Russ Van den Berg’s Trip-Bop

A few weeks ago I got the pleasure of filming Russ’s new project , Trip-Bop. What a killing band! Really great writing from Russ and amazing playing from all the guys in the band. I wanted to put my camera down and get up and play. Russ has been getting back into Miles Davis from the 80´s fusion period, and you can really hear the influence in this new project. That’s not to say that this band doesn’t have its own sound ... quite the opposite! The collective of these 5 musicians really does bring a great , original feel and vibe to these new compositions. So here is a very short promo video of some of the moments from the gig. If you like what you hear, please let Russ know, or even better, buy the live album from his Band Camp page. All of this video was filmed using Sony alpha cameras , 50mm and 85mm lenses, and edited in FCPX.

Sylvie Leys - Saxophonist

This last weekend I had the pleasure of being able to photograph Sylvie Leys. A French Saxophonist studying here in Valencia , at Berklee College of Music. We had only met once before, however knowing that we both share a love for the saxophone meant that we kind of had a head start on the idea of photography and things to talk about when doing the shoot. The day I get a shoot where the people want to talk about football is going to be a tricky one.

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Sylvie is super relaxed, which makes things a lot easier, and the only real main idea was that we wanted to get a warm sunny feel to the shots. Normally this would be easy in Valencia, but I think I have lost count of the number of times we had to reschedule due to rainy, cloudy grey days. So the sun was out, everything great... until I held Sylvie´s sax while she got up onto a wall for some more shots. I got a huge wave of Saxophone envy!! Selmer balanced action tenor. I need that saxophone!!

You can check out some of Sylvie´s new music here . She also told me about some plans to record new material with a fellow Berklee student, Saxophone and Marimba . Cant wait to hear it!