Springtime Greetings

Hi folks, Yes it’s been a long while since I’ve  posted anything, but here at Ridvan, it’s time to start seriously planning our next weekend gathering ( 23-26 October).

I have asked Bosch for guidance regarding a theme for this year that we will remain congruent with the directions of our NSA.

Meanwhile, we have an opportunity to consider what workshops we’d like. Several people have expressed their desire for more “whole group” sessions and last year we did more of that.  Was that good for you?  What topics would you like to see addressed this coming October?

It has been a BUSY year for quite a number of our alumni!

Robert Gillies – now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Robert has been playing up a storm and is about to release his second album called “The Distance”. Many of the songs on it he composed during that wicked “Song a Day May” whirlwind of songwriting.  He has also released a “side project” with his friend producer David Pramik. They call their project “Black Buffalo” and their first release is “Bad Moon”. You should hear this, it’s completely different than anything he has done before: https://soundcloud.com/blackbuffalo/bad-moon  He and Rezal just moved into a new apartment in Oakland. Congratulations on the new abode Robert!

Alan James – Alan has been”Road Trippin'” all over the western US of late. We got a chance to perform together in Tucson when he invited me to help celebrate his Uncle Cazzie’s 100th birthday. Among the many poems that Uncle Cazzie delivered, was this gem for songwriters to consider:  “Levity and Brevity are very much akin. The fewer words to get it said, the sooner sinks it in!”  Brilliant.  Alan is up in the Seattle area at the moment playing a series of house concerts. Travel safely home to Del Dios Alan!

Kelly Snook – Kelly has been working with Imogen Heap in England to create a unique new instrument – MiMu Gloves – that turn your hands and arms into controllers for computer-based music. It’s probably the COOLEST technology to hit music since the Moog. You can see a video (with Kelly in it) at the Tech Crunch magazine page here: http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/16/mimu/   Kelly, you are my favorite rocket scientist!

Caeli Lohr – Caeli has been working his electronic magic on a number of unique tracks and sharing them on his “Dog Unit Productions” bandcamp page. Check out this jewel featuring Kelsey Bulkin:  http://dogunitproductions.bandcamp.com/track/adding-machine-feat-kelsey-bulkin

Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff – Jeff and Maya have a new blog site at http://mysticfig.wordpress.com/ where we can keep up on their latest exploits. For those unaware, Maya is now a “Bionic Woman” have recently received a new knee. This means that she will soon regain her championship title in Butt Kickin!  It may be just my perception but it appears that “Mystic Fig Studio” is getting rather busy producing albums for other artists. Jeff and Maya, I hope you still have time for more of your own.

Katherine Key – aka “KZING!” – Kat has been gallivanting around the African continent attending conferences, giving presentations, and making a difference.  She’s gotten involved with something called “Flashband” – it’s kind of like speed-dating for musicians.  You sign up for a gig of a particular genre and if selected you and other performers you don’t yet know form an instant band the night of the show.  Kat says “Flashband is the best invention since the internet.” 

Sasha Bayan – Sasha released his debut album “Do I Know You” at the end of March. (We heard him play the title song at Bosch last fall) On this album, Sasha’s unique Brazilian-Jazz-Pop-BigBand sound is decorated by over 40 instruments (I’m talking horns, woodwinds, harps, steel drums, strings, you name it) with help from 35 of Sasha’s musician friends.  Check it out at  http://www.sashabayan.com/

Russ Salton – Russ has been working on a new album called “Bear Creek Sessions” recorded and produced at Bear Creek Studios which has recorded and produced such acts as The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, and Train.  Russ is about to visit England (he’s on a Beatles Pilgrimage) and has promised a full report when he returns.

Well, I’m sure there’s a lot more news from many more of you, so send me an email or post a comment and let me know what I can share with the group on my next update.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist