Hapy pre-4th of July for those of you who live in the states. This is just a quick update of recent developments for projects I’m working on. I should have a new post up within the week.
Rough Hewn Trio (!!)
File deeply under “The power of perseverance” following an intensive several days of digital intervention with Craig Bunch – the Rough Hewn trio tracks recorded at Chez Bunch’s with Stick / Warr guitar player Chris Lavender and myself back in 2011 will FINALLY see the light of day.
The 3-song ep will include a new Malian guitar inspired re-working of Bloodsucker, Chris Lavender’s 232 and a Zappa-inspired original I penned, Jerry goes to Frankiewood, aka When Hollywood went to Frankie.
We had a version of Carl Stalling’s Powerhouse that we tracked but the file got corrupted (along with some of the other tracks we revisited). I MAY have a demo version that we can put up online as a hidden track (the danger of not finishing something immediately is that it takes FOREVER to get done) – but nevertheless – man am I psyched for some of this stuff to get out into the world.
In the meantime, here’s a video of the Rough Hewn Trio playing Bloodsucker live (it is unbelievable to me just how much footage of us exists ALL with Craig Bunch front and center and no one else in camera shot!)
I’ll have ordering information up once this is released (Initial mixing is done. We have another revision and then mastering and duplication – I expect it’ll be out in August or September 2016).
Bassist and Composer Daren Burns released the first part of this session (Consisting of several short individual pieces) several years ago but the second half of the session (one continuous take of several different pieces) just got mastered and will get released this Fall.
From Daren Burns’ description on Vimeo:
“Onibaba exists between composition and improvisation and is described as being somewhere between the light and the dark, the ethereal and the earthly – Creative Music. Created by Daren Burns in 2006, the band synthesizes its sound by using elements of the Chicago avant-garde, jazz, rock, world, techno, noise, and classical, to create a new type of fusion that is definitely not the smooth, funky jazz of the 80’s and 90’s, but a new living music.
Here are some videos from a performance in 2010
Daren Burns – bass
Craig Bunch – drums (in the videos Joe Berardi – drums)
Scott Collins – guitar
Vinny Golia – woodwinds
Kio Griffith – live video
Geroge McMullen – trombone
© Urban Nerds 2010″
We’ve completed initial tracking for Five tunes for our second EP with John Chiara recording. Our first Ep was a live EP but for this one we wanted to incorporate more production (while still maintaining live energy). The most intensive material in our set will be on this one! We’ll be continuing to record and mix this summer. We hope to have the EP out by September / October of this year.
We have shows booked for September (including a TEDx Schenectady event) and October and expect to have additional shows booked soon for later this fall.
“Eel-Ech!-trick-a-coup-stick” – is the tentative title of a solo acoustic instrumental recording I’ve been working on. Tracking in August and released this Fall. Right now there’s a Celtic / Bluegrass flatpicking piece, a Mali-inspired fingerstyle piece, a 2-handed piece, a loop / improv based work and possibly – an obscure instrumental cover.
There are some other REALLY COOL things in the pipeline! I’ll fill you in as soon as I can.
Thanks for your patience and thanks for reading I’m really excited about all of the things coming out this year and I look forward to sharing it with you!