Sunday, October 30, 2011

Remember the 5th of November

I've been connecting with people in all sectors of the Minnesota Economy on Awareness Based Collective Systems Change.  I've been facilitating General Assembly meetings for the Occupy/Decolonize Minnesota Movement.

The 5th of November will be "Take your Money out of the Banks Day"w/ a rally in St. Paul....

I'll also be playing a late-nite set of Music w/ Douglas Ewart and Quaser; Douglas R. Ewart, Jaqueline Ultan, Steve Goldstein and mysef, as part of the Zeigeist New Music Cabaret - all weekend at the Zeitgeist Studio in St. Paul.  It's a wonderful, intimate space for new and exciting music.  The entire Evening begins at 7:30 w/ Mississippi Peace, the Zeitgeist itself at 8:30 and Quaser at 9:30.

The musical range & textures are otherworldly - come & experience for yourself!

3rd Annual Zeitgeist New Music Cabaret
November 3, 4, 5, 6, 7:30 p.m.
Studio Z
275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, 
St. Paul 55101

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Minnesota shows - what's yr pleasure?

I'll be singing at three late October shows in the Twin Cities - besides singing at the People's Plaza - downtown - as part of the encampment for OccupyMN.  If you are interested in helping with facilitation, teach-ins, classes, or otherwise - please come join us at the People's plaza.  Agendas are made at 5pm, the General Assembly is at 7pm nightly.

So in addition to coming hear me trade echoes with the Government Center, you might wanna check out one of these other spots - w/ more ceiling, intimacy and amplification!

Tuesday, October 18th - American Composer's Forum's Tuesday Composer's Salon at Studio Z

Studio Z
275 E. Fourth St.
Lowertown, St, Paul, MN  55101

I'll be working with Multi-instrumentalist Greg Schutte and Indian music scholar and Hindustani vocal magician Pooja Goswami working on Music for Oil - as we begin to compose for Ananya Dance Theatre's 2012 production - moreechika.We're hot off a fiery success making music for the magnetic Tushaanal.

We will be one of four groups highlighted - will play an 8 minute piece & then discuss it.  We'll be FIRST- so if you are coming don't be late!  and plan for construction!

Thursday, October 27th - 9pm at the Pass - the Khyber Pass that is!

I'll be singing a casual solo set (w/ invited special guests) late night at Khyber Pass.   I'll be doing some songpainting and some improv duet ting w/ friends who drop by for musical conversation!

9 - 11pm
Khyber Pass Cafe
1571 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Saturday, October 29th - Saltee's Halloween Show! - Aster Cafe

The indie-experimental power trio Saltee (Jaqueline Ultan - Cello, Mike Michel - guitar, Carnage the Executioner - Beatbox) invited me to join them for their Halloween Show at the Aster.  I'll be opening for them w/ my collaborator/producer Medium Zach - premiering some new songs from our upcoming full length album (still working on a title).    And  I'll be sitting in for some spooky tunes w/ the Saltee crew!

In case you forgot how good we are - here's a reminder from the beginning of the year in City Pages!  from our set opening for Dessa.

St. Anthony Main
125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612 379-3138

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's been a busy Summer & Harvest!  Are you ready to occupy your life & your world?

I've had many 2011 adventures seeding and harvesting music.  w/ young people, w/ movers & shakers, w/ community organizers, w/ gardeners & farmers, w/ musical magicians.  Lots of music, lots of stories.

Here's one:  

I got to be part of the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio -   A program of the Chicago Parks District  (thank you Parkways Foundation), the studio has been unlocking and unleashing open creativity of youth in Pariks all over Chicago since it's premier at the 2006 CPD's TeenArts Expo. This year the Inferno grew to 5 with Captain Jayve and Ed (First mate) on Sound Recording & Editing, Sarah and Alberto on Video Recording and Editing.  I (with the whole group chipping in) was on Child Whisperer/Writing & Performance Coach. We spent anywhere from 2 to 6 hours with youth in nine parks from four different areas of the city, then brought as many kids/groups as could come to catch a bus downtown Chicago and see their work (kids did a lot of the editing using handheld video recorders) edited and up on the Big Screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

One of the best jobs I ever had - so much fun & wisdom from young people - so many stories that they are learning how to tell each other!  Such a good & creative team.  Go Inferno!
Peace, Mankwe