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European/British Isles Loop Tour comes to an end
Chris and I returned to Santa Cruz yesterday ending my long and
live looping tour of 8 countries in Europe and the
I had a fantastic summer (despite the rather rocky start that the tour had
back in May) and it was so inspiring to get to meet and play and hang out
with the incredibly talented live loopers that I visited in each place.
Someone on this list posted that the internet does not have the possibility
to create true and real community and I would love
to politely disagree with that notion. This tour would have never
without the internet and without this website (and, although we disagree
philosophically about the whole idea of a live looping movement, Kim Flint,
I owe especial gratitude to you because being on this site that you have
created has changed my life..............much for the better..........a
heartfelt thanks to you)
I would also like to thank three people especially:
Luca Formentini, my Italian brother, for starting this whole crazy notion
year ago by inviting me to participate in his
Experimental Guitar Festival in the beautiful Lago di Garda in Northern
Italy after only hearing an MP3 of my first ever performance on a guitar at
the Woodstockhausen festival. You put the seed in my head and I'm so
thankful that it germinated.
Per Boysen, who in producing the his very first tour and the first Live
Looping tour of Sweden with Matthias Grob, he and I, made it financially
possible for me to take such a big risk. Per is a wonderful artist, a
trusted friend and makes me feel really great about the future of live
looping in Sweden........................watch out, Finland, Norway and
Denmark.................here we come!
Matthias Grob, my swiss brother and comrade and 'bandmate' through several
shows in Sweden, Wales, England and Switzerland. Learning from the
inventor of the Echoplex and making music in the middle of the Swiss Alps
will be one of the highlights of my whole life. Thanks so much.
Also, I would love to thank all the fantastic loopers and artists who were
so kind and generous with their time and their attention and their
Chris and I only spent 5 nights out of 2 months in a hotel because of the
kindness and generosity of all of these wonderful folks.
And this doesn't even touch the creativity and committment to live looping
that hey all embodied.
Special Thanks and warm hugs have to go out to:
Paul Marshall (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Gareth Whittock (in Swansea, Wales) for producing the 1st Welsh Live
Steve Lawson (in London, England) for playing with me and introducing me to
the fabulous Klinker.
Andrew Ostler (Os) (who produced the 1st Cambridge Loop
Festival)..................and all the really talented loopers of Cambridge
Paul Shearsmith (in London, England) who, although not a live looper,
took us into his home when he heard that we didn't have a place to stay in
London (due to that damned pesky cat allergy)
Stuart Wyatt (in Paris, France)
April King (in Paris, France) also not a looper but one hell of an
go getter and scene maker and one of my favorite students of all time
Michael Peters (Kurten, Germany)............the first international looper
ever met and producer of the 1st Cologne Live Looping Festival
Leander Reininghaus and Andreas Villers (who produced the 1st Berlin Live
Looping Festival) and all the wonderful Berlin loopers
Louis Angulo (my mexicana brother) (in Radolfzell, Germany)
Claude Voit (in Switzerland) who drove a long way to attend the Lucerne
Looping Festival and then later joined me in Lago Di Garda)........ and all
the other talented Swiss loopers
Bruno Kleinefeld (in Milan, Italy)
Massimo Liverani (in Firenze, Italy) who produced the 1st Florence Live
Looping Festival with a very talented group of Italian loopers
and again, Luca Formentini (in Lago di Garda, Italy) the site of my last
wonderful gig of my tour with he and Claude Voit.
I have written extensively about my experiences with all of these amazing
people on my website and , unfortunately, was unable to get practically
FTP uploading to occur on the whole tour.
I was, consequently, forced to handwrite my tour entries and will be
them as soon as I type them into my computer in the next several days if
anyone is interested in reading about the tour.
If you have any interest in contacting these folks or touring in Europe and
the British Isles (or the Americas or Asia, for that matter)
I can only advise you to go for it.
This has been one of the great experiences of my whole life. I feel so
grateful to be alive; so grateful to be associated with this movement and
with all of the wonderful people in it.
Oh yes, and one last incredibly important shout out:
I would love to thank my loving and intelligent and talented and beautiful
wife, Chris Wedertz for helping me to do this tour. I would not have been
able to accomplish it without her. From making my website to booking the
transportation and lodging to schlepping
the gear on and off trains and subways and ferrys and taxis to rolling
chords when I was exhausted after gigs or helping me to set up if sound
checks were rushed, Chris served me in a way I can only hope to be able
emulate when I am her roadie on her next
solo musical tour. This tour just wouldn't have occurred if she hadn't
helped me. I love her dearly!
thanks so much. long live live looping and all the loopers,website
and equipment inventors who make it possible.
Rick Walker (www.looppool.info)