.. In October 2006 I was fortunate to be asked to cover a tour for the wonderful guys at http://www.yeastculture.org.
It was to take me across the UK with the jazz trombonist http://www.dennisrollins.com sound technicians Julian and Jason as well as camera woman Dani.
The tour was entitled ‘From Griots to Garage – A Musical history of the Black Diaspora’
Dennis had created a musical show which charted the history of African music from the griots, through to the Jazz era, and onwards through reggae, disco, funk, hip-hop and garage etc etc.
Carefully selected clips were used to illustrate each genre of music and mixed live in time to the music.
Played a wicked gig for the CND awareness raising event Drop Beats Not Bombs at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.
It was a fantastic night of music and visuals over 8 arenas ranging from Breaks to Reggae.
Big ups to Tom from Syzergy who organised vjs and AV setups in all the main arenas and great to finally meet the lovely Robotfunk from Amsterdam for the first time, he has been teaching me the art of Vjing over the past 4 years via his chatroom in http://www.vjcentral.com so meeting him was a great pleasure.
The Setup in the breaks room covered 5 screens and made use of 3 V4 mixers and various midi controllers to visually enhance the arena for some top acts such as Sunz of Meecha.
I only made it into one other arena, the Drum and Bass room which was spectacularly enhanced by the use of Hex screens manipulated by the lovely VJ team from amsterdam http://www.pantoffeldiertjes.nl
Shouts to the other Vjs at the event, matcat, chromatouch, the lab, bridd, meno, dr eskaton, catweasle, videoking and many many others.
The best music and visuals event so far this year!!!!