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Angulo´s diverse musical influences are clearly portrayed
through his spontaneous improvisations.By using real time loop
devices he is able to paint a broader musical picture taking you
at times to an unexpected musical journey.
The Baja California born guitarrist has played in different cover
bands around the southern california borders as well as europe.
He was also active in the world music program at San Diego State
University where he studied world ethnic rhythms and performed
with the S.D.S.U african ghanenan ensemble around california.In
europe he has also been involved in different projects as well
as promoting the late live loop music movement.
bunch of pedals, including Electro Harmonix 16 sec. DDelay, Line
6 DL4, The Boomerang
born and raised in Verona and a passionate lover of improvised
music (to such an extent that he took part in the organisation
of the Verona Jazz Festival) is in the fourth decade of his life
(and is often heard to say that he would like to remain there
for a very long time) and can boast having collaborated with a
very worthy set of musicians who play music without frontiers.
In recent years he has involved high calibre people such as Tim
Berne, Bobby Previte, Elliot Sharp, Fred Frith, Ernst Rejiseger,
Trilok Gurtu, Franco D'Andrea in unimaginable projects, where
the love for spontaneous creation and for electronic music has
often been coupled with reminiscences of the formative years,
unpredictably influenced by the ecumenical rock of King Crimson,
the blues rock of Cream and Led Zeppelin, of Pink Floyd: visionaries
The unison of these great musicians of the British music scene
was extremely influential thanks also to the long lived love affair
with Ornette Coleman. Other sources of inspiration have become
Golden Palominos, Massacre, Henry Kaiser (with the help of whom
Roberto Zorzi has deepened his knowledge of the creative use of
digital effects with the guitar). As a member of the band NAD
Niù Abdominaux Dangereux, Zorzi has participated in the
recording of the album Ghosts. The album already showed mature
signs of his poetry, which is in tune with the other members of
the band and is emphasised by such guests as Sharp, Frith, Kaiser
and Denardo Coleman. Zorzi has brought to the recording studio
a very varied group of artists such as Franco D'Andrea, Albert
Mangelsdorff, Trilok Gurtu, Ernst Rejiseger, Paolo Damiani and
Roberto Ottaviano: The result being the album Similado. "Similado".
"The Bang" dates back to 1990. This CD was recorded
live during the festival held at Roccella Jonica by a group of
artists including Berne, Previte, Mark Feldman, Herb Robertson,
Percy Jones and Matteo Ederle. Despite the spontaneity of the
event, one can appreciate the effort involved in reproducing the
style of progressive rock reminiscent of the sixties: comparing
this style with the style influenced by some of the best artists
of the New York Music scene. - Maurizio Favot translated by Gabriella
guitar, live-sampling, beat boxing
renowned pioneer of "scratch guitar", Genie blends blues,
jazz, electronica, bossa nova, latin and middle-eastern rhythms
via slide guitar, beatboxing, live sampling, and turntablism to
create a visually stunning and truly unique show.
being voted #1 on Current TV, his current video "What is
Scratch Guitar?" was selected for television and is currently
airing in the US and UK, check it out at: http://currenttv.com/watch/16180242
(Krispen Hartung & Robert Sterling) (USA)
archtop guitar, laptop/max/msp, electronic and acoustic percussion
EVOLVED AS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST BOB STERLING
AND ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC GUITAR PLAYER KRISPEN HARTUNG. LIVING IN DIFFERENT
CITIES, THEY DECIDED TO EXCHANGE SOUND FILES BASED ON SPONTANEOUS
IMPROVISATIONS AND THEN DEVELOP SOUNDSCAPES, SONGS AND TONE POEMS
BASED UPON THEIR SHARED IDEAS. AS EACH PIECE DEVELOPED, THEY WOULD
ADD IMPROVISATIONS AND AURAL MODIFICATIONS IN ORDER TO DEVELOP A
FULLY-REALIZED COMPOSITION. OVER THE COURSE OF SEVERAL MONTHS THEY
ACCUMULATED A SUBSTANTIAL BODY OF WORK WHICH THEY INTEND TO RELEASE
AND SHARE WITH YOU. THEIR FIRST COLLECTION, 'VISCERAL,' IS NOW AVAILABLE
AS A CD OR AS INDIVIDUAL MP3 FILES.
AND KRISPEN HAVE NOT LIMITED THEMSELVES SOLEY TO THEIR PRIMARY
INSTRUMENTS AND HAVE MADE USE OF A NUMBER OF OTHER INSTRUMENTS
AND TECHNIQUES IN ORDER TO ENHANCE THE COMPOSITIONS AND PRODUCE
WHAT THEY HOPE IS AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR THE LISTENER.
EVOLVING, THE INSTRUMENTS AND IDEAS WILL CHANGE AS THEIR EXPERIENCE
AND IMAGINATION ACCRUE AND GROW.
Bailey has been looping occasionally since the early '80s. Starting
with a mid-range hi-fi open reel recorder and a small, lo-fi portable
machine he immediately started exploring what a tape-delay system
could do, with whatever sound sources were available. Having first
discovered the technique in the mid-'70s via people like Terry Riley,
Pauline Oliveros, Fripp & Eno, and Canadian composers Violet
Archer and Ann Southam, it had to wait until finances allowed for
the acquisition of suitable equipment. This is still his preferred
method of looping, rather than digital, because of its organic,
evolving nature despite certain limitations inherent in the system.
logistics do not permit such a set-up for Y2K8, and so a somewhat
more modern approach has been devised. Still preferring to remain
several steps behind current technology, however, he is utilizing
slightly dated multi-effects boxes which still allow for a relatively
primitive form of looping. He likes to stretch the boundaries
of the looping concept in whatever ways he can.
his partner in the extended vocal duo Tidal Pool, Vanda Cordier,
is unable to attend, he will still be using his voice as the main
sound source, along with another interest, interfering radios.
recording artist/luthier whose specialty is "looping"using
electronic delays to create whole layers of sound one instrument
at a time in live performance. Known as "Mando Man," Hideki
builds his own mandolins and has performed in the States at the
Looper's Delight festival.
has been playing electric bass since the age of 15. He started his
unique unaccompanied electric bass solo act on the streets in Kyoto,
and expanded his performance venues to cafes, clubs, and temples!
With his 6-string electric bass and some digital delays, Hattori
continues to explore his art of solo performance - No PCs, laptops,
or any kind of harddisk-based devices are included in his set of
equipment. Hattori's works are made from pure electric bass sound.
Ryusei Hattori is currently living in Kyoto.
synth, analog drum machine, sampler, turntable and found objects
Noble started her career in the sound-arts as an electronic music
DJ in the underground club community of Chicago. From 2003 to 2004,
she traveled as performance DJ throughout the United States and
Mexico. In 2004, she branched out from dance floor DJing into more
experimental interests and created a monthly sound arts showcase
in Chicago called, Spectacle. Throughout this period
she received multiple write-ups in UR, Newcity, The Sun Times, The
Reader, The Chicago Tribune and Vogue. From 2005 to 2007, she completed
an MFA in sound art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She now performs locally and nationally as an experimental composer
in solo and in collaboration with other sound and visual artists.
Her collaborative works include short experimental films, recordings
and installations which have been exhibited in a variety of film
festivals and art openings nationally and internationally. In 2007,
she received the Hayward Prize and International Governors
Grant. Her recent artist residencies include the MAK museum of Vienna,
Austria and the Salzburg Academy of Fine Art (also in Austria).
Currently she works as a sound and digital arts instructor at High
Tech High in San Diego, California.
"KalimbaMan" SPEARS (ATLANTA)
at this year's Y2K8 Looping festival will be the incredible Kalimba
player Kevin Spears a.k.a "KalimbaMan". Playing in seclusion
since the tender age of 11, Spear's unusual gift on this African
instrument incorporates masterful skill influenced by Jazz, Funk,
Gospel and even Flamenco while utilizing modern technology to create
a beautiful mix of grooves and soundscapes that move the soul. "KalimbaMan"
has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Bill Summers (master
percussionist for Herbie Hancock), Lil John Roberts (drummer for
Janet Jackson, Wynton Marsalis), Yonrico Scott (drummer for Stevie
Wonder, Whitney Houston, Susan Tedeschi), and was recently treated
to a standing ovation after opening for Grammy-nominated singer
Eric Benet. Witnessing the soulful artistry of this humble man encourages
you to wonder aloud if Kevin "KalimbaMan" Spears is perhaps
one of America's best kept secret's.
WALKER (Y2K8 Festival Coordinator)
Found Sound Percussion
multi-instrumentalist and master percussionist/drummer, Rick Walker
has been on the cutting edge of music for the last 25 years. One
of the original founders of the World Beat movement, and now an
influential performer and promoter in the emerging international
live looping movement, he incorporates a vast array of world music
and pop styles in his repertoire combining instruments from the
most primal to the most modern with state of the art digital looping
and signal processing instruments.
exceptionally versatile and sensitive musician, he is eccentrically
creative, finding rhythm and melody in hundreds of everyday objects.
is also the founder of the Y2K_ International Live Looping Festivals,
the largest international live looping festival series on the
planet and has been responsible for producing or directly inspiring
35 live looping festivals in 15 countries around the world as
well as producing several creative new music festivals in Northern
California (the Festival of Found and Invented Sound, The Festival
of Voice and Electronics, the 1st Bass Looping Festivals, the
Festival of Emerging Santa Cruz Electronica, the First Woman's
Live Looping Festival, the Spirit of Africa and many more).
has also performed, toured and recorded with many master musicians
from around the globe, collaborating and backing artists like
Bob Brozman (USA), Debhashish Battycharya (India), Martin Simpson
(England), Djeli Moussa Djawara (Guinea), Babatunde Olatunje (Nigeria),
Amel Tafsout (Algeria), Rene Lacaille (La Reunion), Ali Farke
Toure (Mali), Hamza El Din (Nubia),Takashi Hiryasu (Okinawa),
Pajoe Amissah Aidoo (Ghana),Massimo Liverani (Italy) Familia Valera
(Cuba), George Pilali (Greece), David Hidalgo (Los Lobos/USA),
David Lyndley (USA), Michael Manring (USA), Steve Lawson (UK),
Per Boysen (Sweden), Matthias Grob (Switzerland/Brazil), Ile Aye
(Brazil), Olodum (Brazil), Luca Formentini (Italy), Sunao Inami
(Japan), Phantasmagoria (Japan), Paul Marshall (Northern Ireland),
Bernhard Wagner (Switzerland), Luis Angulo (Mexico), Andreas Willers
(Germany), Andre LaFosse (USA), Titos Sompa (Congo), Abdoulaye
Djakite (Senegal), Krispen Hartung (USA), Jeff Kaiser (USA), Henry
Kaiser (USA) and many others.
has opened for acts such as Los Lobos, Santana, the Neville Brothers,
Huey Lewis and the News, Cher, Kenny G, Todd Rundgren, the Residents,
Youssou NDour, Thomas Mapfumo, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, Wailing
Souls, the Thompson Twins, Berlin and many others.
resides in Santa Cruz, California with his wife, singer/songwriter
Chris Wedertz, where he teaches, performs, records and releases
original recordings as:
(found sound/live looping), PurpleIHand (abstract electronica),
nO thiN-g (dark ambient, noise, experimental), Ultra Violette
(synth goth, industrial, ebm) and the RICK WALKER TRIO (modal
also was the first recipient of the Gail Rich Award for Service
to the Arts, the Calabash Award for Excellence in the Ethnic Arts
and served as Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Cruz from
Walker is one of the most sophisticated guitar players active
on the West Coast of the United States. His breadth of styles
and wide technological range gives him a broad musical palette
that he applies to every different musical setting with tremendous
lyricism and taste. Armed with an array of electric and acoustic
guitars, and utilizing state of the art looping and sound processing
technology, Bill has taken the one-man-band concept in a bold
new direction. State of the art digital live looping technology
allows Bill to record himself as he is playing and create lush,
multi-layered guitar ensembles, otherworldly sounds, and textures.
He has an impressive range of style and timbre: From searing electric
leads to beautiful lap steel slide guitar, guitar synthesizer,
and finger picking steel and nylon string acoustic guitars, he
runs the gamut of style and taste. He is renowned as a master
of Digital processing, midi, guitar synthesizer programming, and
guitar sound design. Bill is also a warm and engaging performer,
blending humor with serious musicianship.
As one of the San Francisco, and Monterey Bay Area's most versatile
guitarists, Bill has enjoyed a 25 year performing, recording,
touring and teaching career that has spanned rock, pop, jazz,
RnB, blues, world beat, and a host of other genres, including
stints with drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, RCA recording artist
" Opafire" and New Wave provocateurs "Tao Chemical".
He was a founding member one of the first world beat Bands to
play in the United States, started in the late 70s. The
band 'Rhythmical' began fusing a polyglot of styles, including
Africa, India, Indonesia, the Middle East, Celtic, and American
roots. He later formed, with his brother Rick, the innovative
successor to that band, 'Worlds Collide'., that toured Japan in
the early 90s.
Bill Walker has shared the stage as a supporting act for many
acts including the Tony Levin Band, Marotta /Griesgraber, the
Neville Brothers, King Sunny Ade, Ali Farka Toure, Thomas Mapfumo,
Youssou N Dour, Michelle Shocked, the Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson
Twins, Missing Persons, Johnny Clegg, Kenny G, Cher, Huey Lewis
and the News, and a host of others. In addition to a busy playing
and recording schedule, Bill also works as a private guitar Instructor,
and as a demo artist for Rick Turner and Renaissance Guitars,
the Seymour Duncan, and DTAR companies, and The Bose Corporation.
He is a representing artist for the latest state of the art hardware
live looping device, the Looperlative, also using the device in
his live shows and helping with ideas for design innovation. He
has just recently completed his first film score and is completing
his first solo CD of live looping based music. Bill lives with
his wife , and songwriting partner, Nancy Milin, and dog Finny,
in Santa Cruz, California.
shreiks and EBow howls over hypnotic grooves add up to a great
soundtrack for a bad dream." - Matt Blacket, Guitar Player,
Shambling onto the stage with somewhat rumpled attire, shy demeanor,
and a bulky, middle-aged frame gone soft, Ted Killian doesn't
cut the figure of your standard issue, dionysian artist-musician
type . . . let alone that of a kooky, loner, guitar innovator
and visual artist with a small cult of fans from Lithuania to
Australia based solely on a single CD put out over seven years
ago on Jeff Kaiser's tiny but influential record label, pfMENTUM.
Born in 1953, Ted began prodigiously painting in oils at age 7
- when all of his friends and peers were still using crayons and
finger paints. He has since had numerous one-man shows, museum
exhibits and installations of his art. He makes his living and
supports his family in Medford, Oregon entirely as an in-demand
graphic designer, writer and artist.
On a decidedly slower (but no less determined) trajectory, he
took up the guitar at age 10, began experimenting with tape loops
and FX (and recording his own music) in his 20s, commenced performing
publicly in his 30s, and put out his first official mass-produced
CD in his 40s. Now, in his mid 50s, he is still about as far from
being any sort of guitar-slinging "rock-god" as anyone
could possibly be. But he has garnered critical acclaim in the
underground press, developed a unique instrumental voice and a
frightening command of his musical palette flying entirely
by the seat of his pants and entirely below the greater cultural
Onstage, he still seems to be a bit lost, like somebody's absent-minded
father who caught the wrong bus home and doesn't know quite where
he is . . . or why. But, appearances often become irrelevant when
he closes his eyes and begins to play. Perhaps it's best just
to close our eyes too, because nothing really quite prepares you
for what's coming anyway. It's better just to listen.
Ted's 2001 solo recording "Flux Aeterna" is available
at iTunes and CD Baby, and his 2008 duet CD collaboration with
Hartung "Mojo at the Dojo" is available at CD Baby
Percussion, Line6 DL4
newcomer to the looping scene, Catfish Jon Kessler has long been
known for swimming around various musical currents (often upstream).
He has played rock, funk, reggae, R&B, blues, jazz, and roots
music. He is known for playing country music, mostly from other
countries, like Turkey , Armenia , Lebanon , Ireland and the Republic
of the Congo . He has also played in Klezmer and Ladino bands, because
he does not discriminate against countries that no longer have a
geographic location. Whether being a funky white guy playing predominantly
African-American music, or a funky American guy playing Turkish
and Arab music, he has kept the groove first and foremost.
muddy waters of Catfish's career have been deep and wide. While
a complete list of the bands he has played with would irreparably
clog up internet traffic, some notable discographic moments includes
Irie, the One Heart Band, Juicy Lucy, Batiki Beat, Savoir Faire,
Farabi, and currently playing Americana and roots music with Roots
66 and Folk in A . He has been fortunate to perform with Joe Cocker,
Walfredo Reyes, Necati Çelik, John Bilezikjian, and Willam
"Smitty" Smith, among others. Rumors that he chloroformed
their bass players to get those gigs are unsubstantiated.
bases his looping interludes on the expressiveness, textures,
and irresistible groove of the fretless bass, augmented by percussion
and sometimes voice. Catfish Jon says "Folks is always frettin'
too much. Americans is a fretful people. We worry all the time.
I figure that playing fretless bass helps balance out all that
fretfulness. Singin' and bangin' on things helps some, too."
guitar, harmonica, bullhorn
Frankle is a musical wiz kid. - Christa Martin, The Goodtimes
Santa Cruz, 2006
music would be playing on the radio if Tom Waits and Les Claypool
ever went on a road trip together ......and were lost.'- Chip,
'So Wat TV
results are in and the decision is final. If ever I'm looking
for a lead shovel, or if anyone is for that matter, Shovelman
is the first and only logical choice.'-Klaus Flouride, The Dead
and then you think you've seen all the shoot you're going to see...then,
out of the ether, comes Shovelman and when he's got the slide
on those strings and he's singing those old time songs, he's bringing
you back the days of LPs and a decade old needle on the living
room floor...' - JJ Schultz, Host of SF Bay Guardian's best open
mic - The Hotel Utah Saloon
Frankle -'Shovel Man' Is not just a Guitarist, Singer, Lyricist
but a Percussionist Harmonica Player Instrument Inventor Artist/Scientist
& Sound Sculptor 'Shovel Man' will,without a doubt,blow your
mind away, and then some!UNREAL Is his talent!I, literally, think
he's from The Future and has a Time Machine tucked in his back
pocket which he uses to travel back & forth from the 30's
Mississppi Delta Blues to early & current Tom Waits to Appalachian
Roots Music to 60's & 70's Funk & Soul80's Experimental
Synth & Punk back to the Contemporary Nashville Folk scene&
Underground Loop Artists of today Exploring the boundless nature
of Earth's Eclectic Music and perhaps introducing us to the future
of it, as well Summoning the likes of Les Claypool, Beck, Leonard
Cohen,Nirvana, Bob Dylan and a host of influential sound makers
of old & now Blending them all into something that resembles
A Young Unassuming Chap& A Wacked-Out Antique Shovel. What
follows the assembly of this One Man Dimension Hopping Troubadour
is nothing less than astonishing!!'-Jonathan Siegel, San Francisco's
saz, oud, wind, & percussion
is a composer/songwriter, musician, poet, and author of numerous
short stories. He has played guitar and related stringed instruments
for many years and in many genres, from acoustic folk, hard core
punk, and ska, to blues, alt-rock, and avant-garde/experimental.
His band 'Big Medicine Head' played the CMJ Festival in New York
City, and was voted the "Best Band in Santa Cruz" two
years in a row. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he
plays oud, cumbus, and saz along with his guitar and looping gear
to the Middle Eastern/N.African/Indian influenced music of his band
Negara and, until just recently, Gypsy Caravan & Mizna.
is currently working on releasing a CD of experimental and looping
material that will include the many flavors of his musical journey.
born in Agawam, Massachusetts, Matt Davignon has been developing
his own unique form of improvisation (for better or worse) since
1994. He spent his formative music years locked in a garage in Sonoma
County, California, tinkering with tools such as lo-fi samplers,
cassette tapes, contact microphones, household objects, extensive
chains of guitar effects, prepared instruments, and field recordings.
These explorations continued as he moved to San Francisco in 1997,
then Oakland in 2001. In 2003, he discovered he could make more
sounds than he could ever imagine by processing a drum machine in
real-time with various devices. This has been a focus of his work
since then. Characteristics of his music include a focus on textures,
arrhythmic patterns and musical imperfections, with a focus on evoking
some occasions he can still be seen playing turntable, cassette
tape recorders, live samples of other musicians or 'the bucket
of crap' - an assortment of household objects and toy instruments.
Matt has organized events such as the San Francisco Found Objects
Festival and Sound/Shift Oakland.
Dan Soltzberg records and performs as ghost 7. His track, Screaming
Gulls, from the CD New Directions in Static was recently used by
E True Hollywood Stories.
Knudsen, born and living in Oslo, Norway. Graphic designer since
1981. Worked a lot with visualizing music in different media: Exhibitions,
print, web and motion graphics.
T A N O S A U R (USA)
guitar, EH Mini Synthesizer Keyboard
T A N O S A U R has played most of the west coast loopfests
since '99 LoopStock. He has been looping since the EH 16Sec. DDL
came out in the 80s. He plays the Low Frequency Drones.
a coincidence of course, but Goh Nakamura's tunes orbit the same
sphere as a triumvirate of "E" songwriters: Elliot Smith,
Elvis Costello, and Evan Dando. And while we bandy about the alliterations
let's include: Ken Stringfellow, Matthew Sweet, and Ron Sexsmith.
Also: "smart," "soaring" (as in melodies),
and "significant" (as in talent). His videos have been
viewed over a million times on YouTube, which, in our hypervirile
economy, wouldn't impress necessarily after all, this is the same
site that brought instant fame to a Britney Spears apologist who
gives histrionic dispatches from beneath his blankie. The difference
is Nakamura is not a fleeting flavor: Ulysses (self-released)
Baker (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
Etherwave Pro Theremin
Kissinger, thereminist and composer, is from Kansas City, Mo. Kevin
composes music for theremin that includes live-looping works. A
member of the "Spellbound" artists list, Kevin has performed
at the Electro-music and Electronic Music Midwest festivals as well
as the Y2K7 International Live Looping festival. In 2008, Kevin
appeared as a guest thereminist for the album "Virtuality"
by Amin Bhatia. The new film, "Golgatha" by Karla-Jean
Davis includes some of Kevin's multi-track theremin performances.
Kevin's goal is to merge tonal theremin performance with computer-based
looping techniques to create challenging theremin works.
like to play and pray with sounds, using voice, piano, strings,
and percussion, nearly always improvised. I play for/with kids,
dance jams (free-form and contact), yoga classes, theater, cafes,
festivals, music circles, drum circles, massage clinics, art openings,
nature, etc. I also facilitate vocal improv circles for kids and
adults - communal music-making, which is my main focus these days.
for the loopfest, i will be doing an all-vocal set.
guitars, oud, mandolin, tape
duo Chinapainting features guitarists Jim Goodin and Daryl Shawn
spontaneously creating new material, drawing on everything from
modern minimalism to glitchcore to free jazz, and even traditional
folk and world musics. If you can picture the California Guitar
Trio jamming on Terry Riley with Sonic Youth, remixed by Christian
Marclay, you might begin to get a sense of the unique territory
this duo is mapping out.
the two musicians live far apart, Jim in Brooklyn and Daryl in
Oaxaca, Mexico, they have developed their musical relationship
through the Internet, using a piece of open-source software called
NinJam, which has allowed them to create their music interactively
in real time.
and Shawns guitar-based collaboration is enhanced by the
unique use of cassette tape loops, essentially creating a new
instrument from the humble four-track recorder, as well as a few
simple effects and the occasional inclusion of other acoustic
instruments such as oud, mandolin and violin.
in an apparently endless struggle to play fluid jazz piano, Greg
Powers takes time out from time to time to play with time using
various electronic devices, mostly software these days. Perhaps
as a result of living for a time within the shadow of the huge particle
accelerator main ring at Fermi National Labs, Greg is fascinated
with the collision of multiple streams of rhythmic particles and
the resultant release of sub-atomic phenomena.
loopie newbie to live looping, this will be Gregs second
performance in a looping context. (The first looping was at the
Y2K Looping Festival in 2005 (Y2K5?), which came about via a chance
encounter with Rick Walker in a local bookstore -- Rick spotted
Greg reading a music tech magazine, introduced himself, talked
a bit, and 5 minutes later invited Greg to perform.) (Greg is
hoping to secure a major film scoring gig in the same manner;
thus you will frequently find him frequenting the magazine section
of that same bookstore.)
digital delay, and digital delay
played electric guitar since grade school, and I started playing
the Chapman Stick around the time I turned 20. Switching to Stick
was the first time that I seriously began to ponder tunings other
than 'standard guitar'. A couple years after that, I experimented
with running a series of relatively short delays, in series, and
feeding it back into the beginning to get a 5 or 6 second 'loop'...Quite
noisy and not necessarily the most practical for live use, but
it started me on the path to 'real' looping. Soon after I acquired
a DigiTech that offers me both fairly sophisticated features and
simple intuitive use.
don't know if this comes through in my music at all (I do use
a fair amount of processing at times), but I love the way that
the instrument sounds just by itself, nakedly. Conversely, I've
also developed a great love for mangling and twisting sounds.
Hopefully into something new and unique...My solo live performances
tend to be minimalist, scattered, and ambient, using the humble
tools that I can't get away from--Strat and delay.
performed in festivals on the West Coast (Woodstockhausen, Santa
Cruz Digital Arts Festival, Sound/Shift Big Sur) before relocating
to the East Coast and performed in bars, coffee shops, and a few
more festivals. I am now living in the Bay Area.
guitar playing combines psychedelic, ambient, progressive, funk,
and various "world" music influences with unusual sounds created
using unorthodox playing techniques and electronic processing.
Cleveland released his first commercial album on Larry Fast's
Audion Recording Company label in 1986. Mythos
combined layers of guitar with Bob Stohl and Kat Epple's woodwinds,
synthesizers, and light percussion; and Michael Masley's
otherworldly bowhammer cymbalom. The CD received glowing reviews.
Dreaming, released on Scarlet Records in 1989,
also met with critical acclaim. The music had an electronic edge,
but also encroached upon world music territory with the addition
of Michael Pluznick's African and Middle Eastern percussion.
Michael Masley's bowhammer cymbalom, and Robert Powell's
pedal-steel guitar, added exotic harmonic and melodic touches.
During the '90s, Cleveland performed with the improvisational
quintet Cloud Chamber, a group which included multi-instrumentalist
Michael Masley, bassist Michael Manring, cellist
Dan Reiter, and percussionist Joe Venegoni. Cloud
Chamber performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area over a
period of several years, and released its critically acclaimed
Dark Matter CD (produced by Cleveland) in 1998.
During this time Cleveland also recorded material that would eventually
appear on Volcano and Memory & Imagination
is an explosive mixture of African and Afro-Haitian rhythms and
progressive, jazz, ambient, and world music elements, featuring
Michael Manring (bass), Michael Pluznick (percussion),
Norbert Stachel (winds/reeds/EWI), Michael Masley
(cymbalom/original instruments), and other artists. The 2-CD
Memory & Imagination features the very best of Voluntary
Dreaming and Mythos on one disc, and nine loop-based
improvisational guitar and percussion compositions, performed
almost entirely by Cleveland, on the other.
Cleveland is currently recording new material (this time with
lyrics) for an upcoming CD. Featured artists include bassist
Michael Manrin, drummer Celso Alberti, pedal-steel
guitarist Robert Powell, and vocalist Amy X Neuburg.
artist on the independent music scene for nearly three decades,
Carl Weingartens 1981 dark-ambient release Submergings was
the first of over 20 titles on his Multiphase Records label. Carls
musical influences range from the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone
to the music of Brian Eno, from Indian ragas, to the classical
music of Antonio Vivaldi, Domenico Scarlatti, and American jazz
and blues. For many years, these genres were considered
diametrically apposed, but I always heard what was common, and
not what was different.
has performed guitar looping concerts since the early 1980s. His
group Delay Tactics (1981-86), was among the first independent
bands to use digital delays in both studio recordings and live
looping performances. Carl has performed across the U.S., including
as the opener for Bill Brufords Earthworks in Boston 1987.
His recordings include work with artists, Kit Watkins, Michael
Manring, Barry Cleveland, Alex De Grassi, Fareed Haque, Shweta
Jhaveri, Charlie Bisharat, Kavi Alexander, Kat Epple, Jie-Bing
Chen, Joe Venegoni, Forrest Fang, Sukhawat Ali Kahn, Robert Powell,
Bill Bottrell and many others.
photographer since the age of seven, Carl earned his degree in
cinema production, which inspired his atmospheric style. The
Cinematic tone in my music comes from my visual arts background.
I try to paint it all in sound.
Cor, a NEW YORK native, has composed for Film and TV projects,Pop
Radio,Radio Jingles,and many other sound environments(theater
and modern dance productions)His music has been used for the movies
The Sixth Man(Disney),Muppets from Space,and TV shows such asBernie
Mac Show,Pimp My Ride,Howie Mandel,Quantum Leap,and many others.He
has also composed for major Pop groups like Earth Wind & Fire,Tuck&
Patti,Lee Ritenour,Lenny White,among others.
Working in both the US and Europe for past two decades,Peter Cor
brings a 'Wordly" vision to his soundtracks.Having played
and studied both Classical and Jazz,as well as performed with
Reggae and African groups,his music encompasses a wide variety
Residing in Santa Cruz,Ca for the last 14 years,Peter Cor has
his own band The JAZZY DEVILS(www.jazzydevils.com),set to release
their new CD this fall,and his looping CD"Into The Light"(www.petercormusic.com)
from which he will be performing some cuts at this year's Y2K8.
This is his third year in a row performing at the festival.