this topic is an important one by my point of view.
i think one of the things we are missing beside the wonderful brainstorms we have in this deep and powerful list is the chance to meet each other and, more important, to "pollute" each other.
we can listen to each others' sounds on cds or audio files, but to see people perform live is another thing.
for me as european is sometimes sad to see how many things are happening in Us (well, i'm very happy for you who are in Us, but in those moments i feel the distance as a heavy thing)
a few months ago some guys organized an event in switzerland, i hadn't the chance to go there, but i know it has been an interesting experience.
i agree with rick when he says that looping (that means a different and open approach to music) is a sort of new "musical movement" we should do our best to introduce to people.
last year i did a "census" on LD between european residents (that is available for everyone would ask for it), so now i have an interesting collection of names from the whole europe.
now, what to do ?
unfortunately i don't have the chance to go further from there; in my area there is a poor situation regarding live music that is not played by very famous people of the so called mainstream or groups playing covers (again, of the so called ....).
i am organizing a small gtr festival on garda lake, this year it will be its 2nd edition.
each year there will be 6 different gtr players.
i am trying to make the public more and more familiar with a certain way of thinking and playing music balancing innovative musicians with some using more usual languages
last year we were in three loopers, one baroque, a fingerpicker and a blues player.
this year we will have 2 loopers, Mr. Hans Reichel, Mr.Duck Baker, a jazz player and Mr. Mike Cooper.
with this year i am trying to obtain a certain reputation so to have the chance to risk more with the next edition.
i hope this will drive us to the chance of making a looper/creative festival in the future.
all the best