I'm one of three artists-in-residence at Nevada's Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in 2015. Among other things, I've been doing some en plein air recording while in the Canyon.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
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>>
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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|