This week I have at last found myself some time to rest and recuperate after an incredibly hectic few months. I am currently on a visit to Spain and looking forward to seeing the great Flamenco guitarist Paco De Lucia perform in Valencia tonight.
On Monday I was down at Gizzard Recording Studios laying down some drum tracks for David Garside's new single and LP for Frizz Records. They are being produced by, founder of Frizz and bass player for Mr.Hudson, Raphael Mann. I was very impressed with the way that Raph operated as a producer. He knew exactly what to do to get the right sound for each track and knew when he needed to push for a better take and when something was the best it could be. We were doing a analogue recording, which was an entirely new experience for me, and it was interesting to watch Ed the engineer literally chopping up the tape to make a loop for a section.
Right now I am taking a short break from performing until August when I will be back playing with The Cuban trio. We will be performing at the Martineau Place Shopping Centre on the 20th at 11:45.
Catch you there.
This week a special mention must go to the 'Hear the Future' concert that I was involved in at the Barbican on Sunday. I was playing with the Barbican Young Folk Ensemble directed by Joe Broughton. The performance was a the culmination of workshops that had been taking place in schools around East London for about two months, and on Sunday all the children came together and performed on the Barbican Main Stage. They did exceptionally well and I think it will be a performance we will all remember for a long time. The concert is due to be on BBC 1 at some point so watch this space and I will keep you posted.
Coming up this week I have a couple of private functions and a Performance with Wildfire at Fuse Festival on Sunday the 11th. But most excitingly I will be meeting up with an old friend and employer, Steve Poensgen, who has just set up a new business making percussion instruments called Chequerplate Percussion. Steve used to run the best drum shop in the world called 'Drum Korner' in Shrewsbury which I frequented in my youth. He is an excellent craftsman and knows a huge amount abut the way that drums work. I am looking forward to hearing his instruments.
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