Sunday, September 11, 2022

Closing Out August with Odes to All Nations and the City of the Angels.

At the end of the month I did Renée Petropoulos' "Analog Among Nations/WB: Sewing Circle." I'd categorize it as a performance piece. A big piece. Eleven participants. You'll see their names on one of the fliers below. Renée created the piece in relation to exhibits on flags and nationality at both The Broad and the Wende Museum. The Wende is an art museum and archive of the cold war, so for the performance there I used instruments that had some of connection with that particular era and European countries directly impacted by the expansion of the Soviet Union. These include a tuba made in Czechoslovakia in the 1890's, an E flat alto horn made in the Soviet Union in the 1970's, a Ukrainian lur and a fujara, an instrument original developed in Slovakia. Between the two performances I played at least 13 instruments. There might have more but that is all I remember right now.


From the Broad performance.

From the Wende performance.

And at the very end of the month, Vijay Anderson return for an encore performance and recording of his "Urban Jungle Los Angeles," created with visual artist "crushed blacks," and performed by his Silverscreen Sextet. It was a hot show performed in a very hot venue. Lots of sweat flyin' 'round. We recorded the piece the next day (September 1) at a studio in the same building.

Dinner before the gig. Nashville-style chicken sandwich. Not for the faint of heart.

The show.

The recording session.

The snareway to heaven.

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