From the Blog
February 25, 2014
After an incredible run of Japanese debut performances in beautiful Nagoya, we jumped on the train for our next destination- the beautiful rural village of Soma City! Once there, the band joined forces with Friends of El Sistema Japan for a workshop alongside some of the most inspiring young musicians we've been privileged to encounter. An offshoot organization of the same El Sistema that has changed the educational and cultural landscape of Venezuela (and in turn, the world,) the Japanese program targets talented young musicians facing serious adversity through artistic engagement.
February 20, 2014
What an incredible few days we've had at the outset of our very first Japanese tour. In the last few days, we've braved a 15 hour flight (the landing of which was replete with cacophonous barf sounds, awesome,) checked out Nagoya, perhaps the cleanest city we've ever seen, and had a fantastic few days of rehearsals with the musicians of the Nagoya Philharmonic, conductor Martyn Brabbins, and longtime ICE collaborator Dai Fujikura.
February 11, 2014
Our first album was made exclusively using 1960s and 1970s analog synthesizers - the Buchla 100/200 and the Serge Modular. Our time working with these beautiful machines had a profound influence on our future work. Jeff has been creating hardware instruments, one of which is a modular synthesizer in the tradition of Don Buchla and Serge Tcherepnin. Sam has been creating a modular software interface for live manipulation of instruments.