Saturday, September 24, 2011

Trivial Pursuit

A bit of destination trivia as the band heads to Boston.

Members under 50 (or 60) may not know 'MTA', a hit for The Kingston Trio in the early 60s.
Written as a (humorous) protest song in response to the raising of Boston's subway fares the song tells the pitiful story of Charlie's last (and lasting) ride on the subway (called the T in Boston) 
Cities with large subway systems tend to name their electronic fare cards, Orca (Seattle), Clipper (San Francisco), Oyster (London) so on and so forth. 
Bostonians chose the best name of all, the Charlie Card. You just have to love a city with a sense of humour like that.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Miserlou, Hurdy-Gurdy, and Belly-Dancing.

Here's a lovely little video of the band playing Miserlou, complete with the impromptu addition of Hurdy-Gurdy and Belly-dancing.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Samba Workshop!!! with Sean Park; Monday Sep 12

The first half of the work shop will be drum focused, so horn players, please bring percussion instruments, Sean will also provide some instruments. I highly encourage horns to get involved with the drums, as it will help you understand what the drums are doing, and help bridge communication between drums and horns.

I also wanna touch on the Work Song, the off beat brass shots in Yeep!, and Ross’ new tune ‘Sub-Prime”

Below are some words and links form Sean:
There’s two rhythms that I’d like to share with the group (below). I can only really teach the percussion parts with any skill – I sense the horns are an eclectic go with the flow bunch and can muster up something to go with it that’s inspired by this. I will bring along a bunch of my instruments. Also, if folks are interested, me and a few peeps are starting a community afro-brazilian inspired percussion orchestra this week. We go 6-9PM every Sunday at the DharmaLab (1814 Pender). Free for everyone, instruments provided too. They can email at to find out more.

Looking forward to Monday!