Those of you who followed the trip might remember a blog post from the Netherlands in which I spoke about a project called ‘In De Kringloop’. The name of this project translates as ‘In The Secondhand Shop’ and is the recording/filming of musicians in an open secondhand shop. I liked the idea so much that upon my return I proposed to Patrik Kuiper, the man behind the project, if he would like me to run a British version of it. He did.
It took me a while to get started and have now ran three ‘In The Secondhand Shop’ session in Oxford: www.youtube.com/InTheSecondhandShop. The first was held at the wonderful ‘Albion Beatnik Bookshop’ and the other two at the Helen and Douglas House in Headington (East of Oxford). The project has been an interesting learning experience both in video and, in recording in busy and noisy environments. The next session will be on the 23rd March at the Helen and Douglas House.
One of my frustrations in life is the difficulty in sharing the wonderful listening experience of sound recording. With this in mind I’ve decided to run a series of concerts in conjunction with the ‘In the Secondhand Shop’ sessions called Acoustic Lunatics! The first concert featured the wonderful Sophie Ter Schure and was absolutely lovely!
So at 8.00pm on the 23rd March at the East Oxford Community Center will be Acoustic Lunatics Mark.II and will feature:
The Melodic ( https://www.facebook.com/themelodic ).
Stunning band who harness a syncretic sound decorated with charango and kora that makes you think of what would have happened if Paul Simon was raised an Englishman in Brixton.
Bird Radio ( http://birdradio.co.uk/ )
“Bird Radio is a flute-toting, bass drum-beating sensation…
A must-see live act.” Rick Pearson, Evening Standard.
Matt Chanarin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7GTzdgtcfQ )
A milestone of the Oxford folk music scene with some of the best songs I’ve ever seen performed!
Bambino Dell’Oro ( http://soundcloud.com/bambino-delloro/sets/live-at-los-belvos )
Zany avant-garde modern jazz/groove duo on Piano and Drums with a unique focus on a intricate and intriguing live show which incorporates silly shenanigans alongside their multi-instrumental experiments.
Voilà. Hope to see some of you there! It promises to be a very pleasant evening!