Archive for April, 2011

The Chinatown Sessions

Monday, April 18th, 2011


As part of Jason Losh’s “Chinese Take Out” I was fortunate to sit in with some of Chinatown’s most gracious musicians in a community center on Mott St. I became instantly attracted to the guqin, which has an open tuning in a pentatonic scale. While I floundered with the song, I had luckily re-tuned my guitar the day before, and was only off a half step. It was tricky playing with the guqin and ehru, but I think I held tough under the formal and quick circumstances.

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For Jason’s project, I wanted to re-interpret this session through my ears. I’ve been obsessed with The Clash’s Sandinista of late and I have been wanting to pay homage to the Walt Whitman of punk, Joe Strummer. Here is the result.

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The music will be played from inside a 1917 Victrola that Jason and I purchased in a mega dim sum restaurant in Chinatown this Spring/Summer.