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Jeff Cairns
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PostPosted: 2013-06-12, 16:30    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

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Thought I'd offer this set of music recorded on April 26th at BigFish Studio in Kumamoto, Japan. 8 players putting it on the line in improvisation.
Jeff Cairns - shakuhachi
James Hunter - Irish flute, whistles, shakuhachi
Michael Moon Bear - pots
Masahiro Watanabe - trumpet
Shinji Satou - drums
Shinji Harada - wood bass
Kay Ueda - keyboards
Erina Haraguchi - violin

Hope you enjoy.

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PostPosted: 2013-06-14, 13:05    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Jeff Cairns wrote:
Thought I'd offer this set of music recorded on April 26th at BigFish Studio in Kumamoto, Japan. 8 players putting it on the line in improvisation.


I only had a chance to take a quick listen but I'll be back for a more luxurious experience! That's great Jeff.
I was curious on the process for the recording. Improvisation, as you hinted, is a risk. To me, it's much more exciting for the perfomer. What was the recoding process like?
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PostPosted: 2013-06-14, 16:00    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Thanks for the great question Perry.
It's probably just my thang, but imiprovisation is a must.
I called the players and asked them to participate.
I told them initially that it would be totally improvised.
When we assembled in the space, I simply told everybody that our goal for the evening was to breath together.
I was very happy with each player's input.
We had issues with the room in terms of recording. And, in retrospect, we should have independently miced each instrument.
In the mix process, we had to confront those problems.
All in all, I think that it wasn't bad.
I have to stress that I consider the recording mix a work in progress. There is still more to do.
Thank you so much for listening and asking a pertinent question Perry.
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PostPosted: 2013-06-14, 16:28    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

It is great, Jeff!
You breath very well at some points! Smile
What more will you do? Do you mean this recording... or more work together?
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PostPosted: 2013-06-14, 16:45    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Thank you so much for listening Kiku. BigFishJam will continue and I will always be a part of it. There will be different musicians though.
This recording will improve in terms of mix. That also is my purpose, since the studio it was recorded in is mine. However, it was something
of an experiment. We (my studio partner (Richard Gilbert) and I have never recorded a live ensemble before.
Though there were problems with the room as well as some micing issues, we were very happy with this first experiment.
I truly appreciate your listen and interest.
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PostPosted: 2013-06-14, 18:20    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

I love listening to people here! Smile
So thanks for sharing! Okay
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PostPosted: 2013-06-15, 05:09    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Jeff Cairns wrote:
Thanks for the great question Perry.
It's probably just my thang, but imiprovisation is a must.
I called the players and asked them to participate.
I told them initially that it would be totally improvised.
When we assembled in the space, I simply told everybody that our goal for the evening was to breath together.
I was very happy with each player's input.
We had issues with the room in terms of recording. And, in retrospect, we should have independently miced each instrument.
In the mix process, we had to confront those problems.
All in all, I think that it wasn't bad.
I have to stress that I consider the recording mix a work in progress. There is still more to do.
Thank you so much for listening and asking a pertinent question Perry.


I agree, being able to improvise is a must for performers.

I recorded a CD with shakuhachi, hand percussion and Irish Harp when I was leaving Northampton MA in 2008. I had been working with a percussionist on shakuhachi lec/dems and workshops and he proposed that we make a CD before we relocated back to NYC. By surprise, on the night of the recording, he brought in the harp player. I had only just met him and then we went into a three hour jam session. Nothing was planned, the only thing I said was, "Don't be afraid of silence." It was quite an amazing time. Unfortunately, I think the best stuff (which could've been deemed "challenging") didn't make it on the CD. Whether recording or performing, improvising is always risky business Wink
Congrats on some great pieces!
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PostPosted: 2013-06-15, 11:09    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

I am very impressed by your improvised performance.

This is a very interesting and creative approach.

I especially love the second part.
But all the set is fantastic. Razz

It must have been a great moment of sharing.

Thank you. Okay
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PostPosted: 2013-06-16, 00:57    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Thank you Plume Blanche for those encouraging words.
Perry, I would love to hear something of that.
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PostPosted: 2013-06-16, 15:04    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Jeff Cairns wrote:
Thank you Plume Blanche for those encouraging words.
Perry, I would love to hear something of that.


You can hear short snippets here:

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/zengarage

This was an challenging evening. There was no editing. Only moments chosen for tracks. I think of these as impressionistic pieces.

Again, I didn't expect a musician with a fixed-pitch instrument so I didn't consider that when I choose my flutes. During the jam session, I would just pick up different lengths and different flutes, jinashi, jiari, jimore hochiku earth etc...to change the mood. I was amazed at how quickly the harp player could adapt to the key changes. It was quite a struggle to play in tune with him on all the dispirit instruments!
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PostPosted: 2013-06-16, 16:59    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Thank you for that Perry. A great deal of sensitivity there.
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PostPosted: 2013-06-17, 11:47    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Hi Perry,

I downloaded the album and I listened.
I started to note on a paper, the titles that I liked... but I quickly realized that I loved them all. Shocked

Beautiful musical encounter between the instruments and their players! Congratulations. Okay
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PostPosted: 2013-06-17, 13:51    Post subject: Out For When Reply with quote

Jeff Cairns wrote:
Thank you for that Perry. A great deal of sensitivity there.

Thanks for listening!

Plume Blanche wrote:
Hi Perry,

I downloaded the album and I listened.
I started to note on a paper, the titles that I liked... but I quickly realized that I loved them all. :shock:

Beautiful musical encounter between the instruments and their players! Congratulations. :ok:


The titles were chosen by chance operations. Single words were written and then arbitrarily combined.
Beauty is abound...anywhere we choose!

Merci beaucoup!
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