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East Coast, California, and Oregon

By , October 21, 2015 3:46 pm

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Home again home again after a busy couple of weeks:

– The Polyrhythmics East Coast Tour was overwhelmingly positive, both individually and as a group. Although our time in each area or city was usually pretty short, I really enjoyed being in areas where the moods, personalities, and cultures were a bit different than that of the Northwest, from New England to New York to DC to North Carolina. Equally interesting were the parts of some of the cities that I found really similar to Seattle and the Northwest; sometimes it was the way a town felt, sometimes it was the way the people were, sometimes it was something else. Regardless, there was strong support and love for our music, which was heartwarming. New York in particular was wonderful; I reunited with several friends with whom I always enjoy catching up.

– After that, our stops in California and Oregon were familiar in the best of ways. Many of the venues we’ve played several times before, and it’s comforting to know that the place you’re playing any given night likes you and will treat you well, and you will probably see some familiar faces too! I talked about music a lot with a couple of the guys on this run, discussing where we see our music (both as individuals and as a band) fitting in compared to all of the other music getting made out there. I always find those conversations very rewarding, and think it makes me a better musician (or at least makes WANT to be better).

The Polyrhythmics twitter and instagram accounts were pretty active on these runs, so there are more detailed descriptions of the tours here and here.

It is not easy to make tours like this happen (much of the credit should go to Ben Bloom, our guitarist and tour manager), and there are sacrifices each of us in the band make to do it, but I feel very fortunate to be along for the ride.

On to the next!

Updates

By , August 22, 2015 7:18 pm

July and the beginning of August has been some of the busiest times for me in recent memory!  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

 

– I went to Chicago to see my sister graduate and become a doctor in Psychology, very exciting!  Over the 4 years that she lived there I visited several times, and I enjoy that city very much; to me it has a very clear cultural identity that is colorful and rich.

 

– I played with Theoretics on KEXP’s morning show.  Although I had done an in-studio performance there before with Polyrhythmics, it is always thrilling to know you are being broadcast on the radio.  I also appreciate what KEXP does for creative music in Seattle (along with NPR stations KPLU and KBCS).

 

– I performed a few pick-up gigs with musicians I admire:  Tarik Abouzied, Ian Sheridan, Joe Doria, Brennan Carter, Jeff Johnson, and Jake Svendsen.  It’s always a pleasure to play music as well as talk with these guys and get their viewpoint on things.  Jeff in particular is someone I look forward to playing with every time because I view him as an older music master and local legend, so whenever I play with him I feel as though I’m with a mentor, and there is always something I learn from playing and hanging with him.

 

– I kept a steady weekend-warrior-style tour schedule up with Polyrhythmics and Theoretics.  I had the opportunity to play at the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Guitarfish Festival, the Northern Rockies Music Festival, the Kaslo Jazz Festival, Summer Meltdown, the South Lake Union Block Party, Doe Bay Fest, and the For the Funk of it Festival, and I traveled to cities and areas all around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Nevada.  Crazy!

 

I put up a bunch of new pictures in the Photos section, and I uploaded many videos from my travels onto a “Summer Performances 2015” playlist on my youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYy1yby1nObZRmIM1hh7G3A/playlists ) , so check those out!

 

– Art

IO Awards/Return to Oregon

By , May 10, 2010 8:42 am

Hardcoretet has received news that our album “Experiments in Vibe” is nominated for Best Mixed Genre Album in the Inside Out Awards!

Presented by Lucid Jazz Lounge, and taking place for the very first time on Monday, May 31st at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall, The I/O Jazz Awards show will consist of honoring musicians for achievement in Seattle’s jazz community, and we are honored to be considered for an award. You can see all of the nominees and place your votes here.  We could not have been able to throw our hat in the ring without your support, so thank you for all of the positive reactions to the album!

Speaking of positive reactions, Hardcoretet was also able to head down once more to Oregon several weeks ago.  Our first stop was in Portland where we met up with Arick Gouwerok, a bass player and friend of mine and Tarik’s from the UW days.  Arick collaborated with me on my Senior recital, and I have missed his playing ever since he moved to Beaverton after graduation, so needless to say it was a joyous occasion to hang out with his wife Janie and him for a day.  We played that night at the White Eagle Saloon with Trio Subtonic, a really talented Portland-based band (check them out here).  Unfortunately, the mood was not ideal; the city seemed to take the Trailblazers’ NBA playoff loss pretty hard that night, but we did what we could to bring some energy.  Regardless, it was great to try a new venue, and Trio Subtonic had some awesome tunes, as well as a collection of Radiohead arrangements they were working on for an upcoming show (very cool), and they seemed to dig our sound too.  We’re excited to host them May 22nd here in Seattle at the Seamonster Lounge.

From there, it was down to Eugene to spend the day exploring the University of Oregon and the night performing at the Jazz Station, where we played on our CD release tour.  Several people who had seen us then returned to check out the show, so it was fun to reconnect and talk to them about the last couple of months, as well as see what they thought about new material, which went over well.  A guitarist playing a rock show across the street even came over to listen from outside!

All in all, it was good to tighten up our music for these shows, and the trip gave us time to talk about music, our sound, and what’s next for the band.  Roll through the Seamonster on May 22nd to see both Hardcoretet and Trio Subtonic and hear for yourself what we’ve been working on!

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