Addi Somekh makes and plays a bass made 100% out of latex balloons and air. The balloon bass is 3 and a half octaves and ranges from booming low frequencies all the way to twangy sitar-like sounds.
In his trio, Unpopable, Somekh is joined by two amazing musicians: Joey Maramba on electric bass and Arlynn Page on vocals.
Their sound ranges from nasty funk to cosmic lullabies, and everything in between. PS – Balloons will be twisted.
“As an ethnomusicologist, I can tell you that the ballon bass defies the usual categories of instrument classification, falling somewhere between those called chordophones (string instruments) and membranophones (basically, drums). But such technical analysis is rather beside the point. It’s what you can do musically with an instrument that matters.
Addi Somekh’s “balloon bass” is one of those perfect marriages of the silly and sublime. Combining the humblest of materials with pure human ingenuity, the balloon bass’s surprisingly adaptable “voice” and musical potential reminds us all of the reasons we play and listen to music in the first place: for the sheer joy of making sounds and playing together.” — Jonathan Ritter, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, UC Riverside
The Venice Philharmonic Orchestra current lineup consists of Michael Jost on electric guitar, Hailey Demian on bass, Andy Kravitz on drums and Barry Conley on the OutofControl-atron.
The first use of ‘philharmonic’ was in London in 1813. An organisation was founded called the Philharmonic Society. The word ‘philharmonic’ translates to ‘music lover’. The sources I’ve found say this was taken from the French ‘philharmonoque’, but I think it is more likely that the word was taken right from the Greek. Greek is much more fashionable than French – especially if you’re living in London in 1813.
With a background in opera, Erinn Williams is known for her beautiful melodies and songs that have a delicate, breakable edge to them. Erinn has written and performed music for national commercials such as Virgin Mobile and Coca-Cola. She has written both opera and rock music for independent films such as Mad Song. She has sung opera and her original music around the word in industrial showcases for the Wella Corporation, Sebastian, Matrix, and TIGI Corporations. And she toured extensively with her own music around Europe for 4 years.
Erinn plays electric guitar with delay, and is usually accompanied by a violinist or another guitarist. The only word to describe the live performance is mesmerizing … Williams’ outstanding vocals, strong stage presence, and trademark deadpan humor add charm to a fantastic performance. more Erinn Williams»
The Candelas Music and Arts Foundation was founded by Tomas Delgado in April 2018.
The roots of the organization lie in the humble beginnings of Candelas Guitars. Founded by Porfirio & Candelario Delgado in 1928, the two brothers began a guitar-making journey that is now in its 3rd generation. The story of their success, and that of Profirio’s son Candelario (Candy), and of Candy’s son Tomas is one built upon the timeless tradition of always giving back.
Candelas Guitars has always been a beacon to those with a love of music, regardless of their social status or pedigree. The 3 generations of Luthiers have, over their lifetimes, provided the community with an ability to, not only attain instruments they couldn’t afford anywhere else, but as well as provided their business as a backdrop for learning and enrichment. Whether the music was Flamenco, Folk, Classic Trio, or Rock, everyone is given a chance to learn and to be heard.
Now as Candelas Guitars approaches its Centennial, Tomas believes that it is time to formalize what has been an 90-year mission in giving back. The Candelas Music & Arts Foundation seeks to provide musicians with an opportunity for learning or enrichment that is centered around the idea of paying it forward.
We welcome you to join us on this journey.
Candelas Music and Arts Foundation on Radio Venice