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RE: BAY AREA new music scene: was Noise Pancakes in the news!
Four people, huh? I've had plenty of shows like that for my rock gigs here
in Boston, and maybe 3 times as many peole for my avant shows. Maybe if I
stick to avant I'll be famous! (LOL)
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> From: loop.pool <email@example.com>
> To: LOOPERS DELIGHT (posting) <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
> Date: 4/6/2006 4:01:58 AM
> Subject: BAY AREA new music scene: was Noise Pancakes in the news!
> Tim Munengast wrote this about the San Francisco noise scene:
> "Once again I find myself on the wrong coast. Seems like the West has all
> the cool cars, the trainspotting action, and the most vibrant avant
> I agree with you about the coolness of the scene but people should know
> the scene, like almost every fringe musical scene in the world, is
> by people who are fanatical about promoting it and creating opportunities
> where none appear to be.
> I just saw an amazing concert with new music luminaries Herny Kaiser,
> Scott Looney,
> our own loopers delight member, Italian guitarist Roberto Zorzi and
> other really talented musicians.
> There were four people in the audience.
> Roberto wrote me back and said he'd love to come play in Northern
> and said he'd just need
> a minimum of three gigs to be able to afford to come (mentioning a sum
> would be a rather embarassingly
> low paid casuals/wedding gig).
> I had to tell him that it wasn't possible......that even I , who have a
> decent draw in SF for new musical events considered myself
> lucky if my expenses are paid when I do a gig (they a frequently aren't)
> Lately there has been a amazing collection of new music people in the
> Bay because many of the bay areas best and brightest
> young musicians lost there lucrative software day jobs and could no
> afford to live in the pricier cities of
> San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Cruz. I'm on tribe.net which is full
> electronica musicians and it seems like
> 1/3 of the people on that website are from Oakland.
> Is there a scene there? No? The reason? Well, at least one
> the reasons is that there are very , very few places to play and even if
> people would play the people would not come out to see them. The
> reason I think is that like a lot of people on this list, a lot of
> who do new or unusual musics are not particularly social people to begin
> with but that's the subject for another discussion.
> My own wife once said, "How ironic is it that we live in the wealthiest
> empire in the history of the entire planet and that we
> live in one of the wealthiest per capita urban areas in that vastly
> country and that, instead of the arts flourishing
> with support and patronage, that they are, instead, barely breathing.
> The singer/songwriter Sam Phillips (the woman, not the man) said, "No
> matter who is the president of the record company or the A&R person or
> lawyers or whatever, the artists never go away. We are always here and
> always will be.
> I say, yeah verily to the Scott Looney's of the world who open up their
> homes to money losing new music concerts..........to
> the Roberto Zorzi's, Bernhard Wagners and Andy Butler's who will risk
> own money in an effort to spread their artistry outside of the confines
> their own countries and cities; to the Sunao Inami's who will risk
> very small amount of money they have to put out recordings of artists
> don't recoup their costs just so this beautiful music gets heard; the
> Davingons' who produces a monthly new music series that rarely pays for
> to the Murias/Pheaki Boi'a who put his whole financial situation on the
> to produce the 1st ever 2 day Dark Elektronika festival in San Francisco
> lost his shirt even when the even was a stunning success.
> If things are happening artistically in the SF Bay Area and environs it
> because there are about 30 people who are fanatically
> committed to 'la causa', come hell or high water.................paying
> gigs or not.
> Buy a dinner for one of these people the next time you see
> them at a gig you dig! It'll lighten their load and keep 'em going, I
> assure you.