Art Decade is releasing their sophomore album this year one single at a time in music video format. The first video, No One’s Waiting was released this Summer and features music and art interwoven into a dreamlike experience ….
Art Decade was formed in 2008. Original members Ben Talmi on Vocals and Guitar, and Binod Singh, Bass are augmented by relatively new members Jamie Walters on Drums, and Joe Harrison on Guitar for both live performances and as a vital part of the creative process in making the music.
I caught up with Ben Talmi a couple of weeks ago and asked him about this album and how it is different than Western Sunrise, released in 2012. After producing the first record with a record company, Art Decade is making this one on their own, without a record company, and it is appropriately titled ‘Art Decade’.
Per Ben, Art Decade is “the most real representation of the music. We had no outside producer, it was all the band. So the music was not tampered with…not rushed” by deadlines. Throughout the process Facebook is a journal of the work in progress with images, impressions and video, great behind the scenes peeks. Check out what the band is working on now on their Facebook timeline.
Still compared to some works, they moved right along in the creation of Art Decade. “It took 6 months off and on. We were in school. Then we actually took time off from school, to go on tour.” Of course school is very much related to the music. Ben studied Contemporary Writing and Orchestration at Berklee College of Music in Boston. “actually being here (at school) allowed me to work with a 15 piece orchestra of students and friends. It was a great opportunity we couldn’t have afforded otherwise” says Talmi.
Who is the main writer? “everyone contributes to the final product, I add orchestration and texture,” said Talmi.
What is the link between the art and video and the music? Do you work along side the video artist? “We don’t work together but ideas for the video are there in my head when I am working on the songs. I bring him the concept and the imagery. All the bands I looked up to had a cohesive presentation that represented who they were. That’s what we are trying to do.”
It’s working. Art Decade is being noticed. On Oct. 26, Baeblemusic featured their new song Harbor Light and heartily recommend stalking the band (in a good way) for their “lush orchestration and impeccable harmonization” and 90′s geek rock style. New York got their chance on Nov. 3rd when Art Decade Rocked Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery with the Jag and Kim Logan.
In a recent interview with Paul McCartney he spoke about songs he has started performing that The Beatles never did live, and that it was challenging. (now Paul knows how we cover musicians feel) I asked Ben how Art Decade’s Music and orchestration translates into live performances: ”The songs, like The Beatles “Something” for example, are strong musically in the simplest form, the chords, the melody and the core of the song are still there, even if performed in the smallest form with the traditional rock bass, guitar drums, and then the orchestration just adds to it. It’s always great to have a live string section.” At a recent show in NYC at Bowery Electric, Art Decade was joined by a string quartet section featuring Sarah Hubbard, the recipient of the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Award. I asked if using the keyboard as a means of reproducing the orchestration was ever an option. Ben said he would rather avoid the synthetic strings and do the song without the embellishment because the sounds are not authentic, just not the same.
What is your favorite song on this record? “Need You Yesterday and also Walking Together because it is the most mature and for its restraint”…filming is in the works for the Walking Together video. If you look closely at the image on the left you can see Talmi at the edge of the woods. (and a cool little bird watching the videographer).
What are you working on now? “We are working to finish producing more songs for the album. We have have a bunch of shows coming up.” The tour will be college based and revisit some of the same cities as last year. “Chicago was great so that will definitely be included”.
Follow Art Decade on Facebook for more music and show date announcements.
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Catch Robin at these other upcoming events:
|West Stockbridge Farmer’s Market||West Stockbridge, MA||Thu Sep 12||03:00 PM|
|The Thirsty Mind||South Hadley, MA||Fri Sep 13||07:00 PM|
|Green House Concert||Tyringham, MA||Sun Sep 15||03:00 PM|
|RockOn Stage @ Spice||Pittsfield, MA||Thu Sep 19||05:30 PM|
|Rumpy’s Tavern||Lenox, MA||Fri Sep 20||08:00 PM|
|Spectrum Playhouse||Lee, MA||Sun Sep 22||06:30 PM|
Sunday, August 24 8:30pm
Heather Maloney, a great performer, friend, and mentor from Rock On 2013 !
The Dreamaway Lodge
1342 County Rd Becket, MA 01223
* If coming for dinner, call ahead for reservations: 413-623-8725
Check out the great article they did on the upcoming show in White Junction River VT, which Tony will be a part of, they also have a great interview with Tony himself..you can check it out here.. http://cidermag.com/magazine.html
Bernice Lewis has kickstarted the careers of many young songwriters along the way. This year, she has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming CD. Show your support and win some cool personalized gifts!
“A Big Thanks in advance for your support!” - Bernice
Weird Science? Well that doesn’t explain why the Summer is flying by, but it is the theme of this month’s 3rd Thursday in downtown Pittsfield.
Walter Burmer and Christine Bile will hit the stage with some awesome musicians in their bands…
Skip dinner and get there early! There is plenty of food on hand at this party.
Of course, we at Rock On know exactly why July went by so fast.
Lots of really great original music by the students, plus a Jug Band, an all girl Ukulele orchestra, rock, pop, jazz, funk, percussion and drums and a bit of metal.
Guest artists Seth Glier, Eddie Ade Knowles, Heather Maloney, Blues guitarist Andrew Cohen, The Brooklyn Gypsies, and more great local mentors really inspired this group of talented students.
We are already looking forward to next year…
Visit out YouTube Channel and check out some of the action.
CBrooklyn Gypsies is a new collaborative project of Troy “Mobius” Simms, TinaKristina (The Amp, Wax Poetic), Takuya Nakamura (Nerve, Cosmic BB’s), Carmen Estevez (Caneli Beat) & Brandon Lewis aka B RiddimZ, Rock On alumni. With roots and backgrounds ranging from Spain, Japan, Russia & US (the Berkshires) they find a common thread within the music born & bred in Brooklyn. http://www.facebook.com/BKGypsies
Rock On 3rd Thursday July 18, 2013 at Spice Dragon
297 North Street Pittsfield, MA
Come join us in front of Spice Dragon on North Street and hear the Gypsies unique blend of Gypsy, Afro-Latin, Electro, DUB & Blues. The Brooklyn Gypsies and Brandon Lewis will mentor students at Rock On Workshop this July.
Distant Shock, also born out of Rock On Workshop, have been together for 2 years. Their sound, focused on metal and hard rock, continues to mature as they write and perform their own original music. Distant Shock is Kyle Miller – Lead Vocals/Saxophone
Nate Sears – Bass, Curran Doyle – Drums, Dom Carnevale – Lead Guitar, Christian Pickwell – Guitar/Keyboards/Trumpet/Vocals.
Christine Bile is a young lady with a very mature vocal style and stage presence. A core member of ROO, (Rock On Orchestra) Christine is both a student at Rock On and a mentor and great example for younger students. Awarded the first Rock On “Sweetwater” scholarship, Christine’s love for her art is apparent. She has mastered many musical styles and went on to win Berkshire Idol in 2012 performing Beyonce’s ‘Listen’.
Check out Rock On’s Calendar of Events on Google and visit Rockonworkshop.org for more info.
RockOn Workshop July 15-26 at Berkshire Community College
Rock On students bring a wealth of youthful energy as drummers and percussionists in the student bands. We are pleased to welcome mentor Dr. Eddie Ade Knowles of RPI who will collaborate with drum faculty Chris Mattoon and Jerry Giguere to explore world rhythms with Rock On students this year.
Dr. Knowles has literally travelled the world absorbing cultures and rhythms over the last 40+ years. He has been a professor and an administrator but always found time to continue his music. Early on, at the age of 27, Knowles was appointed director of a college discovery program, which at the time was the largest program of it’s kind in New York City. Though he was also a teacher at the time, he was able to maintain his music career, tour with Earth, Wind, and Fire, and make an appearance on “The Midnight Special” on national television. Still, one of his great loves is being and educator and interacting with the students.
Today, in addition to many other endeavors, Eddie Ade Knowles serves as Artistic Director of Ensemble Congeros, which he founded in 2004. The Ensemble is a group of Rensselaer alums and current students dedicated to the study and performance of Afro-Cuban, African, and New World percussion. Ensemble Congeros was founded as an outgrowth of the interest and passion of Rensselaer students who successfully completed Dr. Knowles’ course.
In an article in the Times Union, Knowles was quoted as saying, “The first instrument human beings played was a drum, drumming is a language.” He feels the connection between rhythm and every day life.
“For over 45 years I have been a student of African, Afro-Cuban, and New World percussion,” Knowles said. “This academic and artistic journey has infused my inner being with a sense of the importance of connecting with the rhythms of my mind, the rhythms of my body, and the rhythms of my work with students as an Artist Educator. I have come to realize that helping my students get in touch with the rhythms of their lives is an important window into understanding how they approach their being as individuals and members of a community. So, the focus of my work is on helping students learn to appreciate the significance of rhythm in their daily lives and to embrace the important synergy that exists between the drum, science, technology, and the arts. The drum is the nexus: the medium for communication, healing, and celebrating life.”
Rock On is honored to present workshops with Dr. Knowles during it’s 2 week program which starts next week, July 15. Eddie Ade Knowles’ artistic focus is on African and Afro-Cuban music and dance. He has performed and/or recorded with the Dinizulu Dancers, Drummers and Singers; Amagagu ka Shaka South African Dance and Music Company; The Simba Dancers and Drummers; Kim & Reggie Harris; Caribe Mambo; Gil-Scott Heron and the Midnight Band; and The Original Last Poets. Knowles was also the co-founder and artistic managing director of the Griot Dance Company and The New African Music Collective. Recently his conga tracks were sampled on a Grammy nominated Kanye West album.
To find out more, listen to Dr. Knowles interview with Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue on WAMC Radio .
Rock On Young Musician’s Workshop – July 15-19 and July 22-26, 2013.
Featuring live student and faculty performances open to the public including Rock On “Unplugged” at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee featuring Robin O’Herin and more on Fri, July 26, 7:30pm – 10:00pm.