Tim Posgate's Canadian "jazz life" Blog
A Canadian perspective on parenting, jazz, hockey, banjo, composing, practising guitar, hockey, touring...how do they all relate? Tune in here!
Monday, November 09, 2015
Hello out there!
Today So Long Seven releases our CD on iTunes and launches our new website! www.solongseven.com (with new videos!) You can also buy the CD at Soundscapes in Toronto, 572 College St. Call first to make sure they have some in stock: 416 537-1620
You can buy it right now on iTunes. (only $8)
Type of music? Worldfolk. Do you have a better term for us?
So Long Seven:Ravi Naimpally /tabla, Neil Hendry/guitar, William Lamoureux/violin, tim posgate/banjo
Since our Release party is not until March 31, 2016 at Hugh’s Room (mark your calendars!) we are trying to create a big noise today by sharing all our online links with our friends and fans. Please help us spread the word by letting others know on social media.
Please contact Tim Posgate: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of the CD or a digitial download to review for your blog, newspaper, magazine etc.
FYI, So Long Seven is working on touring plans for summer 2016. Please contact Tim Posgate regarding our itinerary.
Thanks for listening to our music.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
So Long Seven Video
Hey kids, look! It's So Long Seven...aaaahhhh!!! George, Paul John and Ravi play a little Swedish Death Metal. Well, at least that was my inspiration when I penned this little jam. It is called MSVR (my Swedish Viking Roots)
The video was shot by Howie Shia and edited by Leo Shia. We really like these guys!
There is more on our website too. It is being launched with our new Cd (on itunes and in stores!) on Monday Nov 9.
Take a peak now or then at So Long Seven's website.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
So Long Seven; up and running (almost)
These are exciting times. Yes, I love the beginning of the NHL season but that is not what I am referring to. (Go Leafs go!)
I love having a new record to share with the world. This is my 8th record. (I have taken to calling it MY record in hopes that the other guys in this musical collective will do the same. Own it!)
Not only is the record going to be released in CD and digital form early in November but we are starting to share it with all the great Canadian music festivals that we want to play at this summer.
When I was a young man I remember thinking that I would continue to make a new recording every year or two for the rest of my life. Well, things change. It has been quite a while since my last CD; Banjo Hockey was released on Vancouver's Black Hen Records. That band; the Tim Posgate Hornband is something I will always cherish. Such great memories (ten years worth!) including two records and touring internationally with the legendary tuba player Howard Johnson.
Now the focus of my musical life is So Long Seven. This band has had an unusual birth and then slow graduation towards being a toddler (?) We were originally called The Oolong 7 (for a couple years). It was led by our friend, fiddler Jaime McClyment. At a certain point Jaime decided he wasn't interested in being part of this ensemble any more.
We slowed to a halt. Talked. Jammed. Thought some more. Finally Ravi Naimpally our fantastic tabla player heard a young violinist named William Lamoureux playing at the Rex. We asked William to join us on our recording session as a special guest on half of the tracks. By the time we finished recording and playing a show together with him we all knew that he was the right person to make the group a quartet again.
Choosing a band name took us forever. There was a somewhat funny moment when we found out that Jaime was leaving the group someone said aloud; "So Long Seven!" There we were. Here we are.
Here is a little taste of our new CD; So Long Seven. This is called Elk Fable C (thanks to Scott Thompson for helping me name this one!)
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
website under construction
Have you ended up here because my website Guildwoodrecords.com is under construction? Sorry about that. It may be a while until I get that up and running again. It was hacked and I need to recreate most of the content from scratch.
I look forward to having a new website someday however there is a lot on the stove right now. Most of my energy is going into this new recording from our group So Long Seven. (we need a website for that too!)
Until then, I hope you can catch up with my on twitter @tposgate, instagram or facebook. I will even try to blog a little right here occasionally.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
My kids are back to school today so I am taking a minute to send out some info to my peeps. (that's you)
It has been a fun musical summer here on Shaw St. and all the other fun locales. Lots of music being made including a couple new records to watch for. Shannon Hoff's Don't Worry Darlin was in the studio for two days and that was a lot of fun. Also So Long Seven (Ravi Naimpally, Neil Hendry, William Lamoureux and t.p.) recorded and we are mixing it right now hoping to share it with you soon.
This week you can hear my playing guitar at the Tranzac with Collette Savard on Thursday night Sept 10 at 10 pm. **
Playing banjo and guitar with the Cluttertones at the Tranzac Friday night Sept 11 at 10pm.
Friday September 18 you can hear myself and William Lamoureux (So Long Seven) perform some Guess Who classics with lots of other great local performers at Hugh's Room.
** Another detail about Thursday is that Ronley Teper's Lipliners are opening for Dr.Cooper Clarke a legendary punk poet from the 70's Thursday Sept 10 at the Garrison on Dundas. (I am lined up to join the Lips but it is going to tight getting there before they start and leaving for my monthly show with Collette Savard at the Tranzac...tricky AND exciting)
For those of you who like hockey and music; next week is the start of my fourth season of teaching Women's hockey at the Joy of Hockey. Drop me a line if you want more info.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
a new recording!
If I scrolled back through my old blog posts we would have to go pretty far to find one where I was working on a new record of my own.
Today put that little issue to rest as I spent the day editing with my good friend Anthony Michelli (also a great drummer as most of you know). This is the debut record of our group called So Long Seven. It is actually not my group but a collective.
I really just wanted to talk about what a weird little thing that editing is. If someone didnt know much about music, recording etc. they would think we were the weirdest people on the planet. I mean, to sit there looking at a computer screen for hours on end trying to get the banjo to line up with the violin in a perfectly rhythmic unison with a dynamic blend that is aesthetically pleasing....bored yet?
Anyways, all that to say; I really like editing. I like most things about making a new record. You really have to like it as there is rarely a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I am really happy to be recording and mixing with people who are friends too. Just makes sense, but it doesnt always turn out that way.
Last week I was recording with another friend named Shannon Hoff. Her quirky country band full of jazz musicians is always fun and we finally put it to some zeros and ones.
I guess I will have some music for you to hear in the not too distant future. Stay tuned. Go Jays Go. Hockey season is almost here...
Friday, July 31, 2015
Cluttertones in Montreal August 1
I guess it is better late than never. Here is the press release for the Cluttertones gig in Montreal tommorrow. (saturday night!)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cluttertones celebrate Ordinary Joy in Montreal
The Cluttertones will play at La Passe in Montreal on August 1 in support of their
new CD, Ordinary Joy.
The group features Lina Allemano – trumpet; Rob Clutton – bass, composition; Ryan Driver – analogue synth, voice; and Tim Posgate –banjo, guitar.
Ordinary Joy is on the Healing Power label, and is available online
at http://robclutton.bandcamp.com/album/the-cluttertones-ordinary-joy. This
recording was made with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.
The Cluttertones will share the stage with a duo featuring Yves Charuest –saxophone and Scott Thomson – trombone www.lapasse.org
1214 de la Montagne, Montreal, Quebec
“Clutton composes pieces that begin with the improbable and sometimes
approach the uncanny, strange states of musical mind in which the heterodox
elements seem to tune calmly to a new standard.” -Stuart Broomer, Whole Note
“The Cluttertones trade in a sort of weirdness and beauty you’re very unlikely to
have encountered before” – Nick Storring, Musicworks Magazine
Press Contact: Rob Clutton
Web page: http://www.robclutton.com/cluttertones/
event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1147426378607606/