Many thanks to the guy that gave this recording its name. He's a drummer, too.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Eli asked Scarp and I if Failure Cock would play the late slow for a benefit of some sort. Naturally we agreed, and headed down to Redwood City from points north.
I had originally planned to play the drum set along with Scarp and Eli's looped guitar and bass sounds, but when I saw the back line that had been pretty clear beat up all day, my enthusiasm for that swiftly left. I decided instead to focus on playing simple beats, along with everyone else in the band, on a large stand up bass drum that I'd asked Scarp to bring. Additionally, I set up a bunch of folding metal chairs in front of the stage, and grabbed several mallets from my car: we would play the metal chairs!
Our set started with loops, and then bass drum beats, after which Eli and I switched to chairs. The sound felt very Plains Indian, I guess, very quarter note pulsed and possibly a bit early Industrial. A few stragglers that remained danced around, and that made things fun for me. We blasted through a quick fifteen minute noisy jam of a set, and then stopped.
A fun last minute gig. As Scarp said, "...I love Redwood City!"
Below: Chairs, Eli starting the jam, and Scarp setting up
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Many thanks to Brandon for posting this recording! I was really very stoked to play with him and Christina at Outsound Summit 15!
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Below: Lob tests new pedals out
Anyway, thanks to Lob for asking me to participate with Instagon. I always learn something, tough or easy. Also thanks to Anthony of Tri-Cornered Tent Show for letting me use his kit.
Monday, August 1, 2016
After a quick ride up 80, we arrived to less than brutal heat, scarfed a quick dinner, and met up with the rest of the group, made up of some really fine players, mostly from the rich Sacramento music scene: Brandon Evans-saxophones, Ross Hammond-guitar, Rent Romus-reeds, Tony Passarell-saxophones, cornet, etc. Nathan Swedlow-bass, Clifford Childers-trombone, John Vaughn - saxophones, Collette McCaslin-trumpet, soprano saxophone, and myself.
It was really exciting and fulfilling to play in this relatively big band. We played some of Brandon's Elliptical Axis charts, a Ghost Trance Music fragment, and a free form piece. Having seen the charts last Thursday, I was stoked to get another crack at them. The small familiarity made them that much more comprehensible! It seemed to me that we got into some good Free Jazz moves, and our collective improvisation had the feel to me of a certain intimacy that can only occur late in the day on a Sunday. At times, Clifford played some really gutbucket trombone riffs, and I responded accordingly! The Ghost Trance piece, while not lasting nearly as long as Braxton's tend to go, rolled along for a thick fifteen or so minutes, with great blasts from CJ's trumpet and Ross's guitar. I had a gas syncing with Nathan's upright bass at times: our interplay was very satisfying. Hopefully he'll be involved with another Ruminations gig or recording at some point in the future. All that said, there just just really fine playing all around. I was honored to play with such esteemed company.
It's my hope that Brandon Evans returns to the SF Bay soon, and that I get to be involved with the music that he brings along. It's been great having him here!
Below: Brandon Evans Large Ensemble players prepare to deal
Below: Evans and Pino selfie and a nice shot of a tree in the Odd Fellows Lawn of the cemetery across the street from Gold Lion Arts space