House Party/Recital warm up

This past saturday, Chris and I hosted a house party  so we could rehearse for my recital. It worked great- a lot of people came out and smooshed into our basement to hear us jam out on some new music.  This is a tune of mine called The Root. I started composing it while I was in New Orleans for the first time a month ago.  

Now I just need to figure out how to convince people to pay us for playing this music (still a mystery). It’s funny to me that people will come up to me and say “man that sounded great, you guys are awesome” and yet when we ask for people to give us a little for 2-3 hours of entertainment, no one contributes. I think it is a matter of donation versus door charge. When people are told to pay or leave; they cough it up. But when you offer the option; people don’t feel the responsibility to pay.  People should want to pay for entertainment that they enjoy, I’m just sayin’…

I tried out a new sevice called UStream this past weekend at the house party.  It is a live audio and video streaming sight where users can chat.  I will be using this site for my recital, so if you are not in columbus this weekend, then you can watch and listen to the recital from your computer or phone.  I will start broadcasting at 3:45 on saturday here.  Also on thursday 2/10/11 we’ll be broadcasting the dress rehearsal (10pm).

Recent recordings: Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings-Count Basie, Off The Wall- Michael Jackson, Spirit Moves-Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy

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About danwhitemusic

Dan White is and artist whose music has two distinct, yet interwoven concepts: This logic is clearly displayed in Between The Lines (March 2011). White has a deep respect for acoustic Jazz, but he is also is driven to explore uncharted territory: Playing music that cannot be defined or pigeonholed. Both sides of his music create a synergy effect: the tradition of America's classical music helps build the foundation from which he explores and experiments, while the experimentation gives way to more individuality. Music has played a large part in Dan's life since he was young. The saxophonist comes from a musical family: his grandfather a jazz bassist and music teacher, his uncle a music teacher, and four of his cousins are currently studying music. He grew up just north of Buffalo, New York, where he started playing piano at age eight, and saxophone at age nine. A few years later he got his first real taste of improvisation and composition. After hearing Joshua Redman in concert with his father, White was instantly hooked on the link between composition and improvisation. White states, "My music is an extension of my personality. I am influenced by many, and my goal is to merge these influences into refreshing and creative music that acknowledges the tradition that came before and progresses the art form."
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