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Here's a little background about the upcoming 'Bass Looping On The San Lorenzo' event. It's a house concert right on the beautiful San Lorenzo River near the Covered Bridge in Felton. The show will center around TheBass (Upright, Electric, more...) and the art of Live Looping. Though it will be an intimate, little show, it's inspired by Rick Walker's groundbreaking Y2k Bass/Drum Looping Festival, which featured Steve Lawson (Here's a cool interview by Daniel Elliot with Steve Lawson, Michael Manring, and Rick Walker done around the time of that festival). This upcoming house concert was also inspired by the amazing time I had listening/attending/playing at the latest of Rick's amazing Y2K series. I'm aware that there' a lot going on around the world in regards to these arts, these are just the things that spurred me into the worlds of solo bass and live looping.
Though hoping to make this an event that will draw Central Coast bassists and loopers together and promote the expanding role of the bass as well as the inspiring art of Live Looping, I am also exhilarated about the wide ranging appeal that the music will have. The lineup that's featured on this special event goes way beyond just being bassists or loopers, they are artists whose goal is to transcend the 'tools' they're using and create enchanting music in and of itself. It's exiting to me that a non-bass/looping crowd could walk in and simply listen to the sweet sound from these fantastic artists, with eyes open or closed. I feel that is a good way to bring these more obscure art forms to people's attention and thereby reward the listener with quality, unique music and, hopefully, to create opportunities for the practitioners of such arts.
I'm extremely proud to be organizing and playing at this show. The bassists involved are all such uniquely musical people! Dan Robbins and Zach Parkes are a treat to hear playing within an ensemble, but their solo music extends the bass beyond the conventional supportive role in varied and beautiful ways! Then there'sMatt Bohn a.k.a. The Bass Doctor, a community pillar for bassists as a luthier, as well as a stunningly powerful bassist. Matt has chosen the finale piece, Big Brother, by Stevie Wonder, and suggested doing it as a bass quartet (2 uprights, 2 electrics). It promises to be really fun! Also joining in on percussion will be the legendaryArmando Mafufo. The music will start around 6 but make sure to come early (5ish) to enjoy a potluck and a little hang by the river.
-I'd love to see you there! RSVP me at 831-801-4920 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the details
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday March 18th At The Alternative Cafe, Seaside CA
Check out this wonderful night of music if you are in the area, or if you're out of the area and you want to come hear a great show!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Here's a link to the review on Foxy D's website: Symmetria Review on Foxy Digitalis
Here is the review pasted into this post:
First of all, it must be noted that “Symmetria” has some truly stunning artwork and packaging, something that can seldom be said of most CD releases. Featuring intricate ink drawings and letterpress design, not to mention lengthy excerpts of spiritual texts, there is plenty to ponder while taking in the sounds of this album.
As a listening experience, “Symmetria” is also quite dense. Steve Uccello, the gentleman behind this project, is clearly a gifted bass player and multi-instrumentalist, and his talents span numerous styles and genres. Aside from the requisite grandiosity, quite typical of album blurbs, it is worth printing the statement provided on the fold-out poster that comes in this album as it does lend some clarity to Uccello’s intent:
Fourteen songs, weaving golden darkness with otherworldly joy, unfold. Seamlessly, canopies of free form Jazz give way to mystical Folk , and passages of languid Prog become swarming Baroque lines. We sojourn over oceans of horse hair on gut drone, through labyrinths, to islands dreaming of pixillated flora and fauna. This is music of an imaginal America: where the exotic lounge of the fifties is forged with the Psych of the sixties, and Chinese masters of the ancient Guqin strum in bayous alongside the first practitioners of the Blues. Uccello Project travels deep into the earth, where roots of distant musical lineages converge.
Apart from sounding like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure, this statement does highlight the multitude of styles that course through “Symmetria”, sometimes within individual songs. The more rock-leaning, groove-based moments, like in “Garnet Film” and “Place of Seven Turns”, have a whiff of early Tortoise in them, but Uccello is more prone to detouring into non-Western tones.
While I can appreciate the high-level of musicianship on display here, I have a difficult time fully getting behind “Symmetria”. Much of this sounds a bit overly studied and a bit too polished for my tastes, bearing a sort of New Age/Bass Player Magazine sensibility that is lost on me. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a bass player or Dungeon Master though. 6/10 -- David Perron (10 February, 2010)
Monday, December 21, 2009
To put it simply, 2009 was an amazing year. I got to spend massive amounts of time with my lovely wife and quickly growing daughter. I also got to be part of some great recording projects, playing and engineering. There were many fun, beautiful shows I played as a bassist with various artists. I got to be a featured guest on bass at the 2009 Mandolin Symposium and hang out with David Grisman and Mike Marshal. The Jazz big band I play upright bass in, The Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra, appeared at the 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival, at which I was a featured soloist. There’s too much information to include details about all these things here, but if you want to follow what I’m doing with music/life in more detail, please check in with me over at Twitter or Facebook. I am writing this post to commemorate some of the high points specifically pertaining to my original musical/visual art project: Uccello Project
Any year that starts out this good has got to turn out wonderfully! On January 22nd I co-hosted, w/ Nancy Cassidy, a house concert in Santa Cruz, CA with Steve and Lobelia Lawson. This was a total treat for me, meeting Steve and Lobelia was major fun! After becoming a huge fan of their music over the internet, hearing them play live in an intimate setting like a house concert was awesome. I even got to play upright bass on an improvised song with Steve, he's so fun to jam with! In short, they are two of the warmest, most talented people I have ever met and any time you can hear them play together live it will be a good day!
This was a total treat for me, meeting Steve and Lobelia was major fun! After becoming a huge fan of their music over the internet, hearing them play live in an intimate setting like a house concert was awesome. I even got to play upright bass on an improvised song with Steve, he's so fun to jam with! In short, they are two of the warmest, most talented people I have ever met and any time you can hear them play together live it will be a good day!
Around the time of the show with the Lawson's, through twittering w/ Steve and Lobelia, I met Gustaf Fjelstrom, an amazing ambient, live looping artist, and the phenominal Jazz guitarist Rob Michael of Atmos Trio. On April 10th, in Capitola, I co-hosted, with Juan Candaleria, another house concert. The show also featured my long time friend, the soulful songwriter/guitarist, Aaron Ford. It was quite a jam packed show. To start the evening out Juan's niece played guitar and sang a traditional Ranchera song! We did a first set of Aaron, Gustaf, and myself playing in the round, one song each for 3 songs. Then Atmos Trio played one long set, then we did this crazy free jam, it was a really fun night. Check out songs from that night: As Shards Descend by Gustaf, Armondo's Rhumba by Atmos Trio, Golden by Uccello Project, and of course the 'All star jam'.
Another high point was writing a guest post on the Bass Guitar Blog: "I Hate Bass Licks" about the challenge of surviving as an artist, and the specific issues bassists face. I also appeared on The HumperLust Blogtalk Radio Show, and got to do my first official interview and play live on the 'air'!
I was also featured in the bass related site notreble.com's player spotlight in September, thanks to Corey Brown. In partnership with 'no treble' the online bass academy, Learn The Low End approached me about creating instructional videos for their site. I made four bass courses for Learn The Low End, two centering on songs from Symmetria, and two centering on rudimentary techniques. And I thank Evan Keppner for inviting me to be a part of this innovative new site for bassists.
The response to Symmetria has been really great, I got some really nice quotes about the album from some people I admire very much. Also, Symmetria got a wonderful review by the great bassist/educator/writer Damian Erskine in Bass Musician Magazine