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.
I’ll be in Chicago as of the 30th of January, to do a few really cool things. I’m going to be performing Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar again, which is always fun. This time it’s with the Chicago Symphony and a few of the old standby’s in the original cast. I’m also going to be doing some ‘late night’ performances associated with the Opera, I’ll be playing with a Tabla player and the always wonderful Gingger Shankar (singer, violin). We wrote some badass tracks a couple weeks ago when she was in Boston, and now we’re going to unleash them with tabla and perhaps tamboura. Booya.
I’m also going to be doing some workshops in local Chicago high schools, about what it’s like to be an electronic musician, how it’s different than being a traditional instrumentalist, how it’s the same, and how Ainadamar came about. Can’t wait.
In the meantime I should be writing music for the Absolut Quartet which is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public. But I’m still a bit sick (uncontrollable cough). I am in the process of encoding every song I’ve ever written to .mp3 and posting it here. haha. I hope it doesn’t drive people away.