Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gamelatron: The City Flower

Last night, my friends and I attended a private concert of "The City Flower", a fully robotic gamelan orchestra called Gamelatron. It's creator, composer Aaron "Taylor" Kuffner, performed an hour-and-a-half-long composition to a seated audience of about 100 at a private DUMBO loft under the Manhattan Bridge. Here's my iPad drawing during the concert.

The Gamelatron Project. Drawn on the iPad.

The best news I have is that all of you, New Yorkers, will be able to experience this musical awe and beauty as of June 1st, when "The City Flower" moves to an abandoned retail space at the heart of Times Square, between 47th and 48th streets, for the whole month of June (at least). Follow the news and don't miss Mr. Kuffner's public concerts.


Here's the website for The Gamelatron Project, where you can find out about Gamelan, the thriving indigenous music of Indonesia, as well as meet the conceptual artist/composer/creator of Gamelatron, Aaron "Taylor" Kuffner, learn his mission, discover the making of and the technical details behind his robotic orchestra, and hear the sounds:

The Gamelatron Project. Drawn on the iPad.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ceramic Dog at (Le) Poisson Rouge

"We got it to sound wrong, exactly like us." 

Just returned from a craaazy-good concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ceramic Dog 'Your Turn' CD Release Show, presented by Undead Music. Marc Ribot on guitar, Ches Smith on drums,  Shahzad Ismaily on bass/electronics. Love these musicians for years. Seen them before many times, and yet tonight was the best...yet. Thank you for your “free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica/noise" music.

Ches Smith, Shahzad Ismaily, Marc Ribot. Drawn on the iPad

Ches Smith. Drawn on the iPad

Ches Smith. Drawn on the iPad

Ches Smith, Shahzad Ismaily, Marc Ribot. Drawn on the iPad

Saturday, May 4, 2013

White Horse

Spent a nice spring weekend at the Mystic Seaport just recently, revisiting our on-going Dalvero exhibit "Restoring a Past, Charting a Future" at the Museum of America and the Sea and continuing to reportage the C.W. Morgan whaling ship restoration. And while roaming the seaport, I stumbled upon a white beauty named Zena on her day off (she pulls a carriage around the museum's 19th century village.)  Zena and I shared a few moments together.  It was lovely.

Mystic River