Why release a (Radio Edit) version of RPM Orchestra's live 25-minute Pop-Up Salvation Soup Kitchen performance?
The original two-set live performance ran nearly 20 minutes all together. And that's not even counting the 7-minute intermission between sets, during which haluski was dished out (soup line style) to hungry audience members. Obviously, a performance of that magnitude is the antithesis of "radio-friendly".
Therefore, a more accessible "radio edit" version of the Pop-Up Salvation Soup Kitchen performance was made, focusing on the Industrial-Jazz elements of the original piece, to help garner airplay.
To increase its appeal to freeform radio/streaming stations and hip jazz broadcasters alike, this "radio-friendlier" edit version of the original performance - featuring the 2nd (improvisational) set, intermission excised - now clocks in at a mere 5 minutes & 9 seconds!
POP-UP SALVATION SOUP KITCHEN (RADIO EDIT) (listen/download)
In the spirit of the performance, since this special-edition 7"-style download is absolutely FREE, we ask that those downloading PLAY IT FORWARD instead - by donating goods to a local food bank or community pantry in their area this season.
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WHAT'S "PLAY IT FORWARD"?
It's the simple idea that a stalled economy won't restart itself on an empty stomach, so we're doing our small part with a free musical gift and asking folks to pay it forward - in the spirit of the original performance - by donating goods to a local food bank or community pantry in their area. In the U.S., check the directory @ National Food Pantry List. [url= foodpantries.org/ ]
WAS THIS THE ONLY POP-UP SALVATION SOUP KITCHEN PERFORMANCE?
Only the first of an irregular performance series, when both nourishing and entertaining Phoenix's cultural workers is called for.
WHAT SHORT-GENRE LABEL DESCRIBES THE NEW SINGLE?
WHO IS THE SOLO PERCUSSIONIST?
Dan Montes, displaying his self-styled "Free Noise and Glitch Bop" noise/jazz fusion drumming, is the solo percussionist.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THAT NIGHT'S ORCHESTRA MEMBERS?
The usual 6-member orchestra was pared down to three for Pop-Up Salvation Soup Kitchen, with duties shared by:
Kathleen D. Cone (rain stick, share plough), Pete Petrisko (share plough, shortwave radio, upright slinky), and the aforementioned Dan Montes (DIY electronics, percussion, live sound engineering).
WHY SERVE HALUSKI IN A SOUP KITCHEN?
Our pop-up performance was part of a larger community show/send-off for artist Vav Vavrek, who was relocating to Long Beach CA. Both Vavrek and the orchestra conductor, Pete Petrisko, are of Slovak descent, so haluski was the obvious "soup kitchen" meal-of-choice. It's a hungry-man Slovak thing, don't try to understand it. The next pop-up will serve something completely different to fit into that evening as well.
ARE THE BACKGROUND CONVERSATIONS A PRE-RECORDED LOOP?
No, it's "accidental musique concrète", heard only after the fact in this live performance recording. The 2nd set began shortly after audience members returned to their seats with hot bowlfuls of haluski. They ate and conversed as the orchestra played. As it turns out, our very sensitive recording microphone picked up some of these conversations as it recorded the performance itself.
HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS THE SHOW?
The best sign of its success is they ate every last bite of the haluski.
WHEN WILL THE FULL RELEASE BE AVAILABLE?
Our free digital download live double album, titled livewire acts, will be available November 23rd (via archive dot org), with over 80 minutes of Proto-Industrial Americana music inside.
HOW CAN RPM ORCHESTRA BE REACHED?