Enjoying my time teaching in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne region of France at Studio 160 at a University. Lovely people and a amazing studio!
I am currently on tour in Europe w/ my band Niyaz (see dates below) currently in Paris rehearsing for a show this week for BBC & ARTE. From there I will travel to Cyprus, Athens, Sarajevo Film Festival & Croatia for DJ gigs then resume w/ Niyaz in Switzerland for the Paléo Festival. Pictured here is my dear friend Medhi Haddab from the band Ekova I produced years ago.
I am currently mixing an album in Tel Aviv, Israel for Quango Records owner Bruno Guez. Quango has put out many albums over the years ranging from Zero 7, Kraak & Smaak, Koop to Bittersweet. Bruno’s solo album has a range of guest vocalist including Sunny Levine.
I am currently in Montreal mixing my Niyaz partner Loga Ramien Torkian project Mehrab which will be released in late spring on Studio album which will also be out this year on Electrofone Music. Friday Jan 28th. I have a show with Huun Huur Tu Quebec City @ Palais Mountcalm. (details below on my blog)
During my month stay in Europe to record, I went to Sarajevo, Bosnia to DJ the Sarajevo FIlm Festival. What a wonderful country with lovely warm hearted people!
Paris was amazing and felt like home as always. Thank you MXP4 for having me a part of your team and kicking ass. Thank you Albin for the hotel suite and Anahi, a small Argentinean restaurant dinner the best kept secret in Paris for dinner. Lynn was amazing as well. I was greeted by Ivory Coast African artist Appoloss who arranged this trip who wants me to work with him. The day started with a home cooked traditional African meal & champagne then right into the studio. What a wonderful person he is. The evening was a night to remember. HIs amazing family and friends took me to this French seafood restaurant in the center of Lyon where his friend from Ivory Coast was the chef, (this man looked just like a young Sidney Poitier ) they greeted me with flowers and Champagne, (not really sure why), then after the best meal I had ever had which seemed to never end, they took me to a African night club where more I was greeted by more flowers and many more bottles of Champagne (with sparklers) which also never seemed to end. A wonderful night with amazing warm hearted people. It is early Sunday morning, the fist day of the time change and am now off to Vienna to meet another great artist called Gudrun. News from Austria to come…
Well, visiting Taiwan was a wonderful experience. I must say hard to get into the Xmas spirt around here, but traveling always inspires me. Anxious to get home to celebrate Xmas and get back in the studio and create. Everything and everyone was wonderful. Not sure what I will miss more, dumplings for breakfast, my bath tub on the 37th floor with all windows overlooking the city, or just knowing that not everywhere want’s to be like the west. Thank you for your hospitality and thank you Samantha James for bringing me here.
Well all is good in Taipei, Samantha James & I arrived around 7 am on Thursday a long flight 14 hours, but EVA Air is nice. Promoters here now how to take care of you, we were surprised that they greeted us at the airport, a fancy BMW drove us to the hotel which is a 5 stars, amazing place and the buffet is out of this world! The weather is wet & raining and a bit cold, but looks very tropical even though the hotel is downtown very close to Taipei 101 the tallest building in the world.. Samantha has a dear friend here named Jimmy who has been out “tour guide” and side kick, words can not describe him, I will post pictures and you will see, a great guy…! I went shopping and explored to find these deals I have been told are hear were nowhere to be found, only to really find nothing. Even though many electronics are made here, there not cheap, the same for clothes. I hope to hit the night markets before I leave to find something special. Tonight is the first show, more blogs to come…
Had a wonderful show last night, the music hall is an amazing place. Afterwards had a nice long dinner with good conversation in old town Moscow. Today is my day off, I leave Tuesday morning very early. I was hoping on using these BMW bicycles they offer people who are staying at my hotel as it was sunny yesterday but rain has arrived and so has the cold…I don’t want to leave this hotel, it’s a 5 star hotel that I was told my room is $800 a night! Caviar for breakfast and anything else you want is there at your leisure! I will site see a bit today going to The Kremlin, Red Square and hopefully a museum. Jet leg finally kicked in a bit this morning at 6:30am..not even sure what day it is…feeling very grateful for all of these experiences…Russia has been good to me 🙂
Finally arrived in Russia, 12 hours to Frankfurt then 3 hours to Moscow. As soon as the plane landed a woman doctor came on the plane and had to inspect every passenger for illnesses, she pointed this inferred gun in your ear, to every person….Last month when I was here they never did this. Sasha could not pick me up at the airport as the big football game was taking place in Moscow, Russia vs. Germany… he sent his assistant who I had never met. Customs was a breeze thank god, no payola this time, I finally found her in the crowd…Took the train to city center which was a breeze, arrived at the Swissotel , OMG this place is sick!! One of the perks coming here for one gig was a 5 star hotel, amazing! The 33rd floor has a bar lounge that over looks all of Moscow, the hotel is located between the Moscow River and the Vodootvodny Channel right in the center of town, spectacular views. We then had some classic Georgian food in town, which was great. The show is tomorrow at the International House of Music (Moscow’s Lincoln Center). More pictures and details to come…