I love snow. Maybe because it reminds me of my native Switzerland. After the 15″ overnight snowfall, here’s a picture I just took this morning of a fellow NYer excited about snow: he’s cross-country skiing (or more like cross-neighborhood skiing) through Brooklyn! I would do the same with my snowboard if I had a friend towing me with an SUV butmy buddy Roman is kitesurfing in the carribeans and so I decided to head to the alps… if planes are taking off that is… Cross country… I mean, cross fingers!
I’ve been wanting to see Ken Butler play live forever but never had a chance and I just learned that he was batteling cancer and hence was absent from the scenes. Luckily he said that he survived it and he seemed in good health. For those who are not familiar with him pick up his CD on Zorn’s Tzadik records or check outÂ kenbutler.com Ken is an amazingly creative individual who builds his own instruments out of tennis rackets, walking canes, kitchen and home utensils and a ton of other parts. He basically will put a contact microphone on anything that makes a sound and make music with it.
I won’t hide the fact that I think John Zorn is one of the most amazing composers out there so for me it was a real treat to be able to not only see him perform but work with him. On Wed the 17th and Thu the 18th the Lower EastSide theather Henry Street Settlement, also known as Abrons Art Center, hosted an incredible two nights of Zorn music performed by 10 different ensembles. The two evenigs were curated by Zorn who chose the music and the musicians. Every night five 20 minute sets entertained the crowds for 2 hours and showcased some of Zorn’s mighty vast and versatile body of work. Although for me as a live sound engineer it is obviously much harder and more work (10 stage changes, 20 if you consider the rehearsals) I still feel enormously priviledged to be a part of this incredible experience. Those who were present know what I am talking about and those who don’t should try to go to Montreal July 1st or Milan on Nov 8th for thr next two Zorn festivals of this kind. It’s truly the best way to experience his versatility and the vast array of differing moods, nuances, genres of his material.
My NYC based friend, kitesurfer and film/tv/video wizard Oliver has been laid off and decided to give it all up for now and live life on the road. He bought a great big old van with a bed and a kitchen (as well as an axe and a shovel on the roof and many other great features!) and is about to embark in the trip of a lifetime…
He packed his kitesurfing, surfing, snowboarding, video and photography gear and he’s all ready to go!
He’ll be blogging and adding pictures and videos at VisionQuest.me and I’ll be following what he does, where he goes, what he tweets…
I took some pics of him on his mean-looking truck tonight after his farewell party tonight in Manhattan and I wanna wish him all the best!
Oliver is looking for sponsors and is probably going to make this into a movie, which I am sure will be worthwhile watching!
Good luck out there Ollie!
PS he’s a really nice guy, I told him to pose like a red neck macho! ;-)