Working the New Band Up to Speed

It has been about six weeks since we started this band. I knew all of the guys except the drummer from other places. I was in a band with the bass player when I was only 15, although that did not really go very far. We had a lot of fun, but we were not very disciplined and the band would not practice enough in a hundred years. All of these guys are dedicated and good craftsmen. We had no difficulty getting a show together, we have done a couple of clubs. I am going to buy Soundcloud plays after we get the band’s social media profile up. Right now no one knows who we are really, although we go up on stage and people recognize all of us from other bands we played in. Continue reading


Playing Music from My Favorite Composer

Artem KapustinI was very surprised by how much I liked Kapustin music. When I was only thirteen years old my mother decided that she wanted me to learn an instrument. I really had no idea what I wanted to learn, so I decided that I would learn how to play the violin. I played the violin for four years and I did not really like it that much. I had a great music teacher and she could tell that I did not like my instrument. She told me that I should think about changing my instrument. She told me that since I had long fingers that I should try to play the piano.

I decided that I would take her suggestion, and from the first time that I put my fingers on a piano, I knew that it was the instrument that I should have always played. I loved playing the piano on my spare time, it was something that gave me peace and calm. I would listen to music on the radio, and I would then copy it with my piano. Continue reading


A Brief Introduction to Kapustin Music

One of the more exciting aspects of modern times is the scope of life. Not long ago our ability to sample art and culture was limited by geographic boundaries. However, these days one has a rare opportunity to learn about all types of new and innovative art forms. Indeed, this is even more so for the fact that the Internet gives one a chance to learn why any particular artform is so distinct. Take Kapustin music for example.

At face value, one might be forgiven for not seeing the distinction from normal jazz. However, like many great works of art this is simply an illusion over a far more complex reality. One needs to learn a bit more about Kapustin himself before really understanding the distinction. Kapustin was born in Russia, and much of his musical appreciation was born from that environment as well. Continue reading