Posts Tagged ‘Jim Robertson’

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

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

Special Engagement! January 16th, 2011

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Hello,

This coming Sunday at 8:30PM, I will be playing a show at one of my favorite clubs in NYC, Nublu, with a long time friend and colleague, Richard Padrón, a highly versatile and incredibly unique guitarist, born in Cuba but having grown up in Miami, Fl. It will be his New York debut as a bandleader and will showcase all original material written by Padrón…

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