Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cartoon Justice/Cosmists-Stork Club, Oakland CA; 12/20/14

Really strange gig, this one! To start, after members of Cartoon Justice and Cosmists assembled mid-afternoon at the Stork Club, we waited.....and waited.....and waited............
The show was supposed to start at 4PM, but neither booker nor sound engineer showed up. Eventually, at at 5:40PM, Greg of Cartoon Justice suggested that we just set up on the floor and play acoustic; this lead to some nice, short jamming by most members of CJ. During this impromptu configuration, the sound engineer finally showed up, at about 6:15PM. Hastily, we set up Cosmists, during which time it was decided that Mika and Kersti of Cartoon Justice would join in. We proceeded to play one improvisation, using more of Mika's stylistic themes, and then the three graphic charts that I composed for Cosmist's set. Things felt OK, particularly during the last chart, "Transforming Boulders Into Shards", which was led by Eli.
The gig ended with the booking agent telling me that that Stork Club ownership "never wants those guys (Cosmists) booked here again", so I guess that's some sort of karmic victory for someone!
An odd way to end the busy 2014 for me, but there were other events that happened which augured some interesting developments for 2015.
Anyway, Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc.!
See you next year!

Above: brief snippet of Cartoon Justice and Cosmists in action!
Below: more sound!

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