OFI Sketch 8/4/11

This is going for more of a hardcore, “I’m dangerous” kinda’ vibe.  To me the cello almost sounds like a bari sax, which is hilarious, while at the same time terrifyingly awesome.  There’s a lot more I wanted to add to this, but I’d rather see what the dudes come up with, rather than ruin it myself.  haha

Working title = 2hundred


And here’s the hilarious version that I did for fun

OFI Sketch 8/1/11

Here’s a really simple loopy thing that might make a good tune – it’s just a bunch of Ma7 chords planing around but I think the complementary rhythms sell it.  One problem is that it’s really difficult to solo over, another is that it’s horribly repetitive – but it’s going to be a hip hop beat so nbd.

Working title = Familiar Mistakes

Light, Motion and Sound (March-April 2011)

(Vanessa Voskuil - photo by James Sewell)

This collaborative work of challenging-to-describe art was organized by Zachary Crockett, and served as the dissertation for his PHD in music composition (at the University of Minnesota).  Months before I entered the process Zac joined forces with choreographer Vanessa Voskuil, and at her suggestion invited visual artist David Mehrer to the team.  They’re all amazing so check out their respective pages!

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OFI Sketch 7/27/11

Just successfully diagnosed and fixed a bad solder joint in my loop pedal in an attempt to solve the intermittent power-loss problem that was dumping the flash memory.  To celebrate I recorded this rough track of loopdie-looped cello, which I plan on bringing to the hip hop band – got kind of a Steve Reich hemiola feel to it…?  Anyway, can’t wait to hear what the band does with this track!

Working title = Off Balance

And here’s a recording I made of myself building the track, mistakes and all.

The last 2 months+

Nightmare Man – A Musical (August 5-14)

Rehearsals for this Fringe Festival show begin next week, and I’m totally psyched!  Nathan Schilz (music director/composer/writer/etc.) approached me some months ago and got me interested in this production.  What I do know I’ve gleaned from Nathan’s emails and the Nightmare Man’s Fringe Festival web page (including an amazing promotional video that the team shot).

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OFI Sketch 6/18/11

I’m working up a new track for the live hip hop band I’m playing with called Out From Inside.

Track title = Positive Rays (looped cello):

looped cellos + overdubbed frame drum:

Reflections on Journey

This project fell into my lap when a cellist compatriot sent it my way, along with a slough of other gigs and one of his students!  Thanks Geoff!  The music director/composer of this production was looking for an improvising cellist, but beyond that I had almost no coherent idea of what this production would be, but how bad can a gig be if it involves cello and improvisation?  I don’t have an answer to that question, but I signed an agreement to do the show nonetheless.

I attended a production meet-and-greet party before rehearsals began, and within minutes I knew I was going to get along with the cast/crew.  My first impressions were of a very intellectual, artistic and easy-going group (which turned out to be 100% true), but what had me a little concerned was that after talking with everybody at the party, the only new information I had about the production was that the composer hadn’t written a line of music yet.  Turns out, the reason nobody knew anything about this piece was that the director, Mohammad Ghaffari, intended it that way; his vision for the piece was 360° of collaborative creation, in which drama, dance and music all took form simultaneously during rehearsals with as little premeditation as possible.  Ballsy to say the least.

(Eddie Oroyan, photo credit: Damon Lynch)

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