Proud to announce SOLO SHMOLO 2017! Really excited about this mini-tour I’m doing end of the month. I’ll be playing a solo set then playing with friends or listening to friends at these places:
Jan 25 Montague, MA - Lady Killigrew
with Nathan Hobbs Tony Falco
Jan 26 Boston - Outpost 186
with Dominique Eade
Jan 27 Montreal - Resonance Café
with Gabriel Lambert Jace Lasek and Liam O’Neill
Jan 29 Ottawa
double bill with Daniel Blake Group
Jan 30 Toronto - The Emmet Ray
double bill with Digital Watch: Dan Fortin Michael Davidson David French
I’m going to expand on this later but here is one of my current warmups in the morning. Focuses on position, intonation, left and right technique and of course varying subdivisions and polyrhythms. The concept on the one below is to take a grouping of four and apply it to a different time signature/subdivision.
My brother Zach is an incredible photographer. He is based in Richmond, California and works with National Geographic and David Liittschwager. Click the main title above to get to his site!
What is Jekyll and why am I using it?
So I put up a new site and thought I would share a bit about it. First, it may appear to be powered by some type of CMS such as Wordpress (blech!!!) or Drupal (bloated!) but it’s actually powered by Jekyll. Jekyll is a “simple, blog-aware, static site generator.” Bascially it creates hard-coded html files and has no database. The big CMS’s use a MySQL database to store information which makes them prone to hacking. Static html files are so much more secure and there is no need for security updates to plugins, modules, etc. Plus pages load ridiculously fast!
How concerts are posted
I use Jekyll’s collections for a concert post. In the root directory I added a folder called
_concerts which holds my concert files. In my
_config.yml I added some settings for this collection:
collections: concerts: output: true permalink: /:collection/:year/:month/:day/:title/
output: true tells Jekyll to create individual posts for each concert. I also added some default YAML front matter for the concert with the following:
defaults: - scope: path: "" type: concerts values: layout: concert breadcrumb: concerts image: background: lightbg1.png
In Jekyll, posts are written in Markdown. Theming and layouts are done with liquid which is incredibly easy, intuitive and fun to use! Let’s say I want to make a concert post, I’ll use this Hush Point post as an example. I make a file named
yyyy-mm-dd-title in this case it was named
2016-11-24-hush-point. This naming convention is strict and important. I use the date that in front of the name as the date of the concert. In normal posts, this would be the date the post was published, but in the concert post, this is the date of the concert.
I then declare some values in the YAML front matter as data to be called all over the site and on the actual post via liquid. I already set defaults in the
_config.yml so I don’t have to declare them every time I create a concert post. In the hush point post, here is what is written:
--- title: Hush Point at Cornelia St Cafe description: Hush Point plays Cornelia St Cafe Nov 24, 2017 time: 9pm and 10:30pm image: feature: hushpoint-locksmith.jpg background: bg10.png credit: Zachariah Kobrinsky creditlink: http://zachariahkobrinsky.com ---
So in this front matter, I am
- setting a custom title
- writing a short decription that will show up in metadata and will show up in social shares
- concert time(s)
- main image
- photo credit
- overriding the page background that was set in config.yml
An important thing to note is that by default, future posts will not be published unless you change this setting in your