Thursday, March 29, 2007

Gig Report

Played a gig today at school with the "Coincident Currents" crew - that would be my friends poet Leonard Kress, visual artist Mania Dajnak and myself as musical hyjinks-ician. I think it was a particularly good version of what we do - we seem to be getting the hang of doing this together. I played guitar and (for the first time) shakuhachi. The old bamboo wind machine seemed to be particularly effective, esp during Len's poems that referenced Zen, asceticism and nature. In fact, I was shocked at my own spontaneous reaction to the last poem he read - a love letter to the earth. I started to cry (not sure why, but it got me) and had to catch myself to play out the rest of the poem and a brief shaku-finale to the set. One of our colleagues who was there sent me this (very moving) e-mail poem minutes afterwards so I'm posting it here with her permission (thanks Joy!):

Improvisation for Eric

Eric plays the flute

The notes seem to lift my breastbone

The notes breathe for me

They pour through me like a river of light

Eric plays the flute

The music asks a question

Asks it again and again

I don’t need to have the answer

Eric plays the flute

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More WooSH

Two tracks from Woosh (my project with Jeff Sampson and Bret Hart) were recently played on WDBX.91 (FM out of Southern Illinois) on the "It's Too Damn Early" show. The playlist and a download of the program can be found HERE (click on "listen" for the download).

Woosh is also now available through iTunes. You can preview and download some or all of the tracks if you have iTunes installed on your 'puter. I'm not sure what that means in the greater sense of mass distribution but it certainly puts us squarely in the "level playing field" of 300,000,000 or so other "standout releases".

WooSH was the last record were I performed exclusively on the Chapman Stick and I hope to return to it again in the future.

You can read the Aural Innovations review of WooSH HERE

You can also Woosh over HERE, HERE, and HERE

Our Japanese friends can Woosh HERE

In Germany, try HERE

How's that for mass-marketing??