The Great Estate Festival was really lovely, especially the oasis called The Gin Garden. Most amazing of all was the soundman and Lee really reminded me of how special a good soundman is, made me feel I really can sing and play this piano thing and even made me contemplate touring again. This is a big thing. What it really brings into focus for me, is the amazing way a good sound person can make a difference in any performance because of their knowledge of how to make one sound amazing; should they wish to do this... (Thanks Lee!)
I love midwinter, those bleak couple of months after the sudden stop of holiday when the lights come down and suddenly it's all very pedestrian. Or not. It's time to record things and write cozy and warm.
so what do you write in a blog when you suddenly realise months have gone by since you last even visited the page. Hmmm. Halloween has to be bringing new ideas, new directions and new journeys. Yes!
First night opening after the winter break, it was a little brisk out and Falmouth seemed quite empty as we drove down the high street. Quiet tap tap down the metal staircase and totally amazing to walk into a space full of familiar faces who had come out to hear Gertie the piano with a little help from me. It was the most amazing night and I thank every single person who made it out last night as well as the incredible team who make La Cave such a special place.
Recorded at the end of last year and now available to listen to on the home page of michellesaacksmusic.com. XXX
Magical Tehidy on a cold, cold day with mystical arches tied into the trees perhaps left from winter performances.
In all honesty I'm not sure that's the word, but there's a new video recorded here in my lovely studio to signal the start of a creative couple of months recording until gigs start again. XXX Enjoy.
A very interesting concept, making music recorded on a computer sound really real. I have a new friend... Logic Pro and we meet everyday and work on exactly that. So how narcissistic is it creating music with oneself? Make your own conclusions on the Michelle Saacks Band of as many musicians as I have tracks available (while pursuing the less is more side of the street), I'm posting tracks to my soundcloud daily and some even to the home page of michellesaacksmusic.com. Some stay and some disappear quite quickly; there's something comfortingly astute about the objectivity of listening to a song on soundcloud that lifts it away from the subjectivity of it's original creation here in my very nurturing studio. Today's offering is a rather classical sounding ramble through Green Eyes ((https://soundcloud.com/michellesaacks/green-eyes-solo-piano-1) XXX
It's been a rough couple of weeks Chez Michelle, but I'm on the mend and gearing up for a wonderful evening at Hotel Tresanton with amazing Jamie Fyffe on Drums and Guitar (but not at the same time) and Nathan Fitzgerald on Trumpet and Fluegel Horn. Then back into rehearsal for James Blond at the end of January. Not going to add the obligatory Behind You! One brill part of living in England again, the local Off Off Broadway Penryn Community Theatre Panto, what a troupe and they asked me back for more and it's going to be just wonderful.
Most of all, thanks for all the support and have the most amazing and beautiful New Year full of all you wish for.
Oh What A Night! I can now say I have performed live with Buster Keaton and dived into Metropolis. When Richard Bower first approached me to ask if I was interested in a live performance featuring improvised piano to a silent film I was intrigued and excited all at the same time. Having Jamie Fyffe willing to come onboard with percussive sound effects to "One Week" and a full blown drum groove for Metropolis made it even more brilliant. I did a little research, but really just so I had some jotted down ideas in case I needed them on the night. The comedy was tough and a longer movie, but when I listened back to the recording the next day, it s0unded so cool. My only request was the chance to add an excerpt from the amazing film Metropolis. So brilliant. So now I need someone to ask me if we'd like to do the whole film, it was so phenomenal. Lang really uses rhythm so much during the movie, it's a joy to add music.
To make a perfect evening even perfecter, we also played two sets of Michelle Saacks Trio fun. Our next trio outing is at Hotel Tresanton for New Year's. What a thrill to play with such lovely musicians, I am truly blessed. Thank You Jamie Fyffe and Nathan Fitzgerald.
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