Rebetika and Catharsis

I just stumbled across this article on rembetika/rebetika in a therapeutic context, haven’t had an opportunity to read it myself yet but it relates to the current financial and social crisis in Greece. Should make for interesting reading. The article is written by researcher Yona Stamatis, PhD, who is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Art, Music and Theater at the University of Illinois, Springfield. It appears in Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy Vol 15, no 3 (2015).

Rebetika and Catharsis: Cultural Practice as Crisis Management

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The Drunken Boat “Birdless Tongues”

The Drunken Boat have just released their third CD-R album Birdless Tongues! Three long-form tracks of drone and soundscape, put to SD card in 2012 during the same intensive period of recording that produced Purple Perfumes… but quite different to that album. I play Indian harmonium throughout this one, Dale is on electronics and bulbul tarang (Indian banjo). Available from our Bandcamp site and at gigs, will be puting some in A. G. Picks shortly too for those in Melbourne.

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Light Through Amber

I’ve just put out my second solo release via Bandcamp. Light Through Amber was partly recorded on my solid-body electric bouzouki and to my ear it’s quite a bit darker than the first album. Seven tracks recorded in 2012 and 2013. You can listen/order it here:

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I’m on Bandcamp / My first solo release

So I made a Bandcamp site for my solo music. My first release Long-Necked & Blue is available to purchase from said Bandcamp right now, either as a very limited CD-R or download. It’s a full-length album of solo acoustic bouzouki recordings in a free folk / improv / primitive guitar vein (only it’s bouzouki not guitar) with rebetika as the starting point but definitely not the end point. There’s probably a lot of other influences going on in there too but I try not to think about it a real lot.

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New Drunken Boat release “Purple Perfumes of a Polar Sun”

The Drunken Boat released their second CD-R album in late July, continuing the Rimbaud references with the album and track titles.  Sonically it’s more of a drone outing this time around, bookended by a couple of shorter noisier numbers. Recorded in 2012 before Dale went overseas for a year.

Solo set at Avantwhatever Monthly, August 2015

I made a rare solo appearance a little while ago and decided to break out the acoustic bouzouki for the occassion, contact mic attached. The always wildly entertaining improv legend Garry Butler was also on the bill. Thanks to Ben Byrne for the invitation to play.

Cross Brothers @ The Tote

Pat and Dan asked Jesse and I to join them for a Cross Brothers set at The Tote recently, an all ex-pat Hobart affair. Here’s a portion of the result.