Archive for February, 2010

Name this track

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

We’re nearing completion of our new tracks for EP 5 and I have a fun experiment for OnEnsemble.org readers.  This track is actually based on a groove from a song called Zeecha!! that has fallen out of the performance repertoire.  A while back I had recorded two amazing percussionists Somnath Roy and Patrick Graham playing along to the groove and I thought it would be to remix what we had recorded for a track on EP 5.  Here’s the opening minute of the track:

NameThisTrack.mp3

As you can see the track has no name right now and this is where your feedback comes into to play.  Post your ideas for names for this track and I’ll pick a winner and we’ll put it on EP 5!  It doesn’t need to be descriptive in any way or even make much sense, the more creative the title the better!

Next up: University of Nevada Reno

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Our next performance will be in at the University of Nevada Reno.  We’re performing Thursday March 4th at 7:30pm at the Nightingale Concert Hall.  Tickets are $24 for adults and $12 for youth and can be purchased through the University of Nevada Reno’s website.  If you know anyone in the Reno area help spread the word!

Call for OnEnsemble.org suggestions

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Okay so I’ve been thinking recently about how to make our website more interactive and use this forum in more engaging ways.  So far I’ve come up with two ideas and want to see what you all think.  One would be compose a new song by website feedback.  It would basically work like this we would upload short clips of possible song ideas then you would be able to comment on which one you like.  Then we’d go back to the studio with the clip with the most feedback then present two more possibilites and the process would continue until we had a finished song.

The other idea would be to put up on the website al the parts for one of our songs like “Gengakki” then all of you could download the parts re-arrange or remix the song and we’d upload the remixed songs for everyone’s enjoyement.

Suggestions?

Busy day

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Today was a huge day.  We finished our last FoundatiOn Team funded workshop for Glassel Park Elementary.  We did a short performance and then all of the kids that participated in the program got to perform in front of their whole school.  It was great to how it all come together and we have some great documentation that we’ll be sharing soon.

After that we finished filming the commentaries and making of documentary for our music video/short film Yamasong.  Sam has finished the film and the final version looks amazing!  He’ll be submitting it to film festivals soon so keep an eye out for it!  We’ll post news here but here’s a pic to whet your appetite:

EP 5 in progress

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

We brought Kelvin down to Los Angeles this week to work on new material for EP 5. We pretty much spent the whole week at the studio and the tracks are really coming along.  We’re shooting to have it all finished by the end of the month so those of you that donated to the FoundatiOn Team this can look forward to new On Ensemble music soon!

Super massive website update

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

We just finished adding new functionality to OnEnsemble.org! You can now share anything you find our website easily across the entire spectrum of social media outlets. At the bottom of each post and page you’ll find the “ShareThis” button which will allow you to post an update to pretty much any social media site you can imagine.

The big news is that we’ve completely revamped our Music page!  You can now listen to any track from any one of our albums and we’ve updated the music page with pretty much every live recording we have.  The live mp3s are even free to download!  In fact please download them because our sever isn’t really set up for streaming and this whole thing is a bit of an experiment.  More website updates coming!

Grammy wrap-up

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Wow my first Grammys was amazing!  Walking down the red carpet was a totally surreal experience.  We ended up losing out to music legend Booker T. Jones. Still it was an honor to be nominated and a great experience.

Seeing the Grammy performances live was quite thrilling.  One thing you appreciate being there is just how complicated the logistics of the whole thing is. The entire stage gets changed over in a matter of minutes with each configuration more complicated than the last.  It’s complete sensory overload and quite awe inspiring.  A personal highlight was the Dave Mathews Band performance and a performance during the pre-telecast portion by the Montreal trip-rock band Beast.  Now the next task will be get On Ensemble to the Grammys!

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