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You played a amazing set Daniel.

Thanks for sharing you music with the rest of us.

I enjoyed your performance immensely.


Ted Killian

---- Daniel Berkman <danielberkman@mac.com> wrote: 

Thank you sooooo much, Rick, for all your hard work and dedication! And so 
great to finally work with you and to be part of the "loop"!

Last night at the Tea House was a blast and the artists were amazing!
Really dug the closing set with you, the Ambassador of Trouts and Laurie 

Thank you again for the opportunity to share my Gravikord looping set with 
you and Cafe Namaste! 
Already can't wait for next year! 

Daniel Berkman


Daniel Berkman | Colfax | Kora 
Musician • Composer • Producer
Phone: (415) 254-4895
Email: danielberkman@mac.com

On Oct 15, 2010, at 3:56 AM, Rick Walker <looppool@cruzio.com> wrote:

> Well,  was the heaviest day of the festival for me because there
> were performances in 3 different cities.
> I was planning to deliver the sound system to the young woman
> who had agreed to produce the gig at the Namaste Tea House
> and then continue to organize the myriad list of I have to accomplish
> for the opening of the main venue later tonight (It's 3:43 as I write).
> I could get no answers to my phone calls and got to the venue to
> find that the woman was a complete no-show......
> ...........suddenly ,  I had to load in the system, be the sound guy, the
> MC (and even play a little as one of the artists just didn't show).
> The show went great:   Soren Wagner did a beautiful newbie set;
> David Berkmann did a fascinating set with a Gravichord (an elecronic
> Kora, or 21 String African harp---also a first for the festival),  Chris 
> did a relaxing ambient set,  Ambassador of Trouts did a really 
> set using (amongst other instruments) a bass clarinet............one of 
>my favorite
> instruments in the world and then Laurie Amat, the wonderful experimental
> vocalist did a 'newbie' set that was really fascinating.    Because of 
>last minute
> cancellations in the festival,  I set up some of my gear and joined 
> for a trio improvisationally with Adrian Gormley (Ambassador of Trouts).
> I've never played with these two musicians before but it was really 
> and a nice way to end a very stressful situation for me.
> Then everyone in the audience pitched in and loaded out the PA so that I 
> get over to the main venue in time to help load in the sophisticated 
> and lighting system that we'll use for the next three days.
> The board is a digital board and fellow looper Daniel Thomas' son Trevor 
>(who played percussion with him in last years festival) brought in the 
>system and set it up.
> Daniel came down (amazing because he leave tomorrow at 6:00 a.m. for 
>Ireland where he will
> do a tour with traditional Irish musicians and Bob Brozman (who we've 
>both played with in the past)
> and taught Maha (my trusty and amazing assistant for the festival) and I 
>how to use the digital
> board.
> Tim Thompson and David Tristram came in with us and set up the 
>sophisticated interactive
> lighting/video system that they'll be using to improvise with the 
>musicians on stage.
> David even brought an enoromous latter; crawled to the top of the venue 
>and put
> tarps over the skylights so we can have amazing visuals in the middle of 
>the day tomorrow.
> I finished and got home by 2:45.  I started working at 2:00 this 
>afternoon so it was a long,
> long, long, long day.  I"m so thankful tthat I can sleep in today and be 
> to start it all off at 6:00 tonight.
> Oh...................and we got the cover to the 
> Linda Koffman wrote a really long article on the history of the festival 
>and said
> some very nice things about it (and about me).
> Awesome............................onto day 3.
> Rick Walker
> ps   Any one want to write in about yesterdays gigs in San Jose and San 
> I was sad to have to miss them.