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Entries in Russia (5)

Wednesday
Nov102010

Mr. Mister release, TU & KTU Russian tour dates

Mr Mister together in Malibu to celebrate the upcoming release of PULL, a record we did over 20 years ago.

 

Next up. . . 

TU and KTU in Russia

Nov 11:

TU in  Valdivostock

Zabriskie Point

Nov 16:

TU in Ekaterinburg

State Variety Theatre

Nov 18:

TU in Moscow

Gogol' Club

Nov 21:

KTU in Perm . Perm Philharmonie



Sunday
Jun012008

King Crimson, CG3+, KTU, Stickmen, TU tour dates

Some upcoming gigs:

Jul 8 Plains of Abraham w/CG3+3 open for Primus Quebec City

Jul 12 Scène Bell des Plaines d’Abraham CG3+2/open for Yes Quebec City

Jul 25 FMM Festival w/KTU Sines, Portugal

Aug 2 Belcourt Theater w/King Crimson Nashville, Tennessee

Aug 3 Belcourt Theater w/King Crimson Nashville, Tennessee

Aug 6 PARK WEST/King Crimson Chicago, Illinois

Aug 7 PARK WEST w/King Crimson Chicago, Illinois

Aug 8 PARK WEST w/King Crimson Chicago, Illinois

Aug 11 KESWICK THEATER w/King Crimson PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania

Aug 12 KESWICK THEATER w/King Crimson PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania

Aug 14 NOKIA THEATER w/King Crimson NYC, New York

Aug 15 NOKIA THEATER w/King Crimson NYC, New York

Aug 16 NOKIA THEATER w/King Crimson NYC, New York

Aug 17 NOKIA THEATER w/King Crimson NYC, NY, New York

Aug 30 Town Square w/KTU Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

Sep 2 TBA w/KTU Moscow, Russia

Sep 4 Tavastia, W/KTU Helsinki,Finland

Oct 10 TBC w/Tony Levin Stickmen Piekary, Poland

Oct 11 Academy of Music Katowice w/Stickmen Katowice, Poland

Oct 12 Opole Philharmonic w/Stickmen Opole, Poland

 

Nov 17'ish TU Puebla, Mexico

Nov 19'ish Tu Mexico City, Mexico

Nov 25 B.M.L. in Nagoya Japan . . .

Nov 29 B.M.L. in Tokyo (last Japan show).

Nov 31 B.M.L. . . . .


KC Summer Kits:

 

 

 

 



Monday
Apr172006

Just back from Russia -spending almost two weeks, sharing apartments with Russians and traveling deeper into the north I got to experience a very different side of Russia, I plan to write a more detailed blog over at the myspace site but in the meantime check this link for pictures and a story from my (not a master) drum class - once again the russian to English computer translation give some very funny interpretations.

 

 

While home the next few weeks I am working on tracks for one of Austin's more eclectic and outside young musicians John Pointercheck out John's 'make a CD with me' offer. Also doing more sonic work for the new Microsoft Vista OS, and even starting some Cock Robin rehearsals here in Austin later this week.

 

My next live show coming up will be the KTU North American debut May, 19 2006 at FIMAV Festival near Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada .

Followed by a May 27th warm up date for Cock Robin at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano California (more CR gigs start mid June in Europe).



Tuesday
Mar212006

Tunisia, Tuner, KTU

Pamelia Kurstin was in town for SXSW and once again I snatched her from the Barbez bus for another all-nighter recording more for our Tunisia project. In another strange case of synchronicity "A Night In Tunisia" was playing at the club we were at so we recorded a version of that: SXSW Night in Tunisia. Drums by Art Blakey RIP.

For more info on the amazing Pamelia check her new myspace page here:

www.myspace.com/pameliakurstin

 

 

Leaving for KTU gigs:

 

March 23, 2006

Planet Music, Vienna, Austria

 

Mar 24 2006

DOM, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

More upcoming gigs:

TUNER with special guest SiRenée

 

Apr 6 2006

Platforma Club, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Apr 7 2006

Golden Mask Festival, Moscow, Russia

 

 

And then Zeegrass gigs:

 

April 9 2006

Club Ogi, Moscow Russia

 

April 10

Club Ikra, Moscow Russia

 

April 12, 2006

Masterclass at LearnMusic in Moscow

(www.learnmusic.ru)

 

 

April 14 & 15th 2006

Mamakabo Festival, Vologda, Russia

 

and filling in April 11 & 12th with Goeffrey Oryema in Moscow.

 



Saturday
Dec172005

catch up

Happy Holidays!

Been much too busy to type so a little catch up is in order.


Markus and Noe

 

Pink


 

For starters check this link: Story of KTU gig

 

I became aware of this blog a few days ago. It is an online diary (with pics) from BIG, one of the stage hands in Moscow telling his story of the KTU gig. The Russian to English translation is a hoot . One pal commented it sounds like I was making a porn movie as he read about my 'hot rod shooting fire'.

 

Going backwards:

 

Nov 29 Markus arrived (but his luggage did not) and we quickly began recording the following day. First we converted my newly acquired Baby Grand Piano (it is so wonderful to have a piano in the house, thank you Ed and Ilane) into a prepared Piano with small cyms and gongs, clips and papers, etc. and attacked it with mallets, brushes, sticks, kitchen cutlery and even some small old european irons. We recorded aprox 1 hr of this mayham and also some improvised duets (I play low end ostinatos that Markus adds chordal accompaniment to). Then we chopped these performances into a folder of raw footage to extract samples from. I'll get more info and pics about the recording of this new TUNER music soon as we announce the new TUNER page on MySpace.com (mmm should that be our space?).

 

The next day Dec 1st we did the first Black Tent gig at Pink. Despite the sound man (me) forgetting the mixing desk, the gig went fantastic. The audience grew larger every show and the musicians came and went... and played freely. I have a recording but have yet to have a moment to stop and review it. Some highlights (from comments I overheard): Surround sound with Markus in the back stereo and me in the front, Gumby with strapped on battery powered pignose amp walking through the audience playing electric guitar, melodica duos in the back of the room, Monkey saxing around in the dark, Roberto playing violin from the four corners, Laura's abstract vibraphone and Gamelan playing. Me dropping a pile of cyms at someone's feet and scare the poop out of them... My throwing a doggie squeeze toy across the room as the squeal exhaled, and . . .a Santa's drum circle that appeared.

 

The next day Markus and I resumed recording. The usual modus operandi (M.O.) was extracting prepared piano chunks, and building a bed - for instance on song#1: 3 bars of 7/4 and a bar of 6/4 that go together well and looping that 27 beat pattern 4 times as a 'verse' and then jumping to a loop of 3 x 4/4 and a 5/4 tag. Then jamming over this until we had a few motifs that more clearly defined the piece, blocking out chords with mellotrons or vintage rhodes sounds, then live drums, warr guitars - somewhere along the way the form would start to organicaly evolve and we would continue cutting until our arrangement felt satsifying.Our general hrs of operation were noon till 3 am but somedays we started even earlier - we both got rather exhausted but the music was too inticing to stop. By song 4 we were ready for a change in M.O. so we resorted to the several acoustic guitars I acquired for Markus to employ (again thank you to Ed Reynolds for the classical and 6 string, and Gina for the 12 string) while i played cajon or log drums. After a few days of that I woke Markus to the sound of drummer drumming, throwing down some beat ideas I have harboured for a few years and applying them to plug-ins like Reso and Bruno (sort of like vocoders that allow the drums to act a trigger source while the notes and chords are input to the Reso). Markus had no shortage of chord progressions as he continues to use a serial type algorithm to generate starting harmonic structures...

 

Markus was planning to leave Sunday the 11th, but rebooked for the 14th to give us more time - a few hrs after i dropped him at the airport a text arrived 'can you come pick me up?' - yep he was stranded at the Austin airport for 4 hrs because of bad weather in Chicago. Rebooked for Friday 16, yesterday, the flights once again ran later and later. He was eventualy able to finally leave yesterday but got stuck in DC for 5 hrs and then in Frankfurt for 9 hrs more, arriving home several hours later (once again without his luggage). The upside to his staying was we got to continue doing more TUNER tracking -we have 8 pieces about 80% done, and several more slabs in progress- and also that Markus could work with me on a few tracks for Laura Scarborough and then Heather Sullivan. Heather is a singer/songwriter that I had booked to arrive for collaboration on Tuesday after Markus was originally planning to depart. The end result was fantastic as it allowed Markus and I to wear our 'Kruder and Dorfmeister hats' and prepare funky Europe jazz chill room elevator music for Heather. We had been censoring any programmed or beat box use for the new TUNER recording but all those rules went out the window for Heather's tracks - we even faded one song! That's right! Have you ever noticed that basic rule of projects that involve 'Pat Productions'? NO FADES

My thinking is if you have to fade it means you couldn't think of an ending, but if you played live you would have to find an ending, so might as well find it sooner than later.