The Y2K14 International Live Looping Festival was a perfect storm of creativity, opportunity and a family atmosphere that united dozens of loop artists and visual performers from both sides of the country and from three continents. The organizers took a deliberate interest in programming loop artists that are unique in their approach and execution of their art onstage. I was reminded of music camps I went to years ago that kept you immersed in a creative dialogue with not only yourself, but also your fellow artists from the time you woke up until the time you went to bed.
Manu and I got to know each other as much as our couple of weeks on the road allowed us. I was always quick to help him set up his gear. His too, takes up every square inch of a six foot table. (That’s 1.82 meters if you are reading this in France) With Manu, I found him to be such a gentle and caring soul that has lived a thousand times and every time has been reborn as a creative cleric. We spoke about life back in France and our creative inspirations. I found him to be soft spoken, but his words that he did share were always encouraging and loving.
Earlier I compared his music to mobiles and light. Manu is a man full of light and love. The morning after his headlining performance, we all had to bid ‘adieu’ to Manu. His path on the looper tour route turned east in Santa Cruz and took him back home. Like any loop, it will come full circle and Manu and I will have the chance for a creative synergy once again. A bientôt mon frère musical.
In the coming weeks I will blog about my experiences further down the tour route. The Southern California Loop Music Festival brought me in league with new artists, some years in the making. The night after the SoCal Fest ended, I was in a packed events center east of Hollywood watching the one artist he single handedly brought me into the world of live looping. Who that was and what happened will be coming to my blog in the coming weeks…..
On tour in Long Beach, California USA
Oct. 25, 2014
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