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Mark Guiliana’s Birthday Gig @ Rose

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Mark Guiliana's THING @ Rose

Mark Guiliana's THING @ Rose

With lots of Mark Guiliana’s friends showing up, Rose was full of jazz musicians from all over. I heard the second set. Neil Persiani was there and they played the immortal Locked in A Basement groove  😀 Aaahhh… 🙂

More good news, Kristjan Randalu is back in town!

Written by Ines

September 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Great Music venue in Lower East Side with no cover – Rockwood Music Hall. Seems like they have 9-11 1-hour shows per night. The reason I got there was Mark Guiliana’s Thing (the best thing I know about New Jersey 😀 :D).  It was Jason Fratticelli on bass – electric bass this time, he was just as killin’ on it as on Wednesday @ Rose, where he played acoustic bass. And Aaron Dugan on guitar. Lots of experimenting, delay, flanger, nice work with looper.  The live vibe reminded me of Led Zeppelin – incredible grooves and playing together. I got there a little late but just in time to see Matisyahu sitting in for a tune. That was unbelievable. This really random-looking guy strolls on the stage and gives a killin’ performance playing some rap/reggae music with the band and taking a great beatboxing solo. Does that kind of thing happen anywhere else besides New York?

Written by Ines

July 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

Mark Guiliana’s Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Great Music venue in Lower East Side with no cover – Rockwood Music Hall. Seems like they have 9-11 1-hour shows per night. The reason I got there was Mark Guiliana’s Thing (the best thing I know about New Jersey 😀 :D).  It was Jason Fratticelli on bass – electric bass this time, he was just as killin’ on it as on Wednesday @ Rose, where he played acoustic bass. And Aaron Dugan on guitar. Lots of experimenting, delay, flanger, nice work with looper.  The live vibe reminded me of Led Zeppelin – incredible grooves and playing together. I got there a little late but just in time to see Matisyahu sitting in for a tune. That was unbelievable. This really random-looking guy strolls on the stage and gives a killin’ performance playing some rap/reggae music with the band and taking a great beatboxing solo. Does that kind of thing happen anywhere else besides New York?

Written by Ines

July 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose (pt IV)

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

I missed hearing Mark Guiliana – he has been out of town for a while, touring in Europe. But there it was again, his Thing @ Rose. Mark Guiliana is  really so much more than a drummer, he is one of the most fascinating jazz musicians on the planet I would say :D. This time he had Jason Fratticelli on double bass and Mike Severson on guitar. It was great to discover Jason Fratticelli – amazing genius riffs and groove power, really great straightforward time and tone. I hope I’ll get to hear him play with Mark Guiliana some more, it seemed to be a great match. But interestingly, maybe I’m totally wrong about this, but I felt the music got a lot more obscure when the keyboard player joined in for a while. But yeah, it must be the greatest challenge to keep up with such perfect musicianship, for that’s what the case was there.
Well, it was 4th time hearing Mark Guiliana’s Thing, I’m totally a fan of the project – live improvised experimental music as good as it gets. With the right band, it can be life-changing.

Written by Ines

July 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

Mark Guiliana’s Thing @ Rose (pt IV)

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

I missed hearing Mark Guiliana – he has been out of town for a while, touring in Europe. But there it was again, his Thing @ Rose. Mark Guiliana is  really so much more than a drummer, he is one of the most fascinating jazz musicians on the planet I would say :D. This time he had Jason Fratticelli on double bass and Mike Severson on guitar. It was great to discover Jason Fratticelli – amazing genius riffs and groove power, really great straightforward time and tone. I hope I’ll get to hear him play with Mark Guiliana some more, it seemed to be a great match. But interestingly, maybe I’m totally wrong about this, but I felt the music got a lot more obscure when the keyboard player joined in for a while. But yeah, it must be the greatest challenge to keep up with such perfect musicianship, for that’s what the case was there.
Well, it was 4th time hearing Mark Guiliana’s Thing, I’m totally a fan of the project – live improvised experimental music as good as it gets. With the right band, it can be life-changing.

Written by Ines

July 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ New York City Ballet and Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

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New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet

Being so well connected 😉  I got a ticket for New York City Ballet last night – to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream – music by F. Mendelssohn choreography by George Balanchine (also one of the founders of NYCB). I haven’t been that much of a ballet-enthusiast so far, but really enjoyed it – who wouldn’t, the level of it all was just amazing, as one would expect from New York. What I found really weird about it though was the (american?) audience applauding between scenes and giving a really rushed short applause in the end. After the curtains fall would be the time to  show one’s appreciation, I would think, as this show certainly deserved. But yeah, anyway, in New York, even ballet is good 😀 😀 Wouldn’t mind going again at all.

And as an every-other-Wednesday thing went to Rose to hear Mark Guiliana’s Thing. Somehow, don’t know if it was me, it didn’t get me so much into it this time. The line-up was different, so maybe I just couldn’t share the vibe.  Yeah, it’s a relief not to be that obsessed anymore, I was a bit worried about becoming a stalker already.

I noticed that they have an interesting drinks deal at Rose – you get a beer and a shot of whiskey for $6. I tried the whiskey (wasn’t that good, unfortunately, but what a great idea). I had such an interesting conversation with a young alto player from LA – in many ways he must be one of the most American people I’ve met here, as much I do have a stereotype for Americans in my mind. Otherwise the people I’ve been meeting in New York have mostly been quite different from this. I don’t mind either way –  it’s so interesting just to observe. That must be one of my favorite things about being here.

Written by Ines

June 18, 2009 at 11:19 am

A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ New York City Ballet and Mark Guiliana’s Thing @ Rose

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New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet

Being so well connected 😉  I got a ticket for New York City Ballet last night – to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream – music by F. Mendelssohn choreography by George Balanchine (also one of the founders of NYCB). I haven’t been that much of a ballet-enthusiast so far, but really enjoyed it – who wouldn’t, the level of it all was just amazing, as one would expect from New York. What I found really weird about it though was the (american?) audience applauding between scenes and giving a really rushed short applause in the end. After the curtains fall would be the time to  show one’s appreciation, I would think, as this show certainly deserved. But yeah, anyway, in New York, even ballet is good 😀 😀 Wouldn’t mind going again at all.

And as an every-other-Wednesday thing went to Rose to hear Mark Guiliana’s Thing. Somehow, don’t know if it was me, it didn’t get me so much into it this time. The line-up was different, so maybe I just couldn’t share the vibe.  Yeah, it’s a relief not to be that obsessed anymore, I was a bit worried about becoming a stalker already.

I noticed that they have an interesting drinks deal at Rose – you get a beer and a shot of whiskey for $6. I tried the whiskey (wasn’t that good, unfortunately, but what a great idea). I had such an interesting conversation with a young alto player from LA – in many ways he must be one of the most American people I’ve met here, as much I do have a stereotype for Americans in my mind. Otherwise the people I’ve been meeting in New York have mostly been quite different from this. I don’t mind either way –  it’s so interesting just to observe. That must be one of my favorite things about being here.

Written by Ines

June 18, 2009 at 11:19 am