Ward McBurney, the poet from video #2, dancing:
Day 18: no one came. Perfect.
My friend Ali Jafri came with his friend David Coskun, who is a Whirling Dervish.
David whirled to that track with all the udus, sho and the players from Drumhand. The first pass was twice through the tune (it was on repeat) with five, count ’em FIVE cameras running. A ceiling mounted HD camera (thx Larry Graves!), a handheld HD cam, 2 SD cams on tripods and a handheld SD pro camera (run by Ali). We did I think 4 more passes at the tune, so there is a LOT of footage. The ceiling mounted Larry-cam has a really beautiful slow-motion function, so we captured some astoundingly cool slo-mo whirling footage on one pass. Photos by Ali Jafri.
Tabla workings video:
Alfred Ayache filmed part of an impromptu ‘what is tabla’ session on March 16:
I’m having a bit of trouble keeping up with everything that’s going on (I’m also doing a residency at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts with Suba from Autorickshaw during the days this week, so it’s fairly chaotic)
Justin Gray is coming on Saturday with his Bass-Veena, Jim Taylor is coming back Sunday to finish the painting to more live music
April 6th is confirmed for an in-progress showing of the film, live music and birthday frivolity. March 27 is not only Suba Sankaran’s birthday, but it’s also MY birthday (freakyweird coincidence???? yes.), so we’ll watch some film, play some music and then splash it up at my place.