Archive for 2011-06

Santa Fe

02011-06-30 @ 10:06

Greetings from the back of the tourbus, on the way to Santa Barbara.

I am told that Santa Fe CDs have been spotted at some Target stores, but may not have reached all Target stores yet.

Wednesday in Tucson

02011-06-29 @ 14:06

115º in Phoenix yesterday. Morning coffee with Matt, until the infamous Phoenix misters started up and we left the cafe.

During the performance I played the electric guitar and had fun with it. Did I play the strat in 2009 at all? I seem to remember that I last used it during the Summer tour of 2008. Band sounded very good. Houman played a nice tonbak solo at the end of “Snakecharmer”.

Today we are in Tucson.

From my mobile phone visual diary.

Jon and I spent more than two hours in the Shot in the Dark Cafe, drinking coffee, talking, and listening to Bob Marley. I think if the cafe had played radio at that volume I would have left after a few minutes, but reggae sounded fantastic. Finished reading “Soul Mining” by Daniel Lanois this morning. Inspiring book.

Please compare:

02011-06-27 @ 09:06

I thought that SoundCloud could replace my iDisk account, but the quality of their streaming seems very poor to me. Please compare the SoundCloud streams I posted yesterday with these streams and let me know in the comments what you hear. Thanks!

Barcelona Nights from Santa Fe:

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Barcelona Nights from The Santa Fe Sessions:

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Barcelona Nights 2011 and 2003

02011-06-26 @ 21:06

The first track is the new Barcelona Nights, from this year’s album Santa Fe, and the second track is the older Barcelona Nights, from 2003 album The Santa Fe Sessions:

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Denver Sunday

02011-06-26 @ 17:06

Band sounded good last night. Very happy with the progress we have made. We played for three hours (two shows) and didn’t get to our hotel until 01:30. Now we have today and most of Monday to reflect on the performance and in my case, to work on my electric guitar setup. Only got the repaired guitar back late Friday afternoon and did not want to play it at the Soiled Dove since I literally had not touched it since 2008 or 2009.

Since the MobileMe iDisk, which I use for streaming and downloading music files in this Journal, and the Gallery will unfortunately be discontinued by Apple, I have been looking for replacements. Maybe SoundCloud will work. Still trying to figure out the HTML5 version of their widget, but in the meantime here is the Flash version of the Widget.

The first track is the new Barcelona Nights 2011 (from Santa Fe), and the second track is the old Barcelona Nights 2003 (from The Santa Fe Sessions):

Barcelona Nights-2011 by ottmar

Barcelona Nights-2003 by ottmar


02011-06-23 @ 09:06

Opened my electric guitar case, perhaps for the first time since the 2009 Summer tour, and the tuners looked like this:

That spray my friend applied that was to reduce the friction over the nut, which creates an unpleasant sound, must have been a little bit corrosive!!

Two rehearsals yesterday. Jon, Houman and I worked from 10:00-13:00 – Michael was coming back from Europe on Tuesday, was stuck in an airport for most of the night, and arrived in Santa Fe late Wednesday morning – and Jon, Houman and Michael worked in the afternoon. More rehearsing today. We are working on a few weaknesses that were bothering me, and I think we are really making improvements.


02011-06-21 @ 16:06

I am trying out Tumblr for a visual diary, while we all wait for iCloud…
Mobile Phone Images on Tumblr

Some Music

02011-06-07 @ 19:06

As promised, here is some music from the last tour, three pieces recorded live to 2-track at Infinity Hall, in Norfolk, in May. First “Passing Storm” from Nouveau Flamenco:

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Download here.

Next, this is “Cedar Smoke” from P-O-P:

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Download here.

And this is a new, untitled and unreleased track:

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Download here.


02011-06-07 @ 14:06

Music and Spontaneity at World Science Festival –
When the Melody Takes a Detour, the Science Begins

Trailer for an upcoming documentary movie about Yohji Yamamoto:
I am always finding the way… how to pay…
A very moving video, I find, and here Yohji is not talking about money.

Disney’s MultiPlane Camera
Walt Disney’s MultiPlane Camera (Filmed: Feb. 13, 1957) – YouTube

The Global War on Drugs has Failed — Marginal Revolution
The report of The Global Commission on Drug Policy is very strongly worded and the commissioners are so stellar it will be difficult to ignore

Upaya Newsletter for 6/6/2011
This is my simple religion.
There is no need for complicated philosophies, not even for temples. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple.
The philosophy is kindness.
– His Holiness The Dalai Lama

The Peonies are blooming:

Because of the big fire in Arizona smoke has been in the air for days. Last night, long before sunset, the red sun was sending these tendrils into a room in my house…

Hazy sky with bright red sun, nearly an hour before sunset:

San Miguel

02011-06-03 @ 08:06

Yesterday evening I arrived at the San Miguel chapel around six. A small stage, just large enough for a guitar stand, a chair and a few candlesticks had been set up at the stairs to the altar. I was shown into a small room in the back where I could tune my guitar and wait for the performance, which was to start at seven. That room contained a number of white and purple priest’s robes and smelled of mothballs. There were boxes with signs like “Kneeling Santa: Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. There were also many boxes with signs like “Apache Nativity”, “Navajo Nativity” and “Pueblo Nativity”. A little later I saw a beam of sunlight dance across the scene above the altar:

At 18:30 the candles were lit. At 19:00 an announcement was made and while that was going on I snapped this image:

I had tested the acoustics on Tuesday Morning, but filling the chapel with so many bodies meant they would soak up a lot of the sound. Yet, as I was told by audients at the reception following the performance, in a room at the Rio Chama restaurant across the street, everyone in the room could hear the guitar. Some people reported that it sounded great even in the back. Well, churches and chapels were built to carry the priest’s voice, so this is perhaps not surprising. I played a little harder than I would have liked, because I was a little worried about the sound of the guitar carrying to the back of the room, but it was a total pleasure to play for such an attentive audience.

I was asked to perform at San Miguel again next year and am considering that. I noticed one double outlet near the front of the chapel… I could bring the Neumann microphone, my Martech pre-amp and the 722 recorder, which records all the way up to 24/192k, and record a live album. The chapel receives the money from ticket sales and I get to record a solo live album… everybody wins!

Last Night at the San Miguel Chapel

02011-06-03 @ 08:06

Here are a couple of iPhone captures from last night’s solo concert at the San Miguel chapel in Santa Fe, a benefit for the restoration of the “oldest church in the USA”. A beam of light plays across the altar:

I took this image while an announcement/introduction was made, moments before I walked to the little stage that had been set up on the stairs.

Tibetan Culture

02011-06-01 @ 10:06

Opening of Gene Smith Library in China
The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) today announced that a significant portion of the personal collection of E. Gene Smith – the world’s largest private collection of Tibetan texts – will be donated to the library at the Southwest University for Nationalities in Chengdu, China.  The library will open on June 1, 2011, as part of the university’s 60th Anniversary celebration, reflecting the importance of this offering to the university.  E. Gene Smith, who died on December 16, 2010, chose to donate nearly 12,000 volumes to the university through TBRC, the organization he founded to digitally preserve his collection.


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