Friday, February 27, 2015

Review of Martian Archaeology

Shreveport art mag and website Heliopolis has posted a generous review of our Martian Archaeology DVD.

Twang Darkly music – there is a signature sound, a brand – is both easy listening and not easy listening. For this listener the comparison is to the classic Miles Davis on his “Kind of Blue” album. Both are modal. Both are smooth but distinctive. Americana might be Twang’s category, but the sound is jazzy, folky, even rocky.
— Robert E. Trudeau <<read more>>

Get the DVD...

...or one of the other formats of Martian Archaeology.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Twang Darkly's Tiny Desk Concert


In order to create a submission for the NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, we staged our own Tiny Desk Concert here at Twang HQ. We only used one of the tracks, "Get My Gourd," for the submission, but here's a playlist of 4 numbers.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Martian Archaeology DVD Available (includes album download)

Available now: Martian Archaeology DVD (comes with free download of album). 12 short films made for the music of the album! Here's the trailer:

Martian Archaeology is Twang Darkly's suite of original instrumental music and films inspired by the years of speculation and stories about Mars that preceded NASA's Mariner 4 and Viking missions to the Red Planet!

During summer 2014, we did a series of shows sposored by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council wherein we performed this music live as we projected these films behind us. We're pleased to now share our studio recordings set to the final versions of the films.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Twang with guest guitar guru Mark Griffith

A live version of "Under Two Moons" from Martian Archaeology featuring some amazing guitar from Shreveport guitar maestro Mark Griffith.

Mark plays with our drummer Lane Bayliss, so doing some crossover stuff was a natural fit. This clip was captured at a gig in Dec. 2014. The drummer here is Jeremy Hayes -- Lane was having a drink and sent Jeremy as a sub!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Live from The Agora Borealis I: improv

Lane Bayliss and I (Michael Futreal) recently played at The Agora Borealis, a wonderful art shop here in Shreveport.

Here's a clip of an improvisation on a pentatonic bamboo flute I recently built:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Twang Launches Space Tourism Board with New Music

The ESA comet landing got me excited this week, so I put in a little time in the Twang music and animation laboratory. Since Space is the Place, our spiritual mentor Sun Ra put in a special appearance.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Busy October and November -- Lots of Twang Shows

There are a lot of opportunities coming up to catch us around Shreveport:

8-10pm Twang Darkly does Martian Archeology and more live on air on Red River Radio.
noon we'll be doing a short 2-3 song set as part of the Louisiana Music Prize local showcase
5:30-8:30pm Twang Darkly at free Bossier Art Council art reception at Shreveport Landers Fiat, 1330 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport
5-8pm Michael and Lane at Provenance Community, Windrush Park, 1968 Bridgewater Ave, Shreveport for free reception showcasing photography of Dick Goodall
7:30-8:30pm Twang Darkly presents free Martian Archeology multimedia concert with live music and original films at Hamilton-South Caddo Branch Library, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport
3-5pm Twang Darkly at The Agora Borealis 421 Lake St, Shreveport — live drawing game between Robert Trudeau & Mart Burt
4-7pm Twang Darkly at Fete on the Farm (tickets) — great food and drink!
canceled Twang Darkly at Rhino Coffee, 721 Southfield Rd, Shreveport, LA
9am-noon Twang Darkly at Shreveport Farmers' Market. Free, though you'll probably want to buy some veggies! And CDs!
4:15-5pm Twang Darkly at Highland Jazz and Blues Festival, Gazebo Stage, Columbia Park in Historic Highland, 600 Columbia Street, Shreveport