New York, New York, USA
I'm a singer and composer living in Manhattan. You might like my music. Come check some of it out at my site.
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1 AKG 4033 microphone
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a bunch of sample collections
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tons of percussion instruments, vibratone and vibraslap being among my favorites... of course the jew's harp... lots of different shakers.
A violin with two unbroken strings.
My sister's guitar.
an upright piano. !!!
Electronic Music other: nutter butter in Paris
Written June 22 2009
Just want to let all the folks in France know I'm performing at Café de la Dance my first headlining gig at 9PM tonight (monday... perhaps not the chicest night, but... still). It should be cool, we've worked out 7 songs done acoustically, and 6 with slight backing. I have to say, it's really so much nicer working without any playback! But sometimes with my music that's hard, because I don't like giving up certain synth lines. I've tried to keep it just synths as much as possible that's being played back!
We've done some work on live 4 part harmonies. Man, that is HHHHAAARD! Hopefully it will go over really well though. We've worked out a really dynamic, strange version of Death of a Son to do live. I totally love it. It's really simple and startling.
One of the great pleasures I've discovered is collaborating with other musicians. You sort of have to take off the control-freak hat a bit, but it's quite satisfying in the long-run. Especially when you work with talented folks, which I am.
I'll be joined by Ben Evans, Jasper Willkinson and Graeme Brooker of I Am Your Autopilot, as well Scalde.
Anyway, sorry for the late notice, but really hope to see some of you there!
post some pics and stuff for us stuck in the suckmericas
Awesome, Fredo. totally agree with you on the collaboration thing. I think it is freeing, in a sense, to "take off the control freak hat" just a bit... Kind of lets you not be completely responsible for everything, which can ease a bit of the anxiety and let you get a bit more expressive, in a weird way.
Hope everything went well.
it went GREAT!!! It was sold out and they actually had a line around the block!!! People were turned away!
I've only once played for an audience who actually came to hear the music, but certainly headlining a gig is a more intense version of that, and it was extremely satisfying! Everyone who came up to me afterwards was really happy and excited so I think it went over pretty derned well, and we actually got the audience singing and dancing and stomping and clapping! Yay!
I think I sometimes handled the in between sets well, but other times still in a very awkward way though. If you don't have anything to say the best thing is just not say anything. Keep concentrated. A couple times I tried to fill in while Sylvain was tuning his Psaltery and it fell super flat.
But I think all the playing was good and really heart-felt. We had 2 curtain calls, and in the last one we'd run out of material so we offered to play two of the songs again, but this time we did it acoustic, no backing track and it was so much better. Prerecorded tracking is really such a hinderance. I'm going to have to try and find a way to do all the songs without it! It's obvious the constraints it puts on the musicians to have a click or prerecording backing, but last night I realized unconsciously it's probably doing the same to the audience. Live is all about that moment, and the audience is just as much a part of that as the musicians. But we ended up doing a solid 10 songs acoustically so I think it was hopefully very satisfying for the audience on the whole.
Oh, DISASTRATO CAME!!!! We hung out afterwards, which was great, but also a tiny bit awkward because we were all kind of buzzed/exhausted and I wanted to be able to give him a little better presence than that. But it was great to see him again - I've met him twice now.
I'll definitely post pictures soon.
rad!!! ty for posting about the show. so happy it went well. can't wait to hear more later. 2 curtain calls. good stuff fredo, very happy to hear this!
Glad to hear the gig went well!
Speaking of which, my friend's french ex-roommate was really into nutter butters.
'Nutter Butter? J'adore!'
oh man. youre still working in france? great! good for you! when will we in norway be able to enjoy your talents?
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