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Fanfarlo Tour / more Einziger compositions

29th Oct 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

Sigh… I’ll miss the Fanfarlo Fall 2009 North American Tour due to vacation.  Boo… :(  Their record, Reservoir, is great!  I’m bummed I’ll miss their Portland show, but all things considered this year, I can’t really complain much about a “lack of shows.” :)

Fanfarlo’s Fall 2009 Tour Dates

  • Schubas Tavern, Chicago IL – November 09, 2009
  • Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis MN – November 11, 2009
  • Moes, Englewood CO – November 13, 2009
  • The State Room, Salt Lake City UT – November 14, 2009
  • Knitting Factory, Boise ID – November 16, 2009
  • Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA – November 17, 2009
  • The Media Club, British Columbia – November 18, 2009
  • Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR – November 19, 2009
  • Great Basin Brewing Company, Sparks NV – November 20, 2009
  • Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA – November 22, 2009
  • The Echo, Los Angeles CA – November 23, 2009
  • The Casbah, San Diego CA – November 24, 2009
  • Muddy Waters, Santa Barbara CA – November 27, 2009
  • Club Congress, Tucson AZ – November 29, 2009
  • Sante Fe Brewing Co, Santa Fe NM – November 30, 2009
  • The Independent , Austin TX – December 02, 2009
  • The Loft, Dallas TX – December 03, 2009
  • Walter’s On Washington, Houston TX – December 04, 2009
  • The Bottletree, Birmingham AL – December 06, 2009
  • Metro Gallery, Baltimore MD – December 09, 2009
  • Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia PA – December 10, 2009
  • IOTA Club & Cafe, Arlington VA – December 11, 2009
  • Brillobox, Pittsburgh PA – December 12, 2009
  • Majestic Cafe, Detroit MI – December 14, 2009
  • El Mocambo, Toronto ON – December 15, 2009
  • Il Motore, Montreal QC – December 16, 2009
  • T.T. The Bear’s, Cambridge MA – December 17, 2009
  • Webster Hall, New York NY – December 18, 2009

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Incubus guitarist Michael Einziger likes experimental music.  And I like that he likes it.

He just posted on MySpace that he’s performing a new piece of music at an event in Los Angeles on November 21 at the Disney Hall.  Here’s some info about the concert.  The piece is entitled “Forced Curvature of Reflective Surfaces.”  Apparently, he’s not even finished with it yet (as of 10/28/09)!

Forced Curvature was inspired by a combination of the physical appearance of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Einziger’s studies in the philosophy of quantum mechanics.

The music was written for 12 electric guitars (played with a slide), 12 strings (violin, cello), and is based on the glissando. The instruments have been orchestrated in terms of corresponding high and low registers, that reflect each other as though being viewed through a mirror. The exterior shape of Disney Hall informed the shape of the sounds created and by necessity, was first drawn visually in the form of architectural-like renderings, before being committed to paper in the form of a hand-written score.

“This building is obviously a solid, immobile structure”, Einziger says of the Disney Hall. “But it looks like a series of reflective waves that have been frozen in a specific state at a specific place in time, and I wanted to try and imagine what it might sound like if that idea were to be expressed as waves of sound. Adding a 4th dimension of time to the picture would force the structure into a Minkowskian space-time manifold, and it would therefore become directional. It would be as though time itself were forcing the curvature of the reflective material in a forward-motion, because time appears to be directional.”

The piece has no apparent formal structure and has been through-composed. All of the instruments will be fused together, forming 2 distinct ‘mirror images’. The strings and guitars combined will not sound like separate groups of instruments, but rather as dense units of a single instrument uncharacteristic of entirely one or the other.

Einziger conceived of the piece at Harvard University where he is currently a student, and has studied the history and philosophy of physics with physicist/historian, Dr. Peter Galison.

~Dan – np: Fred FrithFreedom in Fragments

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Music Videos x 3

9th May 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Tori AmosFire to Your Plain” from Abnormally Attracted to Sin

(click pic for video)

Dream TheaterA Rite of Passage” from Black Clouds & Silver Linings

(click pic for video)

IncubusBlack Heart Inertia” from Monuments and Melodies

So… yeah, the Tori Amos video is OK.  Hard to distinguish anything great here, doesn’t seem unlike Tori, but doesn’t seem like great Tori either.  I suppose we shall see when the full album arrives (May 19th).

The Dream Theater video is, well, good except when James LaBrie is singing John Petrucci’s inane lyrics.  They’re so inane, I thought they were Mike Portnoy lyrics. ::rolleyes::  The only thing missing from the lyrics were mentions of dragons or doves (they’re interchangeable in the realm of prog rock lyrics).  I love 3/5ths of this band (guitar: John Petrucci/bass: John Myung/drums: Mike Portnoy), but about only 1/5ths of its lyricists (John Myung).  Ack… best part of this video is about 3/4ths in when Petrucci shreds it up… before LaBrie comes back in with more singing.  No offense, but this video wreaks of prog metal gone… well… as planned, I suppose.  It is comforting that the special edition of BC&SL (June 23rd) has a 3rd disc of the instrumental mixes of the entire album.  Trust me… it’ll get the most spins from me.

The Incubus video is cheesy, too-O.C.-y.  The song is actually pretty good, and I dig Brandon Boyd’s vocals.  It’s part of a greatest hits release (June 16th) as the bonus song or what have you.  IMO, it’s promising for the future album, assuming they’re working on one.  At this point, I could go for guitarist Mike Einziger’s side project end>vacuum on album.

~Dan – np: WussyWussy (2009)

Michael Einziger = end.>vacuum

1st Jul 08 (Tue) 2 comments

In 2003, a side-project release of Michael Einziger‘s totally caught me off guard and shot past many familiar names in my musical interests to become my favorite CD of 2003. That CD was Time-Lapse Consortium‘s Live at the Roxy Theatre 1/24/2003:

FYI, Michael Einziger is the guitarist for rock band Incubus (the fuzzy guy below).

That Time-Lapse Consortium CD still feels fresh and exciting to me. It totally caught me by surprise.

Anyway, just today, a bulletin was posted on the Incubus MySpace page, which led me to this endvacuum.com note from Mike:

simply stated, end.>vacuum is a jagged collection of orchestral music i have been writing for the past year. a horrendously turbulent, and at times serene, aural interpretation of complex patterns and geometric shapes that assemble themselves firmly into my consciousness. a 40 minute-long insomnia-induced orchestral anxiety- attack. (sounds like heaven, right?)

under normal circumstances, i play guitar in a band called incubus. but last year i was forced to stop playing for several months due to a wrist injury that required surgery, as well as a time-intensive recovery. without the option of picking up a guitar, it was during that idle time that i began to write music for the orchestra, which became like a musical game of ‘tetris’ for me. a huge challenge on both cerebral and intellectual levels. I don’t know if it’s any good, either.

rather than record this music and release it as an album, i thought it would be much more risky and fun to for the maiden voyage of ‘end.>vacuum’ to happen as a live, unedited performance in front of my family, friends, and fans. with all mishaps intact.

the music will be performed in nine movements, by a group of musicians i am calling ‘the graviton modern ensemble‘. it will be a mixture of professional philharmonic players and friends. throughout the piece, i will play a variety of different instruments (sans guitar) alongside my brother, benjamin einziger, and my good friend blake mills. suzie katayama will be conducting.

to make this event even more heavenly, the first part of the program will consist of a lecture by my friend and esteemed british physicist, dr. brian cox. he is a world-renowned scientist who acts as a science correspondent for the BBC, and is currently conducting monumental research at the large hadron collider at CERN. the large hadron collider is a particle accelerator, and is the most powerful/ complex/expensive machine ever built by humans (google it). his talk will be a discussion on particle-physics and the mind-bending potential for major discoveries at CERN in the near future.

all this could make for an amazing evening at UCLA, or it could be a train-wreck. we’ll all decide that together.

So, yeah… a new non-rock, compositional piece from Michael Einziger. I’m stoked. I don’t know if it’ll be in the same vein as Time-Lapse. I doubt it, but I don’t really care. I’m sure it’ll be some interesting music.

The skinny:
Michael Einziger’s END.>VACUUM
A Realization in Nine Movements
August 23, 2008 at UCLA’s Royce Hall
endvacuum.com

~Dan – np: IsisIn the Absence of Truth

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