NOTES FROM THE ROAD
jan28 brooklyn academy of music
Saturday, January 29, 2005
marriot brooklyn rm711 ursula rucker @ BAM
a travel day to nyc for our show tomorrow as we have a 9am soundcheck...head out to 55bar where my pal ari hoenig is playing with bassist victor bailey
and wayne krantz...an enjoyable extrapolated funk stomp...great to see ari+victor....3am back to marriott.
early rise@7am...super coldday...brrrrr. soundcheck is plagued with problems from union soundcrew confused about patching my samplers up...finally success...but only a brief but ample amount of time for ursula, doc gibbs and me to run some things down....a union stage means there a lots of 15 minute coffee breaks and we have to clear the stage...strange....anyway rest of the day was spent at k7 raiding the vinyl collection, on to lunch at elmo, then took the f train to 63rd+lexington and caught arakidocumentari at theimaginasian theatre. interesting look at japans' most controversial art photographer...a very inspiring film...f train back to brooklyn...dinner...then to our soldout show...tonight we are playing with poet sonia sanchez and guitarist vernon reid (living colour, masque)...
as does happen sometimes when we do multi-artist theatre shows, my gear is unplugged and pulled off stage, meaning that later we'll have to repatch everything, reload programs, and hope all will work...seemingly at the beginning of our show i thought it was, but as we went forward i realized my guitar sound was not full, kinda frazzy, so while we played our set i was trouble shooting trying to figure out the problem...during 'untitled flow' it actually started cutting out...really disturbing...which left me no choice but to kik various pedals and cables trying to find the issue...i finally found the source of the problem on our last song...but we all
kicked it out with all we had anyway...it still came off...audience went crazy...they loved 'what a woman must do'....the bam is a beautiful place to perform....off stage greeted with unexpected wonderful hugs from sonia sanchez and vernon reid...wonderful people and their set was beautiful as well....an amazing night here even with the equipment problems.... (((**)))
photo: tim motzer, vernon reid, doc gibbs
studio jan 18, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
hello all...sessions continuing....just finished a remix
for italian electro group duozero....ala tilomo....a phillyafrobeatbushdeephouse of guitarghosts inspired romp with french female vocals soon to be in a club near you....world premiere spin @ cielo nyc jan31st king britt + francois k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
been hashin + thrashin it out with king britt on latest collaboration for ropeadope records, a re-interpretation album of sister gertrude morgan check her story + paintings out via google...we're doing 10 tracks for this release, me amongst a multitude of slide guitars, distortion boxes, blown up amps plus a special appearance on electric harp from G Love....swamp grooves drums keys and samples from king.......gonna be insane...a divine project....talk of tour dates on the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lastly, the italy/philly/lisbon collaboration continues with enrico marani and myself collectively known as secret voices featuring guest artists; elliot levin (poems+saxphones), rich medina (poem), ursula rucker (poem), kalaf from lisbon, portugal (poem), adriano from italy (poem+viola), myself (guitars+sonicmayhem), barry meehan (bass), gloria justen (violins) and enrico (electronix)....we're excited for this amazing project...looking for final mixes at end of february 2005...shopping labels for world distribution...any inquires, hit me at: email@example.com
that's all for now...see you soon....for ursula heads,
catch us this friday in brooklyn at the brooklyn academy of music...also vernon reid and sonia sanchez will be perfoming together!!!!!...the BAM festival.....cheers!!!!