28 Apr 2013, Jazz at Cafe International, San Francisco
I was asked to compose/perform music for the trailer for an upcoming McSweeney’s novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek. Being a bass player, I immediately thought “WOO BASS SOLO TIME!” Here’s how it came out.
The Voice of the Octagon: The music is completely unplanned and a performance can go in just about any direction. We are both big fans of classic jazz, as well as being jazz musicians ourselves, and our sound starts with research. Hours are spent listening to classic jazz recordings looking for parts of songs we might want to incorporate into our performance. We each have a laptop (MIDI synch’ed to each other of course) and there are live instruments as well. This allows us a spontaneity and flexibility missing from a more traditional jazz lineup, as well as from more typical DJing and electronic performance. We feel it’s the perfect melding of the two worlds. What you hear is completely live and unrehearsed, with no editing after the fact.
8 Apr 2013, Jazz at Cafe International, San Francisco