World Music Acoustic Improvisation Jam @ BALBOA PARK

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Casa del Prado Theatre

1600 Village Pl · San Diego, CA

How to find us

We play at the Courtyard at Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park.

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Details

OUR SONGS ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF6FtgD6uzgA4ViVGmK8oImnfiw9ZV2Dq

This is a music improvisation jam, meaning we don't use music tab sheets, tunebooks, or play other people's music. Our goal is to create something unique, combining our individual skills and contributions into a piece of music that is nothing short of magic! Have you ever played music with people and at some point, you seem to "sync" with each other and the results are amazing? That's what we try to do from scratch...every week! We often surprise ourselves with what we come up with.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?
Someone will usually start us off by "noodling" something; a riff, a beat, a chord progression. Others will start joining in, adding rhythm support, harmonic additions, etc. Eventually, lead melodies and solo lines emerge. The key is to listen to each other and add your piece. It's a group effort, so it's important to introduce just enough volume to add to a song and to not overpower everyone else. Please take a turn playing a solo if you feel the juice, but remember to give others the opportunity to do the same. Also, we don't usually play established songs; but we have, on rare occasion, borrowed recognizable riffs and song pieces to enhance our own music and style.

"WORLD MUSIC"? ISN'T THAT THE WEIRD HIPPY, FOREIGN STUFF?
Yes & no. Many of our songs can have a cultural edge to them. But the music we make is often a product of what instruments show up. People have brought everything from Greek baglamas, Irish bouzoukis, Turkish qanuns & kavals, sitar, etc. With all that, you can see why we could be associated with world music. On the other hand, we have guitars, saxes, flutes, harmonicas, and other western instruments that play regularly with us. American folk and contemporary music is still part of the "world", right? The music tends to write itself and we've played everything from spacey/meditative style to jazzy/bossa nova/blues to rock. Sometimes we get silly. We don't intentionally play any sort of style. Things just...happen. See the song links below for examples. (Don't judge us!)

WHAT INSTRUMENTS ARE ALLOWED?
This jam focuses on acoustic instruments (all string instruments, flutes, reed instruments, horns, accordions, hand drums, percussion, etc.) and allows players to experiment with unique instruments (handpans, digeridoos, etc.) & and other noisemakers (kid's classroom instruments). While we will often bring more than one instrument and share them with others, everyone is responsible to bring their own instruments and support equipment, like stands, picks, etc.

WHAT'S THIS I HEAR ABOUT HATS?
Hats are very important to us; they help us to recognize our members! We like to encourage everyone to wear some sort of headwear. We've had people wear top hats, gnome caps, straw hats, stuffed animal hats, and even plain ol' baseball caps. Just have fun with it!

EXAMPLES OF WHAT WE DO (all songs made up as we play):
[For best sound, listen via headphones or good stereo system]

"Overwhelming in E (+ Pre-song)": https://youtu.be/dKfJPAGIMiA
"The Travels Through Life": https://youtu.be/QzeAUBD4Mag
"Luna": https://youtu.be/bR7P9F7r6kQ
"Earth & Sea": https://youtu.be/VcV12gRlFnM
"Classic Riff": https://youtu.be/RXwAYIhkzVo
"Hornsong": https://youtu.be/mcp4lHj1eGE
"But You Can't Sell a Rainbow": https://youtu.be/PiMk4RZ2Xb4