Friday, July 15, 2016


JANICE:  Kirk tell me about your new trio and your first release:  KADISH, GAGAN, BARTLIT - 'STILL HERE'.

KIRK:  I have to credit Jon Gagan with getting the ball rolling. He suggested we combine our writing forces and then even offered up the use of his studio to get the work done. A tough offer to refuse! Jon and I have been friends and collaborators since 1980 and have rekindled our relationship since I returned to Santa Fe a few years ago. John Bartlit is a legend in these parts and for very good reason. He's a brilliant musician and artist as well as a joyful and often hilarious human being. We have a delightful chemistry!

JANICE:  Are you writing together or are they your comps only?

KIRK:  Both Jon and I contributed original compositions to the project. We didn't write anything together this time, but there is a great affinity in our writing styles, and our choices of material makes for what I think is a very unified concept and style.

JANICE:  Tell us about your new album?

KIRK: it's a "classic" jazz piano trio album in format: acoustic piano, acoustic bass, and drums. I'm the pianist, Jon is the bassist, and the brilliant John Bartlit is the drummer. No electronics, no overdubs. As I mentioned, we rehearsed and recorded at Jon's studio here in Santa Fe. I have to take a moment to praise Jon's artistry here. He not only wrote half of the material and played bass on the recording, but he also engineered the project, to include the editing and mixing. That's quite a remarkable feat! All three of us are fans of Manfred Eicher and his ECM record label, and we strive to bring that same level of skill, the same attention to detail, and a similar emotional strength and maturity to everything we do.

JANICE:  Interesting that you cited that each of you found Eicher and ecm as your guiding light for this album. Like you, I listened to many of his artists in the mid '70's and was particularly hypnotized by their subtle beauty & artistry, not to mention album covers and quality of his productions!   I had the opportunity to study with Norma Winstone in a series of workshops in 1980 at Wavendon Allmusic Plan in the UK. She was so generous in sharing her artistry. I also briefly met Ralph Towner along the way; both artists displayed such joy, good humour and camaraderie and furthered my inspiration and love of music which was exploratory in the jazz idiom.

KIRK: Yes, Eicher's seminal work in the '70s really inspired us young musicians! Keith Jarrett, Gary Burton, Pat Metheny and many more were our heroes. Jon Gagan has been deeply influenced by fellow bassist/ composer, Dave Holland. And then, in the '80s, he helped introduce us to the contemporary classical scene, including Steve Reich, John Adams, and Arvo Pärt. And, yes, the quality of the artwork and production were as compelling as the music. And he's still doing it today. His roster of artists is as strong now as ever. Manfred's vision is unflagging!

Links: Kirk Kadish

Links: Norma Winstone

Links: Ralph Towner 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

An Interview with UK singer/songwriter VOCALATTI!

Janice:    Vocalatti, I've just listened to your first CD. What struck me first of all are your glorious, sultry vocals, some of which are reminiscent, in the Jazz context of Julie London & June Christie; two of my favourite Jazz singers from the '50's. Who are your major influences? Not necessarily in music; perhaps art etc? You're a good songwriter; not to mention wonderful vocalist with a unique sound!‬

Vocalatti:  As a child I was really influenced by the beautiful voices of Ella  Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan  and  the wonderful music of Burt Bacharach,  Jobim and the Count Basie Orchestra.

‪Regarding my debut album.  I have not really put the final one together.  The response has been slow, as you know it's getting your self known out there.. And there is SO much music! Certainly not for lack of trying!‬

‪Janice: Where did you record your album? ‬

‪Vocalatti: My music is very much a "cottage Industry" so my album was recorded in my home studio and mixed and mastered by myself.‬

Janice, I noticed too you are an artist too!!!  I love painting portraits too!! I studied at art college. And spent most of my life as a graphic designer in various advertising agencies! I love Pre- Raphaelite art especially "Ophelia" by John Everett Millais. And the paintings by Atkinson Grimshaw.

Janice:  How did the you develop the name Vocalatti?

Vocalatti:-   That is a very good question!! I thought of many names, I was trying to think of something that was different! and original , and  there was nothing that showed up in Google search under  the name "Vocalatti" so I thought that must be pretty original!!!

Janice: What equipment do you use and are you a self taught musician etc?

Vocalatti:- I use a Korg Triton Le keyboard, which I also use for many of my drum beats and strings also. I record , mix and master all of my songs in my Zoom MRS 1608 multi track recorder , and I use a Red 5 Audio mic.

 Janice:  You've kindly given me your time and energy on some vocals of my songs and I want to thank you for your generosity.

Vocalatti:- Thank you Janice, it has been such a thrill to be asked to add my vocals to your beautiful songs! And I would like to say thank you for all of your kind advice  and encouragement.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

NEW CD RELEASE! An Interview with Australian Jazz Diva, Maggie Britton

L to R Wil Sargisson piano, Willy Qua Drums Sax Flute, Maggie, Col Atkinson Bass and Arranger, Al Cesario Drums. 

Janice:  Maggie, you're new band is sounding hot, not to mention looking very cool. How did this lineup come about Maggie?

Maggie:  About 3 years ago I heard Wil Sargisson and Willy Qua playing with Galapagus Duck and met them after the performance. Col Atkinson I got to know when he was playing at our local jazz club so next time I was offered a gig I contacted them and we have been working together and having a great time ever since.
Janice: You have a new album coming out. Where did you record your new CD?
Maggie: Lovestreet Studios on the Gold Coast, great studio and an exceptional engineer Scott French.
Janice: Hey Maggie, that's great. What's next on the agenda for you and the band?
Maggie: Making a video clip for the first single Indigo Eyes, promoting the album ‘Live at Lovestreet’ because we made it to share and we will be doing the same with some nice live gigs.

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