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Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by jomahu, Mar 19, 2008.
tell me more. and yeh, i know. it's a big world out there...
You mean like old Sussex folk songs....?
i used to play alot of tunes based off of "rogs" like, an indian style. it as awesome
check out a group called TASA
My guitarist auditioned for a 'world' music band imporvisational. He said the music was generally awful!! The bassist was some daslim style guru buddhist who was phenominal on bass. He said all he did was play eastern scales to odd time sigs. Needless to say he declined their offer of a place.
to me, it seems like there are 'accepted' forms of world music (i call it 'putumayo music' ).
i'm in a band that, for sake of easy classification, plays 'world music.' we never seem to fit in anywhere, which is cool from an aesthetic point of view. but when trying to get lucrative gigs (good money, high-profile, etc.), it's hard when we can't fit into a neat musical box...we usually have to jump on the rock or reggae bandwagons.
so, i'm just curious as to how others have fared in this limitless yet limiting 'genre.'
We play Gypsy jazz, which is definitely a world music. We're Americans, playing our version the music developed by European Gypsies at the time when they were first exposed to early American jazz....which of course is rooted in blues which essentially is rooted in Africa!
Click here to here some... it's wildly cool.
or dig us on myspace.... www.myspace.com/ameranouchegj
And yes, it IS hard not fitting well into one genre. But I think because the music rocks to hard and is so accessible (to almost ALL ears -- truly we are accepted in a pretty amazing diversity of places/people), it is happening. We all do this professionally, but it is definitely a lot of work to make it happen.
We're very lucky to be able to do it, though.