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Friday, December 24, 2010

Magical Coincidences in the Flower of Life

So in September of 2009, I was at Symbiosis Gathering and I found a necklace in the dirt at the Shrine stage. It looked like this:
I knew this was a magical piece of jewelry right away. I put it on a string and started wearing it around the festival hoping that I would run into whoever lost it so I could return it to its owner. Well, no one claimed it. I thought about giving it to the lost and found, but figured then someone from the lost and found would keep it or it would sit in a box forever. So I kept it and I wore it as much as I could especially when I went to festivals or events similar to the vibe of Symbiosis. I kept the intention that I would one day run into whoever lost it and I wore it everyday all over Europe on the Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Tour.

Fast forward to December 21, 2010. Winter solstice with a concurrent lunar eclipse. I'm playing at Heart Tribe's Crystal Download event at the Temple of Visions Gallery in Los Angeles.  This guy:

David Block aka The Human Experience sees the necklace and asks, "Hey, where did you get that necklace?" 
"I found it on the ground at Symbiosis last year," I reply.
"I lost that necklace there last year," he replies. "It's from Rajasthan, Northern India."
"Well, here you go," I say. "I've been keeping it safe for you." And I hand him the necklace. 
He in turn puts it around my neck and says, "Thanks. Now I can give it to you to hold onto for a while again." 
So I'm still wearing it.
These kinds of magical coincidences are happening all the time. We just need to be present enough to observe them and keep our intentions on manifesting them. We are magical musicians and musical magicians.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I met KRS-1 on the Queen Mary 2!

I met KRS-1 on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship on the voyage from Southampton, England to New York City Nov 10 2010 to Nov 16 2010. He never flies so when he goes on tour in Europe, he takes a boat....like the pleasant revolution did. Hopefully, we'll collaborate on some music! 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bike touring cellist Ben Sollee mentions CelloJoe and the Pleasant Revolution in his blog

This bicycle music tour thing is catching on!

Read Ben Sollee's blog here

SEPTEMBER 15, 2010
Musicians on Bicycles
Our Ditch the Van tour showcases an alternative mode of music touring but we are by no means pioneers, we are part of a growing movement. Even in the past 5 years, this country has been criss-crossed by pedal-happy musicians who are concerned about the environment, community, and good music.
The Portland, Oregon-based band Blind Pilot made a big splash in 2008 and 2009 with their west coast bike tours. As a developing band and lovers of bicycles they figured the best way to beat the expense of the road was to simply ride, with all their equipment, on their bikes. They’ve been featured on NPR and their 2009 tour from Portland to San Diego was documented on video and is currently in production. Keep an eye out for the feature length film We Are the Tide.
The Ditty Bops (aka Amanda Barrett and Abby Dewald) used the power of the bicycle and their music to make a call-to-action for the environment and more sustainable energy practices. Their 2006 tour teamed up with the Adventure Cycling Association and saw them riding over 4500 miles from LA to New York City. That means that they rode further and, quite frankly, looked way better doing it, than I ever will. But not every bicycle-infatuated musician hauls all their gear on their bikes.
David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries is a personal repository for culture and his view of cities around the world from the saddle. Long before I had even dreamt of touring by bicycle Mr. Byrne was out cruising around on his folding bike that easily traveled with him. He wasn’t trying to prove anything about the bicycle and be “green.” The bicycle was just the best way for him to get around while on the road.
Now, what would a bicycle movement be without a revolution. Good news is this one is a Pleasant Revolution. A collective of musicians, artists, philosophers, and bike lovers have joined forces to promote the joy of community and the bicycle. Bike touring, beat-boxing cellist Cello Joe (aka Joey Chang), The Ginger Ninjas (who completed a 5,000 miles journey from San Juan, CA in to Mexico), Fossil Fool (aka Paul Freedman) with Rock the Bike, and a few other musicians are out riding through Europe as I write this. Their epic tour is pedal-powered in every way: getting to and from shows, generating power for sound and lights, and putting on rolling shows for an audience of cyclists. Super visionary stuff and a real inspiration. This same crew is often very involved with the ever growing Bicycle Music Festival.
Freshly on his bike, jazz trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum is performing throughout the northeast. Based out of New Haven, CT, Taylor has been recognized internationally as one of the great young players and he’s out riding his bicycle. I feel like he’s really stepping outside to do this… I don’t see a lot of jazzers out there.
Fellow Appalachian’s Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp are The Steel Wheel Duo and they have begun to incorporate self-supported bicycle touring into their growing tour schedule. They began last year with a tour through Virginia, which is not easy riding, and followed up this year with a tour up through Michigan. Their music has a lot of bluegrass drive which, I think, goes well with pedaling bicycles down the road.
Also in Appalachia, a growing clan of young, environmentally conscious young folks are building petrol-free carnival that travels by bikes. It’s true, the Gypsy Carnival Tour is a pedal powered extravaganze with music, dance, visual arts, and games that aims to perform “off the grid.” They also focus on traveling to alternative communities that are choosing to grow in more sustainable ways.
Lastly, Australian cellist, composer, and looping artist Kristin Rule applies her thoughtful aesthetic to touring on her Yuba Mundo. Her CD release tour, The Slow Ride, will see her performing throughout her motherland powered only by her creativity and body. It seems as if she might even be generating her own stage power with a tow along, solar generator. Amazing!
Now, this article is by no means comprehensive of everyone who’s ever toured by bicycle, but it does serve as measure to show that touring by bicycle is a growing trend. Our Ditch the Van tour is tame in comparison to the foresight and ingenuity that goes in to many of the artists’ tours mentioned above, but it serves our needs. However, it’s important to remember that we’re not just young folks playing around on our bicycles. We’re experimenting with business models that encourage livability and may some day influence larger businesses.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

CelloJoe played in a school in Toulouse, France

Blast from the past. September 2010
CelloJoe played for the kids at a school in Toulouse, France. The gig was hooked up by our road angel in Toulouse, Frederick.

The kids had all kinds of great questions and loved the music. They asked where we sleep, what we eat, and what the bucket on the handlebars was for. (answers: we camp out or stay with friends, a lot of everything, and it's a bicycle percussion kit.)

Check out the thank you cards they wrote and drew!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Pleasant Revolution Goes South. trailer

A Czech guy we met in Barcelona named Andre rode with the Pleasant Revolution for a week and is making a short film about the experience. This is the trailer video. Nicely done!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

CelloJoe does a hilarious strip tease during the Toulouse Bicycle Music Festival

I thought you all might wanna see this hilarious strip tease I did at Saint Aubin in Toulouse, France. It was my opening number and I got a lot of laughs and a only a few people just plain left (Genie being one of them.)

Please enjoy and laugh a lot!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

VIENNA Bicycle Music Festival - playing in the rain

Thanks to Anton for holding the umbrella! And thanks to Stephanie in the yellow pants for dancing. Coincidentally, we met in Thailand six months ago at massage school! crazy huh?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Step routines for weddings!

So i met these guys joe and rick at the fort mason hostel in san francisco at the beginning of a week long walking tour around the north bay area from SF to mill valley. SHAKE YOUR PEACE! did our signature step routine in the middle of the walking man song... and these two guys dug it so much they had me do part of it on camera for them to study. then they made up their own routine and performed it for their friend's wedding. hear that world? i am not only a crazy beatboxing cellist, i am a wedding dance choreographer as well. and by the way, i am available for hire worldwide*

*you have to give me advance notice because i prefer to travel by land and sea preferably by bicycle, foot, or boat. and we must agree on the terms first.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Make sure not to "pass" on Passau, Germany!

CelloJoe and Kelly got to Passau a couple days before the rest of the group as they traveled along the Inn river bicycle path. Kelly had dislocated her shoulder while stretching with Joey, so they took a train to Passau from Bad Aibling. Joey got right to work the morning after they arrived by going to the Rathaus (city hall) and speaking with Rita Loher-Bronold from the Kultur Department about the city sponsoring a show. What a great decision to simply ask for help...the city hooked the Pleasant Revolution UP!

They gave us permits to play right in the heart of the town at two locations, provided us with a sumptuous meal at a traditional Bavarian restaurant, and put up our entire crew (17 people!) with hotel accommodations at a cyclists hotel called the Rotel Inn.

Some of the group went to see the largest organ in the world in the main cathedral of Passau. It has almost 18,000 pipes! It was amazing and sounded like alien music sometimes.

Local Bike Activists Bernd Sluka and Boris Burket helped with the organizing and were able to get our show announced on the radio and in the Passau Neue Press paper. And all of this happened in two days!

Check out some videos and pictures of our time in Passau, Germany:

CelloJoe and FluLou opening for La Brass Banda in Passau, Germany 30 July 2010

Joey Chang aka CelloJoe and Louis Gaspar Alexander aka Flu Lou had a serendipitous opportunity to open for La Brass Banda (http://www.labrassbanda.com) in Passau, Germany, right on the border of Austria. They are a super awesome brass band from Bavaria. They play eastern European music and fuse it with Bavarian slang rapping. They did a tour through Bavaria on a tractor pulling a stage!

This show was the biggest show CelloJoe and FluLou have ever played. It was awesome! CelloJoe got the gig by playing on the street in front of the Cafe Bar the night before for 10 minutes and meeting Til, La Brass Banda's manager. What luck! It just shows that you never know what kind of opportunities you'll run into on the Pleasant Revolution Bicycle Music Tour. Wow, if I had said I don't really feel like playing on the street right now, I wouldn't have had the chance to open for such a cool band. I think we sold about 200 € worth of CDs. Plus, we got in to the sold out show for free and were able to get a bunch of the Pleasant Revolution crew in free, we drank tons of free beer, ate a lot of free bratwursts, and saw the kickinist ass band in all of Bavaria!

Check out these video clips:

Friday, June 25, 2010

sweet photo of stitchcraft at the hub in amsterdam

check out this sweet photo of stitchcraft taken by erik van der boom in amsterdam (fotoboom.com)

Friday, June 18, 2010

CelloJoe busking on the pedal powered PA system in Amsterdam!

The Pleasant Revolution busked in Leidseplein square in Amsterdam and after this video I had a whole group of people from Dominican Republic, France, Australia, Brazil, USA, and more all dancing in the dancing only zone (the green line)

I hope you enjoy!

cellojoe and the genie on a london podcast!

Check out DJ TAB from London podcast's I'm the second one in the list and the genie (also on our bike tour) is third. give it a listen!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

playin with stitchcraft at the camden green fest in london!

this bicycle music tour is so fun and off the hook. every band should tour this way.
what kind of stuff do you wanna see? 
e-mail me @ cellojoe (at) cellojoe.com and let me know. 

also, check out our videos on our blog at http://www.pleasantrevolution.net/blog/
or http://youtube.com/cellojoe

Monday, June 14, 2010

super dope video about our Bicycle Music Festival in New York City..


check the video they made!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

pleasant revolution day 1: give a 15 second recap

The Pleasant Revolution World Bicycle Tour rolls again!

In 2007-08, the Ginger Ninjas, SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and CelloJoe rode to the bottom of Mexico, Now, The Pleasant Revolution consists of five musical acts: The Ginger Ninjas, The Genie, Amanda Mora, Stitchcraft, and CelloJoe. They're on their way to Europe to ride around playing festivals for five months.

The crew was invited to give a fifteen second recap of the first day's ride: Auburn, CA to Sacramento, CA, a 40 mile ride.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

the silly song! from classical revolution presents cello night at the red poppy art house april 8th 2010

The Silly Song (from Cello Night at the Red Poppy Art House April 8th 2010, presented by Classical Revolution) from joey chang on Vimeo.

The Silly Song (from Cello Night at the Red Poppy Art House April 8th 2010, presented by Classical Revolution)

CelloJoe made up "The Silly Song" in a friends backyard around a campfire. Since then, it has morphed into a thousand versions.

Versions NOT found in this performance include the constipated version, the farting version, and the James Brown version. However, some versions included in this performance are the laughing version, the Japanese version, and the ancient chinese version.

The video is completely sideways the whole time because a) it's the silly song! b) my sister could only get the shot with the camera sideways.


Friday, April 09, 2010

CelloJoe is currently getting ready for a six month musical bicycle tour of Europe called "The Pleasant Revolution World Tour" Five acts on tour by bicycle without vehicle support!

You can help make a LIVE on BIKE sound system possible! Check out this kickstarter video!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Playing tonight in Houston! LyricsFromLockdown.com

Hey y'all...if ya got friends in Houston, send them to University of Houston central campus 4800 Calhoun Rd Houston TX 77004 in the Houston Room of University Center Bldg 565 on April 5 2010 at 7 pm.

get more info at lyricsfromlockdown.com

This true story begins when Brooklyn's own Nuyorican Grand Slam Poetry Champion Bryonn Bain ("60 Minutes," "The Village Voice," BET-J's "My Two Cents") is wrongly imprisoned in New York City - while studying law at Harvard. Weaving together the critical and comedic voice of his Caribbean immigrant family and a poet sentenced to Death Row at 17 years old, this dynamic solo performance takes no prisoners as Bain tackles America's unresolved contradiction with a virtuosic sense of humor and lyricism linking the storytelling tradition of the African diaspora and urban America.

Admission complimentary (donations accepted.)

Sunday, April 04, 2010

time signature - a video about richard deutch's sculpture at 1rst and howard SF

I played cello in a movie about Richard Deutch's sculpture called "Time Signature." It's located at 1rst and Howard in San Francisco.

watch the video here



Sunday, February 21, 2010

video of cellojoe at burning man 2009

just stumbled across this clip of cellojoe playing at centercamp at burningman 2009 saturday morning.


watch it here!


p.s. here's another one..same performance different part..:
watch it..

cellojoe on luvudu's song All I Said! check it out

LuVuDu has a song on their profile called All I Said and it features the cello playing of cellojoe.

what do you think?

They're playin in Los Altos at the main street sports bar at first and main feb 27th i believe. at 9 pm.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another great four minutes in the life of cellojoe


here i am singin "let's be happy!" with a very enthusiastic crowd. that's the kind i like!


a great ten minutes in the life of cellojoe

this is from Wells, BC. JULY 31 to aug 2nd.
a great small festival with about 300 people.
this was a spontaneous street jam.
how many instruments are involved?
e-mail me with your answer.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I was searching google images for cellojoe and i came across this great article from momemtum magazine about the Vancouver BMF

lots of pictures.. very cool..

kyrstyn pixton posted a track we collaborated on! listen to it..


oh my gosh it's so beautiful. kyrstyn is an amazing keyboardist/singer/beatboxer/live looper.. such a lovely voice!

she's livin in portland.

we met at emerg n see festival outside salem and then we jammed at her house and made this track..

support her!

listen to the track

someone living in chiang mai wrote a blog post about cellojoe!

check it out..
it's well written and interesting..
and about me!