Posts Tagged ‘bio’

Local Landmark Busker Passing

November 6, 2012

From a friend: “Word on the street is that Kirk Reese has passed on. Thank you for bringing us so much joy on Fridays at the office on 5th (where we could hear you for hours), rush hour commutes home on the Hawthorne Bridge working your expanding sphere toy, and when I randomly saw you on the #72 bus, wearing your tux and lugging a milk crate with your sparkly Mickey Mouse hat and other fun supplies. And for unfailingly grinning and waving maniacally back whenever I grinned and waved maniacally at you. You will be sorely missed. A part of me hopes this is a horrible urban rumor so that I can stop and tell you how thankful I am next time I see you.”

Another commenter: “R.I.P. I have always wanted to meet you, and hear your story. You were one of the hardest working Portlanders I have ever encountered, and every day an inspiration to me, to find my niche, and make people smile. Your cheer was a gift. I hope you have peace.”

An Oregonian article about him posted in 2010.

Advertisements

Meet the Buskers: Artemas Rex

May 20, 2011

Today as I was walking through the Northern Park Blocks in downtown Portland I was fortunate enough to run into a busker, who I would later learn is named “Artemas Rex”. As a rule, I always carry my recorder and a mic on me just in case I stumble across a unique sound; such as Artemas. So, I pulled out my device and began recording.

After Aretmas had finished playing, he mentioned something that was quite revealing about performing live for an audience in park. He said, “You know, I have never really thought this through or even said it out-loud, but I would rather perform live than make a record.” Continuing on Artemas said, “You can record something and have a person listen to it 10 times, but the same feeling you get when you listen to it live just isn’t there. When I play live, the sounds just disappear, but with a recording, they are captured forever.” In my mind, this was profound as it implies that the connection between the audience and the performer just isn’t there when a recording stand between the two.

To me that is a challenge to make the media experience as real as possible, one day leading to something as genuine as the original sound. Having now recorded well over 1000 hours of audio, I am beginning to come to the point where I enjoy the rawest format possible. Meaning, even though a WAV file is larger than an MP3, the quality of sound that is captured is so vastly different. It isn’t the role of the recording artist to manipulate the sound, it’s their job to make it as close to the original as possible.

Meet the Buskers: Trevor the Bucket Drummer

January 10, 2011
I would like to welcome our newest PDXBusk contributor, Bret B! Bret comes to PDXBusk with a background in audio engineering and an enthusiasm for supporting our local sidewalk talent. Armed with his mobile audio equipment, Bret wants to capture the essence of what makes Portland street musicians awesome!

‘Street Drummer’

‘Inside the Bucket’

To start the busker series I went to downtown Portland on January 1st, 2011 with my recorder and camera to find the sounds of New Year’s Day. I was surprised by the lack of noise, only finding a single musician  performing. Normally, during the week, there are half a dozen or more performers near Pioneer Square. However, I didn’t walk away without some interesting recordings from the performer, Trevor, I did encounter.

What you will hear from the players above are two different “tracks” or rhythms that Trevor performed while I recorded. What is interesting is how each track evolves over time, very similar to a drum circle, but instead there is one pair of hands setting the pace.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNypsSI8-8&feature=player_embedded

Meet the Buskers: Halley the Harper

November 10, 2010

As part of an on-going project, PDXBusk will be interviewing buskers around the city and showcasing their profiles. If you are interested in having your act profiled, please feel free to contact us!


 

Halley playing at the park blocks

Name: Halley the Harper AKA “The Harp Lady”
Website: A Busker’s Life

Are you originally from Portland?
I moved here in 2008, but I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and am excited to be back in this corner of the world.

Do you have any recordings available? Do you promote yourself? Do you play elsewhere?
I think I am jinxed when it comes to recording. I’ve attempted a CD three different times with varying catastrophic results. I promote like crazy, though. Never perform without a stack of business cards nearby. In addition to busking, I perform mostly at weddings and senior centers.

What is your musical background? What instruments do you play? What style of music do you play? Do you have any influences?
I took lessons from world renowned double-strung harpist, Laurie Riley when I was first beginning to play harp. I also was a part of Washington state’s high school honor choir program and have been singing since elementary school. I also play guitar, used to play steel drums and am currently dabbling in the mandolin. I play traditional folksy music, but all my influences are little Irish pub bands that no one’s ever heard of.

(more…)

Meet the Buskers: Nathan H.

June 8, 2010

As part of an on-going project, PDXBusk will be interviewing buskers around the city and showcasing their profiles. If you are interested in having your act profiled, please feel free to contact us!


Name: Nathan
Website: Nathan’s Guitar

 

Are you originally from Portland?
I originate from the Portland Area. I was born in Oregon City and have lived in the same 5 square miles my whole life. I am currently living in Oregon City.

Do you have any recordings available? Do you promote yourself? Do you play elsewhere?
I have a couple of really old recordings. I play a few gigs here and there.

What is your musical background? What instruments do you play? What style of music do you play? Do you have any influences?
I played the trumpet in middle school and high school, and then I picked up the guitar just before turning 17. I’ve studied classical guitar with several teachers in the Portland area since 2005. A couple of months ago I played in a masterclass for Manuel Barrueco, I think that was a high water mark for me.

(more…)