Friday, August 20, 2010
Last night we got hammered, tonight we get dizzy
Hi! If you're wondering why I haven't been posting this week, it's because of this. Our first tour in nearly a year.
It was also ten summers ago, in this very city (LA), that I started the IJG. Wow: a lot has happened in that period.
We've gone from quintet, to septet, to nonet, to tentet, to crazy-tet. We've traveled to the east coast (three times), played two shows in the Netherlands, gotten some nice grants, enjoyed some really nice critical accolades, provoked a handful of critical complaints, been invited to perform in Italy (we'll be there next March!), made some funny videos, released five official albums (and one fan club album), pulled in a few special guests (hello Wolter Wierbos! hello Bruce Fowler!), made a lot of friends, made a lot of people dance (to jazz! in odd time!), made a few people walk away, worn a lot of strange clothes, laughed at ourselves, and, most importantly, played a lot of music, ranging from the mundane to the sublime (sometimes in the same song).
And now we enter a new phase. You can't have music without movement, can you?
I'll have more to say about this when I get back next week. But in the meantime, if you're in San Diego tonight, come check out the 2010 edition of the band.