I recently joined Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers, playing organ and guitar. Just in time for the CD and Album releases on Mike McCready’s new record label Hockeytalkter Records, as well as a KEXP live radio gig. It’s been a gas. Upcoming SHOWS are at High Dive Sept 25, and Tractor Oct 24 (opening for Goodness). We had a great time at the 7″ album release at Easy Street Records, resulting in Danny’s vinyl rocketing to #1 in sales, and CD #2 at Easy Street.
I’ll be backing up Jeff Fielder this Wednesday at the Triple Door along with Andy Stoller, Tim DiJulio and Mike Musburger. Here’s the show link: Nepal Benefit
Electric Circus returned to The Royal Room last night after nearly a two month break from their residency. We recorded tracks at Litho recently, and had a really good time. Here’s a description of the band:
Electric Circus remixes classic soul and rock for the 21st century with sampled grooves, improvised sonic exploration, light projections and a reinventions of mid 20th century psychedelia.
Featuring D’Vonne Lewis (drums), Geoff Harper (a. bass), Andy Stoller (e. bass), Ryan Burns (keys), Tristan Gianola (guitar), Sean Woolstenhulme (guitar), Alex Guy (Violin), Beth Fleenor (Clarinet/vox), Kate Olson (s. sax), Ray Larson (trumpet), Greg Sinibaldi (b. sax), Willem De Koch (trombone), Thione Diop (percussion), Wayne Horvitz (conduction, sampling, keys), Brad Rouda (lights).
I had the distinct pleasure of performing with Ann Wilson during this year’s Flight To Mars at the Showbox. Lots of Zeppelin! This was my second year playing in the group Flight to Mars. Playing with Ann was definitely a highlight for me this year.
Here’s some video:
I am pleased to announce my new CD “Birds” is in stock and ready to ship! Though the CD officially releases March 11, 2010, in conjunction with our Tula’s CD Release Party, you can get your copy today! I am very excited about this, as it is my first electric CD as a leader. and it features my longtime friends and bandmates Geoff Cooke, Jose Martinez, and Mark Taylor.
The CD features all original compositions, and is presented in special CD tins packaged and designed by Tina Routt. My 3rd release on Odd Bird Records, “Birds” was recorded and mixed by Josh Evans at Albro Swift Studios, then carefully mastered by Drew Locke of Seattle Drum School. You can purchase the CD directly from this link: http://ryanburns.fourfour.com/discography?id=624 You can also check out samples from the cd there. Thanks for listening and hope to see you at a show!
Dec 3: Ryan Burns Trio – https://www.facebook.com/events/268791213245342/
The Ryan Burns Trio explores the classic piano trio format, much in the lineage of greats Ahmad Jamal, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans. RBT consists of fretless electric bassist Steve Kim and drummer Jacques Willis, and Burns experimenting with various analog keyboard sounds.
The Seattle Weekly writes “Burns has a fantastically fertile brain, prodding the music with unexpected voicings and twisted runs; as with the best pianists, his comping is as intriguing as his solos.”
Dec 10: Eagle’s Idea – https://www.facebook.com/events/610270589083121/
Eagle’s Idea is a twist on the classic Hammond organ trio, featuring the great Joe Doria (McTuff, Michael Shreive’s Spellbinder) – Hammond B-3, Ryan Burns (Flight To Mars, Bebop and Destruction) – Piano and Moog, and Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes, Wayne Horvitz) – Drums.
Dec 17: Being John McLaughlin – https://www.facebook.com/events/ 296330930560484/
Being John McLaughlin is the clever name for the local ad-hoc sextet tackling the phenomenally complex, combustible, and beautiful music of 1970s jazz-fusion deities Mahavishnu Orchestra. McLaughlin is, of course, MO’s superhumanly dexterous guitarist/leader and one of the catalysts in Miles Davis’s paradigm-shifting electric period. His group’s first two albums— 1971’s Inner Mounting Flame and 1973’s Birds of Fire—remain overwhelming sources of quicksilver inventiveness and spiritual profundity (go to “The Noonward Race” for instant proof) on the level of those early Tony Williams Lifetime LPs, Miles’s Dark Magus, and Return to Forever’s Romantic Warrior.
-Dave Segal (The Stranger)
Tristan Gianola — Guitar
Mark Taylor – Sax
Alicia DeJoie — Violin
Ryan Burns — Keyboards
Geoff Harper — Bass
John Bishop — Drums
Burien School of Music and Art marked the opening of it’s doors on April 24, 2010 with a Sold Out Concert Event held at Bison Creek Pizza, which is a stone’s throw from the new school. Business Owner/Musician/Teacher Ryan Burns along with partner Artist/Teacher Tina Routt organized the event, which featured 4 bands, members of which included Peter DiStefano (Porno For Pyros) and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). Cameron’s jazz trio project HarryBu McCage opened the event, performing Thelonious Monk tunes, originals, and other jazz/rock material. The group closed it’s set with the Deep Purple cover “Highway Star,” with Geoff Harper cranking the upright bass and Ryan Burns on distorted Moog Synthesiser.
Next up was Three Tree Point Blues Band, a classic rock cover group with deep Burien roots. The group heavily featured the vocals of Jamie Phalen and guitar work of Jack Johnston, performing numbers by Santana, Allman Brothers, and others, with guest vocalist/guitarist Glenn Cannon (Windowpane) sitting in on Hendrix’s Voodoo Child with Burns on hammond organ, and bassist Joe DelGreco and drummer Todd Anderson.
Zack Static Sect played 3rd at about 11pm. An original punk/grunge band, their set turned the dance floor into a mosh pit. The group consists of Zack Static (who also hails from Burien) on guitar and vocals, bassist Joe Focault, and drummer Alex Vincent (Green River). The group also brought Burns to the stage to play guitar on their hit single “Pass Me By.”
Headlining the event was Los Angeles-based guitarist/vocalist Peter DiStefano, who performed with The Black Vinyl All-Stars for the first part of their set. DiStefano played Porno For Pyros hit “Pets,” his original “Diminished,” and covers of Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones. DiStefano then gave way to lead singer Mesa (Big High) and Igor Abuladze (Urban Achievers) on lead guitar. Burns played keyboards and guitar throughout, along with bassist Zak Melang (Supersonic Soul Pimps), and drummer Mike Stone (Crack Sabbath). BVA performed more covers by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and closing with The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Keyboardist Ryan Burns’ new group will perform at Tula’s Nightclub in Seattle, Wa Thursday March 11, 2010 in conjunction with Burns’ first electric CD as a leader. The recording “Birds” (2010 OddBird Records) prominently features analog keyboards such as Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ, and Moog Synthesizer. The recording of all original material also features bassist Geoff Cooke, drummer Jose Martinez, and saxophonist Mark Taylor. An acoustic 1st set starts at 7:30pm, and the 2nd set will be electric, with lots of material from the CD.
GTZB (Goessl/Taylor/Zgonc/Burns) will perform at Tulas Nightclub in Belltown (Seattle) on Monday, February 8, 2010. GTZB debuted at 2009 Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts under the leadership of award-winning saxophonist Mark Taylor (Earshot Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year 2008). The group consists of Jason Goessl, guitar; Mark Taylor, saxophones; Ryan Burns, keyboards and Tom Zgonc, drums. The music is original material with some Mingus, Monk, Bill Evans thrown in. Modern jazz with an edge.
7:30pm; 5 dollars; Tulas Restaurant and Nightclub; 2214 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121; (206) 443-4421
You’ve decided you want to play piano. You’ve chosen a teacher, have a lesson coming up and don’t want to go in cold. Or you’ve tried to learn with books and online tutorials, and decided you need some one on one instruction with a live person. for a beginner, the first lesson almost always entails these three things:
1) Find Middle C: On the piano, look at the black keys. There are 2 black keys, then there are 3 black keys, then there are 2 black keys then there are 3 black keys, and so on… Middle C can be found at the center of the piano, the first white key to the left of the 2 black keys.
2) Moving Your Fingers: With your RIGHT HAND, place your thumb on middle C. Move one finger at a time up to your pinky and back down. C-D-E-F-G ascending, G-F-E-D-C descending. Do this about 20 times. Then try the same thing with the Left Hand, but starting pinky on Middle C. FINGERING #’s: For either hand your teacher will explain Thumb is always the number 1. Pointer Finger = 2, Middle Finger = 3, Ring Finger =4, Pinky = 5. Now you have a handle on each hand moving seperately. The next step is to put BOTH THUMBS on Middle C. Your right hand and left hand fingering will match each other if you play at the same time from Middle C, 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. Note: I call this the “C Scale.” The full C Major Scale probably comes in lesson 2, as you are still getting used to your hands in one position for now.
3) Play a Chord: A Chord is playing three notes or more all at once. An Arpeggio is playing a chord one note at a time. Go back to your first position of Right Hand thumb on Middle C. To Play a C Chord you will play C, E and G (all White Keys). To find this, play Middle C with your thumb, skip a note (and skip a finger) this is E, skip another note (and another finger) this is G. Your fingering for Right Hand should be 1 – 3 – 5 (C – E – G). Then try the same with your Left Hand pinky starting on Middle C. Your Left Hand fingering should be 5-3-1 (C – E -G). For now, practice playing your C Chord hands separate all at once (Chord), and as an arpeggio ascending and descending (1 – 3 – 5 – 3 – 1, or C – E – G – E – C).
So this should give you a head start, whether you want to jump in and practice before your first lesson, or if you just wanted to know what to expect at your first lesson. Fingerings are very important, especially in the beginning while you are first learning. If you have been trying to learn on your own, I’d recommend paying close attention to fingerings. The best thing you can do is get with a good piano teacher from the start, so you don’t start bad habits that you may not recognize on your own.