No personal homepage. Some music related sites that describe music projects I am involved in can be found at:
(Stefan Dill 'Sama Trio', etc.)
(click on the link to 'BING')
(home of Mark Weaver's Plutonium Records site)
(Delightful & energetic loonies doing wonderful things in Santa Fe)
|Geographical location: |
Santa Fe, New Mexico, Estados Unidos
|Other contact information: |
Not too long ago
Styles and musical qualities: |
Beat, Canterbury, Difficult, Kosmiche or Kraut Rock, Improvisational, Jazz, Noise/Industrial/Urban, RIO, Musique Concrète, Traditional, Blues, Space, Psychedelic, Zeuhl
|Other styles/genres/qualities of music that I like not listed above: |
Funk (James Brown, Funkadelic, Meters, Sugarman Three, Weldon Irvine, War, etc. )
Afro-Rock (60s and 70s artists such as Fela Kuti, Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Osibisa, etc.)
Afro-Cuban / Latino sounds (pre-synthesizer stuff: Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie & Charlie Palmieri, Fania All-Stars, Ray Barretto, Irakere, Jerry Gonzalez, Milton Cardona, etc.)
Any sort of Eastern European folk music (Bulgarian Wedding Music, Gypsy Brass Band Music, etc.)
Mainstream Soul and R & B (mostly 60s and 70s stuff: Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Macy Gray, Al Green, Johnny Adams, etc.)
Some hip-hop, though I cannot name many artists in this genre
Off-center, goofy Spoken Word & Instructional recordings
Home-made, private issue recordings in most any genre
|Favorite or well-respected bands/artists|
I am primarily a jazz guy, though I got interested in music through listening to Progressive Rock.
Zappa, Braxton, Beefheart, Stravinsky, Miles, Coltrane, Duke, Ornette, Monk, Mingus, Sun Ra, Hermeto Pascoal, Bartok, Terje Rypdal, Henry Threadgill, Residents, Magma, Popol Vuh, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, James Brown, Larry Young, Fela Kuti, Sam Rivers, Soft Machine, Muhal Richard Abrams, Art Ensemble of Chicago, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Dimthings, and many, many others. But not too many others.
Styles and musical qualities: |
Folk, Keltia, Mainstream/Accessible/Pop, Symphonic, New Age, Theatrical
|Musical styles or qualities that I do not like: |
Sell-out music (pre-conceived to be on Top 40 radio / MTV)
Celtic music, especially of the 'Riverdance' persuasion.
Anything that whiffs of cabaret, opera, or musical theatre.
Whiny, exploitative 'folk' music
Mechanized, fascistic 'dance' music
Whitebread music in general
The trend towards historically accurate musical re-creation (...as opposed to making music that involves actual creativity and artistic integrity)
Music with lyrics that disrespect women
Inorganic analytical chemist (at a government laboratory), both applied & research.
|Other musical activities: |
Music never seemed like a spectator sport to me, so I took up the drums as a pre-teen - inspired by my older brother who had his own rock band that played original tunes and rehearsed in our Bucks County (PA) basement. I never really took it seriously or tried to be in a band myself until the mid-1980s. I have been going at it steadily since then. Apart from some lessons in high school, and during the mid-1990s, I am completely self-taught. Moving to New Mexico permitted me to tap into an incredible free-improv scene that consits mostly of people playing at each others' homes. At the heart of this activity are dedicated local artists such as Kurt Heyl, Dave Nielsen, Al Faaet, Paul Pulaski, and Gary Sherman. As a player, I enjoy free improv as much as I do composed / structured / notated music.
Bands I am currently affiliated with include the following:
Besides the wonderful musicians / mentors I mentioned above, I have had the incredible luck and good fortune to perform with some truly great musicians from outside New Mexico, mostly as a pleasant consequence of knowing Chris Jonas, Molly Sturges, and Mark Weaver. As of this writing (2003), I have performed with Anthony Braxton, Rob Brown, Ori Kaplan, Damon Smith, Alan Lechusza, Josh Smith, Jack Wright, and Michael Vlatkovitch.
I actually am on about a dozen CDs. Most are on the Albuquerque-based label, Zerx Records.
I have been a fan longer than I've been a musician, though, and I have written music reviews for the Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock, and wwww.jazzweekly.com.
|Hobbies / obsessions: |
1) Continually trying to be a proper Father and Husband to my wonderful daughter, Sophie, and my patient and beautiful wife Cindy.
2) I started practicing Aikido about 6 months ago and I think it's taken root.
3) Home improvements and repairs, though you would not know this if you actually saw our home.
4) Geology & Chemistry
5) Humorous stuff
7) Liberal / Progressive politics
|Other comments: |
I have told you far too much already.