Posts Tagged ‘Violin’

Resolution 15 To Record Full Length!

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Greetings,

As some of you may know, Resolution 15 has been working on a compilation series that we’ve thus far dubbed, The Svaha Sessions, or rough translation, “So Be It.” Now, we have unveiled our full plan. This year, we will record the album Svaha with the help of You, our fans. We’ve decided to create a kickstarter campaign in order to help this project become a reality. In conjunction with the entire band pulling together its collective resources and recording equipment, we decided to invite those of you who have been touched by our music to become part of the recording process with us. Not to mention, that since it is a Kickstarter campaign, giving does come with some reward as well. I believe some of the tiers even include a Private Performance for You and 50 of your friends, unveiling our soon to be recorded material. (Which on a side note I am proud of: A lot of it has been composed and arranged by me, so you could imagine my need for this kickstarter to succeed!) I could go on and on about what we’re trying to do this year, but I think the video will do a much better job of explaining where we are coming from. Please enjoy and if you feel lead to donate, I thank you in advanced, and please, spread the word!

Kenny

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

Firewind, Arsis, Resolution15, Pastorius, Padron, and Slet bubeníků

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Greetings All,

As per usual, I hope this message finds you in the best of spirits. I’m writing to let you know of some upcoming events that are worth checking out. The First of them being my upcoming show with long time friend, Richard Padron, at our usual haunt, Nublu. We play this Sunday at 930PM-11pm, so for those of you who love experimental Cuban Jazz, this best of it that you will hear, and as always, featuring Jim Robertson on Bass. (For those of you who may not have been following Nublu’s legal woes, the location of the new Nublu is 1st Ave between 1st and 2nd street. It’s in the lower club located directly underneath Lucky Chengs and next to Ortiz Family Funeral Home. Gotta love New York…)

On Monday, keeping up with our regular schedule, Felix PastoriousHipster Assassins will be Performing at Zinc Bar , as well as the following monday (Oct 10th), with both shows starting at 930PM. (Have you also noticed that most of my weekly, bi weekly, and monthly gigs All start at 930PM?!).

In the world of Metal, Resolution 15 has a couple of events worth checking out. starting with Wednesday, Oct 5th, The members of Resolution 15 will be hanging out at Trash Bar to support many of our dear friends, and we may even make a little noise, but that remains to be seen. Let’s just say for now, that any R15 fans who aren’t there will be kinda sad they didn’t swing through. We will be selling tickets for our upcoming show on October 12th at the Gramercy Theatre as we open up for Firewind and Arsis! This will be our biggest show to date, and needless to say, we are completely excited to share the stage with some serious badasses. We will be playing some new music from our Svaha Sessions, as well as some popular tunes off of our second studio release, Satyagraha. For those of you who are interested in getting tickets for the R15 show, you can either comment here or reach out to me via facebook, or via Skype (my handle is Kengro82), or if you have my cell phone or email you can reach out to me there. Or, you can find the band on our facebook page and reach out to us there for tickets. From what i understand, if you buy tickets through us (the band), the tickets are $19, but if you get them online its 20-something dollars and the day of its $36, so you may want to reach out to me first ;).

Lastly, I will be once again returning to Czech Rep. to participate in the annual Slet bubeníků 2011 tour, starting on Oct 16th-Oct 30th. The last time I went on this tour, it was a very refreshing and life changing experience and I’m so excited to see some old friends from the tour again. For those of you who, perhaps, don’t live in Praha, here are some clips of our last concert at the Divaldo Archa Theatre in Prague from last year’s concert:

 

slet bubeníků 2010

Divaldo Archa 2010

 

Here’s also my drum solo/feature from the tour, aptly titled Sweet 15. And, for your drumming enjoyment (I hope :D), here’s another video that i’ve recently posted on youtube, its a pretty quick video, just a portion of a drum solo during a Dapp Theory gig at 55 bar from early this summer.

Thank you for taking the time to read this long-as-hell post, but I hope that it keeps you informed and I hope to see you either in nYc at any of these upcoming shows or in CZ in two weeks!

Cheers,

Kenny

 


				

Sambismo and Recording!

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Greetings All,

It is my hope that this message finds you in good spirits! I’m excited to let you all know about some very special shows that will be taking place both this week and next. Ze Luis, Beco Dranoff, and Simone “4MuLA” Guiliani‘s Sambismo will be making it’s first appearance since its inception this week at a favorite haunt of mine, Nublu.This project has been a collaboration between these three musical powerhouses, and their unique and thoughtful blend of Bossa, Lounge, Funk, Soul, and Samba will be shared with the regulars and new fans alike  this Wednesday and the following Wednesday, opening up for Nublu mainstay, Forro In The Dark. Both shows will take place at 10PM and will feature the likes of Ze Mauricio on Percussion, Masa Shimizu on Accoustic Guitar, Simon Katz on Electric Guitar, Jim Robertson on Electric Bass, Ze Luis on Winds, Simone Guiliani on Keys and Samples, Beco Dranoff at the DJ booth and handling Visuals, and Gabriella Tessitore and Mila Burns on Vocals. I strongly urge you all to make either or both of these shows as they will be Monsterous!

In other news, Resolution 15 will be going back to Big Blue Meanie Studios in New Jersey to continue with our next batch of songs for our prolific DIY project, The Svaha Sessions. For those of you who may not know, Resolution 15 has decided to undergo a self promoted recording project in which we offer up a brand new song every 5-6 weeks, in leu of recording a full length or Ep, to help keep momentum going and keep the fans happy. If you haven’t checked it out, our first song released utilizing this process is available now for download at our bandcamp page under the song name Yama. I think the results will speak for themselves, and it doesn’t hurt either that we’ve been using the aid and expertise of studio ace Ryan Kelly. Not too shabby.

Hollands will also be making a triumphant and long awaited return to full group status since our last shows terrorizing the L.E.S. with fellow stringers, Project 60/40. We will be making our way north to Toronto for the upcoming NXNE festival with a warm up at a favorite city of ours, Rochester, at Boulder Coffee. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this group yet, I highly recommend giving them a listen. Incredibly sarcastic, dark, an hysterically thoughtful lyrics blended with impeccable song writing and excellent musicianship. Besides, where else can you hear me hold down a simple 4/4 groove?

Also in Awesome gig news, the brimstone-summoning tour de force  that is The Hipster Assassins will be making their return back to Zinc Bar, but this time it will be a special event since this coming Monday, June 20th, we will be doing a live recording of the show! This will also be a quite legendary show and if you want to have your voice immortalized, or at the very least, your hand claps and/or snickering, then come down to Zinc Bar at 930PM and take part in the festivities!

That is all for now, but I do believe I’ve left enough food for thought. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming shows, and until then, be well.

 

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