Over the years I have recorded quite a few songs with Lithuanian musician and fellow nomad, CandyCactus. You can listen to them on her website – look for the section called Nomadic Garden.
Meanwhile, here is a super mellow instrumental mix of a song we recorded in Thailand:
Here are some of the heavy tones I like to make on the viola.
Recorded live at Montalvo, 2012…
By the way, here is a short excerpt from the concert I played as part of Pamela Z’s ROOM series. I was heckled off the stage by Bernard Zaslav, a famous classical violist. Just google “violagate” if you want the gory details.
This excerpt is just for the record, so you can hear what kind of music it was, and a tiny piece of the heckling, too.
I have been playing with Evangeslista since 2010 or so… in 2011 we made this record, released by the Montreal-based label, Constellation.
Here’s a review excerpt from Amazon:
“And the trains pass through different platforms where someone wants to show what is lost but not gone, what is in shreds but not burned to ashes, this is intimacy asking for a ticket and entering this life, this moment in the shape of music so generous it feels like it is dreaming about itself while it is moving along, the sources are definitely natural, wild and untamed, an essential humanity reaching for its potential and achieving it, then giving it away as this gift of energy, this music.”
One fine winter in Istanbul, Carla Bozulich and I helped my good friend James Hakan Dedeoğlu record some songs he had written – mainly for solo guitar. I loved the songs – minimal yet constantly interesting, with a subtle Turkish vibe coming through now and again.
These songs are now available as the first TSU! album. I play some viola textures on the first track.
Having spent some time in Italy recently, I want to link to some of the extraordinary musicians I have met and played with there…
First the cellists, who have played with Evangelista and have made their own solo records:
And a few bands we have played with, from the Italian underground:
Italians have a kind of friendly, open energy that is like nowhere else.
And – perhaps – a tendency for extreme and dramatic art. Check it out…
I really love this record by Blue Willa –>
I played a piano part on one track, and helped a very little bit with the mixing – in Dharamshala, India – ! After hearing the album many many times, it was a real peak experience to finally see the band live – opening for Evangelista in Switzerland. They played every song on the album, my favorite show of the year.
The Italian photographer Pamela Maddelano shot a documentary about the making of this album, it’s quite fun to watch and sheds some interesting light on what it is like to make a record these days:
The first two SPOOL albums are now available for free (or donation) download… and in many formats – including full CD quality.
|from KZSU college radio, ca. 1995:
Please excuse the hyperbole, but this album is the new apex of technological means used for organic ends. This album is alive; it breathes, strains, gallops, reposes, and mutates in the most stealthy manner. One second, Burundians and Balinese are chanting rhythmically (with no dissonance between the two either) and the next second there’s the distinct funky drummer breakbeat and you, the listener, have no recollection of any discontinuity. The only plausible explanation is that this album stops time. The surface beauty and polish is manifest; the album is a joy to listen to. Yet it’s when you look (listen) under the hood that observing the masterful infrastructure of the album makes you really appreciate the seamless surface. What’s underneath is a variety of samples from the four corners of the earth, some lovely piano, a touch of frantic jungle, a dash of thrash, and an oscillating lawn sprinkler. Do listen for the sprinkler in the homestretch, but appreciate the entire trip getting there. This is one of my favorite albums of the not-so-new year. -Gabe