I had no idea about the E SE Festival. This year was the 6th time?! The last two years since coming to NY I haven’t heard anything about this festival. Every week when I work on the DooBeeDoo music listings I’m kind of informed about what’s happening in this city. When I found out about it I decided to check out this festival because I felt nobody was interested in covering this event.
Martin Bisi was the first person to mention this festival because the drummer he used in Germany in November, Sven Kacirek, was invited by the festival to play their two shows. I contacted him and he emailed me the dates and the contact address of the festival. Surprisingly I knew one of the organizers: Jason Candler. What a surprise?! I just met him before at a show introduced to him by Billy Ficca of Television. Both are members of the Gary Lucas band. So another reason to cover this festival.
Two weeks ago when I interviewed the German percussionist and electronica performer Sven Kacirek in a Turkish restaurant in the West Village, he wanted to recommend musicians from Hamburg, Germany who might be interesting for me to cover. So a couple of days ago he surprised me with an interesting project from his hometown, PandA System with cellist Andreas Otto and DJ Prashant from Bangalore, India.
DJ Prashant uses recordings of Indian instruments to create beats with two turntables. And Andi Otto plays short, minmal melodies and rhythm patterrns, over the top with an electronic cello he calls a Fello. – his own unique performance instrument combining a cello with his ” magic” bow and a computer.