Ayre tour kicking total ass

So having just finished the first leg of the Ayre tour with the Orquestra Los Peligrinos or Marranos or whatever we’re called on a specific day, I can say truthfully that I love my job. Music has always brought me happiness, but it seems to keep getting better and I believe that the happiness infects other parts of my life.

We payed in Richmond, VA (Link to review of the performance) and then in Durham, NC at Duke. The performance at Duke was really energetic and I think we were really on. The first half of the concert is performed by the always spectacular Eighth Blackbird and features some amazing music by Henke and Crumb. I’m particularly fond of the Crumb – I had forgotten how beautiful the piece is. So now, I am in San Francisco chilling with the impossibly sick and flu-ridden Heemin Yang of UG fame for a few days before heading up to Seattle to continue the Ayre circus. Can’t wait.

Met up with an old friend last night which was really great. He convinced me to sign up for facebook. Oh how it pains me. But it’s like a drug.

Breakfast time.

By | February 24, 2008 | Day to Day

Keepalive on Chicago Public Radio

Over the past week and a half, I have been doing a bunch of seminars in Chicago Public Schools. One of the High School seminars I did went really well and we had a representative of Chicago Public radio with us.

Catalina Maria Johnson was the reporter, and she recorded the whole thing and did some interviews with Gonzalo and I. There is an MP3 of the program and some info up here. Check it out! I’ll be doing more of these throughout the coming year. I’d like to hear what ideas you all have about bringing electronic music to young kids.

I have uploaded an MP3 of the rhythm we createdHere.

By | February 12, 2008 | Projects, Uncategorized

High School Kids Are Awesome

So I went To Teddy Roosevelt High School in Albany park, Chicago today to do a quick little “masterclass” of sorts.

I went out with Gonzalo Grau, the Percussion player from the opera I’m here doing. We had a great time explaining Flamenco music to these kids and showing them what it’s like to look at the world through the eyes of an electronic musician – looking at how different sounds can be reinterpreted once they are inside a computer and you can have your way with them.

Here is a link to the loop we created from different sounds.

We used the sound of a kid hitting an empty box, dropping some pieces of metal on the floor, making sounds with their mouths, and shaking a bottle of gatorade. I was happy that these kids really dove into the idea and were totally stoked to see how I made the loop.

It really is awesome how Garage Band now ships with every new mac. Kids love being able to use tools that are given to them. That’s something that I never really realized. I have a lot of learning to do. Thankfully I will be doing two more of these little workshops while I’m here in Chicago. I hope to get a little deeper into the concepts behind reinterpreting things in your everyday life into works of art.

Thankfully my television just stopped working so now I might get some work done.

By | February 1, 2008 | Day to Day