In preparation for what promises to be a truly monumental 2017, Mac Gollehon has booked a series of exciting club shows.
“Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics [is] a fusion of EDM and Salsa, making for a unique and dramatic genre of musical energy unlike any that I have heard thus far.” – Eileen Shapiro, Huffington Post
Legendary trumpet player Mac Gollehon, or “Chops”, as Miles Davis once called him, will be performing in a series of shows across New York City in support of his acclaimed 2016 album, Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics. The album was recorded at Bill Laswell’s Orange Music Sound Studios and has been billed as “a great mix of Latin-inspired house music, with highlighted acoustic instruments like percussion, guitars and, of course, the powerful trumpet of Gollehon.”
Date: September 21, 2016
Venue: Piano’s (NY)
Review by Dawoud Kringle
South African born singer-songwriter Jeri Silverman offered a set at NYC’s Pianos. I was mildly intrigued; frankly, there are a lot of singer-songwriters. To stand out in this, one must have something of artistic depth, or risk being lost in the crowd. With this in mind, I went to Pianos to hear what she had to offer.
A brand new music video/single release entitled “My God”
Artist: Bitter’s Kiss
Title: My God
Genre: indie Pop
Release date: out
Bitter’s Kiss is the vehicle for singer/songwriter Chloe Baker to showcase her wide range of talents. The New Jersey teenager has garnered attention for her emotional delivery of poignant songs that deal with such complex subjects as love, religion, suicide and growing up in today’s world.
Chloe grew up in a home filled with music, with a home recording studio, a guitar collection, and a father who regularly played in bands. Chloe has been serious about writing music for the past couple of years, and has worked with her father to record and produce her music over the past several months.
This longtime American bluesman has been hard at work at one of his most ambitious projects yet, his eighth solo album, Used Man For Sale
Artist: Phil Gammage
Title: Used Man For Sale
Label: World Wide Vibe
Release date: October 4, 2016
New York blues/americana musician Phil Gammage returns with a new 10-song album Used Man for Sale featuring all original songs. In this collection, Phil explores blues, lounge, and countrypolitan, all to great success. The result is an album of unforgettable melodies and music.
Text by Dawoud Kringle
Once in a while, a true musical visionary emerges whose work redefines our perception of music, and how and why we make it. As a writer I am challenged to dig deep into my thesaurus to find adjectives adequate to the task of qualifying the work of a unique artist like Mark Deutsch. It is quite difficult to describe with words the astonishing psychic energy and breathtaking beauty of this music. One must experience it for oneself.
Mark Deutsch is a classically trained contrabassist and sitarist. In the late 1980s, Deutsch began exploring North Indian Hindustani classical music. His pursuits of this music, and work on sitar, inspired him to explore the mathematics of sound, particularly music’s underlying frequency structure. His sitar teacher, Ustad Imrat Khan, had told him that a westerner needed 20 years of study to properly hear the subtlety of intonation within Indian raga. He refused to accept this. So, he began to work out the mathematics of the musical intonation. He augmented this by playing recordings of Indian music in his sleep; especially recordings of the sarangi. His work revealed nonlinear mathematical patterns that exist in natural sound, the overtone series, fractals, the golden mean, and the Fibonacci series.
One night, he had a dream that he was playing sarangi on the contrabass. This was the initial inspiration that led to the design and construction of the Bazantar; an acoustic bass with additional sympathetic and drone strings. The instrument would take advantage of the nonlinear mathematical patterns found in sound. He began work on the first prototype of the Bazantar in 1993, and a finalized version was completed in October of 1997.