Tuesday, September 30, 2008
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
As it pertains to STREET LEVEL PRODUCTIONS, we realize that the word "production" carries with it connotations that can be misconstrued as having to do with business. SLP was formed by Alfie Alvarado and I to promote a cable access TV show for Manhattan Neighborhood Network. The show was called CLAVE CITY and ran for several years. Alfie and I spent hour after hour in both pre and post production as well as attending every musical event we possibly could to build up an archive of material to present on our show. There was absolutely NO monetary compensation for any of this. We were solely motivated by our passion for the music.
The history of SLP is an interesting one. Both Alfie and I found ourselves attending a class entitled "The History Of Latin Music" at CCNY. The professor was none other then the truly GREAT woodwind player Ray Santos. Ray is one of a few lucky musicians that can say he played with the Big Three, Machito and both Titos, Rodriguez and Puente! Needless to say I was in 7th heaven. Several of us in the class became buddies. Alfie, Mike Mena and I began to hang after class at places like Gonzalez and Gonzalez. One day Alfie approached me about taking a video production class and it sounded great. However when I read the syllabus, students were required to attend Saturday morning class down on Hudson and Franklyn streets. Not only did I live in the Bronx, I was working full time, carrying several other classes, had family obligations and time was extremely precious. I balked at the prospect. Then Alfie said the magic words...the class was worth 8 credits. We signed up immediately. As a musician I can't tell you how many times I was playing and had several camcoders pointed at me and I would always ask the people filming to please sell me a copy. I can count on three fingers the number of times I got a positive response to my request. Here was an opportunity to not only document some of my own performances but to do it right. I was able to provide other musicians with copies of their performances as well. Alfie has gone on to become a professional and has had some of her work shown on both HBO and The History Channel. The footage depicts the events at the WTC. She was an eyewitness to the horror. Willie "el Ruso" Everich
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Willie had the great idea of putting out this video showing Miguel Zenon with the Roberto Quintero quintet, in honor of Miguel winning the prestigious "MacArthur Genius Grant". Winning is no small feat and the grant itself is certainly very sizable, in the amount of $500,000.00 over the next five years. Hopefully this will further enable Miguel to create and develop his sound and music for our listening pleasure.
Here is the blurb:
Miguel Zenon, 31, saxophonist, New York, N.Y. Zenon creates new sounds using his native music of Puerto Rico and a variety of jazz forms as inspiration.
Check out Miguel Zenon's pic for more info about the man himself.
(Miguel on sax, Photo Credit: http://www.miguelzenon.com/)
This is part one @ Arka Lounge. Roberto is on congas and bata, brother Luisito is on traps and traditional Venezuelan tambores (culo e' puya), Luis Perdomo is on keys, and Ruben Rodriguez is on bass. Film courtesy of Willie Everich.
Part 2 coming soon...