Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
music I've ever had. I had the chance to jam with Mauricio Sotelo of the group Cabezas de Cera, one of the premier Chapman Stick players and most avant garde musicians in prog music today (also, one of the nicest and most gracious musicians I've ever met). Mauricio and CDC were recent headliners at NEAR Fest and Baja Prog and he happens to be friends with my band partner Frank D'Angelo. Mauricio is without a doubt one of the most interesting and innovative Stick players around. We hung out, had a little wine, and played weird music for a few hours. What could be better than that?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
My favorite composers are J. S. Bach and Frank Zappa.
My favorite painters are Francisco Goya and Max Beckmann.
My favorite writers are Stephen King and William Faulkner.
My favorite playwrites are William Shakespeare and David Mamet.
My favorite sculptors are Michellangelo and Claes Oldenberg.
My favorite film directors are Alfred Hitchcok and Quentin Tarentino.
My favorite drummers are Ringo Starr and Terry Bozzio.
My favorite printmakers are Albrecht Durer and . E. L. Kirchener
My favorite illustrators are Gustav Dore and Robert Crumb.
I'm sure I could continue but it's 1;30 AM. I'm tired, good night.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Oh of course I'm well aware that the phrase "stupid cat" is redundant.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
P.S. If you want to see some great work check out my friend Jonathan's blog. He's one of my "followers" in the top right corner above my picture.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
By the way, this is the work of a special ed student who suffers with Autism. He absolutely loves to draw and he loves his dogs.
Friday, January 23, 2009
So as I said, I have a marimba in my office and, since I can already play the drumset part for Frank Zappa's The Black Page, I decided to tackle the mallet part as well. Far easier said than done. This is my first try and it is indeed far from perfect, but worth documenting. I'm working the same way I did with the drum part. Generally, for the first time through, I will ignore the complex phrasing and just try to get the pitches and sticking right, then I can practice with a metronome and get the polyrhythms rhythmically correct. So when you listen to this keep in mind that I'm just sort of playing the rhythm by ear. I'm also ignoring the rolls. All I want this first time through is to get the pitches and sticking down. This is approximately the first six measures of the piece.
P.S. that's not a video, just an MP3 with a static picture attached. Not even my hands.