apr 2, 2017

lately i’m into djembe, keys, and guitar.
for djembe –
it’s mostly a drum circle thing. my favorite drum circle to play at for many many years has been the shiviti drum circle which is still meeting once a month. i’m not there every time but i’m there a lot. here’s their page (which also has some great mi yodea and colorboration photos!)-
often you’ll find us (‘the kaplan family drummers’) other places where there is drumming around the north side of chicago.
for keyboards –
mi yodea is on hiatus. if and when it comes back it will be in a different form. the changes with the project mirror some of the changes i’ve made in life. have lost most of my interest in formal organized religion. when the project started it was partially an expression of that – something to play a saturday night melaveh malkah at the shul. but that is gone from my life now.
be that as it may i’m still working on that music. some pieces (frog song, heyser bulgar) i’m just sick of playing. others (mi yodea, 82, antiyoub) seem to be evolving. i could see developing the material further and then finding the right musicians to play it – but if and when it goes forward it will be a book of material, my benevolent dictatorship, and a paycheck.
so i’m practicing that stuff – and also working on drone piano, noise piano, and standing up piano and maybe some lounge piano versions of some kid creole tunes.
for guitar –
an unexpected thing – for me to become guitarist. it was an instrument that always scared me. also there are some earth shakingly tremendous players out there (jeff parker, mary halvorson, etc) that i’m never going to touch. but there’s something about playing guitar that resonates with me. can bend notes, do microtones, efx, etc – can hardly do any of that on keys. anyways i’m practicing every day and hope to keep improving – even if just in my own simple limited one finger typist style.
i’d love to be gigging more on all three instruments.
i haven’t been so happy lately with my home recordings – not with content so much as with recording quality (my old zoom h2). but in the tradition of putting at least one sound file (and at least one new photo) into each blog post here are some recent improvised pieces –
a day without prayers or magic boxes (keys)

sad and nightbirds song (guitar / looper)


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