Posts Tagged ‘HUNG’

Videos From My Music Masterclass

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Here’s a link to a series of webisodes I did for MyMusicMasterclass.com. Here, you will get a chance to see how I work on and develop groove ideas in a more Jazz/Fusion setting, as well as how I approach the various techniques and means for playing metal with such bands as Resolution 15, Hung, Alekhine’s Gun, Imperial Triumphant, and more! Check out the previews below and if you enjoy the snippets, then below each video is a link to where you can either stream or download the videos. I hope they are useful and helpful!

My Music Masterclass Video 1, Groove Building and Improvisation

My Music Masterclass Video 2, Technique and Approach to Blast Beats

 

September 19th-22nd, Intensity!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Greetings All,

Recently, I’ve posted a personal message to friends, family, and fans on my Facebook page. I’m truly excited about what’s coming up soon. In that spirit, on to the post…

This week will be an epic one: Starting on Wednesday, the Zé Luis Quartet will be playing at Nublu for the early set opening for Forro in the Dark, Then on Thursday, Felix Pastorius‘ Hipster Assassins will be playing the late set @The 55 Bar starting at 10. Then on Friday, HUNG will be performing at Dingbatz for Tim Martinez‘s birthday bash: HUNG at Dingbatz, then finally Abraxas will be opening for Consider The Source in NYC – A WORLD AFFAIR ft. Abraxas & Zetizen starting at 9PM. I hope to see any of you at any or all of these shows!

 

Cheers,

Kenny

Resolutions, Assassins, Theories, & Secrets

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Greetings,

In this moment I’m reminded of Louis CK when he said, “I really don’t know how to start shows…” I find the need to write to whomever will happen upon this writing, as well as to the loyal followers of my site, but I never know how to actually start the process of writing. I have always been much more of a reactionary person than a initiator, if you will. But then again, it would seem that I’ve already started, so here we go.

I’m currently in the process of preparing for several upcoming ventures, one of those being the upcoming Dapp Theory performance at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival this Sunday, the 26th at 4PM in Tompkins Square Park. For me, this brings back memories of when I first joined Lonnie Plaxico’s group. It would also happen to be the first time Dapp Theory bassist Chris Tordini saw me perform, before we became good friends and band mates in several projects, including my old fusion group Hybrid. It’s been some years since I’ve performed at this festival, but considering how the years have gone and everything that has happened for me personally over the last several years, it truly feels like a homecoming. This is a good thing because the highschool I went to had ZERO sports teams, so no marching bands, no cheerleading squads, and certainly no homecomings. We played Mahler and Coltrane’s quartet music, so I think it was a much better trade off. In other news with Dapp Theory, we are making our final push with the Kickstarter campaign we started some time ago, raising funds in order to complete the album we’ve started working on. Having been an artist whom several times has had to record, release, and promote an album without management, label, investors, PR, or any industry consideration, I can tell you first hand that it is never easy when doing it alone, regardless of how long you’ve been in the “scene.” I do have to say that though I’m usually never happy with any of my recorded performances, I am happy with the musical repertoire on this album. It’s a much more eclectic mix of Jazz/World/MB than previous offerings, but still retains many of the concepts and elements that make Dapp Theory what it is. Then again, with 3 new players, one of which that plays the Armenian Duduk and another that plays Salsa and Death Metal, things can go to much different places. So, I would encourage any fan of Dapp Theory or any fan of mine or even the wayward cyber-traveler, If you feel lead, then feel free to donate a couple of bucks. Every dollar that goes into the campaign does really count for a lot. The album will then have the means to fly and considering the work myself and the rest of the band has put in over the last 6 years for this group, It would be lovely to finally have a physical offering for the world to hear.

As some of you may have noticed, if you’ve checked out my Itinerary, I will be doing a string of performances throughout Europe. Many of us tend to refer to this as a “Tour.” Well I am happy to make public that I will be performing with Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3 this year on their European Tour in the Fall. It’s something that came to fruition after the Abraxas Jazz In Marciac concert with Zorn’s Aleph Trio and Secret Chiefs 3. Ches Smith, drummer for SC3, Xiu Xiu, various Tim Berne projects, Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dogs and slew of other ridiculous music, as well as Timba Harris, Violinist for SC3 and Estradasphere, thought it would be good to have me fill in for Ches on this upcoming tour. When they both asked me what I thought about it I was honestly kind of stunned. Getting the chance to see SC3 live and share the stage was one thing, but to perform some of Trey’s music is something else entirely. Disco Volante was a go-to point musically for myself and high school friend and badass guitarist Edwin Itoh: His old band, Zeno, used to cover Mr Bungle tunes in various shit-hole venues throughout South Florida, such as the ill-located Chuchill’s in Miami, Fl. Mr Bungle was truly a gateway band that lead me to many other interests and places musically. In a lot of ways, my performing with Abraxas, Resolution 15, Hung, Hipster Assassins, and Nevereven, as well as many other projects, would never have taken place because I still would have been a 70’s Fusion/60’s Jazz/40’s mambo/Classical geek all this time. Suffice it to say, to have the chance to play with SC3 is beyond an honor; it’s more like living a childhood fantasy. I’ll continue to write about and hopefully post more as the weeks follow, but for now, it’s time to learn the depths of this mountain of beautifully visceral music. Here’s something that it may sound like-

Abraxas, Aleph Trio, & Secret Chiefs 3 Live:

Lastly,  here’s a clip from the last Hipster Assassins hit from 55 Bar this past Thursday, August 23rd. It’s not the complete song, but it still has a bit of vibe on it, I think. Also, you get to see me drink and play at the same time. (Yes, it was one of those kind of shows, but not in a bad way). We played in front of a very dedicated and energetic crowd that night, who stuck around for TWO 90min sets. I call those people ‘Champions.’ All in all, it was a great night of music, which leads me to my last bit of news.

As some of you may already know, Resolution 15 bassist Jim Robertson has left the group to pursue other interests and musical endeavors. As you can imagine, it was a huge blow for the band, but thankfully all is passed on good terms. We were saddened to see him leave, but as the man he is, he completed the tracking for our upcoming full length in half a day. About 25mins worth of music that requires scores and pages of sheet music done in the time it takes to setup drums and mic them. It was utterly ridiculous and it’s truly a Badass parting gift! Since then, we’ve held several auditions for the new bassist, and some pretty badass bassists to boot, but we’ve found the missing link. Mike Bendy, member of the Hipster Assassins and The Bendy Effect, has taken over the reigns as our new bassist. Out of everyone we tried out, he literally brought the kind of musicianship, aggression, and fire that we need to be who we are. I’ve been very happy having him on board and I’m looking forward to unleashing him and all of the new R15 music upon the public very soon. More news on that will follow soon…

I believe that is all for now, save for maybe that clip from the 55 Bar I promised earlier. As always, thank you for reading and see you soon…

 

Cheers,

Kenny

The Update! April 23rd, 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Greetings,

I know it’s been quite a while since the last post but a lot has taken place since then, so hunker down and brace yourself, and I will do my best to not drag this on too long!

I’m sure as some of you can see, Resolution 15 was Successful in it’s kickstarter campaign! To those of you who supported this effort, you have my humblest thanks. I’ve been slated to start recording the drum tracks at the end of this month with Stacy O’Dell at Spin Studios. It will be my first time recording in Greenpoint, but I’m sure the end result will be quite epic.

In keeping with recording news, I have recently received a mastered copy of Shanir Blumenkranz’s upcoming album for his new group, ABRAXAS, featuring the music of John Zorn’s Book of Angels! It’s been a huge honor to be part of this project and I have to say, it was quite fun playing blast beats, bayons, funk, weird sounds, and all the added Moroccan vibes to this music. Look for the album to come out sometime later this year in leu of our upcoming performance at the Marciac Music Festival! (more…)

A New Day, Ever-Edging Forward Into The Future

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Greetings,

It’s been sometime since I’ve posted here, but I assure you it is all for the right reasons.  From having been keeping busy writing new material for Violin Metal outfit Resolution 15, to working on a new production with Victor ‘Papo’ Ortiz (as a writer and producer), to the emotionally enigmatic beginning of marriage, I find myself on this new year’s day in a near tranquil state, for once.  Almost peaceful I tell you, almost.

With this new day, I look forward to this year, to what the future will bring.  If the Fate’s are kind, you’ll see a whole new slew of music coming your way — and by stating this here I hope I jinx nothing — from the likes of Resolution 15, Hung, a return of one of my old rock bands (of whom I speak will have to remain in secrecy for now, but they know who they are), and yours truly.  I plan to release a few albums/EP’s this year so be sure to keep tabs on this blog, as well as the Itinerary for upcoming information on all these new developments!

In closing, I want to extend to all of you who will have read, who will read, and those who perhaps will never see this page, a wonderful, peaceful, enlightening, and uplifting New Year to you.  May this year bring all of us closer to the realizations of ourselves as we transition into the state of now we call the future.

Cheers,

 

Kenny

Gira Colombia & Under The Microscope

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Greetings All,

May this message find you in a place of peace of mind, or at the very least, positive transition! It’s been some weeks since I’ve written to you, but my absence from the online world has not been for naught. I’ve been pretty busy with a brand new production lead by Grammy Award winning producer and arranger Victor “Papo” Ortiz for the upcoming Iglesia Casa De Alabanza album. For those of you who may not be aware of this church, it was founded by my Grandfather, Apostle Bobby Cruz (of the Richie Ray y Bobby Cruz fame). I won’t go into a full history of the church,  but I will say that within the christian community, ICA has been a powerhouse of music, especially within the Latin Christian world, with my grandfather rewriting or rearranging with Richie Ray many of their classic songs, transforming them from  secular songs to  religious-oriented materials. But getting back to the point…

What started out for me as merely being hired as a session player for a few tracks on the album, has lead me to becoming part of the production aspect of the album, with the responsibility of writing/arranging/producing a song for the album in more of a Funk/Gospel vein. So far, the experience has been quite rewarding. We tracked the drums at Hit Factory Studios in Miami, Florida, in the same room that my father once tracked drums in when I was a little kid, Which was an honor in and of itself. Next, we recorded the rest of the song in New York City’s Premier Studios in Times Square, with good friend and studio virtuoso Ryan Kelly at the helm (Click Here for the “Humble” version of his clientele). Later in September, I’ll be flying to Nashville to produce the singers for the song, another event that I’m quite looking forward to. The album is expected to be done by early Fall, so stay tuned for more information on that.

In other news, Resolution 15 is getting ready to release another chapter of our Svaha Sessions, so check us out on Facebook and Twitter for release times, or, if you’re a true audiophile, hit us up on our Soundcloud page. Also in metal news, the music video that I performed in for I.N.C. is now live and streaming for your viewing pleasure! Check out myself and Sam Roon from Hung rocking out from a rooftop in Brooklyn!

Lastly, I will be returning to Colombia this year with my good friend and tremendous guitarist Greg Diamond. This year we will be performing in Bogota, Manizales, and Barranquilla, throughout the first week of September, with a few more dates to come so stay tuned for that as well!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming show or hearing from you via email or facebook!

Cheers,

Kenny

Double Dose of Metal This Friday! (June 3rd, to be exact)

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Greetings to All,

This coming Friday, I will be performing with two of my favorite bands to play with in NYC, Resolution 15 and Hung! For those of you who may not know, Resolution 15 is the first metal band I worked with back in late 2006 with fellow freelancer, Earl Maneein. It began as a sort of solo project where he wanted to play thrash metal with only the use of violins, and since that day it has gone from being a simple experiment to quickly becoming its own unique voice in the world of metal. Hung, like Resolution 15, was started by a violinist by the name of Lyris Hung with founding members Sam Roon (Bassist) and Jon Clark (Guitarist), to create a group that would push the boundaries of what was thought possible in Metal. That being said, I will be performing Back-toBack with both of these amazing groups for an amazing night of unique and powerful Metal at Hell’s Kitchen’s Port 41 This Friday. The show starts at 8PM and there’s going to be some of NYC’s finest Metal acts sharing the stage with us. It also happens to be Jon and Sam’s birthday show as well, so show up and by them a round!

cheers,

Kenny

Back In Black

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Greetings,

I hope this posting finds you all in great spirits on the first day of May. I’m writing to let you all know about some upcoming shows in New York and Long Island, starting with the return of Felix Pastorius’ Hipsters Assassins this Monday, May 2nd. Show time is at 930PM at our usual haunt, Zinc Bar, so please stop in and see the triumphant return! My apologies to those who showed up last week to find that we were not able to perform, but we will make up for it with the best 90 minutes ofJazz Fusion in the City!

Here’s a clip from us playing in Mid-April, playing Jaco’s Used To Be a Cha-Cha:

Hipster Assassins\’ Used To Be A Cha-Cha, Live from Zinc Bar April 11th, 2011

Featuring in this video (and as usual): Chris Ward, Mike Bendy, John Bendy, Felix Pastorius.

*(Julius Pastorius is the usually drummer for the gig, but I’ve had the privilege of filling in for him while he’s been out conquering the world)

Also coming up with this week is a some-what last minute show for the Greg Diamond Group on May 4th at Nublu, featuring Edward Perez, Ilia Skibinksky, and Mike Ekroth. We go on at about 9PM, so come on out and hang with us and stick around for Forro In The Dark, one of Nublu’s hippest and craziest shows. So if you love Latin Jazz, Forro, Bayon, and dancing, then you will love this night of music!

Lastly, Hung will be performing this Friday, May 6th, in New Hyde Park, Long Island at the Dublin Pub. We’ll be sharing the stage with Misery, so if you are in the area or within driving distance, you seriously need to be at this show! The show starts at 7PM, so we’ll see you Islanders there.

As always, please check in periodically and I hope to see you all soon!

cheers,

 

Kenny

“Show Me Your Metal Face” and Pics from the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Hello All,

Just to let you all know, one of my metal projects, Resolution 15, is hosting a competition called “Show Me Your METAL FACE.” Basically the gist is that you send in a picture or video of you making the most “metal” face you can. It all started with this video:

METAL FACE

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