August 22, 2010 Comments Off

MEMF Recap

Building Jazari has involved a lot of experimentation and trial and error in every dimension of the project, from hardware and software to rhythms and improvisational forms. After my performances at the Minneapolis Electronic Music Festival this weekend, I think I’ve settled on a formal structure that I like. Here’s how it works: I start playing and improvise beats until I’m mentally exhausted. Then I stop. It’s elegantly simple, and it preserves momentum through the whole set. I decided to try this approach to make my set fit in within the context of a dance music festival, where the beat is relentless, but I think it will become my normal performance style. If people are digging the beats, why stop? To tell jokes? If I want to inflict my stand-up routine on people (and I’m telling you, my Garrison Keillor impersonation kills so bad, it’s practically genocide), I’ll launch another improbable career.

A big thank you to the folks at Shuga Records for the opportunity and their professionalism. These guys and gals can run a festival. In particular, I want to thank Adam, Jonah, Elaine, and Will, who did a great job behind the sound board.

My next gig in the Twin Cities is Oct. 2 at the Spark Festival, followed in quick succession by another gig Oct. 9. I’m not sure where that one is, but I’ll know soon and update everything accordingly. Before Spark, I play the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival in the third week of September.

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August 12, 2010 Comments Off

More Shuga, Please

I’m playing Shuga Records again on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 as part of the Minneapolis Electronic Music Festival. It’s all DJs…and Jazari. The proverbial foot is in the door. I play inside at 8 pm on both days. It’s free, and there’s cheap beer available for the 21+ crowd.

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