nicolas and each of his musicians is a citizen of both the world beyond and the world of this music. This album is both the passport and the travelogue of the countries visited, the bomb in the suitcase is your imagination.

Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic is a New York-based acoustic bass player and composer who skillfully brings his background in the fine and performance arts to his projects. He is one of the primary forces behind Bomb X, Haleoscene, the 4 Runners and the Vienna Suite. When seeing those bands perform, the audience is treated to a life-changing experience. As one of the most creative and talented musician/composers in the new music scene, he has challenged both musicians and listeners to face the music within themselves and the world around them. He has inspired his colleagues to chart new territory within their own playing and writing while exposing the audiences to some of the most talented and exciting performers from all over the world.

Originally from Normandy, France, Nicolas has been living in Brooklyn since 1998 and performing in New York, Massachusetts, Philadelphia, Montreal, Austria and France. He studied solfegio, classical, contemporary and jazz music for the acoustic bass at the Caen Conservatory in France. In 1999, he attended the New School in Manhattan; however, he is mostly self-taught.

Nicolas has played and/or recorded with numerous people including(in no particulary order): Archie Shepp, Odean Pope, Avery Sharpe, Steve Pott, Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, Wolfgang Schiftner, Tyshaw Sorey, Herbert Pirker, Ari Hoenig, Nate Smith, Loren Stillman, Matt Wilson, David Bryant, Jacob Sacks, Karl Berger, Gerald Cleaver, Samuel Blais, Robin Verheyen, Take Toriyama, Warren Smith, Ziv Ravitz, Art Hirahara, Bobby Avey, Christoph Auer, Matt Applebaum, Kris Davis, Jeff Davis, Georg Vogel, Daniel Carterl, Ras Moshe, Salim Washington, Ben Syversen...

The unique style of his music draws from a diverse background of influences. Some of the compositions recall the impressionistic textures of Ravel. Like Debussy, he uses mathematical models to structures his compositions. His use of an odd meter system comes from Philadelphia acoustic bass player, Jymie Merritt. Not one to shy away from unconventional and diverse influences, one of his compositions uses the 1960’s Spiderman cartoon theme song as inspiration. The style defies the limitations of labels. One can hear the melodic influence of classical, folkloric, punk, rock and blues

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Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic: bass, composition Samuel Blais & Masa Yamamoto: saxes Art Hirahara: piano Georg Tausch: drums An odd and poly meters architecture, with the piano at the center, wake up call, energies and positive outcomes.

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Feb 2014 Opening of a new NYC Series SPECTRUM INTERZONE at Spectrum 

121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, New York 1000


Spectral Interzone 

The Series is curating some of the top improvisers, composers, performers and artists from the New York City new music scene. By connecting international artists from Europe and Japan, the series aims to cultivate an international interpretation of the contemporary music scene and to inspire the audience in a positive way.


Interzone will have two sets per night which will be aesthetically and artistically connected by allowing the musicians to indulge their creative impulses, to open some new doors, and uncover new dimensions leading up to a crescendo of exciting energy. 


Spectrum is a performance space made of all the arts (installations, theatre, fine arts, music and literature…) the music will be in alignment with the multimedia aspect of the place. 


Spectrum has the most amazing piano of any NYC club and the music will give offer an opportunity for the performers to play on a  great instrument. 


Most of the proceeds collected at the door will go to the musicians. It is important the artists get rewarded for their work.


The Series will have the plaisir to present: Russ Lossing, Tony Malaby, John O'Gallagher, Gerald Cleaver, Billy Mintz, Angelika Sanchez, Ralph Alesi, Mark Helias, Kris Davis, Ingrid lunbrock, Robin Verheyen, Christof Knoche,  JP Carletti, Chris Hoffman, Mark Ferber, travis reuter, Ziv ravitz, Simon Jermyn, Nick Anderson, Zack Lober, Vinnie Sperazza …and many  more


Feb 6 Opening night

7:30 Vox Syndrome  CD release party 

Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic-bass

Robin Verheyen-saxes

Travis Reuter-guitar

Ziv Ravitz & Nick Anderson-drums






9:30 Christof Knoche's DEEP END

Christof Knoche-Bass Clarinet

Caro Pook-Violin

Simon Jermyn-Bass

Zack Lober-Bass

Vinnie Sperazza-Drums







 March 6

7:30Trio Russ Lossing-piano

Billy Mintz-drums

Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic-bass






9  Russ Lossing: Three Part Invention 

Russ Lossing-piano

Mark Helias-bass 

Ralph Alessi-trumpet






April 3 Carlos Holms band!

Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock, May 1  Bomb X. Angelika Sanchez

June 5, 7:30 JP Carletti trio: Juan pablo Carletti, Tony Malaby, Chris Hoffman

 cello, 9 UNATTENDED PARKING: Tony malaby, Bobby Avey, Gerald Cleaver, Nico Letman

July 3 Nico + John O'Gallagher

9 John O'Gallagher, Johannes Weidenmueller and Mark FerberMay 1  


7:30 Bomb X Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, Loren Stillman, Bobby Avey, Nick Anderson


9:30 anna webber 4 tet- tenor/flute

jonathan goldberger - guitar

michael bates - bass

jeff davis - drums 


June 5

7:30 the four Runners: Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, John O'Gallagher,

Bobby Avey, Gerald Cleaver, 






July 3 7:30 Nicolas Letman , John O'Gallagher, TravisReuter, Cody Brown

9 John O'Gallagher,Johannes Weidenmueller, Michael Sarin 


August 7

7:30 Trio Russ Lossing-piano, Billy Mintz-drums, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic-bass

9 Travis Reuter 6tet  Allan Mednard, Jeremy viner, Peter Schlamb, Leon Boykins, Adam O'farrill 



Sept 4

7:30 Bobby Avey trio:Thomson Kneeland, Jordan Perlson

9 Bobby Avey 4tet: Jonathan Finlayson, Thomson Kneeland, Jordan Perlson



October 2

7:30 Tierra Mestiza: Angelica Sanchez, Omar Tamez

9 LENA BLOCH +russ lossing, Cameron Brown on bass, Billy Mintz 

Gig With ARCHIE SHEPP 4tet 

JULY 13 2013
Amazing concert with Archie Shepp 4tet,
intense, 4 stand up ovations, never seen one before...
Concert of the new band UNATTENDED PARKING with Tony Malaby, Tyshawn Sorey, Bobby Avey
was amazing, the music writen for them fited perfectly, energies...
Video on the site.
Just Received our VOX SYNDROME Album on Session Work,
with Robin Verheyen, Akira Ishiguro, Nick Anderson and Ziv Ravitz,
it is along suite of 21 tracks in 40 min. Art work from my kids and Graphic design from my wofe.
Lots have been happening,
Started a series in Ditmas Park: FREE STANDARDS at BAR CHORD
We have trio trio open on a theme, this week was MIchael Attias and Igal Foni, we played Rare Monk tunes...
Then there's a jam where you can play a standard, a free tunr or anything in between.. Real fun
Wieland Möller trio album with Robert Boston just came out, tour in Germany and Poland in October.
More news sooon,

February 2013
Had a blast playing with the With ARCHIE SHEPP 4tet january 19th,
with Tom Mc Clung, such an amzing musician, great guy and Ronnie Burrage such an inspiring cat.
Archie received a life time achievment from Goddard college and then we played so he was on fire,
really blesssed playing again together.
February is the red Mic at Shapeshifter lab and finaly back with Cheryl for more duos,
be well

December 8th 2012
A lot of concerts and recordings happening now,
got a call from Archie Schepp to perform with him in January 2013,
I will have the confirmation of labels for VOX SYNDROME album, should be out next year,
new Group with Tony Malaby, Tyshawn Sorey and Bobby Avey is really fun, next gig in April.
Bomb X+4 will perform again with Tyshawn.
Split Cycle NYC tour for CD release party in April, then in May in Canada,
more news soon,
happy holidays,

May 17th 2012,
The NYC Sam Blais tour with Nick Anderson, Tomy Crane and Nate Smith was great,
I will post some videos.
The Vox Syndrome Album is mixed and mastered,
21 tracks for 40 minutes, it is a big suite with micro universes,
out soon we hope.
I was aked about my 1st Album Sager-Rolf "little Church",
with Rolf Langjoen on trumpet,
Kentaro Saito on guitar and Nick Sager on drums.
It has been out of print for a long time.
so I posted it in Recording, you can listen or download the whole thing.
Enjoy, I didn't have one copy left either.
More news soon, be well,
peace thru music.

March 26 2012
Hi all, hope all is good.
we are mixing the Vox Syndrome album this week,
really excited.
It is a big suite with a lot of micro universes crossing each other...
April is busy With a new Sean sondregger collective project LIFE SQUAD April 4th.
Then a NYC tour of the Sam Blais Canada trio with Guest drummers.
Starts with Nick Anderson and 2 shows with Nates Smith April 10th at the Iridium,
and 2 more concerts with Tommy Crane.
Check the callendar for dates,
It is going to be fun,
without Forgeting Cheryl Pyle duo the day of her B day April 8th at ABC no Rio.
More news soon,
I will post videos and tracks.

November 7th 2011
All the 3 concert with Herbert Pirker were amazing.
We had an amazing concert at Seeds BK, currated by Ohad Talmore,
Tim Robbins was playing before us.
That is one of my favorite way of listening to music and perform.
Small great sounding room, people just listening and diggin'.
We had a blast.
I was just offerd a recording time, I haven't used,
We have to record VOX SYNDROME, before the end of December.
That's great but in a rush as usual in New York.
The two drummers are sharing 1 drumset.
So the band is Robin Verheyen on saxes,
Aki Ishiguro on guitar,
Nick Anderson and Ziv Ravitz on 1 drums.
14 tunes written, 9 to be record....
Will let you know soon how it went.

August 26 2011
Herbert Pirker the drummer from the Vienna suite is coming to NYC this september,
we will be playing 3 concerts with different bands.
Back With Nathan Trice the choregrapher for  a video, great work.
Vox Syndrome is happy to perform in October at Ohad Talmore's pad,
Seeds Brooklyn, an amazing serie.
A lot of new tunes.

June 6th 2011,
Canada with Sam Blais and Aki Ishiguro, we all wrote 3 tunes=9 for that band,
really cool set of music.
Martin August on drums, fun.
We played at the Upstairs and premiered most of the new pieces.
People doug it,
Montreal is relax and we have time to practice a lot,
I will post some videos about that performance.

March  4th 2011,
the month started great with a performance with the Douglas Bradford 4tet
and a Duo with Aki Ishiguro at the Poison rouge.
I am composing for Our April NYC and june Canada tour with Samuel Blais and Aki,
we are all composing for each other ,
can't wait to play those charts.
Vox Syndrome now woth ZIV RAVITZ wll be performing at Tea Lounge the 17th,
I will be posting videos.
Be well

January 20th 2011
Happy new year to all,
this month has been busy,
We are performing with Bomb X at the famous NYC clud Iridium the 21st,
we have news tunes and worked hard to have the band sound amazing.
I will post Videos ans audio on the site.
I will be performing with the insredible Dancer/Choregrapher:Nathan Trice.
He is working on a project including dance and live music based on Miles, Trane 's rare repertoire.
We are woking on booking April gigs for our great friend Sam Blais,
He is coming to visit us, Yes.
We will be all writing music for this band, including the incredible Aki Ishiguro.
More good things to come.
Be good.

December 3rd
We had an amazing month,
15 gigs in 3 weeks,
that was what I needed.
the concert with Charles Brewer and Douglas Bradford were fun,
then Samuel Blais came from Montreal and with Aki Ishiguro,
we played a lot of great musics,
with Nick Anderson on drums, what a treat, then Ari Hoenig, it was fun and Chris Carroll.
Thanks to all who had a chance to come and hear us.
December is more quiet, that will give me a chance to write some music.
I will be posted photos and videos soon.
Thanks for reading,
be well

October 27
Herbert Pirker the amazing drummer from Vienna(Haleoscene, the Vienna Suite),
is in town,
We are performing trio with Aki Ishiguro this thursday the 28th
at Solo Kitchen bar at 9.
Then November is going to be busy with Charles Brewer trio and Sam Blais and Aki's performance.
I will put recordings and /or videos on the site.
Be well,
thanks for visiting the site.

September 29,
hello friends we had a great concert with Douglas Bradford 4tet with Nick Anderson and Jon Beaty.
Novembe ris going to be a lot of fun with Charles Brewer, that really cool composer/ drummer taking us to Iridium,
Tea lounge and Shrine and our good friend Sam Blais is coming to play with Aki Ishiguro and myself at a bunch of clubs (55 bar, Rose..)
different project and music every gig.
I can't wait...

August 16,
Elvis death...
After moving twice in a month,
I have some time to update.
The Canada tour with Sam Blais, Akira Ishiguro and chris Carroll was fun,
Montreal, Quebec city.
All originals from all band members
People were screaming between tunes...
Thanks Sam for making that possible .
We had a killing gig with Vox Syndrome at Tea Lounge,
Practiced a lot with the 2 drummers and it starts flowing and groovin'.
I just posted the videos on the site,
Peace thru music.

July 13
we just had an amazing concert with Vox Syndrome,
that band is so fun, I will be posting new videos soon.
Be well
JUne 4th
I have been busy writting 3 new pieces for Vox Syndrome,
the last one is for Akira, he gave me a guitar when I was really looking for one,o write his parts.
New concept the melody and solos change each time you play them...

May 15th,
Put all the charts for the Vienna Suite on the site,
Wrote a new tune for VOX SYNDROME,
one in 4/4 (we didn't have any),
we will be performing it tuesday may 18th at Local 269.
My wife Lauren and myself are designing
the new GERALD CLEAVER "Uncle June" Album cover,
coming out soon on New Sound.

April 27th
Just added 3 audio tracks and a lot of videos,
the one of our last concert.
Enjoy Vox Syndrome.

That great place Vox Pop was closed again so
Tomorrow's Concert will be down the block
at Solo Kitchen bar,
thanks to Akira Ishiguro,
We will be playing at 7.30
Original music then Jam at 9 hosted by Akira Ishiguro.

April 12th 2010: Just finished a page on the site where you can download Pdfs of charts,
from BOMB X and The Vienna Suite,
If you would like any charts, please let me know,
I will post them.

April 2010: New Pictures , new tracks uploaded, Downloads, pictures...
A lot more coming up.
Charts to do download...

Going back to Philly to work on Jymie Merritt music,
The more I work on it , the more it blows my mind,
this is genius and mastery at work.

A dream came true,
Jymie Merritt you influenced me with his Musical systeme of special Chords and polymeters,
put a band together to record his newest music.
I am subbing for him in this band.
Have the chance to play with masters Colmore Duncan, Alan Nelson...
And share some of Mr Merritt universe, playing that incredible music.
the music was written for the musicians on the album,
who have been amazing friends for years.
This is my first Europeen project,
different vibe, mood.
You can get it at:

Our New New York Project VOX SYNDROME
with Robin Verheyen: saxes
Akira Ishiguro:Guitar
Chris Carroll and
Nick Anderson:Drums
Is starting performing and
we are preparing a recording for the end of 2010.

Previous events


Basse Contre Basse at The Bushwick Improvised Music Series

Bushwick Public House , 1288 Myrtle Avenue , Bushwick (Across the street from M train Central Ave stop), Brooklyn

The Bushwick Improvised Music Series Continues on August 28th @ Bushwick Public House! Monday August 28th 7pm Eric Plaks - piano Evan Crane - bass Leonid Galaganov - drums 8pm Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone Adam Lane - bass Kevin Shea - drums 9pm Jeff Pearring - alto sax Adam Lane - electric bass Tim Ford - drums 9:30pm Kirk Knuffke - cornet Jonathan Goldberger - guitar/electronics Simon Jermyn - bass Jeff Davis - drums 10:30pm Basse Contre Basse Nicolas Letman - bass Sean Ali - bass Zach Swanson - bass


Last night of spectral interzone series on ludlow

Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, Second Floor , New York, New York 10002

7 Guillermo Guillermo and Strings Guillermo Guillermo: clarinet Charlotte Moon-Wood & Aimee Niemann Nick Jozwiak: cello/bass Lester St. Louis: cello Nicolas Letman: Bass

8:30 Basse Contre Basse Nicolas Letman, Nick Jozwiak, Sean Ali, Jason Anastasoff: acoustic basses

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