^From Sunday 8/11/2013 in Beverly MA. Dippin our feet in the water in preparation for our Atlantic adventure later this month.
Before you head out the door this weekend to check out the Lowell Folk Fest, go ahead and print this out and put it in your pocket. It’s a schedule of as much of the live music performances slated to happen this weekend as I could find from flyers, facebook, word of mouth, phone calls, and this local band guide that Howl in Lowell put together. So, go downtown, catch the international artists at the Folk Festival, grub up on some street food, then head to a bar or art gallery and soak in some of the best local bands our city has to offer. I hope to see you this weekend, the time of year that Lowell is at its most musical, most social, and most energized state. Let’s make some noise.
Live improvised music at Brew’d Awakening this Saturday. Derek, Curran, and I will be exploring new territory; we all have new instruments and this will be our first performance with some of our new sounds. I have been playing flute recently, Derek has been studying the tabla, and Curran just installed a MIDI pickup on his guitar. We have all played in President Soup for a few years together, so come downtown and listen to familiar friends speak new languages.
Lowell’s new brass band sensation The Riverhawk Party Band performs for the 5th and 6th grade students of the Wang Middle School on June 7, 2013. Performing in the local middle schools for young students is a whole new path of opportunity that I have never previously explored as a gigging musician. The amount of energy you can feel from a room full of 12-year-olds is amazing and inspiring. This was our 3rd middle school visit in the spring of 2013, and we hope to do more in the fall.
The Riverhawk Party Band for this show featured: myself Seth Bailin on saxophone; Anthony Prestigiovanni on trumpet; Kevin Webb, Mike Kaskiewitz, and Austin Condee on trombones; Savannah Marshall on bass drum; Danny Dugan on snare drum; Kyle Rees on cymbals; Devon Hurt on electric bass; Joseph Prieto on upright bass; and all the amazing students who joined us on stage with percussion!
Come down to Zeitgeist Gallery in Downtown Lowell every Sunday from noon to 3pm to catch Lowell’s best offering of live jazz. Four bands rotate the schedule to keep it fresh. Jon Bousquet from Feed The Bird, Cam Wharram Trio, Evidence (Seth Bailin, Neil Murphy, Sean Fitzpatrick, Danny Dugan), and Gumbo In Congress (members of the Party Band) will take the stage every Sunday and fill the gallery with standards and original music.
Recorded at the Great Northern, Framingham, MA and Mt. Washington, Lowell, MA October 2012 – January 2013 by Seth Bailin and the band.
Mixed and mastered with Brian Redmond at the Space, Lowell, MA February 2013.
Seth Bailin- saxes, bass, vocals
Matt DiMuccio- keys, vocals
Curran Kelleher- bass, guitar, vocals, coffee mug
Matt Crothers- drums, vocals
Special guests on Conversations:
Jake Cacciatore- vocals
Max Larson- vocals
Mike Kaskiewitz- trombone
Album art by Seth Bailin
A new original play produced by The Internet Players opened this weekend, and runs May 20 at the Village Theater of East Davenport. The Guardian takes place in a small town in Omaha County, where the emotions, stories, and longings of the residents come to life. It was my great pleasure to work with producer Nathan Porteshawver and musician Tony Hartman in composing, arranging, and recording, the sounds for the play. From farm noises to evil jazz, from flamenco guitar to orchestral overtures, the Guardian is packed with a massive range of styles, all the while referencing common musical themes.
In a typical week during the preparation for the play, Nathan (in Iowa), Tony (in Tennessee), and I (in Massachusetts), would have a conference call to discuss our progress and projected goals for the next week. Nathan would talk about the feelings he wanted to evoke with each song, Tony would scat a beat into the phone, and I’d write it all down, eager to get started on my next assignment. Tony and I shared ideas through e-mail, then took each others melodies and song snippets, arranged them into bigger tunes, recorded them. It was a great feeling to hear small ideas evolve into what they are now.
Two days before the play opened, I finished mastering and arranging the files into a playlist for the sound operator, and in total there were 36 cues, meaning the PLAY button would be hit 36 times throughout the play. For the soundtrack release, we boiled that down to 18 of our favorite tracks, including some songs that didn’t make it into the play. CDs are being sold at the next four dates in Davenport, or you can head over to the Nice Bass Bandcamp page and download a digital copy.