Archive for March, 2018

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 9

March 31, 2018

Up at the not-really-but-it-seems-like-it crack of dawn. Dawn, for the first time in several days, there’s sun! Stow away the sleeping gear, coffee. I make breakfast – more coffee, scrambled eggs with red onions and cheese, fresh asparagus. Dei has an online meeting. Al and I pack and repack the car, off by 11am.

Morning coffee

Selfie

Off by 11am, backroads to I84, traffic is light all the way to Hartford CT, which is, as usual, slow going. However it lightens up, we cruise to Massachusetts border, I90 to I290 to I495, we’re back in Lowell by 3pm. Dei takes off for Boston. I take a shower, and change clothes. Mary Ann cooks a delicious dinner.

Back into Al’s car, we drive into Somerville, to Washington Street Arts, load in and set up.

Washington Street Arts

Emilio, Jesse & Michael

Tonite’s lineup –

8:30pm – ensemble inédit ?!
9:00pm – DeiX
9:30pm – Elka Bong

It’s a good night, friend’s in the audience including Michael Rosenstein and Jessie Kenas Collins, our hosts, Victoria Shen, Lani Smith, and Dr T. ensemble inédit ?! impresses, the score complex yet coherent, Dei solid, and Elka Bong challenging.

We load out. Al, Mary Ann, Joe and I stop for nachos and beer. Michelle joins us, like old times. We leave Joe and Michelle at Christopher’s and head home. In bed by midnight.

Painting #3307

March 31, 2018

painting #3307

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 8

March 30, 2018

Our last full day in Chester, after breakfast and book keeping, off to Enterprise in Harriman, swapping cars. Enterprise is happy to see a nice new Nissan. I’m unhappy as I may incur an extra charge for going point to point. Back to Al’s, more book keeping, editing and posting sound files.

Mid afternoon we chase the mailman around the cul de sacs that make up Al’s neighborhood, a nice square house, a big, solidly built dog, gurgling storm sewer drains, back to Al’s.

Square house

Dei takes a nap. Deb makes dinner, veggie stew, fresh asparagus, salad, off to Brooklyn, out Rte 17 to Rte 6 over Bear Mountain to the Palisades Parkway, George Washington Bridge to RFK formerly known as the Triborough Bridge to the BQE. The venue has moved from The Glove to 603^, a third floor apartment above the Silent Barn, we arrive an hour early!

A short wait, we load in. It’s cozy as in small and friendly. Our host, Clark Hamel starts moving furniture around, we set up at one end of the living room/kitchen/performance space, Tongue Depressor at the other. Audience drifts in, various sorta’ house mates drift in and out. Clark, Jack from TD, and Josh from the audience are from Bard College. Josh came to 119 Gallery once, he come to see me 8^)))

Brooklyn

603^

Tonite’s lineup –

10:00pm – Tongue Depressor
10:30pm – DeiX
11:00pm – Elka Bong

Tongue Depressor

Dei

Great sets, a small, appreciative audience, we hang out until midnight, load out, back to Chester, in bed at 2am.

Painting #3306

March 30, 2018

painting #3306

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 7

March 29, 2018

The now usual morning routine, except today we have fresh bagels, eggs and bacon! After brunch, edit and post sound files. All caught up, in time to pack up and head south down Rte17 to I287 to I78 to Bread and Puppet in Easton PA.

We load in. Andy Laties, the store owner, and Jack Wright join us for a late afternoon session at the back of the store –

Sound file here.

Jack, Al, Dei & Barbara

A short ride to Jack’s house for dinner with Jack and Barbara. Barbara’s Morrocan Vegetable soup with currents and spices, kale salad with pumpkin seeds, and a couple of beers. All set for the gig, back to the bookstore, the lineup –

8:00pm – DeiX
8:30pm – Elka Bong
9:00pm – Andy Laties & Jack Wright

Dei

Andy & Jack

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Dei’s mic isn’t working so it’s acapella for her, and for an encore a monologue about the colors purple and mauve, a matte black train, time travel, and her uncle’s house in NY that straddles the US/Canadian border. Elka Bong up next, I run Geometry 01, perhaps not the best choice, we’ll re-evaluate next week. Finally Andy Laties, shakuhachi, and Jack Wright, soprano sax. The audience are all over 65, gray haired, retired artists from NYC. We’ve given them something to talk about.

We load out, back to Al’s, snacks and small talk, in bed at 1am.

Painting #3305

March 29, 2018

painting #3305

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 6

March 28, 2018

Up at 9am, administrivia … Al makes coffee, “deja vu all over again”. We go for a walk in the woods, up to the top of the mountain in the state park behind Al’s house. I forget to turn on ‘Map My Walk’ but take umpteen pics of dead leaves, another animated panel series in the works, as if I didn’t have enough projects. Back home, scan for brain-eating ticks, all clear.

Top o’ the mountain

Dei & Al

Dan Andreana brings his latest home-built sound project over, we set up and jam in the studio. Our second recording in two days, it’s a good one, minimal –

Sound file here.

Al makes pasta, dinner, pack up and we’re of to ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’ in New Paltz. We load in, and the lineup –

  8:30pm – Matt Luczak & Jack Maginsky
  9:00pm – DeiX
  9:30pm – Ohms of Resistance
10:00pm – 4 Airports
10:30pm – Elka Bong

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Our best set so far, the AVSynth is rockin’! We load out, back to Al’s, wine, snacks and small talk, in bed by 1am.

Painting #3304

March 28, 2018

painting #3304

Spring miniTour 2018: Day 5

March 27, 2018

Up at 9am, admnistrivia … Al makes coffee, back to Alex’s to pick up Dei, back to Emilie’s where we load in for a recording session in the kitchen. Al off to the side playing violin, contact mics, and assorted kitchen utensils, Em & I on synths, Dei eats an apple.

Sound file here.

2pm load out, back to the USofA, we work our way to pont Jacque Cartier, cross over, get tangled up in the traffic circle crossing back across the bridge. We give up, take 720 to pont Champlain and finally connect with Rte15S to Rte 10E to Rte35 to the border and I89. No problems at the border, gas stop in Swanton then we head down Rte 7S in search of a diner. We stop at The Maple Leaf Diner for a late breakfast, home fries with maple syrup!.Yes, we are back in New England!

Dei, Al & Em

Maple Leaf Diner 8^)))

Back on the road, south through Burlington to Vergennes, we arrive early, load in. Jane Boxall arrives with a small kit including a propane tank drum. We all set up in different corners of the gallery and are ready to go –

7:00pm – Jane Boxall – percussion, field recording, poetry
7:30pm – DeiX
8:00pm – Elka Bong

It’s a good set, I forget to hit record, sigh 8^(((

Jane, Dei & Al

We stay to chat with the audience, then hit the road winding our way around Lake Champlain and Lake George to I87S to Al’s house in Chester NY. We arrive at 1am.

Painting #3303

March 27, 2018

painting #3303