I was picked up at 07:25 for a morning TV show In Riga, Latvia. This little clip was recorded by the promoter rep for their Facebook page.
An opening slot for Cool Jazz/Fusion monarch Miles Davis proved the gateway to a wider audience looking for adventure in their music. Liebert’s fusion of Flamenco and World Music secured him an international fan base. The rest is his story.
These days I only check my Twitter account a couple of times per week. Today I saw this tweet from Andrew Gaskins. I love Desert Island Lists! Thank you!
I posted a short video clip of me playing the guitar break for “Could You Be Loved” on Instagram a couple of days ago:
Here is a guitar break I came up with this fall, for one of the pieces we played on tour. I remember showing a few funk riffs to the late dancer Vicente Romero years ago. He told me I had to find a way to play that on the flamenco guitar. Since I don't play with a pick (plectrum) it took me a long time to figure out a way to use my index finger nail to do this. I recorded this with my iPhone.
We have opened a little online store for 2016 merchandise and a few CDs. This store will be open for a limited time only. The URL is https://squareup.com/store/spiral-subwave-records-international.
If slow music appeals to you, and I find it to be a great antidote for today’s pace, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Start with my album “slow”, of course. Link to the album page
“Dokunmak” by Erkan Oğur – I love this album and was able to get the CD from Istanbul via a friend of a friend, but if a digital download will do – iTunes has the album: iTunes link
“Sleep” by Max Richter. Link to a post on his website
The artist performs eight hour long sleep-concerts. :-)
“Music For Airports” by Bang On a Can – the group transcribed and arranged music Brian Eno created with loops in 1978, for a live performance. iTunes Link
My new album “slow” was released in our own ListeningLounge today.
Here is a link to the album page on our website.
This is a direct link to the album in our ListeningLounge.
And this is the link to a special page about the album, with background information and a track by track guide.
We will have the CD for sale during the last leg of this year’s tour, which starts a week from today in Fort Lauderdale. Here are the dates:
Nov 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Nov 12 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theater
Nov 13 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Theater
Nov 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Nov 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Nov 18 – Austin, TX – One World Theatre
Nov 19 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
November 18th is the official release date of the album, and CDs should arrive in stores then. Digital distribution is seriously backlogged for all indies, so the album will be available in digital form at iTunes and Amazon, but I don’t yet know when. I’ll keep you posted.
Today Jon asked me which Diana Ross song I played guitar on in the Nineties. I couldn’t remember, but I looked up her 1995 album – which seemed like the right year and soon found it. The first 18 seconds are my intro, including tremolo and octave playing:
I Never Loved a Man Before by Diana Ross on @AppleMusic.
@RadioCleveKKG: Paradigm Shift | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY
I don’t know the answer. I only know that their silence speaks volumes to me. The people who claim to love music and artists, yet continue to work in a field that denies artists fair compensation, are showing us whose side they are on: their own.
The entire letter is worth reading. Find it here.
This Earthworks SR40 is the microphone I have been using on my guitar for over a year now. I haven’t used it for recording in the studio yet, but it’s handsdown the best microphone for the stage I have ever used… and I have used a lot of different ones!
We are often asked which gear or tricks we use to ensure the guitar is loud enough, especially since I refuse to use a pickup on my guitars – I haven’t used a pickup on my flamenco guitars in at least a decade and a half.
Let’s face it, classical or flamenco guitars are puny and quiet instruments when compared against electric bass guitar, drums and keyboards. With this microphone we always have enough level and we don’t have to worry about feedback.
Of course sound level isn’t everything, the quality of the sound is just as important. I feel that this mic gives me the truest guitar tone and makes hearing what I’m playing a pleasure. And that is something we guitar players cannot take for granted.
Here is what Earthworks writes about this microphone:
You’ll love what the Earthworks SR40 high-definition cardioid mic does for your recordings and live performances. Its 30Hz-40kHz frequency response means you’re capturing a far wider range than most mics can touch. The result? Better depth and a truer sound that includes more high-frequency overtone content. You’ll also appreciate how well the SR40’s true cardioid pickup pattern rejects outside sources, and how it gives you impressive gain before feedback.
Last Friday we returned from a brief tour of California – with a new quartet that added accordion and keyboards to the trio of guitar, bass and percussion. We played several pieces from the new album “Waiting n Swan” and also performed a new band arrangement of “This Spring release 10,000 Butterflies”.
Rather than trying to remember the new arrangements I made a few notes and taped them onto my guitar.