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


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


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

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

Body Weather Laboratory presents
MARCH 1/2/3 2013
1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA, 90291



OGURI – dance


WADADA LEO SMITH – trumpet / composition

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

Purchase Tickets:

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

Free parking at Electric Lodge


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


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.


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



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

Flyer Art + Design by: Kio Griffith