Book Release - Sounds From Valencia

I´m very happy to announce my first collection of photographs to be released in printed book form! “Sounds From Valencia”. At the moment it is available in hardcover, on high quality paper. But will shortly be available in a more affordable softcover and PDF version. At the moment you can preview it at Blurb Books here, and will soon be available on Amazon too!

This collection of photographs are from my time spent in Valencia, Spain, over the past few years. Some of the artists are local musicians, some are visiting national and international artists, all captured playing at venues in this amazing city. As a musician myself, I wanted to put together a visual memory of the incredible gigs, concerts, performances and artists that I have had the pleasure of coming into contact with. Either as a musician, or as a photographer.

Fantastic Negrito & KOLARS @ 16 Toneladas

This was one we wont forget! Two brilliant groups I would definitely check out if you get the chance!! Im not going to get into reviewing the bands, as I don´t think I would do them justice, I just wanted to share some shots ( Ill put some video up too when I get the chance). KOLARS describe their music as “ Desert Disco, Space Blues and Glamabilly “. Sooooooo good! Love them!

Fantastic Negrito has had a long career , and for a time left the music business. He´s back with force in the last few years, winning a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He describes his sound as “ black roots music for everyone” … brilliant !! If anyone says blues is dead, they obviously haven´t heard this guy! If you went to the gig, or any other gigs of theirs, let me know what you thought!

Ahhhh, almost forgot! The venue, 16 Toneladas ! Top place in Valencia, with the best sound, for the public and on stage as a musician! Really worth checking out gigs there.

The Look Of Love

It´s sometimes funny that friends ask why I have stopped playing music or taking photographs. My reply, with a slightly confused look, is always “ I haven´t, why do you think that”? The usual reply is that they haven´t seen any posts of mine on social media.

It sometimes gets to me the immense pressure in the arts world to constantly show your work on these social media sites and be judged by the amount of likes you have. Surely the nice thing about these platforms is you have the world at your fingertips to listen, look at, like whatever you want… or even better…to see it in reality.

Anyway, back to the point (rant over). I was getting messages on my Youtube Music Channel asking why I don´t record tunes anymore, and although I have been playing a lot this year (recording and touring) I let the social media stuff slide…. but the amount of really nice comments recently has given me a new wave of energy to get going again. So thanks to all the guys who have supported these saxophone videos. I´m posting it on here because I also filmed it all myself, using Sony cameras and remotes. As usual, all edited using Logic Pro (audio) and FCPX (video).

Hope you like it , and there are lots more here !

Some of the gear used : Sony A7ii cameras Sony 50mm 1.8f lens, Sony 85mm 1.8f lens, Mac Book, Pro Logic Pro (audio editing), FCPX (video editing), AKG C3000B condenser microphone, Platinum Soprano Saxophone, Rico Jazz Mouthpiece, Rico Royal 2.5 reeds.

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.

The George Lacson Project @ La Casa De La Mar

It was really great to catch up with George last night! We met a few years ago here in Valencia where we became friends, and ended up playing some gigs together. George is a monster bassist!  Ultimate groove! So after moving back to the states a few years ago he has now returned with his band, The George Lacson Project, for a Spanish tour.

George Lacson - Bass / Cinnamon Denise - Vocals / Cliff Gordon - Tenor Sax, E.W.I and Vocals / Federico Zanetti - Keys / Kowan Turner - Drums

Last nights gig was at a place called La Casa De La Mar. A great place, with loads of stuff going on... Music, Surf School, Skate ramp, yoga, the list goes on. The guys sounded amazing and I would definatly go and check them out if you can. They are playing tonight at Las Arenas Hotel in Valencia Port. And Sunday at The Playground Art Centre. 

Im going to upload some video of the gig last night too, but in the meantime , here are a few shots from the gig. 

Update: A quick vid I put together from the very few clips I got. Sorry about the sound quailty, it´s straight from the camera and so is pretty distorted. Go and check out their real recordings to feel the full soul !! 

Women In Music Berklee @ Sala Matisse

Sincerely, Women

Last Friday night we saw an advert for a Berklee Valencia event celebrating Women In Music, with the release of the compilation album on Disrupcíon Records - Sincerely, Women. The album features various artists with some absolutely outstanding music. Varied in styles, original song writing, and influences from all over the world...something for everyone! I loved all the artists!

Text taken from Women In Music site.

¨Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition¨.

The nights performances where really great, made me want to get up and play instead of taking pictures. With very tasteful backing from various other musicians, each artist had their own sound to share, and held the audiences attention brilliantly.

The nights performances where really great, made me want to get up and play instead of taking pictures. With very tasteful backing from various other musicians, each artist had their own sound to share, and held the audiences attention brilliantly.

So here are a few shots from the night. If any of the artists find their way to this page, first of all, thank you!! But please leave any website links, iTunes, bandcamp etc in the comments so people can check out your music. Good luck with your careers and please let me know of any future gigs!

Calmoso & The Black Fang @ Maig di Gras

Here are some more shots from this weekends festival, Maig di Gras . Another fantastic band (although I may be bias as I used to play with them) Calmoso & The Black Fang are a full on 9 piece hip hop band. They mix funk, jazz, latin styles into a great sound, with some cracking original tunes. Please take a look at their page and show support for original Spanish hip hop from La Plana!