Song of the Day: Nine Lives - May 2008 (11.6M mp3) by “WHAT Is The Name Of This Band” featuring David LaVallee, Ivan Lee, Joel Palmer, Paul O’Rear, and SB.
Nine Lives is a specific nine-part container for improvised music that has been in use since ~2003 where it began life within the (2003-2004) Seattle Guitar Circle. In it’s pure form, this improvised piece consists of nine sections, each with its own specific instruction, character, texture, and (if the group has sufficient ‘group-ness’) life.
Being improvised within each section, no two performances of Nine Lives is ever quite the same, although the form and format remain generally consistent (and recognizable, if played with clarity and conviction) from version to version.
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From WHERE comes WHAT? I’ve been spending 2008 and 2009 Saturday mornings engaged in guitar calisthenics, sitting, and improvisation work with a new configuration.
A few weeks ago, WHAT IT NOT B performed background music for an adventurous yoga class a few blocks from the Opal Creative Space. As you can see from the colorful iPhone photo, we shared the stage, like many new and aspiring bands, with an interested on-looking victim of semi-creative taxidermy.
You will likely see and hear more about this active project over the next cycle.
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