THE SINGULARITY TOUR
What began as an occasional experiment at camps, festival workshops, and during practice room schenanigans will now become the focus for me next year. The setup is simple: me + fiddle + pedal board + a mess of wires. Using recording and looping technology along with digital effects pedals, I’ll build arrangements and songs layer by layer in real-time for the audience. There is a wide and colorful range of sounds and textures possible from just the fiddle, and I intend to set out on a sonic adventure. You’re invited to come along for the ride.
Selections will range from heavily layered compositions with a gradual build:
To the naked and striped down roots of unaltered fiddle and voice:
And many degrees in between. My time with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones comes to an end at the 25th anniversary of MerleFest next year…at which point I kick off my tour and host the Midnight Jam again. Please keep an eye on my GIGS Page to see when The Singularity Tour lands in a town near you.
LOGO CONTEST: THE SINGULARITY TOUR
Married white fiddler seeking an iconic image with strong emphasis on the technology element and visual depth for tour endeavor. I need a logo to represent The Singularity Tour, so I’m holding my first design contest. [Take me there, now!] The prize is $500. My ideal logo design is: Clean, uncluttered, modern, easily identifiable. Overall vibe conveys man + technology, limitless possibilities, one person but many layers.
The contest began two weeks ago and ends Nov. 30. Please follow this link to learn more, enter, and to see the designs so far…and share with any designer friends you my have. Thanks!
LATE NIGHT TV
Played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon the other night with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. I guested on the web exclusive performance of Flying Saucer Dudes. Was great to see The Roots perform and get excited about the Flecktones. Also, my old college buddy, Mark Kelley is the new Roots bass player…he used to borrow my upright at school…
Here are two new galleries from wanderings on the road this summer. Gallery One is from Bethlehem PA where an old defunct steel mill has been preserved and arted up. It’s size was unbelievable to me and I was told it’s a fraction of what it used to be! Gallery Two is from a trip between Denver and Salt Lake City where I captured the amazing wings of a patient dragonfly and an apparent alien mothership hovering over the city streets. Enjoy!
TOUR OF JAPAN
Woohoo! This coming February 10-25, I’ll be on my first trip/tour of Japan. The first few days will be fiddle/violin clinics followed by trio gigs with Canadian guitarist Jordan McConnell (The Duhks) and Japanese mandolinist Taro Inoue. So far, we’ll be visiting Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Tokyo, Nagano, Yokohama, and Kamakura.
Originally, I was supposed to do one duo show in Japan last March with Jordan. Imagine my utter disbelief when, arriving at the airport to depart, I found my passport had expired a week prior. I screwed up. I sent a bulletin to the few folks I knew in Japan – which ended up with Taro saving my butt and filling in on the gig. I had one year to use my flight credit…which brings us to the present day and this particular musical collaboration. Please spread the word this tour with any friends/family you may have in Japan. Confirmed shows can be found on my GIGS Page.
The summer has closed, fall closure approaches, and winter will begin. It’s been a great and busy busy year on the road with the Flecktones. We’ll be off for the upcoming holidays and reconvene for a short Ireland/Scotland/Israel stint in January. Between tours in September, I had some new photos taken for the Singularity Tour. I found this great stationary box truck done up to look like a stage. It lives at the Wedge Brewery in Asheville, NC and they show movies on it — pretty cool idea. This is also the place I shot my Heartbeat Kid video.