NOTES FROM THE ROAD
SKYBOAT philly september 24
Friday, September 24, 2004
SKYBOAT w/ Byard Lancaster
last night the Tritone's feeble PA system got in the
way of what could of been a stellar evening...as it was...it resembled more an unstable atom...musical chaos at times coming together for moments of beauty and then collapsing again. this is not necessarily a bad thing...not what one would have wanted, but what a frustratingly peculiar feeling battling an antequated soundsystem and trying to enjoy a performance with such luminaries of this philly improv/electronic/jazz scene as john shenk, mark boyce, barry meehan, byard lancaster, harold smith, elliot levin, j davidson,...et al....
right people, wrong location, wrong PA....after playing on so many wonderful soundsystems around the planet, it pains me to no end how clubowners presenting music still don't get it...
hey guys! get a new system. great for business, the audience. and the performers....my rant ended. that's how we felt on stage...might not have been as bad as that......cause the energy itself was good.....
anyway, a festival of noise and some beauty...thanks for coming out...thanks to craig for recording, and to daniella for film+fotogs....
philly september 18
Sunday, September 19, 2004
it's been busy the last few weeks working the studio and feeling the summer turn to fall...an interesting show with ursula rucker in pittsburgh at the shadow lounge....great people there...mostly....some craziness happened, but all is good...stayed at dr. smalls...an amazing venue owned by members of rusted root....pburg an interesting city...unfortunately didn't get to go to the warhol museum but will next time......sessions: most recently tracked guitars on more remixes with king britt...
the ojays-for the love of money...so hot...and the first remix of all time for philadelphia international records...home of gamble and huff...look for this!!!!
also...some spanish flavoured guitar for the plantlife
scuba remix...gotta check this...the fringe fest held my attention all week...an amazing gathering of artists and an impromptu performance friday night with dancer danielle strawmyer....an improvisation
for guitar/loops + dance on the notion of dreams...it came off quite well...i enjoyed this kind of collaboration....you get to a different kind of music as a result....lastly, a major gathering of wonderful musicians to honour the spirit of john coltrane coming up this thursday september 23rd at the Tritone in Philadelphia.....9pm....byard lancaster +
skyboat (elliot levin, tim motzer, barry meehan, mark boyce, john shenk)+byard lancaster with robert kenyatta, harold smith, elliot levin...both groups will play together 3rd set....can't wait!
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
sheraton towers room 523
nice flight in...no troubles...all gear arrives intact.
as we arrive at the hotel, it is teaming with fbi, secret service and police...the president of uganda is staying here...along with all the bumbershoot artist which makes for quite an interesting crew of folks...pretty entertaining seeing a lobby packed with ugandan people and watching flavor flav with his clock scoping out the scene...haha...this past weekends 4 day musicfestival in seattle,
bumbershoot, was a beautiful time...incredible weather...great music,food, art, photog, word, etc...you name it...it was all here...our set at the northwest stage saturday night was great with so many appreciative folks....highlights: ursula and i rocked untitled flow, this, release, and what a woman must do..... a flock of seagulls (literally) join me on my solo on release...synchronicity....several people told me we were sharing the same notes...
how cool is that?...but then again, maybe u had to be there.
sunday i took some time to explore the jimi hendrix museum (emp) and catch public enemy's global conscious presentation..."we are not only united states citizens, we are citizens of the world...not 3 worlds, not 2 worlds, we are one world...." chuck d inspired a stadium filled for hiphop to get out and vote but not for george w. bush...
new: i'll occasionally be putting up video clips from tours or performances,,,various rare bits as well as music clips and rare tracks from the archives...so be sure to check in from time to time...
for a limited time, check out some unfinished promo footage from the fractal ark's last performance at silk city in philadelphia....more soon.
photo: jimi's 1983 lyric