Marissa and I sit outside and discuss things such as theatre, training, some good shows, and of course (and obviously) joy nuggets! We're huge comedy fans, so you hear a bit of that in the conversation, but she has some nice insight about how it is working with musicians and being around music, but not being a 'professional musician' (what does that mean, anyway?). It was a good time in a lovely, albeit sneezy place in Houston.Read More
Those of you who follow my endeavours know that today is a huge event for me - twice! This evening from 1800-2100, I'll be participating in a fundraising event for a non-profit I sit on the board for. It's headed by executive director Zach Gutierrez and artistic director Jacob Gutierrez, two recent UH grads, and just overall great dudes.
For more info on Space City Performing Arts, please check out their website at www.spacecityperformingarts.org
The event itself tonight will be taking place at The Rec Room in Houston. Check the Facebook event or your local GPS app for the address and directions. The Facebook event (posted below) has lots of great info on it. We'd love to see you there!
As well as sitting on the board, I'll be performing tonight with my band Zero Detail. I'm super excited to get to play with these cats, and it's all set up to be a great set and super fun night.
Pertinent links will be below!
If you are planning on attending tonight (or even if you're not, but want to show us some love), please use these hashtags on all your social media!
#supportthearts #scpARTS #scpARTSbenefit
Facebook Event - facebook.com/events/284762125309587/
Space City Performing Arts - SpaceCityPerformingArts.org
Write-up on SCPA Page - SpaceCityPerformingArts.org/2017-summer-benefit-fundraiser.html
Zero Detail - ZeroDetailMusic.com
The Good Heart (Performing at the Benefit) - thegoodheartofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
3G Percussion (Performing at the Benefit and made up of the Gutierrez brothers!) - 3GPercussion.com
The Rec Room (venue for the event) - RecRoomHTX.com
John talks with Joe about viola, having a side hustle and how to properly react to exquisite harmony!
John has a pow-wow with some great guys! The Karl brothers (Sans Drew from episode 2) and Ben Miller talk about gigging, music, being in a band, and silly organ sounds!
If you're struggling with something, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask me for help. If not me, then reach out to someone. There's so many wonderful people who have dedicated their lives to helping others through times like some you may be experiencing. We're here for you. We love you. We are here to help you when you need it.
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Greetings, music (and also other) nerds! I wanted to share briefly about my experience over the last few weeks. I had some wonderful shows and lovely venues with fantastic people. I also have a really long and stressful, yet fulfilling and satisfying few days ahead of me, full of performances! I'll go in order!
12 April 2017 - Dosey Doe
We headlined a show at the Big Barn of Dosey Doe in Spring. We had almost 100 guests who participated in a lively evening of song and dance! It was awesome to play in a space that could actually hold us. We even had a legitimate green room experience for the first time as a band. The show went well, and came complete with lights and a decent recording of a track or two, including the debut of the song "Ruby", written and sung by Seth.
16 April 2017 - Easter Mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church
I got to play with a few UH cats on some simple, but moving brass quartet/timpani. I loved getting to revisit that inspiring space, and I thought we sounded great! I'll be back there some time this summer for another event.
21 April 2017 - Avant Garden
Carthy rolled in for an acoustic show, and set the mood for several poets. It was a simple night, and for a one-off spot, and an open mic feel, the crowd received us well. I love getting to see people share poetry and prose, so it was a great night.
Also, as of next fall, I will be enrolled at Sam Houston Stats University pursuing my Master's in Music Composition! I'm excited to be back in Huntsville doing what I love to do, and learning how to do it better. I'm psyched to start my journey toward a higher higher education! That's a thing, I'm sure... At any rate, I'll be in town for at least two more years, so now that I have made that decision, I will begin setting down my roots for the foreseeable future!
I've got plenty coming up this summer, so stay tuned!
Some links to great venues and events!
http://www.doseydoe.com/ - Check out the Concerts and Events tab for a current calendar!
John is privileged to sit down with the lovely Stephenie Sofield to talk (remotely) a little bit about indoor and a lot about music therapy! She's awesome!
John talks with Drew about song-writing, inspiration, John Denver, and other intellectual and existential things!
Drew will definitely be on again!
Buy tickets to the Carthy show at Dosey Doe on 12 April 2017
Also, enjoy a John Denver song
Drew learned to play acoustic guitar in High School for the sole purpose of playing his favorite tunes. Soon after, he began experimenting with writing his own songs, mostly, he said, because at the time he “wasn’t good enough to play anyone else’s.” Drew eventually came to develop a knack for the melodic word, writing meaningful lyrics aimed at speaking to the mind and heart. His main musical inspirations are John Denver and Paul Simon. Other inspirations include Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Chris Martin, and Brandon Flowers. In addition, Drew enjoys all things tech, design, and making YouTube videos with his wife, Caitlan.
Great news friends! I just got an email from Stitcher saying that we're live! I'll post below some ways to enjoy it! Thanks for your support, and stay tuned! I've moved the podcast info to its own page! You can still find the accompanying blog posts here, but check out the site menu for a link to different ways to enjoy it!
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I just got a fantastic email! Everyone check out http://www.societyofcomposers.org/index.php . You'll see that I'm the featured composer for the day! This is pretty rad; SCI is an important group for composers and other musicians too.
Also, if you haven't yet, please feel free to check out Episode 1 of Music In Our World! It's available through the previous blog post, and will hopefully soon be available through iTunes (process pending).
I had my first meeting today with the other board members of Space City Performing Arts, and I'm pleased to say that big things are in the works for this group! As soon as more details are available, I'll be happy to share with you all!
Guys I'm super excited to present our first episode! The audio quality isn't exactly perfect, but the rest of them will be much better. Heather and I have a fun talk about harp, chamber music, gigging, and other musical things! I had originally planned to have a new episode every week, but for now, I'm going to stick to the twice-a-month approach, especially while I'm getting settled in and waiting to find out where I'm going to school in the fall. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions, and enjoy episode 1!
Pieces we talked about in the episode:
Hindemith Harp Sonata - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYtoWC7Jguk
Impromptu by Fauré - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYSeRGzk_nU
Heather Woitena was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. She began playing the harp at the age of eleven in fifth grade at the instigation of her music elementary school teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Performance at Sam Houston State University, and she studied under Paula Page, the former harpist of the Houston Symphony. Following graduation in 2015, she performed with the Talis Festival & Academy in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and moved to Indiana to work as the Alumni Relations Coordinator for the MasterWorks Festival in 2015 and 2016. Heather is continuing her work with musicologist Dr. Sheryl Murphy-Manley to publish a catalogue of works for twentieth-century composer Newton Strandberg, and she is currently working as a freelance harpist and teacher in Houston, Texas.
Check out this video of a great performance of one of my pieces!
We're celebrating some new gear! We're welcoming our new Behringer X32 and all the gadgets we need to plug into it.
Trio gig on top of the Hyatt at Market Street. Easy in and out, great atmosphere, and a decent crowd all night. I love playing with these guys.
This was supposed to be the first of two shows for Carthy tonight, but our joint at Blue Giraffe got rained out... For our first time in the space, I think it went really well!
We jammed some inside this time. Ben and I took the opportunity in the close space to really snazz up the joint.
First of many visits to this quaint little jam spot
This place was awesome! Super intimate and fun to play with a great crowd!
Last Saturday Ben Miller and I sauntered down to Trader's Village in the rain. Ben's church was participating in a huge flea market-style sale and we were to provide some Muzak to help seal deals and sell some stuff. We had a simple set up - keys, drums, and two mics - and carte blanche on repertoire. I figured we'd play casually for an hour, pack up the soggy set and bail. We actually ended up playing for about four hours without really taking a break. We took requests, played some Carthy tunes, some covers, and some original jam-based stuff. It wasn't really like anything I'd ever done before. It was a vaguely-structured public jam session where the pressure of being on stage was forgone in the name of fundraising. It was cool, and damn fun. Some young folks walked by and yelled "Minions!" and we obliged. During our Motown set, folks our parents' ages stopped for a minute to remember an event in days gone by that may have looked very similar, with us having been replaced by a record or 8-track player. A wheelchair-bound gentleman and his family passed by several times, bringing huge smiles and a palpable positive energy with them each time. We actually even got crashes by two mariachis. We had begun a Latin-inspired environmental piece, and they heard this and came up and asked if they could play. We communicated a little bit in Spanish, but a lot in music. As one guy sat down with Ben at the keyboard, he demonstrated a familiar percussion pattern and I did my best to lay it down. "Eso!", he would say when I'd get it right or produce a fill that he recognised, always accompanied by a huge smile. We played three or four charts with those guys, and it was unlike anything I'd experienced in quite some time. Someone with a completely different musical background than me sat down and we made music together, even when the most casual of conversations may have been difficult.
I left that day feeling validated in so many wonderful ways. I'm glad I was able to provide entertainment or memories or even justnalund for folks who wanted or maybe even needed it. It reminded me that what I do is important and that any day or even can be an opportunity to learn and grow and connect.
Over the next few weeks, I plan to continue building my podcast library. I'll be recording some solo episodes as well as tightening up the recordings I have from those who were kind enough to share their time with me. I also want to announce that my tentative release date for episode 1 will be 1 April 2017! I'm going to try and release one a week. Quite a lofty goal, but one I've been thinking of for quite some time. If you wanna be in the podcast or have a good idea for a topic or guest, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your readership and support and as always,
Several wonderful things to share with you, friends! I am fortunate enough to be able to travel quite a bit doing what I do. I am constantly reminded of how talented my friends and colleagues are, and I try to celebrate as much as I can how lucky I feel to be in the circle I'm in. Last Sunday, I caught the first part of the University Of North Texas Opera's presentation of A Little Night Music, but due to an unforeseen squirrel incident, the show was cancelled. Apparently, it's not wholly infrequent that a rodent to disable the campus from time to time. Huh.
I WAS able, however, to catch a show at Killer's Tacos with the dudes in Zero Detail and Rogues Among Us. My old college buddies Mark and Bradley fronted their groups, and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. Carthy is set to play with ZD in a few weeks, and seeing as how these guys are fresh to playing live, I wanted to get out there, show my support, and see these guys tear it down. There were some other bands from around Texas at the taco shop, and I was blown away at how great everyone played and how friendly and supportive everyone was. The staff, the patrons, and all of the band members were super kind and helpful, and a hell of a show was put on.
I am constantly moving around and taking part in different projects, so as more time passes, I will be posting a few different collaborative projects I'm working on. You may hear more from me than just pots and pans!
I'm still hot on recording podcasts and scheduling other folks. If you're still interested in talking with me OR you're newly interested, please drop me a line! Any and all musical topics are welcome, and any sort of analog (dance, art, theatre, etc.) are certainly celebrated and discussed!
Lastly, I'd love to hear from each and everyone of you! If you have a comment about the website, the media, a post, a piece, or anything like that, please feel free to use any of the methods listed below
Much love, you guys! Here are some important links for your jammin'.
https://roguesamongus.bandcamp.com/ - Rogues. Check out their new EP, Analysis Paralysis
https://www.facebook.com/zerodetailmusic - Zero Detail - New group ready to jam. They're releasing new EP tracks over the next few weeks, so be sure to check them out.
www.CarthyMusic.com - We in Carthy are getting ready to make our summer and yours one to remember!
Thanks for your time, and I love you all!