Saturday, December 26, 2020

FREE song download

I am offering "O' Seraphim! Rejoice!" as a FREE download in appreciation to those of you who pass this way. 
 On Christmas morning, while my wife slept, I awoke at 4:00 A.M. with no plans on creating any music. But alas, as it is with the impulsive and artistic types, I spent the better part of the morn comp0ing and recording.
 Merry Christmas.


Please visit my Music Store and consider purchasing additional music..It goes to my coffee and gear fund and would certainly be most appreciatiated!!!


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Risk is the Reward

  I do not suppose to exalt myself as some kind of wandering hermit searching for muse and set upon revolution, whether it is within myself or others.

 Fact is, I find my musical jaunt to be lax and casual when I am presented with form, constraints, and perimeters.Which has been a source of frustration to those whom crawl into bed with me, musically speaking.

 But when left to my own erratic and chaotic devices I tend to flourish. It would seem that in this sense I only serve my self and not my art. But what is art if not a reflection of the truest self?

 I am noted for being a Stickist, bassist..and sometimes a Native American flutist. I feel at home being a creative human. Be it the aural eschewing of a never still mind, the fluid stream of images conveyed by the written word, or the tinting of canvas with an assortment of mediums, I only feel restful when I am unchained. To me the true language of any art lies in improvisation. Exploratory and glorious in all its self serving platitudes, dangerous in its mysterious and often shocking unfolding. Like holding an arial up high in a thunderstorm whilst perched upon a high precipice. I dwell in the security of its purity, in the uncertain.


Saturday, August 22, 2020

Another E.R.S.E. offering..

 In the early pre-dawn hours encapsulated by the deprivation of sleep, an intrusive ambient composition emerges.

 A departure from the customary non-instrumentation of the typical E.R.S.E. recordings, I found myself having a bit of respite from the ravages of insomnia whilst using my various tablets as controllers for my DAWs synth patches. 5 hours on and I offer you "The Affection Of The Elements".

Thursday, July 2, 2020

More music by Stanislav and The Lion


 Corey Stano and I have completed another track this very week. Penned by Corey, "Nightshade's Blade" finds a well suited home on our evolving album "Myths Retold and Other Lies to Tell Your Children" available on Bandcamp,

                                    

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Dire Hectors

Improvised music has been at the center of my creative algorithm. It is the language which has no written heritage, no cardinal pull, no gestation period, no destination. It is the language of passion. Pure and oft times chaotic, it has been my preferred and most honest form of communication. It is said that the Devil finds work for idle hands. The implication here is that the product is of a lascivious and otherwise criminal nature. But I find that holds true for those of a certain ilk, predetermined by moral fibre (or better yet, lack thereof) and a disregard for constructive behavior. In our quarantine of late, state ordered or self imposed, my musical brother and fellow band mate Ralph Gray and myself managed to chisel away at the stone that is idle time. We found our way to Ralph's practice room (which had been forged by the same isolated hours that had turned many a person into the most prestigious of banana bread artisans) and managed to converse in the language of improv. Like paranormal investigators hoping to capture that gem of an EVP or the proverbial shadow person, we plugged into the board and let the hard-disk spin. And in the final hours of our conversing, just as we were ready to call it a day, we caught that voice. The sound of communication. The power to convey, without words, in a language we can all easily understand.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Give to a cause..get music

 I had recently asked my wonderful friend Corey Phyllis if she would be interested in reading a short story I had written to which I would add music to. I have always loved her voice as it has a tonality which I feel has musical qualities about it. She was more than happy to indulge my request.
 Over the past few years Corey and I have had many a conversation ranging from topics such as spirituality, social commentary, indigenous issues, music, literature, economics, and general banter of a much more pedestrian, but no less passionate, resonance. She's even been detained, as it were, while protesting in D.C. You can say that she is a warrior with a more noble cause than mere war.
 For this musical endeavor we call ourselves "Stanislav and The Lion" and the single is available at my music store which is linked below. The story, or parable, which Corey so beautifully recites, concerns itself with the imbalance of humanity towards itself in the microcosmic sense which in turn contributes to the overall disparity of the natural world. The proceeds from the sale of "The Rhino and the Oxpecker: Un Moderne Parable" will go to the National Indigenous Woman's Resource Center. The NIWRC is "Dedicated to Restoring Sovereignty and Safeguarding Native Women and Children".
  When purchasing the song you will be given the opportunity to pay more than the base price of $1.00 if you so wish. All proceeds to benefit the NIWRC.
 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Evolving Album

  My latest release, "Articulo No. 5" is an ever growing, or "evolving" album of mostly new (with occasional lost/found) music. Material that just doesn't fit into a particular album's scope, or concept, if you will, can find a home on "Articulo No. 5". The album's price will reflect the track listing's content and as such will increase as songs are added. However, each track will be available for individual purchase.
 The idea for this ever expanding album is simple: I am impulsive and will occasionally walk into my studio with the intent on laying down an idea before it slips into the ether never to be heard again. What starts off as a simple one or two line idea will snowball and before long the acorn sprouts, roots, and grows.
 This will also allow me to separate my solo concepts from my collaborative ones such as I enjoy with my band Jupiter Groove and my narrative story/musical pairings of Stanislav and The Lion.








Friday, January 10, 2020

A Farewell to...



 My son and I shared tears today. Each one of us in his own way, miles apart but united in sadness and shock. Neil Peart, drummer, lyricist, author, and all around great human being has left us.
  I am a bassist whom started out as a drummer and living in a small desert town in Southern Cali. I never owned a drum set, let alone a single drum. I had the good fortune of having a great friend who would loan me his drums. I played in high school marching band and occasionally sat in with my friends Al and Andrew for school recitals and I once subbed for my friend Michael on a country gig at Silly Al's Pizza in Ehrenberg, AZ. Mike and I would obsess over Neil's solo on Rush's "All The World's A Stage" and "Exit Stage... Left". We were amazed by Neil's chops, precision, odd meter, and crazy percussion which he often incorporated into pretty damn well everything. I recall playing these solos for our band director, Mr Spooney" whom looked at us and remarked "That's no drummer, that's a percussionist!". Those solos are orchestrated journeys. Well crafted, thoughtful, and fucken amazing. I was influenced by Neil's writing and took to heart his disdain for lyrics and poetry that "rhymed for the sake of rhyming". I took that same credo with much aplomb as I began crafting my own lyrics and poetry. I still do and with every stroke of the pen (or key) I am forever conscience of Neil's influence on my own prose. When Neil put together the "Burning for Buddy" project I flipped. Here was one of my heroes paying tribute to one of his heroes, Buddy Rich, who happened to be another of my heroes. To hear Neil, and other amazing drummers, play music that most of them were not known for was a special treat. Those are some of my favorite albums of all time. Rush was, is, my biggest musical love. I was there with every morphing, through the straight rock era, prog era, keyboard heavy era, and back to the guitar based rock that 1st had Cleveland radio station WMMS  listen and take notice back in 1974. I bought two Rickenbackers and 6 Jazz Basses because of Rush..looking for that crunchy tone. I love drummers, especially those whom explore the whole of percussion as a vehicle to convey a sonic story. To craft and execute a symposium composed of "syncopated swing". Neil did just that..and with virtuosity in spades. He made a proficient air drummer out of every Rush fan. Every steering wheel became a Tama drum set whenever "Tom Sawyer" blasted out of the after market Pioneer 6 x 9s in Camaros and Datsuns across the land. He is one of the greatest and most influential drummers of my lifetime, of anyone's lifetime. He is in my Holy Trinity of Trappistas along with Buddy Rich and Dave Weckl. When Rush called it quits in 2015 it galvanized a universe of fans and musicians. I didn't want it to end..no way. No one did. I got to see Rush on their final tour..it was a magical experience. It was special in a way that no other Rush tour had been. There was something in the air..the cosmos..the whole of "musicdom" bristled with the energy..to borrow from Mr. Peart himself. Our clown princes of nerdy rock took a final bow and said "Thank you". We all knew that it was real, and final. 
 We have lost one of the most gifted musicians of this century. An influential drummer, lyricist, poet, author, and wonderful soul. I am saddened. This is my youth, my molding as a musician, my passion as a fan. It is a stark reminder, and that with the sharpest of blades, that "we are only immortal for a limited time". 
 Rest well, Professor. Thank you for enriching my life with your talents. For sharing with us the fruits of your undying labor. For allowing us to take part in your great Ghost Ride, and for being part of the soundtrack of my existence.
 I bid Farewell to a Rhythm King.


Saturday, August 31, 2019

New E.R.S.E. recording



The 1st track from the second collection of the Emotional Response Sound Experiments Volume Two: SLEEP is now available.  

 "Raven Is Angry" combines church settings, rain storms, chimes, frequency emissions from the planets in our solar system, voices, and strange radio transmissions. It clocks in at just over 20 minutes. More tracks will be added in the coming weeks. 



   






Monday, May 9, 2016

News and what not...




June 30 2019

 Looking forward to my next show with my band mates in Jupiter Groove. We are set to play at the Shovelhead Lounge in Longwood FL opening up for YYNOT. The amazing A Fine Line will be on board as well. I plan on once again playing my NS/Stick exclusively for this show.

April 2017






Just released! I'd like to present you with the following track titled "Still". It is a composition which I recorded with my very talented soul brother Radek Kordasiewicz as part of our Ollin project.
Back in 2005, I was contacted by Radek about an art project called MusicWordArt where musicians, artists, and poets from around the globe would collaborate and release "Art Packs" (Radek is from Polland, we have yet to meet in person!). These works of art comprised images, poetry, and music to form an unique experience of which I had the pleasure of contributing to.
These experiences where the nucleus for Ollin. Radek had suggested we work together in more of a duo setting. We released an ambient piece comprosed of synths and bass soundscapes called "Ocean Wave". It marked our first composition together and we soon found ourselves exchanging ideas and tracks via the internet.

As time progressed, we determined that Ollin had more
to say than the two of us could utter and required a larger talent pool to create and release it's ever expanding sonic ideals. To that end, we culled from an international bevy of musicians spanning a decade and 4 official releases:

Radek Kordasiewics - synths, loops, atmospherics, guitars
Bill Forth - guitar textures, lead guitar, bass guitar
Reed Hayes - electronic drums
Janusz Kruszelnicki - saxophone
Marco Rodi - bass guitar
Sean Ghannam - lead guitar
Roy Southgate - voice
Juan R Leon - bass, Stick, Shakuhachi, Native American Flutes

For the latest and "final" release we employed the talents of artist Lena Czerniawska for the cover. You can learn more about Lena at https://lenaczerniawska.weebly.com.

It is fitting that this final release sees Ollin returning to it's "duo" incarnation. As with the inception we also return to it's compositional form of synths and ambient bass sounscapes. I see a journey bookended here yet not ended. One that has taken two kindred spirits on an artistic jaunt through a landscape, nay, a universalscape, that is hallmarked by not only a maturation of two musicians finding their footings alongside one another as ocean waves of creativity swelled around them, but of a friendship, a brotherhood, and an unbreakable bond born in the stillness of time.

 The complete OIllin catalogue is available for streaming and purchase at  The Official Ollin Bandcamp Page.
 There is an Edit Mix of "Up and Away" along with an original composition of mine on the Lena Records Sampler available here.









May 2017



 Getting geared up to promote our album "Gears Of Progression" in a few upcoming shows. Happy to say that we will be joining our good friends in the Travis Larson Band for some dates in Florida...on board for some of the shows will be Dave LaRue and his incredible band. As for the album we recorded it about two yrs ago and we finally got around to giving it a go. Well actually it was a bit more complicated than that. But not much more...
To be honest we just had a pickle of a time getting the production end of it right. Finding a studio that had the time and more importantly, the right ears for our music proved to be a little harder than we anticipated. But our patience prevailed when Ralph came across Sean Shannon. A mighty fine audio engineer,producer,author, and one hell of a drummer. We met up with Sean at his Mix Monsterz Recording Studios in Apopka, FL at the tail end of the hurricane season. Within about 15 mins or so of Sean dialing in some eq settings after importing and converting our files we knew we had made the right choice. The rough mixes breathed with a vibrance and energy that had us tapping our fist and smiling like giddy 13 year olds at the beach in Panama City. Suffice it to say that we exhaled an exuberant collective sigh of relief.
A month later we had our master.
Art work began for the album as I pounded the keys and manipulated the mouse (having thrown my Wacom Tablet across my studio in a typical ADD moment) as I created the art for the second time since my former Mac was no more (all my previous work was on that and although I did backup religiously, I couldn't find the files on my BU drive). T
With the music mastered and the art now done it was now time to send everything off to the presses.
And wait.

What's another month, right?
Well, it's finally here. And we are very very happy with the results. Strange...it all seems to sound and look better when it's in your hands. Maybe all just a bit..surreal? Is this the right context? Is that word ever used in the right context?
Oh..btw..I found the original art for the album...a week after we got the CDs in. Gonna use it on a t-shirt anyway....
So there it is. Not too big a deal..not too much drama. Our we happy? Proud? Excited? Well yes, of course we are.
But even with all the waiting and seemingly endless searches for the right studios..it was all rather..well...kind of effortless. No seriously. Not trying to make it sound as though we have this down pat or anything like that, but the recording took a total of 3 days with a follow up day for Dan to fine tune some guitar stuff. The bulk of the recording was done on day 2. We recorded 13-14 songs in one day. We didn't thing anything of it until our recording engineer Jeff Knauff told us that the average band usually knocks out maybe 1 or 2 tunes in a day. Thing is we have been playing these tunes live for some time now. We didn't write or rewrite anything in the studio. Next time around it may not be that simple ( but I get the feeling it will be).


The original, and formerly lost, cover art.

                                 July 2017

 Been a minute since my last post...
So what's going on?
Music...that's what. Doing a few shows with Jupiter Groove in the next few weeks. I am also having a Kahler Bass Trem installed on mt 6 string Ibanez SoundGear. Yup..Dan is kinda freaking out! I wanted a special tuning for this bass...so I got a hold of Tim Pfouts once again, over at S.I.T. Strings. They have been fulfilling my string needs for the last 4 years now and I am exceedingly happy. What I want for this particular 6 string was an extended range tuning. I wanted to tune up to a high "F". So my bass would be tuned as follows:
E (90)
A (70)
D (50)
G (30)
C (25)
F  (20)
I wanted super light gauge strings (my preference) and no low "B" string as the bass will have a trem system and the "flop" wouldn't be very musical. Besides, I'm no fan of the "B" string anyway! Once again Tim and his team delivered. They sent me a super light (.025) round wound "C" and I obtained a super light (.020) round wound "F" Snakeskins String from Conklin Guitars and Basses. Incidentally, Snakeskins Strings are also made by S.I.T. for Conklin exclusively. That made me super duper happy as I really wanted to stay with S.I.T. all the way.

                        

                                  May 2016

 Spent 3 productive days in the studio with my band mates in Jupiter Groove last weekend. We were able to track 13 tunes in about 1 and 1/4 days! The rest of the time was dedicated to punches,overdubs,layering..etc. We recorded  the tracks in Gibsonton, FL. at The Parsonage Recording Studio with owner/producer Jeff Knauff at the helm. I got to use my new Sire V7 (which sounded AMAZING), my Dean Rhapsody 12 string,an Ibanez SR 506,and my Squire Vin Mod Jazz Bass Fretless. Dan brought an army of axes with him, including his trusty Parker Flys, an Ibanez 7 string, and a Rogue Electric Sitar. even an acoustic (a Martin, I believe) made it onto the tracks. Ralph dragged in his mighty Pearls..a massive set actually, to lay down the funkygressive grooves. We are now in the process of going through every track, one by one, getting levels, fine tuning, etc. Look for a Summer/Fall release!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

An old fashioned book burning?

                                       

                    




 I recently ordered the book "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" from an online book reseller. I was surprised to receive the 1st edition of the book (1983-1992) instead of the latter edition (1999 - present). I used to own a copy of the 1st edition which I had purchased in 1991.I lost my copy when  I left California in 1992 to move to the East Coast. I went on a search to buy the book again but could not find it anywhere...I later found out that the book had essentially been taken off the shelves due to legal actions brought upon by agents of the FBI against the author and Viking Press citing "slander".

 The book was out of circulation for almost a decade before anew edition,with additional material,was re-issued  Viking/Penguin Press. Originally,Viking had destroyed all warehouse copies that had not gone to retail outlets. For almost a decade, the book was held up in legal red tape as the courts sorted out the accusation brought forward by the FBI:

> After publication of the book, two plaintiffs filed libel suits against Viking Press. Bill Janklow, the former Republican governor of South Dakota, filed a $24 million lawsuit in South Dakota. He also sued three booksellers in South Dakota who had sold hardcover copies of the book. This case was watched because of its repressive aspects related to bookselling.

Janklow's suit was based upon one paragraph in the book which has statements by AIM leader Dennis Banks referring to rape allegations made against Janklow by Jacinta Eagle Deer, a young Brulé Lakota on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Banks also noted Janklow's arrest for driving drunk and nude on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota in 1973.[1]

Janklow filed a separate lawsuit against Newsweek magazine (Janklow v. Newsweek, 788 F2d 1300) for an article that contained the disputed passage.[1] In his complaint, referring to the statement by Banks about rape, Janklow "cited a 1975 letter from Philip W. Buchen, head of the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States, to the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, saying that three Federal investigations found the allegations against him 'simply unfounded'. The Senate committee was considering Mr. Janklow's nomination as a director of the Legal Services Corporation..."[1]

Viking Press filed a countersuit against Janklow in the Southern District of New York, which in part alleged that Janklow had interfered with the company's constitutional rights to publish and distribute the book.[1] A South Dakota circuit court ruled that the book was not defamatory and terminated Janklow's lawsuit in 1984. Upon Janklow's appeal of the ruling, the South Dakota State Supreme Court reinstated the case in 1985.

David Price, an FBI agent who was at the Wounded Knee incident, filed two identical lawsuits against Viking: one in South Dakota state court (Price v. Viking Press, Inc., Civ. No. 84-448) and an identical suit (Price v. Viking Press, Inc., 625 F. Supp. 641) in federal court, seeking $25 million in United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. The case was transferred to a federal court in Minnesota.

The lawyers representing both Matthiessen and Viking Press in the federal suit in Minnesota were noted First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, New York City, with Barbara F.L. Penn, St. Paul, Minnesota.

In the Minnesota case, Federal District Court Judge Diana E. Murphy dismissed the Price suit. Her 33-page ruling noted: "Viking recognized that responsible publishing companies owe some duty to the public to undertake difficult but important works." Janklow's case in South Dakota was similarly dismissed. In both cases both the author and publisher were deemed to have been protected by the free speech clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It was noted that Matthiessen's book was clearly one with an opinion.[2] <  From Wikipedia

 I am not entirely disappointed that I received a 1st edition of this book, I suppose it's a collector's item of sorts. I still am going to get the newest edition,as it contains additional material that I have great interest in.

 Class dismissed.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New music,new shows

                    Lena Records Sampler One Release


 Radek has been laboring long and passionately on starting a new label focusing on ambient,electronic,progressive,experimental,
and all related genres and sub-genres. The label is Lena Records.
 Well that labor has paid off and I am happy to announce that the 1st release is now available as a free download for a limited time.
 Lena records Sampler One brings together 7 different artists representing a wide array of styles from ambient, fusion,prog,folk,dark-wave,spoken word,and experimental.

 Lena Records will be offering singles,eps,and full album releases by up and coming artists in it's first year. Radek and I completed a new tune by our project Ollin​ which will be released on a forthcoming album of brand new Ollin material. This will be our first  a full length album as a core duo in about 5 years. 
 I will also be recording new material for a solo album in the coming months to be released by Lena Records and produced by Radek himself.  




 Please visit the Official Lena Records Facebook Page and like us!  

        

               De Soto Luminary Walk Saturday Dec 19 2015

 I will be performing once again at the De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, FL., for their annual luminary festival. The festival features music,food,period actors, and candle lit trails. The event starts @ 6:30 pm and runs till 8:30 pm. It is free to the public.

 And speaking of De Soto, I have been asked if I will be selling any of my music at this year's performance. The short answer is no...and yes.

 Although I do not have any physical CDs of my music at present time, I am offering digital releases of my music via my online Music Store hosted by Bandcamp. Of particular interest to those of you who have seen my solo Native American Flute performances at De Soto is the album "The Wind That Moves The Moss". It is an album containing two performances recorded live at De Soto in 2013 and also includes some studio compositions.

The album is now available for purchase along with other releases.




                                         OLLIN News 
   

                    

        New Ollin track "Still" harkens back to early yrs.

 It's hard to believe that Ollin started 10 years ago! I just finished recording my parts for one of the tunes on our new album and let me tell you...I am excited! It really captures what Radek Kordasiewicz and I do best..create an emotive atmosphere in which the listener can really get caught up in. 

 We will be having a big "release party" of sorts planned via a cybercast interview where we will debut "Still" and play some old Ollin classics..and a few surprises as well...we'll fill ya in later.

 All new material,along with bonus tracks,will be available for purchase in the coming months. 

 Visit the new Official Ollin FaceBook Page and like us!




                                                                       


                           
                                         Solo News



 And I will again be at the De Soto Annual Luninary Walk this coming Dec 19 in Bradenton FL.

 And..new solo project is planned for 2016. A complete solo album,produced by Radek is in the works for the coming year.

 In the meantime, enjoy a few of my older tracks...
 

                                     Jupiter Groove

 And I will be with my band Jupiter Groove at the following dates...

Wed Nov 11th at The Haven

Sat Nov 14 at the Deland Original Music Fest. 
 *Venues and times TBA


                            Lindy Romez & Sol Y Mar

A special reunion show at the Deland Original Music Festival 
Sat Nov 14
* Venue and time TBA




E.R.S.E. News 

And finally (again)...

 Some have commented that my E.R.S.E. recordings have broken links to Soundcloud. And you are correct. Soundcloud no longer hosts E.R.S.E. I have moved them to my Bandcamp page.
  
 To recap...
  
 E.R.S.E. are a collection of compositions created entirely by using a variety of field recordings which are then processed,manipulated,and mixed into tracks which are designed to evoke an emotional response by the listener.There are no musical instruments used in the 1st of these recordings although the compositions do take on a musical quality at times.The recordings are ambient in nature and can be dark and eerie at times.
The series will boast at least 10 releases which will vary from tracks composed entirely from field recording and tracks that will feature bass,Chapman Stick,and flute that have been heavily processed. the volumes will progressively become more abstract and at the same time retain a musical quality.
Voices of Spring (Floating Mix) from Tension and Release:Volume One may be streamed below. You can purchase more of my music by visiting my Bandcamp page.







Friday, June 5, 2015

The latest

 My band, Jupiter Groove, will be playing playing a late show at The West End Trading Co in Sanford FL on Sat June 13.

 We'll be at Will's Pub in Orlando FL with the Dave LaRue Band. We're really excited about this show! And we may be adding a second show in Tampa....still working on it.

 Camden Cruz, guitarist for the power metal band Seven Kingdoms, has asked us to play at this year's Deland Rock and Metal Festival in Nov.

 A hearty thank you to the good folks at S.I.T. Strings for a wonderful box of custom gauge strings for my basses. Love the sound and feel..and they do simply stay in tune no matter what!

 Also wanna thank Matt and Christine at STRATosphere Parts for the wonderful '75 reissue Jazz Bass neck for my ailing MIM Jazz Bass which developed a non repairable crack at the necks skunk stripe. I took my bass in to Bill at Guitar Factory for a once over and to check on the neck's fitment.No problems at all...it plays and feels great. Most importantly, it intones perfectly.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm In Tune!


 Juan has been working on custom gauge strings with the wonderful folks at S.I.T. Strings and WB Gear. As a result, he has been enjoying his custom gauge Power Steel Bass strings on his Dean Rhapsody 12 string bass and is working on custom sets for his 4, 5, and 6 string basses as well.

 You can read a review of Juan's "Blistering Harmonics and Plenty of Punch" 12 string bass set at The 12 String Bass Website.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Store Front Coming Soon


 I have been in the process of uploading my complete catalog to a new host where I will be selling my music. And as such I will be taking down other storefronts in the process (Soundclick, Bandpage, Reverbnation). There is nothing wrong with the other storefronts as each offers the artist and fan their own unique selling and buying experience, but Bandcamp seems to offer the best of all the rest and seamless integration
with Paypal and major credit cards.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Nucleus of Passion:Remembering Jaco

 For those of you who know me personally (or musically) it is no secret that I am a great admirer of Jaco Pastorius. Recently, well,for the past 5 years actually, Metallica's Robert Trujillo has been working on a documentary about Jaco's life and music. The project is being funded by Trujillo himself and admirer's of Jaco via PledgeMusic. As of this writing the goal has been met.
 Though my musical roots are heavily influenced by the punk and metal scenes of the 70's and 80's,and being inspired to pick up the bass after watching John Entwistle's amazing prowess on The Who film "The Kids Are Alright", it was after listening to Jaco's album "Three Views of a Secret" that I was completely and utterly blown away by the possibility of the bass as a truly multifaceted instrument. Upon hearing Jaco's rendition of The Beatles' "Blackbird" I was struck with the severe revelation that left me (and my muse) in awestruck admiration for this new found gem.

 In 1984,while burning up copies of Metallica's Ride The Lightning,Black Flag's Slip It In,and Dead Kennedys' In God We Trust, I stumbled upon an article in Guitar Player Magazine written by Bill Milkowski (that same article was later reprinted in the pages of the book "Bass Heroes" GPI Books,Miller Freeman Inc. ISBN0-87930-274-7). The article was about Jaco..whom I had heard of but never actually heard (or so I thought) and I was intrigued by the self proclaimed "World's Greatest Bass Player".

 "Holy shit! This is the guy from Weather Report?" (this is long before the internet and Wikipedia folks). I knew I had to pay more attention to this guy. That's when I decided to delve into his music..and it consumed me. The fact that Jaco refereed to his own music as "Punk Jazz"...well,that sealed the deal.

 Yes...I ripped the frets out of my Hondo P-Bass copy (damn thing had a tremelo!). I did this ala Jaco...with a pair of pliers while sitting in a Bible study group in a small, agricultural, So Cal town called Blythe. It could have been Siberia for all we knew. Any news,especially that of a musical bent,was retrieved from basic,very basic,cable and the local radio station (where I worked after graduating high school). So any musical info came from magazine subscriptions and word of mouth from the scant handful of musicians. Blythe was no cultural hub folks. Needless to say that finding Jaco was a super nova of auditory input.

 Jaco's music impassioned me to be a better bassist,artist,musician. It did so in such a secretive way,though. I found myself assimilating his attitude,albeit subconsciously at first. I remember wanting to play like Billy Sheehan, John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, and Hendrix, and I now found myself infused with a new found passion to my playing. I wanted to contribute to the overall experience of the music I was involved in whether it was metal, punk,gospel,blues,prog,or whatever And this new found passion came from listening to Jaco. It was as if I was starting anew. Granted, I had only been playing bass for about 3-4 years at the time,but I felt like I needed to re-evaluate what the bass was...and could be.

 I had been listening to metal and punk..and my mother had classical and big band playing all the time in the house, dad had traditional Mexican ranchera music from the heavy weights like Vicente Fernandes, Antonio Aguilar, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, as well as  Los Tigres Del Norte, so I had a variety of music around me to infuse into my id. But over the next year my musical taste expanded to include jazz in all it's forms. Fusion became a comfortable home for me..with it's rock attitude and virtuoso excursions...to me the best of rock and jazz had hit me straight in the face..and at the front of this new found passion was Jaco. Yes..I know Jaco was more than "fusion", but in a sense he redefined fusion to me. Truly not limited by his instrument or any genre he mastered..Jaco could walk down Saks 5th Ave and any ole' chittlin circuit back alley without skipping a beat and that's what fusion means to me. Thank you Jaco.

 So..on about 30 yrs + and I am in a progressive trio..an improgroovinstrumetal trio, to be exact, and Jaco's music is still a big part of what drives me to create interesting and melodic bass lines with true consideration to the overall composition. I frequently play a fretless Jazz. A sunburst Vin Modified Fretless, no pickguard, and a laser etched image of Jaco on the neckplate. For luck,of course.

 In 2014 I won the Songwriters Showcase of America's Musician of the Year. It's an honor that blew my mind...and frankly, I just don't get it folks! I am truly honored but I have yet to feel satisfied with my playing and continuously strive to be better.However I would like to think...actually I know, that Jaco's music,artistry,and passion is what lead me to places I never imagined as an artist. Without Jaco I wouldn't still be at this in the way I am. Jaco has been opening doors for me like he has for so many bassists over the years.

I don't know who said it..but they said it well...

 “Jaco opened the door, and we walked through.”

 Thank you Jaco..for your music, your passion,and for opening the door.
And thank you Robert Trujillo for realizing a dream for Jaco fans the world over.
   
                                       Eres el hombre mas chingon ese!!!!!

 Juan R. Leõn Vasquez
 Feb 2015


Jaco The Film
Jaco Pastorius  
Jaco:"The World's Greatest Bass Player" Biography by Bill Milkowski
Robert Trujillo
Metallica
Guitar Player Magazine

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

                                       Upcoming shows

With Jupiter Groove:  

 
 



 Sat Feb 7 2015 The Bank & Blues Club
Daytona FL


Sat Feb 14 Osceola County Fair
Kissimmee FL
Sun Feb 15 Osceola County Fair
Kissimmee FL
Mon Feb 16 Osceola County Fair
Kissimmee FL





Sat March 14 The Haven Lounge
Winter Park FL 




Friday, January 17, 2014

Music,Music,I hear....

Lot's of goings ons already in Jan/Feb....

Excited to be part of some very cool music fests in the Central Florida area. The ever awesome Delandapalooza kicks off again in April.The Daytona Main Street Festival will be an incredible day again..as Jupiter Groove has 2 sets that eve! We are also doing some shows in O-Town...at Back Booth supporting our good friends in Aergia,an eve with at Bombshell's,and head on over to Cocoa beach to the Originals Pub as we support Nilifi and Stone Clover..check the calender for exact times.
 The big festival that Jupiter Groove is really excited about is Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. A 5 day cruise featuring some incredible prog rock acts...

Get a load of this...

A musical journey like nothing you’ve experienced before is happening February 2014. We’re talking about Progressive Nation at Sea, an infusion of music and technique that will heighten your senses in a way no other vacation ever could! Imagine a couple thousand prog enthusiasts surrounding you on the Norwegian Pearl as we set sail from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport February 18-22, 2014.

Featuring

Transatlantic   
Portnoy, Sheehan, MacAlpine, Sherinian
Jon Anderson   
Adrian Belew's Power Trio
Devin Townsend Project   
King's X
Spock's Beard    
The Flower Kings
Pain of Salvation   
Anathema
Riverside   
Periphery
Animals As Leaders   
The Safety Fire
Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot
Bigelf   
Beardfish   
The Dear Hunter
Haken  
Jolly   
Anneke van Giersbergen
Mark Mikel 
Next To None 
Bad Salad
Felix Martin  
Eumera
An Endless Sporadic
Backhand
Brotherhood
Cinema Novo
Delta
Glass Mind
Jupiter Groove
Lucid Fly
Lunix
No Reflection
Persona Grata
The Shroud of Gaia
Thank You Scientist
Vougan
Zombie Frogs

 Yeah...we are so excited to have been picked by Mike Portnoy himself to participate in this incredible musical event!!!!!!

 







Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ollin releases "Up and Away"

Stream the album in its entirety right here! And make sure you visit the Ollin Bandcamp site for more music.

Friday, July 5, 2013

New Ollin music...




The upcoming single by Ollin, "Up and Away", will be released later this month followed by a full album by the same name. 
 The darkwave/ambient/progressive band was founded by Radek Kordasiewicz (synths,compositions) and Juan (Stick,bass,flutes) and has become a revolving door of talent for various musicians from around the globe.
 Radek Kordasiewicz is currently working hard at final mixes and album art. The exact dates will be anounced very soon so keep watching this page!
 In the meantime please visit Radek's BandCamp page (for full album streams and free singles of his solo work) and the Ollin BandCamp page for past works.