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Monday, November 02, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The /now movement

Just read Derek Sivers's new post:

It's about having a page on your website that tells people what you're up to NOW.

So I made one: http://www.cellojoe.com/p/now.html

Are you going to make one?

Cello Madness Congress: Spooky Music! Tomorrow night!


"The Cello MADNESS Congress: Spooky Music Edition*”
*not all music will be spooky. 

$10 advance
$13-20 sliding scale at the door
Doors: 7pm 
Show starts: 7:30 pm
ADDRESS: 1429 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 (at 15th Street) 
Lewis Patzner - Originals and Transcriptions for Solo Cello.
Lewis is an Oakland-grown professional cellist who performs with a wide range of ensembles in a variety of styles. He is best known as a founding member of the metal trio, Judgement Day (founded in 2002). He is an active chamber musician, recording artist, composer, improviser, and player of gigs.
Here he is jamming in his band Judgement Day.

~ Ha!Man ~
All the way from South Africa!
In 2001, Francois le Roux decided on the stage name of "the HA!Man" after failing to find any rational term to describe his music and art. As a child he improvised on piano before receiving his first lessons from his mother, an accomplished pianist. This introduction to music, as a playing field to be discovered, rather than studied, remained with him throughout his school years, whilst taking lessons in cello, piano and music composition. Much was expected of him as a classical musician, yet by 1991 (aged 25), as the South Africa he grew up in was liberated from European exclusivity, he chose to make his living by the spontaneous music making he started off with.

Throughout the nineties he survived mainly from street and acoustic performances, hitch-hiked his way around South Africa and extended his art to include writing, drawing and dancing. Then, along with becoming "the HA!Man" came the use of a computer and amplification, the creation of accompaniments, soundtracks and the self-production of cd albums, opening up a range of new opportunities and visions. And so during the early 2000's various attempts was made in South Africa, the USA, Europe and Far East to turn this HA! phenomenon into a mainstream success. Yet the spontaneous and ever-evolving character of HA! remained and refused to be packaged in. What grew in stead was an informal network of support, through direct arrangements with a range of individuals, schools and humanitarian organizations, which provided an ongoing stream of private and public performances, workshops and collaborations that stretches over four continents.

In time then, the "HA!Show" turned out to be a connecting, rather than a more objective experience, bringing modern technology and raw expression, artist and audience and different mediums of expression together in new and creative ways, often in support of building local community and always in search of closer relation between body and mind. Of the many artists he worked with in a spontaneous manner, Belgian actress and word artist Joke Debaere became his life and stage partner in an ongoing collaboration that broadens each performance into an even more intense journey to the heart of being human. Each time, on all sides, a level of trust is needed that the intuitive flow of cello, keyboard and the spoken word, of acting and dancing, soundscapes and images, will move, heal and inspire in such a way that actual and deeply felt change is effected - change that, just like the expression of HA!, can hardly be rationally explained. Finally, in an age where humanity's adolescent estrangement from nature is fast threatening our very existence, the hope is that an infusion of HA! will keep contributing to nudge us towards more mature ways - for a long and viable time to come.

Ha!Man Youtube promo video: http://bit.ly/1LVUjYJ
Rebecca Roudman / Dirty Cello

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

"Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical." Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

Live Another Day Live - https://youtu.be/wCh1iPms2ro

~ StringQuake ~
An electrifying trio, StringQuake pushes musical boundaries with dynamic arrangements and a unique electric harp, percussion and cello instrumentation. The trio has toured Mexico and performed extensively in the Bay Area, releasing their first album, “Take 15,” in 2013.
Nourished by the musical traditions of the Americas, Greece, Africa, India, and Europe, StringQuake’s arrangements and original repertoire includes copious amounts of improvisation and unusual meters that will leave listeners clamoring for more.

Take 15 video: https://youtu.be/mYpERKw1DtE

~ Cello Joe ~
Funky beatbox cello music.
CelloJoe is a pioneer of a new genre in music: Classical Hip Hop.CelloJoe records on stage with a loop pedal and produces intricate tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm. His beatboxing and funky cello grooves form a rich soundscape for intelligent lyrics and his music spreads love, joy, laughter and conscious vibrations.

Line up may change, but will undoubtedly include the finest cello talent from the bay area and beyond.

Expect mystical moments of musical mayhem. Cellists improvising in ways you've never heard cello before.A bit of background:The Cello Madness Congress is a loose knit group of cellists from around the bay area (90 members strong and growing!) who get together to write a new constitution of what is possible with the violincello or 'cello for short.We play the instrument said to be most like the human voice and we create spontaneous, improvised, magical musical moments of pure ecstasy (the aural/auditory kind) that astound and amaze the listener's ear. We can go from a stately, majestic promenade of elf gods to a wild, erratic, frantic frenzy of whirling space gnomes dancing in eternity whilst seducing seahorses and sea cucumbers.Our jams can depict the ephemeral wisps of smoke rising from a funeral pyre to the prismatic rainbow colored fanfare of a three ring circus complete with elephants and clowns.We also read music arranged for cello. We invite all cellists to come and explore with us.

Awaken Cafe
1429 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 863-1440

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Awaken Cafe is an all ages venue.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
The nearest BART station is 12th St/Downtown Oakland. There is bicycle parking right in front of the cafe.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Yes. CelloMadnessCongress@gmail.com or text 415-39O-5592

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. Contact CelloMadnessCongress@gmail.com

Monday, August 17, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Cello Joe "digital addiction" at Electric Forest inside The Grand Artique

Thanks to Ian Xavier​ for shooting this sweet video of my song "digital addiction" at tHe gRaNd aRtiQue​ at Electric Forest​.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Losing everything to fire

Dear Friends, 

Two days ago my life went up in flames. There was a fire in my home. A loud explosion woke my girlfriend and me up. As the fire grew so fast around us, I grabbed my best cello, my keys, wallet, and cellphone and ran out the door. I'm so so lucky that only my eyelashes were burnt and I've never been so grateful to be alive. 

All of my possessions, excluding the one cello I grabbed, are gone. Thousands and thousands of dollars of music equipment, and stupidly, I didn't have renter's insurance. This is a picture of my collapsible travel cello that I had been playing since 2011. 

Some friends created a fund for us, anything you can offer will help. I'm grateful to just be alive, to have my beloved cello, and the help of kind friends. 

Here is the link to the recovery fund: bit.ly/tonijoeyfund
 link to recovery fund
Here's the text from the fundraiser that our friend Kirk Benttinen set up:

This fundraiser is to help Toni Tone and Joey Chang recover from severe loss after they lost their home and all of their possessions to a fire. The funds will go towards the purchase of clothes, home goods and professional equipment lost in the fire. (You can contact Joey to arrange physical donations of food, clothing, home goods etc here too: CelloJoe@CelloJoe.com)
We are so grateful that they made it out unharmed, but unfortunately the fire consumed everything they own. Joey lost two cellos, and all of his music equipment he uses for performing and recording. He also lost cameras, computers, his means of sharing his gifts with the world and making a living. Toni lost countless hand made puppets, beautiful rainbow banners, and piles of her art that she has invested thousands of hours making. Anyone who knows her, also knows how much of herself is invested in her art. They also lost their clothes, shoes, furniture, and all their material needs of life, including their camping gear which is essential for performing at the many festivals they work throughout the year. Simply put, we have two members of our community that need our help.
This is a chance to put your heard earned dollars to good use. Contributing to this cause is not only an investment in their lives, but an investment in all of our lives, an investment in our community. It is a demonstration of love and appreciation that they are both still with us. And an appreciation that we can continue to receive their creative and personal gifts. What they do makes all of our lives more exciting, beautiful and interesting. So let's do this together for them. Please give what you can to say thank you and remind ourselves of the generosity we’re all capable of.

So much love to you Joey and Toni, we’re so glad to have you with us.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dubstep Spaceship Official Music Video

I've been waiting to release this video for the right time. It's time.
My first music video!
Download the track free at bit.ly/cjdubstep

Saturday, May 09, 2015

GoPro: The Wildest Beatboxing Cellist in the West

GoPro featured me on their channel!

You can take a short 4.5 minute tour through what it's like being me on the day I play a show. Loading a cargo bicycle. Seeing my perspective while I'm playing or while i'm riding.

This is a kick ass video and it's racked up a ton of views so far.

Five months in the making, I want to send a huge thank you to Brennan King​ and his team from GoPro​. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Will and Whit: The Musical!

I'm a musical collaborator for this theatrical project! please back the kickstarter!


Thursday, April 09, 2015

New Live Show posted on Mixcloud.com

Give it a listen.. share with friends.

 According to Thomas Spellman, this was the best CelloJoe performance he has ever seen. He said I was "on fire."

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Apotheosis: an acrobatic dance film

Apotheosis is a meditation on the transcendent power of movement explored dynamically in film featuring aerial and hoop dance. Filmmaker Adam Behrmann www.AdamBehrmann.com, performer/video editor Bobbi Dulaney www.InnerOrbitArts.com and musician Joey Chang www.CelloJoe.com collaborated to create this piece.

This piece has been two years in the making. Special thanks to all our Kickstarter Campaign Backers. We love you! We couldn't have done it without you. We hope you enjoy it. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Art by Michael Garfield

Art by Michael Garfield - michaelgarfield.blogspot.com

Check out this new art by Michael Garfield! http://michaelgarfield.blogspot.com
Michael Garfield is a friend of mine. He is multi-talented. He plays "cyberacoustic guitar." 
Check out his music at https://michaelgarfield.bandcamp.com
He is also a speaker on futurism and other topics that might interest you. 

Why is there a praying mantis playing a cello? 

I don't know exactly why I asked Michael Garfield for some CelloJoe art depicting a grasshopper or a praying mantis playing a cello. Maybe it's because I saw his other drawings of critters like this one: 
and got inspired.

I do like insects. I feel like they are very wise. They've been around much longer than we have. I identify with grasshoppers, crickets, cicadas, and praying mantis because they're cosmic aliens like me. The insects form an amazing symphony of sound all over this beautiful planet. 

The next time you are freaked out by a spider, please don't squash it. Spiders are our allies. They catch flies and other bugs that normally bother us. We have a lot to learn from spiders about beauty, building, patience, and more. 

THANKS MG for the awesome art!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

CelloJoe and Evan Fraser Promo Video for Feb 6 2015 show opening for Den...

Multi-Instrumentalist Evan Fraser​ and CelloJoe​ are joining forces to create a new world beat hip hop classical experience. This Friday they will open for Dengue Fever​, a Cambodian indie rock band from LA. 

The show is at City Winery Napa​. Doors at 6 pm show starts at 8 pm. $15-18. 

Tickets are at http://bit.ly/feb6cw

This video is a teaser of the kind of funky beatbox cello african harp african thumb piano looping music you'll hear on Friday. The music was recorded live at a rehearsal. 

You can listen to a previous live album by CelloJoe and Evan Fraser at https://cellojoe.bandcamp.com/album/s...

Make a day of it and visit some wineries while you're in Napa! 

Photography/Videography by Toni Mikulka - ToniMikulka.com