Celebrate Good Times, Come On…

•January 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I’ve come to a Sudden and Startling Revelation, which is not so much a New Year’s resolution as it is a general life-idea (see earlier post about combating the winter blues)… Revelation as follows: holidays are awesome. We should be celebrating the *hell* out of them; with family, friends, food, and music; all the time—as a bold tactical decision to lead better, happier lives.

I’ve traditionally been kind of a grouch and/or lazy and unmotivated to “do” some holidays (I typically “forget” to plan a Halloween costume in advance, ensuring that I will either not dress up, or throw on a mask at the last-minute), but here’s the thing—and lets be real for a minute—everyday-life can be hard, depressing, and lonely. So my goal henceforth is to make a simple celebration out of whatever, however, whenever possible. It doesn’t have to be elaborate and the goal here is not to stress yourself out with more obligations, the point is to celebrate as often as possible, in a way that makes you feel good, with as many or as few people as you like, just to carve up the grind a bit and make things a little happier.

If it’s a problematic holiday like Thanksgiving, well… rewrite the script. Make it better. Have Indigenous People’s Day, or take your family to volunteer at a soup kitchen, or I don’t know, whatever. Make SOMETHING out of it. Maybe something new with a dash of something old thrown in for fun.

I am jumping on this idea immediately and planning a supper for twelfth night. My dad and stepmom are coming to visit and I’m going to cook something special. Feast of the Epiphany much? Yes, please.

Also, I’m going to keep listening to my Christmas music mix for at *least* a few more days.

Celabratory Glass of Bubbly

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Flute-to-Text Poetry

•December 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Who knew that making poetry out of flute tunes was so much fun? (Note, this also works with lilting. More on that later…)

Research Blog: Carolan

•March 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Carolan

 

This semester, I am completing my undergraduate degree in multimedia performance studies at Davis & Elkins College. As part of my thesis project, I have created a research blog in support of the performance portion of my studies. The latest post (an introduction to Turlough O’Carolan) is up now. You can read it here.

The Tantrum

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

CyberTrad (Live!)

•November 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Like so many others, I have been having a hard think about what happens now. Still seeking answers that may never come, but I am renewing my commitment to make art that is part of the solution, not the problem. I’m not wholly sure what directions this will take me in, I only know that complacency is the enemy.

Fortuitous perhaps, that I have something I care about so deeply to throw myself into right now. We are making stops in Baltimore, DC, and Charlottesville, as well as streaming the final show on Concert Window.  Hope you can join us this weekend, in person or remotely…

Friday in Baltimore: https://www.facebook.com/events/1820338658244164/??ti=ia

Saturday in DC: https://www.facebook.com/events/604680289717686/??ti=ia

Sunday in Cville: https://www.facebook.com/events/1855562647996721/

Sunday Concert Window: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801436226797848/

 

CyberTrad is here…

•August 11, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Yes, yes, y’all… My first independent solo project is coming out this fall! CyberTrad features traditional and original Irish and Breton music played on wooden flute, bass, vocals, and human beatbox. More info is available at cybertrad.com.

The official CD release is November 18th. Stay tuned for info on the gigs…

Kickstarter Countdown

•June 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Hi Folks,

As of this writing, there are just over 5 hours left of the CyberTrad Kickstarter, so don’t wait, pledge to back the project and reserve your copy of the CD! Many of you have already pledged, and for that, you have my thanks. At this point we have met our goal, so the CD production is funded! Any additional money raised will go towards publicizing the CD, and if possible, I’d love to hire a publicist to promote the album. A backer had offered to match pledges up to $500 in these last hours, so your precious dollars can go further towards making sure people hear this music. In the meantime, thanks  for your support, and thanks so much to all those who pledged! The Kickstarter is here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mattolwell/cybertrad/description