Master jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez talks about creating the renowned soundtrack for Birdman Movie, his influences, and the unpredictability of improvised live performance with Little Village Mag.
Presented in partnership with FilmScene, see BiRDMAN LiVE with Antonio Sanchez at the Englert on Wednesday, March 1. Tickets are $35 Reserved Seating, $30 for Friends of the Englert and FilmScene Members, and $15 for Students (plus fees). Available at the Englert Box Office or online: bit.ly/BManLive
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Country For Old Men is Scofield’s homage to such greats as George Jones, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, James Taylor, and Hank Williams among others. Scofield plays alongside accomplished colleagues Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart.
Composer and renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez will perform his Grammy-winning score live along with the Oscar-winning film, Birdman, in a live cinema event, presented by The Englert Theatre, in partnership with FilmScene, Hoyt Sherman Place, and Des Moines Film Society.
Live Gig Shots added 17 new photos to the album: Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert.
Legion Arts and CSPS Hall have been celebrating 25 years of bringing exceptional musical talent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa this season. Part of that celebration is to team up perennial favorites for one of a kind concerts (as well as bringing in solo acts). While Ellis has played CSPS Hall just about every year now, Vance hasn't been back since just after the 2008 flood. It's also been years since these long time friends and collaborators have appeared on stage together.
The result was a unique "living room" setting where Ellis and Vance each took turns doing songs, reminiscing about their friendship, and paring up for a few numbers. It was a wonderfully intimate format that delighted the full house, and gave insight into the relationship between these two highly talented singer/songwriters.
Seeing two musicians who genuinely love each other was a treat in itself. The stories and inside jokes would likely never be heard outside of this type of concert. The quality of the music Ellis and Vance provided also had a special aura, as though they were as intent on entertaining each other as they were the audience. I forget how many years it's been since they shared a stage, but you could tell they were very happy to be doing so, because of that little something extra in the air that could be witnessed, even if they were just staring at each other for a few seconds while thinking of something to say.
As if having two stellar folk musicians on stage at once wasn't enough, Iowan Dan Bern joined Ellis and Vance on stage for a rousing singalong of "This Land Is Your Land". I could say that was the highlight of the show, and be done. But it wasn't. That song supercharged the atmosphere in CSPS Hall, cranking up the creative energy a couple of notches, so that the rest of the show was Folk Music Nirvana.
It was the kind of show that could leave a person thinking "OK...WTF comes next?". Well, in the case of CSPS Hall, there's other 25th Anniversary concerts coming up by Carrie Newcomer, Kathy Mattea, John Gorka/Lisa Kaplansky, Tom Paxton and more. Visit legionarts.org for details. ... See MoreSee Less
www.livegigshots.com contributor, Scott Tipping has put together a major undertaking with The Leland Bluebird Sessions. The Leland Bluebird Sessions is a tribute to the original Bluebird recordings made in the Sky Club of the Leland Hotel back in 1937-1938. This Sunday is the Record Release party at the Copley Theatre in Aurora Co-Sponsored by the Fox Valley Music Foundation. Congratulations Scott. ... See MoreSee Less
The band Leland will perform at the Copley Theater in Aurora, Illinois in celebration of the vinyl release of the album, The Leland Bluebird Sessions, which is a tribute to the original Bluebird recordings made in the Sky Club of the Leland Hotel back in 1937-1938.
Leland is lead by Scott Tipping and includes Dave Nelson, Scott Stevenson, Rick Sherry, Matt Thompson and Chuck Lacy. Mick Ducker, Mae Koen and Mary Lou O'Brien will be front and center at various times during the show as lead vocalists.
In addtion, there will also be special appearances by others who contributed to the tribute project and announcements will be made sporadically as we get closer to the event, which is only a month away!
Be sure to visit our Event Brite site for more information and to purchase tickets.
Frank Productions is excited to announce our plans to purchase one of Madison’s premier and award-winning music venues, High Noon Saloon. We’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Cathy Dethmers of the High Noon Saloon over the years. We are excited to build upon the legacy that Cathy has established in the Madison music scene. See here for more information: bit.ly/HighNoonSaloonFP
Frendly Gathering 2017 only 133 more days in counting! Be sure to get your tickets quick! ... See MoreSee Less
Dear Frends, THE INITIAL LINEUP IS HERE! The Frendly Crew is excited to welcome Twiddle, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaries, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Moon Hooch, Kat Wright, Monophonics, Cobi, Madaila, and many more to Frendly Gathering 2017! Spread the word, gather your frends, and get excited for the Frendlyest year yet! Limited early bird tickets left, don't miss out!
Tickets ➡️ bit.ly/frendlygathering2017
21+ $5 • 18+ $10
Kitchen Dwellers (Bozeman, MT)
Montana-bred bluegrass outfit The Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” Formed in 2010 while attending college at Montana State, the group has burst onto the bluegrass scene sharing the stage with acts such as Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Twiddle. In recent years the band has began to tour nationally hitting notable venues and festivals around the country including The Brooklyn Bowl, The Fox Theatre, Delfest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, and The Frendly Gathering.
An original three piece band currently based in Burlington, VT.
Cole Davidson – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ray Belanger – Percussion, Guitar, Vocals
Zebulon Carney – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Danceland became the place in Cedar Rapids to see, hear and dance to live rock 'n' roll music. In the late '50s / early '60s the ballroom presented a "who's who" of rock's pioneers ï¿½ Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, Conway Twitty, Gene Vincent & his Blue Caps, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chubby Checker, Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Joey Dee & the Starliters, The Ventures, Bobby Darin, Johnny Horton, Wanda Jackson, Gene Pitney, The 4 Seasons, Neil Sedaka, The Fendermen, Marty Robbins, Duane Eddy, Brian Hyland, Johnny & the Hurricanes and Bobby Rydell are but a mere sampling. ... See MoreSee Less
Peia! Live Concert w Biko Casini of Rising Appalachia
March 10, 2017, 7:30pm
Lotus Mountain Retreat
PEIA LUZZI ~Live in an intimate setting~ with Biko Casini of Rising Appalachia Music, Jacob Matheus and other very special guests!
Her Vermont Debut!
FRIDAY MARCH 10- Doors at 7:30 show at 8:00
Lotus Lodge Wellness Center at Bolton Valley resort.
(There is also a Song of the Ancients- Vocal Cultivation with Peia Workshop the follwoing Saturday, March 11)
Tickets $20 - Please purchase in advace, concert is iikely to sell out!
Workshop Saturday $40- preregistration required
Please message for details about Lodging at the Mountian Friday or Satruday nights. The lotus lodge has an organic cafe and spa slopeside at Bolton Valley Resort. King Bed Rooms available for single or doubles.
As an archival songstress, Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe. She carries melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence.
As a song preserver Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe, from the mountains of Bulgaria to the shores of Ireland, touching upon the wisdom and trials of the Native peoples of North and South America and preserving the enchantment of medieval chant and Indian Raga. She has traveled extensively to uncover melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence.
A powerful voice in the rising global community of people who are committed to restoring a balanced relationship with the Earth, Peia expresses her holistic vision and passion through her music, educational workshops and advocacy for indigenous and environmental rights groups.
Gifted with a broad, soaring vocal range and crystalline tone, Peia’s song pierces the heart with bell like clarity. She sings with depth and beauty, accompanying herself with charango, harmonium, and guitar. Her revolving collaborative ensemble weaves rich vocal harmonies, cello, an eclectic array of percussion, and flamenco guitar. Peia’s performances offer authentic re-imaginings of traditional musical treasures along with a stunning repertoire of her original songs.
Born in the back hills of Connecticut, Peia spent most of her childhood playing in the forests and hiding out in tree tops. In 2002 she moved to Boston where she attended New England Conservatory of Music on a generous scholarship and received extensive training in western classical voice and opera, vocal pedagogy, composition, and improvisation.
“My journey with world folksong traditions began many years ago while studying at New England Conservatory in Boston. Much to the dismay of my Opera professors, I found myself enthralled with the alluring beauty and mystery of traditional folk music. This fascination, along with a bit of old Irish wanderlust, poised me for a journey that led me to seek a lost culture and reconnect with the songs of my ancestors in ancient Europe.”
In 2012 Peia released her first solo album The Dance of Devotion – a profound collection of poetic love songs. Her second release Four Great Winds – a timeless journey through traditional and original sacred song was self released in May 2013 and picked up by Sounds True for global release in 2015.Following the initial release of ‘Four Great Winds’ Peia gained international notoriety and requests for performances in Europe, Australia, Bali, Brazil and Canada. Her music has taken her around the world and sparked collaborations with many world class artists including: legendary poet and Rumi scholar Coleman Barks, author, mythologist & storyteller Michael Meade, Iranian tar master Ali Ghamsari and Sephardic song keeper, oud & guitar virtuoso Shai Shriki.
Peia currently splits her time between touring and the lush, wild hills of Southern OR where she wildcrafts herbal remedies, sings with Wild Honey – an all women’s world music trio and teaches Song of the Ancients – voice cultivation and ancestral songline tracing. Fusing her knowledge of Vocal Pedagogy (The Science of the Voice) with the ancient meditative practice of Nada Yoga, she imparts upon her students the tools to harness the natural beauty and resonance of the voice .
Prospect Rock Permaculture is Vermont's oldest permaculture organization - and has been actively creating ecological culture for 20 years. Please 'like' and 'follow' the page for farm-based concerts, festivals, dining events, workshops, Permaculture Design Certification Training, and more!
Moon Hooch w/ Honeycomb & Gnomedad at Higher Ground
February 10, 2017, 8:00pm
I‘m realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to,” says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. “You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day.”
If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.
“I think ‘Red Sky’ is more focused than any of our past albums,” reflects McGowen. “We practice meditation and yoga, and I think that we’re more evolved as people than we’ve ever been right now. That evolution expresses itself as focus, and through focus comes our energy.”
It was two years ago that the band released ‘This Is Cave Music,’ an exhilarating thrill ride that earned rave reviews from critics and fans alike. NPR hailed it as “unhinged” and “irresistible,” praising each musician’s “remarkable abilities” and naming their Tiny Desk Concert one of the best in the prestigious series’ history. The album followed their 2013 debut, which had Relix swooning for their “deep bass lines, catchy melodies and pounding rhythms,” while the Wall Street Journal celebrated their “electronic house music mixed with brawny saxophone riffs.” Though the band—whose members initially met as students at the New School—turned heads in the music industry as relative unknowns with a charismatic, unconventional sound (they play with unique tonguing techniques and utilize found objects like traffic cones attached to the bells of their horns to manipulate tone, for instance), they were already a familiar and beloved sight to straphangers in New York, who would react with such joy and fervor to their impromptu subway platform sets that the NYPD had to ban them from locations that couldn’t handle the crowds. NY Mag once referred to their sound as “Jay Gatsby on ecstasy,” while the NY Post fell for their “catchy melodic hooks and funky rhythms,” saying they had “the power to make you secretly wish that the short [subway] wait becomes an indefinite delay.”
While the band’s busking days are behind them now, the lessons they learned from all those platform parties helped guide their approach to recording ‘Red Sky.’
“What we discovered playing in the subway,” McGowen explains, “is that the more focus and the more energy you put into the music, and the more you listen to everything around you and integrate everything around you into your expression, the more the music becomes this captivating force for people.”
Recorded at The Bunker studio in Brooklyn, ‘Red Sky’ is nothing if not captivating. The album opens with the tribal urgency of the title track and proceeds, over the next 45 minutes, to utterly demolish any and every possible barrier that could stand between your ass and the dance floor. On ‘Shot,’ Wilbur sings a stream of consciousness vocal line over an airtight groove, while “Psychotubes” channels the apocalyptic fire and brimstone of death metal, and the staccato intro of “That’s What They Say” gives way to a gritty, late-night come-on of a saxophone line that’s far more suggestive than any whispered words ever could be.
Though the band is heavily inspired by electronic music, they made a conscious effort to use as little in the way of “studio tricks” as possible on ‘Red Sky,’ aiming instead to capture the sound of their live show, which has evolved significantly from their days underground.
“When we were playing in the subways, we were playing entirely acoustic,” explains Wilbur. “It was just two saxes and a drum set. Then Wenzl acquired a baritone sax and we all started getting into music production and incorporating electronic music into our live shows.”
At their performances, the band now plays through what they call a Reverse DJ setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through Ableton software on their laptops to process recorded effects onto the output. In addition, to flesh out their sound on the road, the band began utilizing Moog synthesizers, an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch), and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Wilbur added vocals to his repertoire on some tracks (something the subway never allowed him to do), and Muschler, meanwhile, traveled halfway around the world to expand his percussion skills.
“I went to India, and the first morning I woke up, it was like 5am, and I followed this music along the banks of the Ganges,” he remembers. “I eventually ended up finding this amazing tabla player, and after his performance, I asked him for lessons. He agreed, and I went for daily lessons with him and another guy for the next two weeks. After that, I took a train to Calcutta, where I met with the guru that I’d studied with in New York, and I did morning lessons with him and practiced throughout the day. It was an incredible musical immersion experience.”
The band members all speak reverently of meditation and consciousness and the role it plays in their music (McGowen believes his introduction to it, spurred on in part by Wilbur and Muschler, saved his life), but equally close to their hearts are the environmental causes they champion. Moon Hooch tries to live up to their green ideals while traveling as much as possible, playing benefit shows, supporting local farmers and co-ops, participating in river cleanups, filming informative videos for their fans, and more. The band even runs a food blog, Cooking In The Cave, in which they highlight the healthy, sustainable, organic recipes they utilize with their mobile kitchen setup on tour.
For the members of Moon Hooch, commitments to consciousness and environmentalism and veganism and philosophy and peace aren’t separate from their commitment to music, but actually integral parts of it. It’s all tied into that same core approach that led to their discovery on the subway platform: try, even if it’s just a little bit every day, even if it’s just with the power of your mind, to make the world less like it is and more like you wish it could be.
“I’d say all of our songs express the essence of that kind of energy,” concludes McGowen, “because before you can even think any thoughts, there exists the energy that drives those thoughts, and that energy is intention. I feel like we’re putting the intention of positive change constantly into our music. While we’re playing, I often see the future emerging: skyscrapers getting covered in plants, frowns turning into smiles, fistfights into hugs. I can see the energy of love and collaboration and trust replace the energy of fear, hatred and violence.”
It’s an ambitious vision, to be sure, but considering the band’s track record at turning their thoughts and dreams into action and reality, perhaps it’s only a matter of time.
Paul McChandles and Charged Particles performed recently at Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant in Minneapolis. Charged Partiles consists of Caleb Hutslar, keyboards, Mike Rak, Keyboards and Jon Krosnick, drums. I was able to shoot throughout their set with open access. I met with Paul and Jon after their gig. Jon is a professor at Standford as well as a bad ass drummer. Until 2/6 I thought I lost the SD cards when I fell after the show on the ice or in my hotel room. Kim Burrows utilized her "Nancy Drew" powers and found the missing photos on the floor of our bedroom. Do not ask. The rest will be on www.livegigshots.com. George ... See MoreSee Less