Glitches

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Moments between recording

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Autumn in Santa Fe

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new photos in photoblog

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The Stage at the Saban Theater tonight.

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Vancouver

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Early Morning Walk

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More photos in my Photoblog

A Mix of Old and New

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My morning tea, a mix of old and new. Danish tea pot, Chinese tea container and Japanese bowl.

Shadow

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Plumen Bulbs

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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.
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Chris plays suitcase kit

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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.

Saturday at the Birchmere

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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.

Sunday in Annapolis

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Transit 3: migration

02013-05-14 @ 12:05

Transit 3 Cover Sq

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

Book

02013-04-25 @ 15:04

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.

Listening

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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.

Snow on a Cherry Blossom

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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.

Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra + NM Philharmonic

02013-03-07 @ 11:03

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.

San Francisco in March

02013-03-07 @ 11:03

I was scheduled to do five solo performances at the Rrazz starting today, through Sunday. Yet I am writing these words at home in Santa Fe. What happened?

The Rrazz called my agent on Monday and cancelled my performances. The club is currently closed due to a San Francisco noise ordinance. Here is a statement the club made in February, and which, as of today, is no longer linked from the homepage of the Rrazz website – maybe it will get updated later today:


At this time, through March 5, 2013 only, the SF Entertainment Commission has required us to pause our performances while we investigate a possible sound issue at our new home on Van Ness Avenue and rectify it as needed.  Since RRAZZ has always been considerate of our performers, audiences and neighbors, we stand to right unjustness whether on a broad spectrum or a narrow one.  Therefore, we feel obliged to postpone any performances through March 5 while we tend to the matter.  We are so very sorry for your inconvenience.

This is a temporary situation through March 5, 2013 only.

I assume the club had to delay re-opening to finish noise-related renovations.

Apparently the new home of the Rrazz – they moved from the Nikko Hotel location to a new room at 1000 Van Ness at the beginning of the year – is next door to an AMC movie theater. That proximity creates a two-way sound problem: loud R&B or Rock & Roll acts at the club might disturb quiet movies in the cinema and action movies at the cinema could disturb softer performances, such as solo guitar concerts. It is not an easy problem to tackle and I hope the Rrazz will find a solution.

Believe me, I would have enjoyed a few days in March in San Francisco: the city culture, the coffee, great audiences and so on…

I will, however, perform in San Francisco later this year, with the band, at Yoshi’s in the Summer.

PS: just noticed this statement that was linked from Twitter:

Unfortunately, there will be no Rrazz Room shows until May as the new club does construction. All March and April dates are officially cancelled.

If you’ve purchased tickets, you’ll be getting a full refund directly from the club shortly.

We look forward to opening the new club on the first Monday in May!

Solo in San Francisco

02013-03-02 @ 07:03

I am getting ready to travel to San Francisco for a few solo performances next week. More information here.

I love playing guitar by myself and San Francisco is one of my favorite cities – so I am pretty excited about next week.

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