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March 3, 2021
Celebrating Frani's new album, Relay Delay, with an acoustic concert
Here's something completely different, let's just play! When I heard the mixes of Frani's new double album, Relay Delay, I thought it was some of the best stuff I've heard from him yet, which is saying a lot. I didn't get to play with him on the release show for his 2020 acoustic album, Frani, so I suggested an acoustic concert for this record and he went for it.
I'm pleased with the performance we were able to capture with this show. No amps, no trickery, just hard work and passion for pushing our limits.
The set features a dazzling display of Frani's paintings, presenting the multidisciplinary artist's work in full splendor. Affordable reproductions of select pieces are starting to show up on Frani's site, so if you ever wanted to add a Frani Lugo painting to your collection, it is within your grasp!
This concert includes selections from Relay Delay as well as from other records in the Frani Lugo catalog. In this special acoustic setting, there are plenty of new interpretations of Frani favorites.
Though I functioned purely as a sideman here, it was a pleasure to add another dimension to our creative partnership. We were able to exercise our instrumental and vocal flexibility like we never have before.
I received a gift of a brand new 12-string acoustic guitar right before this show, so the sonic palette was expanded even further. Look out for the sound of the 12-string in new music from me and live when we get to take this act out live again!
November 22, 2020
"Ride" by Tri-State Trio video available now!
"Ride", the second video in Frani Lugo's Tri-State Trio Hologram Tour series, is now available for viewing online. I reprise my role in the ensemble, performing in the video with multidisciplinary artist Frani Lugo and Gus.
Allow me to answer two questions that may be rankling within you:
Yes, it was very hot on that set.
No, I had not had too much coffee. Sometimes I'm just like that.
I enjoyed the shoot for "Ride" immensely. Not only did I enjoy playing Frani's song, but the tone of my instrument was more satisfying to me than in the last video. This was due to a change of string brand and an increase in the gauge of my low E to .107". The tune requires a drop D tuning, which can cause that string to flop around sometimes. Increasing the gauge makes it more stable.
Frani does a great job of making it look easy here, but it ain't! "Ride" requires him to sing, perform very unusual in-time tremolo dives into footswitch channel changes and oh yeah, go to the wah when required. The group has to be firing on all cylinders to pull off this material. These videos are a real testament to the challenges of an actual musical performance and I'm glad to be part of them. It's also important to note that Frani is also directing and lighting the thing, running cameras, doing mixing and editing, and keeping Gus up and running.
September 12, 2020
New Tri-State Trio Video!
"Shouting", the first video in Frani Lugo's Tri-State Trio Hologram Tour series, is now available for viewing online. I can be seen performing in the video with multidisciplinary artist Frani Lugo and Gus.
I know what you're thinking. Who is Gus?
He's the hologram in the Hologram Tour concept. Gus is a fine drummer created by Frani. He was built to be dependable and efficient, but has taken on a personality of his own, for better or for worse. He can be quite unpleasant at times. Other times, he can be downright offensive. In the more trying moments, I refer to him as AU, Artificial Unintelligence. He hates it when you call him Gustavo, which I also do. He's a television-headed monster that must be kept in his place, but he has yet to realize this. So far, every time we power him up, he delivers the goods. The best part is that Frani and I always have access to the switch if he gets out of hand. It's a good arrangement.