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Leftover Salmon Fall 2013 Photo by Susan Weiand

Leftover Salmon Fall 2013 Photo by Susan Weiand

 

Leftover Salmon Welcomes New Drummer Alwyn Robinson
Exclusive Jambase Video
Watch LoS Perform “Bird Call” in Jambase Studios

 Jose’ Martinez, our beloved drummer of the past 12+ years and dear friend, has decided to retire from the road and is currently living and performing in Seattle, WA. We wish Jose’ all the best with his future.

With that, we are happy to welcome the young and talented drummer, Alwyn Robinson, into the Leftover Salmon family. Alwyn has been playing with the band for the past few months and the fit couldn’t be better; it’s time to make it official. “Alwyn not only fills Jose’ Martinez’s shoes but his incredible chops and ears are going to propel the next era of Salmon’s growth.” says Vince Herman, “Look out.”

Watch this exclusive video of Leftover Salmon introducing Alwyn and performing “Bird Call” Live at JamBase HQ in San Francisco. → http://bit.ly/19GaRCm. Thanks to Susan Weiand for the new band photo!

Born in 1989 and raised in Marshall, TX, Alwyn Robinson began performing music at the age of three under the guidance of his father and two older brothers. He studied classical percussion as well as marching percussion from his early years through college, and began playing drum set with local bands in Marshall around fourteen. While studying at Texas Tech University and CU Boulder, he performed in various musical ensembles and studied a broad range of musical styles, from classical percussion to steel drum music. Currently living in Colorado, he is teaching and performing with numerous ensembles, including playing with musicians/groups such as: Ron Miles, Organization, Megan Burtt, Ayo Awosika  and Ayo Awosika amongst others.

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"Two Highways" Artwork by Tyler Stout

“Two Highways” Artwork by Tyler Stout

Leftover Salmon Releases 4th Single Through Breckenridge Brewery

Leftover Salmon Releases Their Fourth Single “Two Highways” through Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado. Drew Emmitt says, “I got the idea for “Two Highways” going down the road in the tour bus on Salmon tour. It’s my attempt to describe the two worlds of being on tour and being home with the family, two very different places that each have a very strong pull on my life and are both equally inspiring and challenging in their own ways.”

“Two Highways” features special guest Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on keys, and  is the final in a series of four original tunes that have been released since this summer through LoS’s collaboration to offering Handcrafted Music with Handcrafted Beer.

The new tunes are pre-released exclusively within Breckenridge Brewery’s 12-pack Sampler Packs through October. A download code for each song is provided on an exclusive Artist Series coaster, specially created by four well-known artists from the “Rock Art” community and packaged inside the Sampler Packs. There are also screenprinted posters of each song’s artwork available. Tyler Stout designed the image to go along with “Two Highways.” The song will be available soon on iTunes.

More information at: www.breckbrew.com/leftoversalmon

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LOS_Fall2013_Cropped_WEBLeftover Salmon Fall Tour 2013
Oct-29  Tue – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
Oct-30  Wed – Nashville, TN – Music City Roots
Oct-31  Thu – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse %
Nov-01  Fri – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre *
Nov-03  Sun – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater *
Nov-05  Tue – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov-06  Wed – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov-07  Thu – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
Nov-08  Fri – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club +
Nov-09  Sat – Richmond, VA – The National +
Nov-10  Sun – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall #
Nov-12  Tue – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Nov-13  Wed – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
Nov-14  Thu – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre ^
Nov-15  Fri – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre ^@
Nov-16  Sat – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Nov-17  Sun – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Nov-29  Fri – Boulder, CO – The Boulder Theater
Nov-30  Sat – Boulder, CO – The Boulder Theater
Dec 11-15 Wed-Sun Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings and Sol
Dec 28-29 Sat-Sun – Park City, UT- Park City Live
Dec 30-31 Mon-Tue – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Jan 3-4, 2014 Fri-Sat – Girdwood, AK- Alyeska Resort
Jan 8-9, 2014 Wed-Thu – Kihei, Maui, HI- Stella Blues
Jan 10, 2014 Fri – Paia, Maui, HI – Charley’s
Jan 11, 2014 Sat – Makawao, Maui, HI – Casanova

% w/ Col. Bruce Hampton, Packway Handle Band, & Count M’Butu
* w/ Jon Stickley Trio
+ w/ Swear and Shake
# w/ Bawn in the Mash
^ w/ Big Wu
@ w/ Old Shoe

For more information, please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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Jeff Sipe Trio Performs at Isis Music Hall
Friday, April 19th, 2013

www.JeffSipeTrio.com

Jeff Sipe grooves, making all kind of odd times and layered rhythms feel bouncy. With Taylor Lee and guitar master Mike Seal floating killer melodies and leads, it was bounce-worthy, even as intense as the music was.
Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times

The Jeff Sipe Trio is excited to perform at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC on Friday April 19, 2013. Jeff Sipe is one of the most prolific and creative drummers around and he has joined creative forces with Mike Seal on finger style guitar and Taylor Lee on bass to combine their own classic originals with unique covers to produce a highly energetic set of songs. The musical genres span the globe but with the thread of these three musicians’ adventurous styling.

Show Details at a Glance
Jeff Sipe Trio @ Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Friday, April 19, 2013
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm; $8 adv/ $10 dos
Seated concert with limited tablets of 4 available with dinner reservations
828-575-2737
743 Haywood Road Asheville, NC 28806
www.isisasheville.com

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Jeff began to play drums in the sixth grade. Then In 1975, Jeff’s first stepping stone was attending the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. — One of Jeff’s dreams finally came true when he was accepted to Berklee in 1977. While at Berklee, Jeff studied under Bob Kaufman and Bill Norine, he attended clinics given by Alan Dawson and was taken under by his mentor Lee Venters. Jeff was lucky enough to attend Berklee with an impressive cast of musicians like Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and Jeff Watts, Kevin Eubanks, Dean Parks, Steve Vai, just to name a few.

While studying at Berklee, Jeff met and played in a band with Steve Vai and Baron Brown called “Winter”. This experience turned Jeff on to a wide world of music and rhythm which gave him valuable tools that he still carries with him today.

Jeff Sipe Photo 2After his stay in Boston, Jeff moved to Atlanta in 1983. There he began gigging and teaching at the Atlanta Institute for Music and at a popular hangout for Atlanta drummers, Atlanta Drums and Percussion. Jeff spent time sitting in with local musicians and was introduced to Bruce Hampton through Dan Wall, a keyboardist that he had been playing with…..and that’s the rest of the story. It seemed too fitting that their first meeting took place at a wedding because not only was there a marriage there was a wedding of vast musical intention. Jeff then asked Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring to sit in on this free willed musical band wagon and the Aquarium Rescue Unit was born.

In 1996, Jeff met up with Swedish-born bass extraordinaire Jonas Hellborg and the Memphis guitar monster Shawn Lane. This Trio did many European tours as well as American tours. Jonas released 4 recordings of this band including “Temporal Analogues of Paradise,” a classic.

Jeff’s interest in bluegrass music led him to 3 years with Leftover Salmon where he gigged almost non stop! The recording “Nashville Sessions” was a highlight of that period having an opportunity to work with Randy and Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Taj Mahal, & Jerry Douglas among others.

Jeff took on his own creation known as the Zambiland Orchestra. This experimental big band featured Ricky Keller conducting members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Crew, the Derek Trucks Band, the Fiji Mariners, MOE, Little Feat, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Warren Haynes, Stanton Moore, the Atlanta All-Stars, Little John, Sonny Emory Randy Honea, and many others.

The Zambiland Orchestra performed as a charity event for six years in a row every December just before Christmas at the Variety Playhouse as a benefit for Hospice and the food bank.

By the 4th year into it there where 83 players on stage being conducted by the great spirit Ricky Keller and Jeff. One invited guest was Matt Butler who was so inspired by this spirited event that he began his own version called the “Everyone Orchestra”.

Even more recently Jeff teamed up with longtime friend and guitar maniac Jimmy Herring on a project known as Z, that’s Project Z to most. Together with fellow Atlantian producer/musician Ricky Keller and mega organ/keyboardist Oliver Wells, Project Z recorded a self titled debut album filled with juicy fusionisk tunes that gathered praise from all realms. Since then a second Project Z has been released as well as Jeff’s solo release “Timeless” featuring Paul Hanson, Derek Jones, Jason Crosby, Kofi Burbridge, Count ‘M Butu and Derek Trucks.
Currently Jeff is touring with Mike Seal (Guitar) and Taylor Lee (Bass) as the “Jeff Sipe Trio.”

Find out more about the Jeff Sipe Trio at: www.JeffSipeTrio.com

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Jonathan Scales had an amazing album release event this past weekend in Asheville at the Emerald Lounge.  The new album, Character farm and Other Short Stories, is now available on his website and i-tunes. Bold Life did a great interview with Jonathan Scales and below are some excerpts:

Building Character

BY ROBIN TOLLESON in Bold Life www.boldlife.com

For his third album, Character Farm And Other Short Stories, steel drumming frontman Jonathan Scales wanted to imitate long form. “Back in the day the great composers like Wagner wrote complete works from top to bottom as opposed to just a bunch of songs mixed together,” he says. “An epic saga that takes you through all the movements.”

To help tie together the musical fusion of his Fourchestra, Scales called upon the comic book-inspired artwork of Gregory Keyzer. “There’s a different illustration for every song,” Scales says. “It’s cool because you can kind of put a visual image with each piece. The album is packaged like a book of short stories, but there’s an overlying theme. The sonic tapestry, mixed with the congruent artwork, really ties the whole thing together. The pictures help people make their judgments about what it’s about and how they feel about it. It’s not complete long form, but it’s closer.”

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“Every time I put out a CD I want to get further along,” Scales says. “It takes a lot of planning to have a successful release. You work hard on the music, and you want people to hear it, so that’s when you have to kick in on the other side and try to get things rolling.” Scales planned a pre-release campaign to build some momentum. In February he released a behind-the-scenes video with footage from the recording session. And last month he released a full-length music video of his song “Muddy Vishnu.” “I’m trying to get people interested,” he says.

The Fourchestra recorded Character Farm at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, in the fashion of classic jazz records. “We all played together,” Scales says. “We got enough separation that we could get some real good sounds, so it comes off like a studio album with a lot of energy, as a mixture between a live recording and a studio album, kind of like the best of both worlds. That was (sound engineer) Michael Hynes’ approach to the thing.

Character Farm features the churning 6/8 “Jam We Did,” the slightly-island strut of “Science Fair Project,” the breakneck steel-drum’n’bass of “The Longest December,” and “Muddy Vishnu,” a dynamic tune filled with plot twists reminiscent of The Flecktones’ classic “Sinister Minister.”

“This set has my same style, as far as some metric complexities and style changes. Different uses of rhythms and timbres and harmonies,” Scales explains. The music is solid, he says, because the lineup was solid. “My other two albums had streams of different people. This album is definitely more focused.”

Guitarist Duane Simpson, drummer Phill Bronson, and bassist Michael Libramento are the main backing cast on the album, with four guests, saxophonist Jeff Coffin, flutist Kofi Burbridge, percussionist Yonrico Scott, and fiddler Casey Driessen.

“Overall it has a pretty edgy sound,” Scales says. “It has highs and lows as far as dynamics and styles. ‘Muddy Vishnu’ is definitely on the more rockin’ side — my take on a mix between Muddy Waters and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. I wanted it to be a subtle thing to where if you understand or if you’ve never heard them, it’s not a big deal and you’ll still enjoy the song.”

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READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE and find out more about Jonathan’s history and the rest of the Fourchestra:  http://www.boldlife.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A18113

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Compositionally-twisted work of steel pannist Jonathan Scales “Character Farm & Other Short Stories” includes nine original instrumental “stories” and features guests Jeff Coffin, Kofi Burbridge, Yonrico Scott, and Casey Driessen. The cast of Characters hold this mind-bending concoction together with jazz edge and classical sensibility along with custom designed comic book graphics illustrating each song for the album artwork…


Asheville, NC- March 31, 2011–  The steel pan, an amazing musical discovery born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago, is often times associated with sandy beaches, tropical climates, and cruise ships: that’s not exactly what you get at a show by the jazz-fusion quartet, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Modern Drummer Magazine recognizes, “… Jonathan Scales makes the pans fit in unconventional musical spaces…” and Jazz Times goes on to state that Scales’ brings forth a “new vitality to the traditional Caribbean instrument… picking up where Othello Molineaux left off 20 years ago with Jaco Pastorius.”

Here you have a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro and front man of the Fourchestra, Jonathan Scales, heavily influenced by the complexity of banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to the hustle of Jay-Z. Gritty blues guitarist, Duane Simpson, and fusion-chops bassist, Cody Wright, provide the harmonic support for Scales’ sound, while jazz/hip-hop drummer, Phill Bronson, drives the time-shifting, modern grooves. The cast of Characters hold this mind-bending concoction together with jazz edge and classical sensibility.

As an immediate release by Le’Rue Records, the 3rd installment in the Jonathan Scales’ musical saga, Character Farm & Other Short Stories, is a 45-minute dive deeper into the compositionally-twisted work of steel pannist Jonathan Scales.  The nine original instrumental “stories” on the album take listeners from the primal Jam We Did to the lush Hallucinations of the Dream Chasers. The title track Character Farm takes the audience into a chilled, ‘worldly’ ride after the frantically emotional The Longest December. Guest appearance on the record include Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band / Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Yonrico Scott and Kofi Burbridge (of Derek Trucks Band fame) and the dazzling work of fiddle virtuoso Casey Driessen.

Jonathan Scales has also been busy creating a NEW Music Video for the song Muddy Vishnu from the album which is available to watch on www.jonscales.com. Scales’ has a unique approach to his album artwork with custom designed comic book graphics illustrating each song with artwork by Gregory Keyzer. He’s also made available a glossy 19 x 13 poster with the comic graphic images.

Steel pannist and virtuoso composer, Jonathan Scales, formed his ‘Fourchestra’ in 2007 as a means to deliver his musically complex, yet accessible ideas to anyone willing to listen. Since then, Scales has released two well received, full-length works, 2007’s One-Track Mind and 2008’s Plot/Scheme which features the likes of Jeff Coffin, Joseph Wooten (of Steve Miller Band), and Jeff Sipe (of Aquarium Rescue Unit). 2011 will usher in Character Farm & Other Short Stories.  Scales’ versatility and innovative nature have allowed him to play along with with acts like The Wooten Brothers Band, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Duhks, Everyone Orchestra, Toubab Krewe, Ben Sollee, Casey Dreissen, and Futureman.

Scales has been called a “…rising star of the steel drums…” by Traps Magazine, while Pan on the Net refers to him as “the Real Deal” and having “A Thelonius Monk-like attitude with a Mozart creativity that works.”  When Steel Talks sums it up with, “At the end of the day, Scales is going to be a major play in rewriting the books on steelpan music outside of the box.” With Character Farm, Scales has pushed the limits of conventional steel-pan yet again.

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