First week in Kathmandu

Tings Tea Lounge Hotel has been a perfect start on my stay in Nepal. A cosy little oasis with a friendly atmosphere, Internet connection and an owner with good connections in the musical setting. Thomas has taken me on a morning hike and monastery visit in Kathmandu, and he also arranged for me a contact with – among others – Mariano, who is in charge of Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory.
I spent the first few days getting to know the city, seeking out musical settings and looking for a good angel for creating a musical project here. Continue reading

Kathmandu

Nepal was a meeting with noisy and hectic Kathmandu contrary to the fragile, little timbres from the Singing Bowls. It was a meeting with Buddhist quarter of Boudhanath, monastaries, monks and monsoon all over the place.
After spending the first days in Kathmandu roaming the streets and looking for some Nepalese music and local musicians to collaborate with, I met Ram, who’s the owner of a shop selling Singing Bowls in Boudhanath and also working as a meditation musician. Continue reading

Johannesburg

See the final music video on this link

First destination on the journey with Global Compositions became a meeting with Johannesburg, Soweto, reverberations of the Apartheid and the South African winter. In South Africa it is hot in the sun and cold in the shadows.
Most of all the trip became a meeting with Thulani and his Gumboot group, with whom I got connected through my old friend Tlale Makhene. I know Tlale from his visit in Denmark in 2003, where I played on his debut record “The ascension of the englightened”. Continue reading

Second meeting with Thulani and Gumboot

During my second meeting with Thulani and his Gumboot group, a design for our mutual composition slowly began to take shape. It will probably become a mix of new grooves and breaks done by myself, a few Body Rhythm Factory samples and some variations over grooves from the repetoire of Thulani and the Gumboot group.
If everything goes according to the plan, we’ll meet 2-3 times a week and shoot the composition on Friday og Monday. Though, we still miss a location, a complete arrangement and – last but not least – to be capable of performing with some kind of energy.

Here you’ll see efforts on a new sequence, which I am currently developing.

 

First meeting with Thulani and Gumboot

My first meeting with Thulani and his Gumboot group evolved into a spontaneous workshop for several hours, where we took turns at learning each other’s grooves and moves, checked out each other’s videos and had a talk about the possibility of joining up several times, writing a composition and filming it within a fortnight.
Follow this site to see whether we succeed…

Thoughts about the equipment

The big challenge is having to make sound and video recordings in best possible quality and at the same time carrying less than 20 kilos of gear securely fit in one suitcase plus hand luggage.
DPA 4011 is my overall favorite microphone.
I’ve had a lot of good experiences using it for everything from pianos, vocals and double bass, through various acoustic instruments to overhead and room.
Often a pair of 4011 placed in the right spots in the room sounds better than to close-mic all the instruments. Continue reading

Audio and video equipment

Gear setup on the journey:
Microphones: 3x dpa 4011 mmp-c + 2xsure 57 + 2x oktava + Sony linear pmc recorder D50
Soundcard: RME Babyface + Fireface 800
MacBook Pro including the following software: Logic, Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro X
Camera: Sony hvr-a1e camera with light, extra lens and tripods Canon S95 and small tripod
Keys: Akai LPK 25 + Korg Nanocontrol 2 + Launchpad
Small clips microphones holders
Data storage: Lacie hard disc + Dropbox
Ipad 2