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Re: a perfect looping concert


Must throw in my two cents as well.  An incredible evening!!  Dan, Rick 
and Theresa started off with some great grooves and dub stylings. 
Rock solid drums, inventive bass looping (loved the distorted upper 
register lead bass), and tranceful delayed vocals.  David Tristam's 
video projections rocked my world (both while listening to others and 
while we were playing.  I kept having to turn around and stare at the 
wall while we were playing because I couldn't believe what was happening 
back there.  By the time Ted Killian and Jeff Kaiser played I just 
layed on the floor with a pillow under my head and melted into bliss!  The 
patience, restraint and musicality of the conversation between  
Ted's sustainiac guitar loops and Jeff's altered trumpet  was humbling.. A 
lesson in remembering to breathe.

Also, I'll cop now to some responsibilty for the heat.  Halfway through 
Ghost 7's set I asked the kitchen to turn off the big, noisy, exhaust 
fan that was intruding into my listening pleasure.  Sure was hot, but it 
sounded better!!

Joe Rut

----- Original Message -----
From: "loop.pool" <looppool@cruzio.com>
To: "LOOPERS DELIGHT (posting)" <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Subject: a perfect looping concert
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2005 17:45:33 -0700

> Last night I was privy with many other people to one of the most 
> live looping shows I've witnessed.
> List member, guitarist and composer of one of my favorite loop 
> records ever (Flux Aeterna), Ted Killian
> came all the way from Medford, Oregon to do a sublime duet with 
> Jeff Kaiser, the amazing new music
> trumpet/electronics artist who has a lot of notoriety in the Los 
> Angeles new music scene with his excellent
> record labels pfMENTUM and Angry Vegan Records.
> To top this amazing performance off,  David Tristram drove across 
> the hill and just showed up with his
> video projector and projected beautiful visuals that were amazingly 
> synchronous with the performance.
> With Ted creating really beautiful, restrained and ultimately 
> tastey ambient pads and long legato, searing guitar tones,
> Jeff got freaky with his trumpet playing through a couple of Line 6 
> DL-4s, an Alesis Bitr-man (man oh man, what a cool pedal),
> a Moogerfooger ring modulator and a few other things that I didn't 
> get the names of.
> Jeff is an avante garde player with extreme taste and musicality.   
> He has amazing acoustic technique as a trumpet player (and Ted 
> tells me
> he is also is trained in complex choral arranging) and he rides a 
> beautiful taught line between lyricism and very angular and even 
> abrasive sound manipulation. Always abstract, yet always hinting at 
> beautiful worlds,  I was just floored by the interaction between 
> these two wonderful and sensitive players.  I told Dan Soltzberg 
> (with whom I played earlier in the evening in Orange with his 
> talented singer/percussionist wife, Theresa) that I had one of 
> those peak moments about 15 minutes into their set where I thought 
> to myself,  "This is why we work so hard to put these free concerts 
> on for the public".
> Joe Rut and Lucio Menegon  (aka Lumper/Splitter) were in the middle 
> slot and also played a really sublime set of double guitar looping.
> Again, they run the gamut of more inside styles and more avante 
> garde arhythmic styles.   Their set was filled with a lot of energy 
> and they
> had great chemistry going to a lot of different musical spaces.   
> Joe also played a cool invented instrument that had contact mics 
> and various
> pieces of metal welded on a resonating board.    I really resonated 
> with his playing on that piece and feel really glad that I now have 
> three new friends in my musical world (Joe, Lucio and Jeff).
> It was really enjoyable playing the opening set with Dan and 
> Theresa on trapset.  I rarely just play kit these days and it was 
> really fun to use minimalistic looping techniques (I only had a 
> lonely Line 6 without any processing for my kick and snare mic) and 
> I tried out a bunch of new techniques of playing kit and using 
> mouth percussion simultaneously .  I really got into a minimalist 
> groove zone and the whole set was very trancey for me.
> I'll leave it to someone else to speak of that set though because 
> as enjoyable as it was,  I have no idea how it sounded to the 
> audience (one of the saddest things about being a performing 
> artist...............you just can't tell how things are percieved 
> until after the fact).   I do know that I really dug the bass and 
> looping and processing work that Dan was doing and Theresa did some 
> really nice spoken word pieces as well as singing beautifully.
> It was hotter than hades in the venue but for the first time,  the 
> Blues Jam downstairs didn't occur simultaneously so we were able to 
> use the big stage and the big sound system and the sound was 
> excellent.
> Add to that how sweet the staff of the ATTIC's restaurant were and 
> it was just a reallly successful show, artistically.
> Thanks to all the artists who made it possible.
> Rick Walker

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