Fern Tree comes from my new solo album Family Portraits. A collection of 11 solo piano pieces dedicated to my ancestors and loved ones. An aural family tree, created from a desire to preserve the little that is known for my future generations. The pieces capture the love, humour and sadness of a small and geographically disparate family.
Composed and performed by Andrea Keller on solo piano using the Boss RC50 loop station, Line 6 delay pedal and preparations. Family Portraits was created as part of Keller’s two-year Australia Council Fellowship program (2010-2012).
Four of the tracks were recorded live in concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre in the Salon on February 10, 2012. The remaining seven tracks were recorded at the same venue on June 18, 2012.
Recorded by Jim Atkins
Mixed by Jim Atkins & Joe Talia
Mastered by Philip Rex at Paper Mache Studio
Video by Leo Dale http://thirdeyevideos.com
“Her work is always lit brightly by the spark of originality.” Roger Mitchell, 2012.
“Pianist Andrea Keller is a major talent on the thriving Australian scene… Apart from being an outstanding piano player, Keller has the gift for writing totally distinctive and engaging compositions.” Bev Stapleton, AllAboutJazz.com, 2006.
Armando Ornano improvising on Raga Marwa, which is played in the twilight hours during sunset. The mood of this raga is melancholy, reflection and deep calm. Armando has been studying North Indian classical music since 1993 with the late Pandit Sreekant Misra from Benares on Pakawaji (drum) and with Harsh Wardhan from Delhi Bansuri (indian flute). Recorded by Leo Dale at Third Eye studios in September 2012.
Doug de Vries gives a lesson on how to doubble your chord output when playing jazz on the guitar. Using the standard “All the things you are” he quickly demonstrates how to add interest and contrast to your accompaniment using this simple technique.
In a world that goes from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds, Leo Dale joins forces with some of Australia’s finest musicians – Ray Pereira, Doug de Vries and Zvi Belling to sing about the pace of change. On a bed of Afro Brazilian rhythm.
Julia Messenger sings Telepathy in her studio in Melbourne accompanied on piano by Mark Fitzgibbon. This is an acoustic version of the song that appears on her album “Productions & Collaborations”. Downtempo and Jazzy. She connects telepathically with her lover to find out he’s with someone else – but she doesn’t care.
I was at NMIT today talking to the music students about how to make good videos to go with their music and someone asked me to post a list of all the equipment I use and recommend for shooting videos. For more info on making videos, be sure to check out the excellent site about low cost video gear dslrfilmnoob.com
Keep in mind if you don’t want to buy all your own equipment and learn how to make videos from scratch, here’s some info about my services thirdeyevideos.com
Canon 5D mkii and a 550D camera with Magic Lantern software installed
Canon 50m f1.4 lens and 16-35mm f2.8L lens (also consider the Canon 50mm f1.8 if you’re on a very tight budget)
Manfrotto tripod and video head
Haier 7 HLT71 external video monitor
Final Cut Pro X, good video editing with very good sound mixing tools built in
iMovie is great for basic editing if you are on a budget but its sound EQing, mixing and mastering facilities are poor
Logic studio for post sync sound videos
Dave Evans explains the uses of the accordion bellows shake. In this video, Dave describes the uses of the double and triple bellows shake in jazz, zydeco and cabaret music. He includes detailed instructions about how to perform the shake as well as techniques for adding accents to play with the rhythmic aspects of accordion.
Listen to Dave’s music here
Dave playing with the Band Who Knew Too Much on myspace