9.11.13 LUNA » Domo Music Group

Domo Music Group New Release
LUNA

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Produced, Recorded, Engineered & Mixed by Krish Sharma

Luna : Gayageum
Kenneth Belcher : Music Director, Guitar, Programming
Manny Quintero : Bass
Reade Pryor : Drums
Jasmine Choi : Keyboards on “Doppler Effect”
Alex Burke : Keyboards on “All Along The Watchtower”
Mela Lee : Vocals on “All Along The Watchtower”

Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists & Repertoire, Audio Mastering : Dino Malito
Artist Management : Eiichi Naito, Dino Malito
Marketing & Promotions : Atsuko Mizuta, Mai Okuno
Album Art +  Design : Kio Griffith / 9rpm.com

Domo Music Group website

8.11.13 Scott Jeppesen “El Guapo” » Creative Bottle Music

Creative Bottle Music New Release
SCOTT JEPPESEN
El Guapo

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SCOTT JEPPESEN saxophones, bass clarinet
JOHN DAVERSA trumpet/flugelhorn [Tracks 3 and 5]
LARRY KOONSE guitar
JOSH NELSON piano, keyboards
DAVE ROBAIRE bass
DAN SCHNELLE drums

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Produced by John Daversa and Scott Jeppesen
Recorded by Paul Tavenner at Big City Recording Studios
Mixing by Chris Brooke
Mastering by Dave Collins Mastering
Album Art + Design by:  Kio Griffith

Scott Jeppesen  website

7.5.13 Peter Erskine + Alan Pasqua + Dave Carpenter “Badlands” » Fuzzy Music

Fuzzy Music reissue new release
Peter Erskine / Alan Pasqua / Dave Carpenter
Badlands

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ALAN PASQUA piano
DAVE CARPENTER bass
PETER ERSKINE drums

“It goes something like this: A moment of pregnant silence, then pianist Alan Pasqua starts to play, filling the room with gorgeous, delicate, intensely lyrical lines of an almost transcendent beauty. At some point, so gently that you may not be aware of it at first – maybe he’s been there all the time – Dave Carpenter joins in, his woody bass meshing so perfectly with Pasqua’s piano it’s hard to believe it’s two separate instruments. Then you realize Peter Erskine’s in there too, effortlessly coaxing more sounds from his drum kit than the laws of physics should allow. As the music ebbs and flows, you find yourself wondering who’s leading, but you quickly mark it as an exercise in futility; they all are, or none is. and anyway, what does it matter? And suddenly, as perfectly and mysteriously as it began, the music draws to a close, the room breathes a joyful sigh, applause breaks out and you go smiling off into the night, thinking that if human beings can communicate that deeply, can produce something that profoundly beautiful, maybe everything really is all right in the world.”

– Brandt Reiter, LA WEEKLY (First published 11/2001)

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Recorded: August 7 & 8, 2001
at Puck Productions, Santa Monica, CA

Engineered by: Brian Risner
Mixed by: Rich Breen

Produced by: Peter Erskine
Co-Produced by: Alan Pasqua & Dave Carpenter
Mastering by: Rich Breen
Piano Technician: Keith Albright

Album Art + Design by: Kio Griffith

Fuzzy Music website

4.27.13 Richard Sears Trio “Volume One ~ Los Gatos 2012”

New Release
Richard Sears Trio
volume one ~ Los Gatos 2012

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“These original compositions were developed over five years, drawing on impressions from time in Northern California, Los Angeles, and New York. In August 2012, we retreated to the peace and isolation of the Santa Cruz Mountains to record this album over a three day period. The sound of the recording, as well as the mood of our performance, were shaped by the large room where the recording took place, a vaulted redwood interior overlooking treetops and an expansive canyon. It is our pleasure to share this music with you and we hope it brings the same enjoyment that went into its creation.” – Richard Sears

1. Upenss
2. 23rd and Fig
3. Good Morning Rain
4. Neighbor Greg
5. Over the Hill
6. Radio Flyer
7. Upness – reprise

RICHARD SEARS  piano
MARTIN NEVIN  bass
KEVIN YOKOTA  drums

all compositions by Richard Sears

Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Cressman

Album Art / Photo + Design by: Kio Griffith

Richard Sears website

4.1.13 “No Beethoven” An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report by Peter Erskine » Fuzz/E/Books

Fuzz/E/Books new release
No Beethoven
An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report
by Peter Erskine

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No Beethoven” chronicles the life and times of drummer Peter Erskine, with the legendary band Weather Report being the nexus to this first-hand account. Erskine was in the midst of the modern American jazz music scene as it underwent its most dynamic change. From the last days of the big band era to the height of fusion…there never was a band quite like Weather Report, and there has never been a more insightful, personal or authentic telling of that band’s story and the musicians — Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and Jaco Pastorius — who changed music forever…to the European wave as represented by Manfred Eicher’s ECM label, to the dawning of the age of the musician as entrepreneur and educator…Peter Erskine is a musician of his times with an incredibly rich story to tell. Many stories to tell! He was there…and now you can be, too. With never-before published photographs.

“No Beethoven” includes chapters dedicated to Weather Report and the musicians Joe Zawinul, Jaco Pastorius and Wayne Shorter, plus the bands Steps Ahead, Steely Dan, and artists such as Elvin Jones, Joni Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Diana Krall, Steve Gadd, producer Manfred Eicher, composers John Williams and  Mark-Anthony Turnage, et al. The book provides a revealing look at the creative process involved in performing music on-stage and in the recording studio, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical instrument industry operates.

This is a book for all musicians and fans of music. As famed drummer and Rush founder Neil Peart writes:  “‘No Beethoven’ is among the best musical autobiographies I have read. Peter’s story is absorbing and compelling, full of well-drawn characters and incidents both humorous and serious. It flows with the same ease and naturalness as his drumming, and under that good-humored gloss, it conveys the same profundity of experience and ideas. This book should be read not only by every drummer, but by every musician. Even dedicated “amateurs” of music will find it entertaining and worthwhile.”

No Beethoven iBook on iTunes 

Peter Erskine website

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 No Beethoven
Authored by: Peter Erskine
Edited by: Rick Mattingly
Book Design by: Kio Griffith

3.6.13 Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble [V.O.C.E.] “Dreaming Paris • theme & variations”

New Release
Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble [V.O.C.E.]
Dreaming Paris • theme & variations

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01 Part I
02 Divine Presence
03 No Pause
04 Part II
05 First Drops of Rain
06 Pattern of Streets
07 Exposed to the Moon
08 Part III
09 Déjà Vu
10 Reflecting Surfaces
11 Part IV
12 Half-Open Window
13 Semicircle
14 Points of Light
15 Recollection of Days
16 Dreaming Paris

VARDAN  OVSEPIAN  piano
DAPHNE  CHEN  violin
TYLANA  RENGA  violin
LAUREN  BABA  viola
MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON   viola
ARTYOM MANUKYAN   cello
RYAN  MCGILLICUDDY  bass
GAVIN  SALMON  percussion
ZACH  HARMON  percussion

Produced by:  Vardan Ovsepian

Recorded and mixed by Scott Fraser at Architecture,
Mastered by Scott Fraser, Jiho Choi and Judson Crane,
Winter 2013

Album Art / Photo + Design by: Kio Griffith

Vardan Ovsepian website

3.3.13 Flower Of The Season 2013 » “Notaway: Quest For Freedom”

Body Weather Laboratory presents
MARCH 1/2/3 2013
FLOWER OF THE SEASON 2013: NOTAWAY: QUEST FOR FREEDOM
1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA, 90291

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featuring

OGURI – dance
YASUNARI TAMAI -dance

with
WADADA LEO SMITH’s GOLDEN QUARTET

WADADA LEO SMITH – trumpet / composition
ANTHONY DAVIS – piano
JOHN LINDBERG – bass
PHEEROAN AKLAFF – drums

FRIDAY March 1 » 8:00pm
SATURDAY March 2 » 5:00pm + 8:00pm
SUNDAY March 3 » 3:00pm

Purchase Tickets:
http://flower2013.brownpapertickets.com/

General Admission: $22 [presale] $25 [day of show]
Students & Seniors: $20 Children (under18yrs): $17 [no presale, ID required]

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice CA 90291
310-823-0710

Free parking at Electric Lodge

bodyweather@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/bodyweather
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Flower Of The Season 2013 is
produced by Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective

supported by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission,Metabolic Studio, CalArts and the Electric Lodge

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Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective present Flower of the Season 2013. Now in its 9th year, Flower of the Season produces outstanding dance within a deeply considered, minimal yet encompassing approach to space and theatricality. This year, the series introduces the exquisite work of Yasunari Tamai and Oguri. Music composed by Wadada Leo Smith. Live music performed byWadada Leo Smith‘s Golden Quartet.

OGURI-Artistic Director/Choreographer

A native of Japan, He joined famed dancer Min Tanaka’s company, Mai-Juku, in 1985. Oguri was a founding member of Body Weather Farm where for five years, he lived, worked, and hosted annual international art festivals. A resident of California since 1990, 1998 Oguri produces full-evening solo and ensemble work in the theater, improvises with musicians, works site-specifically in nature and urban landscapes, develops multi-media works, and collaborates with sculptors, painters, poets, literature, daily life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance. Oguri teaches and performs worldwide. Oguri has received numerous grants and awards. 2005 Irvine ‘Dance: Creation to Performance’ grant for his evening length work “Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project” which toured in November 2009 with a NEA grant.

YASUNARI TAMAI-Choreographer

Born in Tokyo, joined Min Tanaka’s Mai-Juku dance group in 1983. From 1986 to the present he has been a resident of the Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, practicing organic farming and dance. He performs nationally and internationally as a member of Min Tanaka’s Tokason dance troupe and presenting solo work. He received a grant from Japan Arts Fund for his solo dance work, Don Quixote on the Mountaintop at Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo.

WADADA LEO SMITH-Composer

Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser have been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator.

Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith’s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program Sherwood School of Music and Wesleyan University. Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.

Body Weather Laboratory website

Electric Lodge website

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Photography:

Roger Burns [Wadada Leo Smith]
Owen O’Connor [Oguri]
Hitomi Tanizawa [Yasunari Tamai]

Flyer Art + Design by: Kio Griffith