Here are two videos of trombone+pedal experiments. I recorded them consecutively so they are very similar. I should only post one, but they both had nice moments and problematic moments, and together they contrast in interesting ways.
After years of borrowing effects pedals from friends, I finally purchased my own setup last spring:
Learning to use them was a fun side project this summer. The first few sessions were frustrating garbage. Getting the mic set right was a challenge. Ring modulators have a serious learning curve. But after some time, I started to get sounds that I like. Here are three of my early experiments:
Northing just spent two amazing days recording our first album at Twin Lakes Sound Studio! Two days of intense recording and rehearsing really changed the music. I am so grateful to have spent the time with these awesome people and can’t wait to share the album. Also, all recording studios should be on a lake. Swim breaks = better takes.
Two years of writing and thinking about this idea are finally coming together. Northing is a new band featuring:
Aaron Hedenstrom – Alto Sax
Mara Syman – Alto Sax
Nick Syman – Trombone
Josh Becker – Bass Trombone
Pete James Johnson – Drums
More to come!
Northing – Enough from Northing on Vimeo.
Last fall I started a free improvisation group at Hudson High School. 12 young musicians with very little improvisation experience joined and we met twice a week. One month in they played at the fall jazz concert. Free improvisation for an audience of high school parents! Sounds like a disaster, right? It wasn’t. Actually, is was really good. Now they have released an album. Give it a listen. Even if you are not into free music, listen to this and be inspired. Teenagers can create complex, authentic art. I’m not sure I really knew that until this project, but I think that fact is inspiring.
photo by Tim McGuire
AMO spent last weekend at Pachyderm Studios recording our second record! Check out the Kickstarter campaign to pre-order the album and help Adam pay the bills: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1645379397/adam-meckler-orchestra-studio-and-video-session
Tyler and Pete are on on a role with these live videos.
Playing in this band is fun because I get to play:
a) sensitive chamber music
b) loud crazy sounds through an effects pedal
I’m playing with Maple & Beach this Saturday at Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater in Minneapolis. Really proud of my friends Tyler and Pete. They made an awesome album, and I am excited to be a small part of it. Buy tickets here. Buy the album here:
I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Bobbi Pominville, for the Western Wisconsin Journal. We had a very Midwestern chat about jazz, teaching and the weather.
Very excited to be playing with Maple & Beech again. Check out these two new videos and get excited about shows and a new full length album!