The California Welcome Centre is: Ben Levinson (bass), Josh Linsky (drums), and myself. It was born as a trio to play some modal jazz for the soundtrack for a film of Ben's friend. However, it quickly became clear that there was the "soundtrack" side of the band, and the "creative" side of band. After rehearsing for a few months, we finally got some recordings together.
Excited to have been a part of the soundtrack composed by bassist Marcus Buser for dancer/choreographer Dina Lasso's piece Not Here For You, premiered at the 2014 CalArts New Works Festival. Not Here For You explores the ways women are belittled into behaving.
Film Director Marvin Choi asked guitarist Jake Sucher and I to compose a short piece for an upcoming project. Here's a video he shot of us listening back to our final take for the first time.
Lots of fun recording a vocal//acoustic guitar/trumpet duo arrangement of Singer-Songwriter Travis Meador's song On My Mind a couple days ago. Great to play such understated, melodic music. More to come from this collaboration - enjoy!
Vocals/Guitar/Composer - Travis Meador
Trumpet - Julian Beutel
Journaling and blogging is really interesting to me, although I do neither. To document an emotion or experience in a stream-of-conscious manner appeals a lot to what I love about jazz and improvised music. Somewhere between an improvisation and a composition, the journal entry is a concise snapshot into what a person is feeling at the time.
I always wanted to take this approach to music making and music writing. There are only two rules to my game:
1) Have something to say. There’s nothing worse than someone talking who isn’t saying anything. And if you’re going to go through the efforts of writing something, at least have an idea of what it is you want to say.
2) Get it done in one session. Composition doesn’t have to be a time consuming process. Trying to complete a project in a few hours forces me to stay in the same frame of mind the whole time, and keeps me in check to make sure I’m telling the same story the whole time.
The result is a couple of short etudes that I hope to do more of. I’d give some background, but that would defeat the purpose of it.
The inaugural post for the new website. Thank you for visiting. This blog will serve as an outlet for updates on projects, upcoming performances, demos, and interesting articles and thoughts that are worth sharing.
Most importantly, I’d like this blog to serve as a dialogue between visitors to the site and myself. I like writing and creating music, and since you’ve found your way here, maybe we have something in common. I invite you to leave a comment or send me a message directly in the Contact page.