VIDEO: Recording ME16WGA live in The Glow Studio. Maine (ME) to Georgia (GA) is a long drive. 16W is an exit off the New Jersey Turnpike about midway between the two destinations. To me the song is an evocative soundscape, a soundtrack. With the camerawork and editing I tried to capture that hallucinogenic feel of late night long-distance driving. UPDATE: Lifelike Boy Android album released.
I had such a wonderful time on this Georgia trip. So good to connect with old friends again and also be present during the creation of art. Made several new friends too, including Jamie DeRevere, and Michael Manring.
Killick, Michael and I stayed up late one night. Michael shared stories about Michael Hedges and Jaco Pastorius. I asked Michael what was the single most influential thing he learned from studying with Jaco: "Jaco considered bass a serious solo instrument, equal in stature to violin or cello or guitar."
I am excited to have been able to introduce Gabe Lopez to Michael Manring. Two very fluid innately musical players with strong sense of melody. They met in person at the first trio improvisation in Hapeville. I saw a spark...hopefully some collaboration will happen between them.
Awesome!!! Videos!!! Just jammed to them during my warmup session. Seriously strange sounds going on...I loved it. It's chaotic as all hell but a synergy is there. (Gabe via txt)
Ede Wright is a monster player. Absolutely awesome. He taught Tosin Abasi, and the two of them remain friends. I notice they have similar hands. Similar speed. It's perhaps unsurprising Ede really loved the 8-string Ultimate Shred Machine™ guitar neck. After an hour with it he was just SO FAST. He also has a fine ear for discerning tonal nuances and guitar design subtleties.
I'm really sorry I missed the Manring show. The movement in the music is beautiful. It's like a slow cloud changing color and shape as it moves across the horizon. You have to tap into something else to conceive and play music like this, master level stuff. (Ede via txt)
Gabe Lopez met me at Ede's and the two of them played together. It was an hour of free flowing jam and some of the most incredible music I've experienced. Gabe created open chord structures with lots of space (Bill Frisell) on Spearfish 6-string as Ede channeled Miles Davis and Joe Pass on USM 8-string. We went out for burgers and beers afterward and discovered many commonalities. Two more friendships.
I want to thank Delene, Irene, and Killick for hosting us. It was an absolute pleasure to hang with them and also enjoy their lovely home. This is our third extended visit together...and I cherish all of them.
SKETCH: Artist Soleil Ouimet, drummer Jamie DeRevere's niece.
Detoured through North Carolina on my way home to New Jersey. Visited Cliff Cultreri and his wife Patti at their home. Together they own Destroy All Guitars — a wonderful online boutique guitar and amp business. Cliff is without doubt the strongest most resilient human being I've ever met. I'm so inspired by him in so many ways.
VIDEO: Michael Manring, Jamie DeRevere, and Killick Hinds performing live at ATHICA. Athens, Georgia. Taking some of their studio energy before a live crowd for two intimate one-off improvisation performances.