Original post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Recently I got the call to perform a concert with legendary Police drummer Stewart Copeland at the Savannah, GA Music Festival. As a Police fanatic and a S.C. fan, I was excited to get an opportunity to play and make music with one of my many musical heroes. It would be safe to say that as a young kid growing up in the 1980’s, The Police we’re “My Beatles.” After the Police broke up, I would continue to follow the careers of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
After accepting the invitation, I received the music (printed/audio) on the road and while finishing a West coast tour with Austin based blues guitarist Chris Duarte. I practiced as much as time would allow in between soundchecks, concerts, car/plane rides and hotel changes. I completed the C.D. tour on March 23rd in Denver, Colorado; and quickly flew to Savannah, Georgia for a rehearsal with Stewart on the 25th and the preceding concert on the 26th. I had less than 5 days to go over the music before hitting it with Stewart, however I was pumped.
My firstencounter with Stewart: I found him to be a very polite, humorous, warm, well tempered and courteous man. He made an effort to reach out to everyone in the group and politely introduced himself. We chit chatted a bit and off we went, down that musical journey from the Rhythmatist. In the hours that followed, it would be an intense yet rewarding experience playing the music of and with this musical genius. I was mostly a silent observer and did my best to take it all in. In short, let me just say that Stewart wasn’t there to play checkers. His passion for his craft was nothing short of inspiring.
Halfway through the concert, Stewart brought out another amazing talent, Daniel Hope. Stewart wrote a trio composition for one of his daughters that featured drums, violin, piano. During this moment of the concert, I took a seat to bare witness of this premiere work. It was astonishing! Daniel Hope tore it up and his intonation and tone was impeccable. While I didn’t play with Daniel, we chatted a bit backstage. Daniel is also a very nice chap with an amazing aura around him. Daniel might be one of the best violinists I’ve ever heard, a true madman I say!
Not to go un-noticed, the musical ensemble for this event was an amazing group of musicians/artists.
The group consisted of:
Ted Nash -reeds
Victor Goines – reeds
Walter Blanding – reeds
Carl Maraghi – reeds
Marcus Printup – trumpet
David Elliot – trombone
Ricardo Ochoa – violin
Gretchen Frazier – viola
Annalise Nelson – cello
Hans Kristian Kjos Sorensen – percussion
Kirk Brundage – percussion
Stuart Gerber – percussion
Eric Jones – piano
Andy Ripley – ewi
Mike Daly – french horn
In addition to the genuinely warm spirit of Stewart and the musical ensemble, he had a wonderful crew of people that worked on his behalf. From his manager, tour manager, production team, festival organizers; it was a top shelf entourage. Stewart’s drum tech/engineer Jeff Seitz was also a great asset (and talented drummer). Jeff has been with Stewart for 25 + years which not only speaks volumes of his abilities and the people Stewart surrounds himself with, it also says everything about the true meaning of loyalty from Mr. Copeland. In fact, Jeff can be seen in the recently released S.C./Police documentary, Everyone Stares.
Conclusion: a high profile musical friend/artist once told me not to play with my musical heroes as they might end up disappointing me (he was speaking from experience). Well in my case, nothing could be further from the truth. Stewart is an amazing artist, a terrific human being and I was honored to be apart of this musical experience!
JPM will be joining Austin based guitarist Chris Duarte on his 2008 European Spring Tour.
Here are the dates:
March 28, 2008 – Weert, Netherlands – De Bosuil
March 29, 2008 – Hoogland, NL – De Noot
March 30, 2008 – Diest, Belgium – Borderline
April 3, 2008 – Koeln, Germany – Kantine
April 4, 2008 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
April 5, 2008 – London, UK – Music Palace
April 6, 2008 – London, UK – Boom Boom Club (Sutton United Football Club)
April 8, 2008 – Frankfurt, Germany – Sinkkasten
April 9, 2008 – Bremen, Netherlands – Meisenfrei
April 11, 2008 – Brunsum, Netherlands – Woetsjtok
April 12, 2008 – Sala, Sweden – Rockland
April 14, 2008 – Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
JPM will be performing with legendary drummer/composer Stewart Copeland in Savannah, GA on March 26, 2008. Get your tickets today!
Original Post by: Joseph Patrick Moore
Recently I played a short European tour with Austin, Texas based guitarist, Chris Duarte. Most of the shows went well and the people were very responsive to Chris Duarte’s music as well as the vibe that Jeff Reilly (drums) and I were laying down. Traveling throughout the Czech Republic & Italy, we had an enormous amount of down time. I have to admit, I played the part of a Western “tourist” pretty well. My digital camera was rolling and I captured many of the sights that we visited.
Additionally, some of the tour was captured on video. Below are the links that have posted on YouTube.com. There are 2 concert video clips and 1 “Rockumentary” of sorts. Hope you enjoy!
The Chris Duarte Group announces Fall 2007 European Dates.
October 20th, 2007: Prague, Czech Republic: Blues in the Woods Festival
October 23rd, 2007: Milan, Italy: Music Drom ex Transilvania
October 24th, 2007: T.B.A.
October 25th, 2007: Modena, Italy: Vibra
October 26th, 2007: Roma, Italy: Stazione Birra
October 27th, 2007: Boretto Reggio Emilia, Italy: Ikebana Club
October 28th, 2007: Codevilla, Italy: Thunder Road
The Chris Duarte Group consist’s of:
Chris Duarte – guitar/vocals
Jeff Reilly – drums
JPM – bass
Check out several YouTube.com videos of C.D.G. performing from Summer Tour 2007
* Video 1
* Video 2
*UPDATE POSTED TO THIS NEWS STORY ON DECEMBER 2007:
Several Videos from the above performances have surfaced on YouTube.com. Click links below to view
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