I brought a couple of synths out on the balcony to try out this new software-based looper I’ve been customizing. I wanted to go very minimal with the setup and only used a Nord Lead 2 and Moog Mother 32 for the layers.
Maybe I’ll try some more of these. But it was a fun challenge to keep the music and sounds simple while I tried to hold it together for a whole improvised set. None of the sounds or music was planned ahead of time. I was just winging it the whole time.
I wrote this mood piece yesterday called “Tanseti”. It was originally written for piano but I decided to try on the Rhodes and Nord. The Rhodes sweetened it up and I decided to record a quick video to share. I hope you like it.
I’m excited to share a new video from a recording session I did during the recording of my solo piano album, “Secular Music for Non-Secular Occasions”. This performance is of the piece called, “Song Without Words”. I hope you like it!
On Monday, June 18, I’ll be playing and singing a set of original songs at one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles – The Resident. And for those of you who don’t like the late shows, we’ll be starting at 8:30. By “we” I mean this amazing group of musicians I’m very excited to perform with. Here is who is playing with me on Monday…
Francesca Simone (guitar) – has toured extensively with Beyoncé and Kehlani
Maddie Jay (bass) – has her own amazing project called Maddie Jay & the pH Collective
Bianca Richardson (drums) – Moonchild, Genevieve Artadi and many more
Loren Battley (backing vocals) – Michael Bublé & Pomplamoose
The other bands on the bill are Brent Amaker & the Rodeo and We Are The West. Brent Amaker & the Rodeo are from Seattle and have built a nice following up there. We Are The West is one of the most impressive and musical groups I’ve seen since being in Los Angeles.
Come say ‘hi’ if you come to the show and it would be appreciated if you spread the word among your Los Angeles friends.
Here is our bio in case you want to learn more about the project:
Fate would have it that Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner all happened to have flat tires simultaneously in a small town in Idaho last September. After meeting in the local tire shop lobby, they struck up a friendly conversation and realized that they each had an affinity for handmade vegetable dumplings. This was the beginning of a musical relationship that has seen them perform in 251 countries and seven states in January alone. Their emotional performances innovate while drawing from their no-wave, shoe-gazing electro and ambient trip-hop heroes.
One guy who saw them in Bulgaria last week said it was the best show he’d ever seen.
This Saturday (12/2/2017) at (the) Handbag Factory in Los Angeles, David Binney and I will be debuting our new electronic-music duo – qo. For those who don’t know David, he is a legend in the create music scene in New York city. You can check out his wikipedia page here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Binney.
We will be sharing the night with Mildred and Katshu. These two women are two of the most creative musicians I have met since arriving in Los Angeles. They are classically trained singers of the highest caliber who are equally versed in electronics and composition. They are in high demand in the opera, voice and teaching scenes in LA.
(the) Handbag Factory is located on 1336 S Grand Ave. Show will start at 9 pm. $5 cover for the show.
This piece has been played by elementary students as a project piece or by advanced students as a reading piece. It’s intent is to help with 1/16th note subdivisions and counting. It combines popular drum patterns used in a lot of electronic music and breakbeat tracks.