Just a few more days now until Lamp Light Music Festival. For those that hadn't heard, Hayley Hungerford and I will be playing a tribute set to one of our favorite 60's songwriters, Vashti Bunyan. Vashti was a contemporary of Nick Drake and received a cult following in the freak-folk scene. So clearly she is near and dear to my heart. We will be performing Vashti's songs under the name 'Pink Sugar Elephants' on Saturday November 7th at noon. Big thanks to DJ Viernes of Symmetry Films for shooting these lil' viddys for us. Take a look, get acquainted and we'll see you next weekend.
My sweet friends. Lamp Light Festival is coming up fast and you shouldn't miss out on my favourite event of the year. My best performances of 2012, 2013, and 2014 have happened at Lamp Light and it never fails to create an experience with such enchantment. Often described as "Harvest Gathering in a living room", songwriters, beat-makers, and noise alchemist gather in living rooms and basements of homes in the Eastown Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. In these welcoming and intimate spaces, we get a chance to see some of the most talented and seasoned musicians, but also incredible up and coming artists from across America.
As much as Lamp Light celebrates music, it is just as much about food, community and the sharing of knowledge. There will be several workshops and discussion panels on our food systems, the music industry, fermenting, instrument maintenance, knitting, screen printing and more.
This year I will be performing with Pink Sugar Elephants which is a tribute to the work of legendary songwriter and contemporary of Nick Drake, Ms. Vashti Bunyan. Artist Hayley Hungerford and I have chosen a set of our favourite Vashti songs and are excited to share them with you on Saturday. I will also be closing out the festival on my cello with Strawberry Heritage Sunday night.
Don't forget to purchase your presale tickets for $30 at Vertigo Music. It's officially less than 2 weeks away. Day passes will be available day off for $15 at the door.
More details here.
My Saltbreaker bandmate, John Hanson and I will dueling on some ambient bliss down on the farm this Friday September 14th. Green Wagon Farm in Ada, MI will be hosting a collaborative, on farm banquet with the master chefs of CVLT PIZZ∆ and Bartertown Diner to bring you a feast of champions. This is an all ages, family friendly event for those that love food straight from the farm and the fire. Tickets are still available until 10 am Friday morning.
Purchase tickets here.
Friday September 14th // 4960 Quiggle Ave SE Ada, Michigan 49301 // 6pm-10pm
$20/person. $10/kids under 12. $50/family of 4 + $10 each additional member.
Vegan, veggie and gluten free options available.
Come, please! Celebrate west Michigan, celebrate the generosity of the soil and the work of many joyful, tender hands.
A while back I was commissioned by writer and director Zac Page to compose a score for his feature length film, Burst Theory. They were still in the process of pre-production and nailing down producers when I received the first email, but Zac Page had randomly found my music online and felt it would be the right fit for the film. Having collaborated on student films and shorts in the past, this was exactly the sort of project and challenge I'd been hoping to take on someday.
I worked to with two of my favourite sound engineers, Andy Catlin and Ben Lau down in the old Golden Room location of Double Phelix Studios in Kalamazoo, MI. We spent a lot of time with the rough cut of the film, getting to know each character, and learning when to allow the music to tell the story and when to let the acting speak for itself. This project taught me just how necessary empathy and sensitivity are to the craft of scoring film. It takes a subtle touch to tastefully marry sound with moving picture. So many lessons were learned. First lesson was that films take a long long time to make.
Flash forward to late spring 2015: Burst Theory was complete and had already received great reviews from the film festival circuit and now Zac Page had more ideas brewing. A music video for Roses, the song I'd written for the closing credits of the film. As someone who often prefers not to be filmed or seen in pictures, this was yet another challenge I felt I needed to take on. So members of the original Burst Theory team came together in collaboration with members of Drop Drop Studios in Grand Rapids to create this mysterious film-noir video. Having never been on a film set before and lacking acting experience, I had a lot of fear leading up to the day of the shoot. But that's why we have directors! It was actually really cool to just put my full trust in Zac's direction and let the crew do what they do best.
In the end, we had a lot of fun and made an incredibly lush, yet creepy video. I hope you all enjoy getting a little dark. We like getting dark sometimes. Please take a moment to watch 'Roses' and keep posted on the Burst Theory Facebook page for updates on the film. (https://www.facebook.com/BurstTheory)