This year we are carrying 15 plumen lightbulbs and custom made cables with us. Plumen are great looking low energy light bulbs. For me the bare bulbs represent the bare playing on stage, meaning that we play our instruments in real time, without backing music, without sequencers or anything like that. Just a few guys on stage playing their instruments.
This kit belongs to Alex at Infinity Hall. All of it fits into the suitcase, which also acts as a stand for the kick drum, which is actually an old snare.
We were running late, after technical difficulties with a brand new mixing console, and Chris sound-checked while looking at the dinner menu. New for this tour is the smallest drumkit, a tiny snare attached to the hi-hat stand and a pandeiro used as a kick drum. Sounds great.
Jon Gagan’s third Transit album is now available in our ListeningLounge. Click on the above image to go there.
Transit 3: migration contains 15 songs with performances by:
Jon Gagan – bass, keyboards, sound design
Eddie Garcia – drums
John Bartlit – vibraphone, marimba
Ottmar Liebert – flamenco guitar, electric guitar, wah, handclaps
Dimi Disanti – electric guitar, solo electric guitar
Robby Rothschils – djembe, calabash, conga, cajón, percussion
Nancy Gagan – vocals
Deborah Domanski – vocals
Mark Clark – bongos, udu, seed pods
From Jaron Lanier’s latest book – read more on Wired. Here he writes about musicians, who no longer earn money from recordings and have to rely on performing:
It is one thing to sing for your supper occasionally, but to have to do so for every meal forces you into a peasant’s dilemma: The peasant’s dilemma is that there’s no buffer. A musician who is sick or old, or who has a sick kid, cannot perform and cannot earn. A few musicians, a very tiny number indeed, will do well, but even the most successful real-time-only careers can fall apart suddenly because of a spate of bad luck. Real life cannot avoid those spates, so eventually almost everyone living a real-time economic life falls on hard times.
Without the listener there is no music. The listener completes the musical circuit, and, even though I am not a musician, I feel as if I am a form of musician when I listen and believe that, by hearing the piece, by responding to it with my thoughts of what it is and what it is doing – what it means – I am actually helping to finish it off. As the listener I am the final element in the making of the music. I have made the music useful. I have put it into context: the context of my own life, and my own perception of what music is, and why it exists.
- Paul Morley, Words and Music: a history of pop in the shape of a city
I do not think that music has to have a listener aside from the person or persons making the music, and I don’t believe that music has to be useful, but I like the above description of the listener completing a circle.
We could say the same about a reader who, by imagining the people and the landscapes described in a book, makes words come to life and thus completes the circle.
See also this, which I wrote about twenty years ago for Musician magazine.
Cold nights here in Santa Fe this week, in the low twenties.
In a month we will perform at the Albuquerque Zoo with the New Mexico Philharmonic.
Here is a direct link for tickets:
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – May 18th 2013 @ Zoo Amphitheater
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
DATE: Saturday, May 18th 2013 — 8:00 pm
VENUE: Zoo Amphitheater Albuquerque, NM
DOORS: 7:00 pm
AGE RESTRICTIONS: All Ages
Thanks for the link Linda.