sep 18, 2014

pseudo-classical keyboard forms.


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sep 17, 2014

new solo e-cd. 4 tracks 35 min. $4 download from bandcamp.


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sep 10, 2014

Market cancelled today on account of rain. I see that due to some word press glitchery you can now download the .mp3 files from this site. if you do please donate $0.99 for each download (if you don’t download feel free to play for free…) – paypal to zelwel at hotmail dot com. thanks!

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sep 7, 2014

piece-o-day ‘major minor’ a short simple exercise in tonality- sounds hebraic/ elegaic (keys, 1 min symphony).

reminder- mi yodea at devon community market on wednesday sep 10. republic bank parking lot on devon and washtenaw. check out organic produce and mi yodea- 2 sets starting at 5:30.

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sep 1, 2014

piece-o-day a sort of spacy and tired reprise of ‘the not quite ju bu re blues’ (keys ~4 min)

why is it spacey and tired? welll… probably because i spent yesterday making this e-cd-

here’s one nice 3 min excerpt from the first track of the e-cd-

i like the ambiguous tonalities i can create with a ring mod…

the whole thing is pretty wild and highly atypical of previous gHOST proj. for one, it’s the first gHOST proj e-cd which is entirely instrumental. also it’s just the trio of charles joseph smith, sue, and me – so you would expect the sound wouldn’t be as full … but… no – it’s probably the loudest wildest thing that gp has out there.

also- i think it’s musically akin to my last solo one- ‘in times of war’ (though much noise-ier).

anyways- gHOST project is winding down (hence the name of the cd and the titles of the tracks). that is to say… i want to move on to doing other things. so i think the show we will be doing on wzrd oct 30 will be the sendoff.

for now. (but never say never….)


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aug 28, 2014

piece-o-day ‘hope and despair’ (keys improv ~2 min)

from the devon community market last week- we will be there again sept 10.

mashiach hazaken (zarai/ ofek)
atzeret (kaplan)
yedid (zweig/ zweig))/ 82 (kaplan)
slide (kaplan)
terkisher bulgar tanz (trad, from the naftule brandwein songbook)

(i’m solo here on keys & bass guitar)
improv/ almost everybody drums/ plankton/ in 6

yankadi (rogers/ kaplan)
new shmaltz waltz (kaplan)
antiyoub (kaplan)
kol rina (trad)/ sloop john b (trad)/ funky interlude (kaplan)/ chosson kallah mazel tov (trad)/ kol rina
cockeyed jenny (???)/ nigun atik (neeman/ kashtan)
im ninalu (trad)

lastly (for now) a few short noise loops.



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aug 18, 2014

piece-o-day ‘dear gatekeeper’ (keys improv ~2 1/2 min)
‘if the gates of princes be locked the gates of heaven are not locked’ (shabazi)

..and some more mi yodea- to preview our upcoming performance wednesday evening at the devon community market on devon and washtenaw, chicago, from 5-7.

‘new shmaltz waltz’ followed by ‘the kol rina medley’ (kol rina/ sloop john b/ ‘funky interlude’/ chosson kallah mazel tov/ kol rina)


mi yodea is me, sue, and ann.



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aug 13, 2014

today’s piece ‘ruff encounters on the oy vey way’

some previews of the upcoming mi yodea performance (8/20 one week from tonight @ devon community market)

frog song (kaplan)

cockeyed jenny/ hora atik (trad/ neeman & kashtan)

hafinjan (trad/ wilensky)



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aug 11, 2014

from today- ‘raul sunshine’ (keys, ~4 min)

i was originally going to call this ‘mr sunshine’ … but that sounded too much like a rip/ riff on annette peacock’s ‘mr joy’- which this is nothing like… so i decided to give mr sunshine a first name.

from yesterday- ‘space invaders’ (etc ~4 min)

PHONE FIRST! (this is one of the reasons why we have dogs….)

& from last week, a few done w/ keys, voice & efx-
‘spontaneous song’ (an improv ~4 1/4 min)

‘words’ (another version of the song i wrote for atomic theory dance band ~2 1/2 min)

upcoming: mi yodea at devon community market (republic bank parking lot devon and washtenaw, chicago) on 8/20 and 9/10. we’ll be playing two sets each evening- from approximately 5-7. a great place to buy some veggies, have a falafel, and check us out….



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aug 7, 2014

yesterday and today (both short keyboard improvs).

yesterday ‘on the morning after the war’

today ‘fate in a ticked off mood’





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