A while back, I got called to do a couple of sessions with an electronic music artist I had not previously heard of. They turned out to be really fun sessions, and he turned out to be a very interesting musician.
A short film was made about the making of that record.
I was working on a paper, and ending up (re)discovering this video. It is the documentation of one of my two public performances on conch shell. The piece is Concerto Grosso by Stephen David Beck, who plays shofar in the video. Enjoy!
This past Friday, offBeat Magazine had their annual Best of the Beat Awards show. George Porter Jr. was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. George invited many of the old & current Runnin’ Pardners to play that night, and like every gig with George, it was great. His daughter Katrina also put together an all star tribute band that did a couple of tunes. I am thankful that I got to play in that group as well, and thankful that someone from offBeat had a camera.
Horn section (l to r): Brian Graber, Khris Royal, Tracy Griffin, Mark Mullins, Jeff Albert. Front row (l to r): Art Neville, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, David Berard, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, & Brint Anderson (out of picture to the right).
Here are some behind the scenes pics from my Instigation Quartet recording session on November 21, 2011. The musicians involved were Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, Joshua Abrams, and me. Zack Smith took the pictures.
I should have info about the release of the music some time soon(-ish).
Like much of the day, I was talking, and Kidd was practicing. Or maybe he was just trying to drown out my talking.
When he wasn’t practicing, he was laughing, or making us laugh.
Here we are with Wesley Fontenot, our fabulous recording engineer, checking out some playback.
Co-producer Benjamin Lyons and Hamid in (I’m sure rather deep) discussion.
We had a great concert last Monday night with the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana at the Manship theater in the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge. There was even a nice review of the concert in The Advocate, which is Baton Rouge’s main newspaper. We made the front page, with two photos even.
It’s funny, I have played trombone in venues all over North America and Europe with some of the world’s greatest musicians, but it is the gig on which I play glowing orbs and wiimotes that gets these two pictures on the front page of the paper.
Photos by Adam Lau/The Advocate
Nick wrote the piece that produced that wiimote pic. I blame him.
We did a number of pieces that day. The piece in this footage is something we called “own instrument improv.” It is an improvisation, in which we each play an instrument of our own design. I was playing a joystick instrument that I designed for a piece called Forbidden Butch and another instrument that I call R2D2 because it sounds a little bit like the droid. They were both made in Max/MSP. The forbidden butch instrument uses a Logitech Joystick, and the R2D2 instrument uses an AKAI LPD8 as a controller, although it can be played without the LPD8. If you want to check out the patches, send me an email, and I’ll send them to you.