Blue Whale/Los Angeles Residency Featuring Steve Coleman & Five Elements December 14, 2016

During our second residency since our first appearance in Downtown Los Angeles at the club Blue Whale in 2014, our band conducted daily three hour workshops followed by two sets of nightly performances.
15391294_10154929316364284_6313977484603794744_oThe workshops allowed musicians as well as anyone merely interested to get an insider’s look into how Coleman’s approach to composition works. Coleman led lengthy explanations that were more like briefings on a specific subject that usually tied into another such as harmony and leading tones. Or another example is rhythm concentrating on triple (ternary) feel versus duple feel. Workshops were as spontaneous as performing onstage because the main goal was to cover as much material as possible on any and all subjects involving music composition. So, in a sense, workshops never really end.
The performances were a way to express and demonstrate the material covered in workshops.

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  1. It’s amazing to hear how you guys open up on these tunes/chants. Especially the chants Steve, Sean , and Tidd have been working with/developing for 10+ years. KEEP GOING! YES!! All the love in the world back at you cats. Sean thanks for the awesome site!!

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