Saturday, May 02, 2009

I saw a great Canadian documentary in the Hot Docs Festival tonight called Ganesh. It is the story of a young boy in India with a birth defect on his face who gets cosmetic surgery by a Canadian doctor.

My friend Ravi Naimpally wrote the music and played tablas on it. It was beautifully shot and the footage from India was inspiring. The overall message I came away with was a simple one of the inspiration gained from experiencing other peoples lives, cultures and experiences. (i.e. I need to put myself in more new and different situations more often) I don't think that was intended by the director but it happened to be how a great film like this affected me.

Many of the scenes were strengthened or even completely uplifted by the music. If you are curious what it sounded like you should check out some of the CDs by Ravi's group Tasa (they have a new CD coming out soon too) Also the fine editing of the film was made even better by the way the music occasionally tied scenes together. Beautiful flute playing and recording job too by Ernie Tollar.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today is international Tuba Day. Here is how WE celebrated at our Friday Morning "Jazz-Hockey" game. Bravo TV came out and covered this funny moment and it should be on Bravo News in the next week or so.

Thanks to all the guys for being such good sports. It was fun to play the banjo (Banjo Hockey!) on skates.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Here is a really good early review from the Vancouver Province:


Banjo Hockey (Black Hen)

Guitarist Posgate leaves his six strings for the five-string banjo, and hooks up with legendary Miles Davis/Band/Taj Mahal sousaphonist Howard Johnson, saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff and trumpeter Lina Allemano for one of the coolest sounding instrumental outings to pass my desk lately. This is like gin joint stomps from outer space — bouncing all over the place borne on the percussive picking of the banjo and that silly, but oh-so-cool tuba groove.

Grade: A

— S.D.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I am pretty excited about a new tune I wrote called Chicken Leg. The thing that is really exciting for me is that I don't know which group or instrumentation it will work with. I am sure I want to try it with David Buchbinder's Klezmer trio, I am pretty sure it will make a good new tune for the Hornband and for sure I want to try it with the Shinhackers.

It is inspired by this crazy old guy named Chicken Leg that we really like that comes to hear the Shinhackers at the Eton House every Thursday night. I guess really we go to see him because he lives there.

Cheers to Chicken Leg!!

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