Jan 012014
 

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NEW EUROPEAN DATES PTV3 (2014):

Saturday 13 September:Valada, Portugal; Reverence Festival
Tuesday 16 September: Brussels, Belgium; Beursschouwburg
Thursday 18 September: Bucharest, Romania; Control Club
Saturday 20 September: Berlin, Germany; Gretchen
Sunday 21 September: Paris, France; La Gaité Lyrique 

THE AVANT GARDENIST: Scroll down for the latest post and updates.

MORE AVANT GARDENING:
www.shinafest.com
http://www.idrija-tourism.com/about/

And don’t forget:
GRAB AT YOUR OWN DREAMS BEFORE SOMEONE TURNS THEM INTO A NIGHTMARE
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Sep 152014
 

Shinafest is over. THE GREATEST SMALLEST FESTIVAL ON EARTH!

WHERE WERE YOU?

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Live moves on. On the road with PTV3. See dates on the frontpage. Come and check it out

Sep 142014
 

Free Music! – destination Port Townsend ( but first Indian buffet lunch in Olympia) ok – on to the waterfront and an awesome jam with Spoon Man. Sidewalk artists created a colorful tapestry surrounding us and young and old joined us to celebrate the day.

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One more pic – mural on the indian place in olympia

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Sep 132014
 

Here we go . . . .

Last September we were playing with Shinafest in Slovenia – Shout out to Matski, Zoran, Tilen, Jan and friends in Idrija. Shinafest is happening NOW!  Tune in and plan to be there next time.

www.shinafest.com
www.idrija-tourism.com/about/
www.limbabwe.com

Free Music! Stop America! is setting off tomorrow for Port Townsend and a jam on the sea wall about 3pm.  You may hear us before you see us . . . so come on down and jam.

Sep 092014
 

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The kitchen has always been the best surrounding for creative inspirations.
DALLAS KINGSTON KOLLEKTOR on Shinafest now saturday
Complete program:
Thursday 11:
18.45: Alphorn Experience.
19.00: Borut Kržišnik
21.00: Partija.
Friday 12.
20.00: Alphorn Experience.
21.00: Matej Ocepek:
23.00: Shina late night with Rok Šinkovec
Saturday, 13.
19.00: Noise Meeting.
21.00: Dallas Kingston Kollekter.
22.00: Bear Bones Lay Low
23.00: Shina late night with Branko Božič

Sep 072014
 

Free Music! Stop America!

We are one week away from the 2014 USA West Coast Musical Detour.

What’s Free Music! Stop America!?

“FREE MUSIC! STOP AMERICA! are two organizing principles around which individuals and groups can practice and enact various forms of freedom without mediation by political systems, markets, and money. FREE MUSIC! is an international d.i.y. expression of those for whom the act of gathering, collaborating, and having fun is more important than the product being sold, or the points being made.

FREE MUSIC! invites all to jump in and create; people from all origins, working in all mediums, to ‘start where you are, use what you have, do what you want!’. by welcoming different experiences and different aesthetics, we make the sound that reconciles harmony and dissonance. by engaging people socially and creatively without the need for money or the music industry, we demonstrate a revolutionary form of life that doesn’t require capitalism or control from above.

talking/listening,teaching/learning, practicing/creating, resisting/partying are all done at the same time. if you are interested in freeing music and/or stopping america, you can start with friends and strangers in your community, or by yourself inside your own head!

MUSIC IS THE SOUND OF LIFE!”
We are blending music, spirituality and activism into new shapes and sounds that will support and heal us all. We’ll have musical toys, shakers, drums, etc., BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS so all can join in making music together.

Everyone is invited to join in all Free Music! Stop America! travels and jams. Tell your friends.
Dates

Sat. Sept 13 – Port Townsend; Jam with Artis – Spoonman and friends
Sun. Sept 14 – Tacoma; Jam with Art and family/friends on the front porch or the streets of Tacoma
Mon. Sept 15 – Ranier? St. Helen’s? Hike a mountain and back to Portland
Tues. Sept 16 – Ashland; Jam with the Bee Goddesses and friends of sacred beekeeping http://www.collegeofthemelissae.com/
Wed-Thurs. Sept 17-18 Chico; Jam with Tom and Susan, friends and neighbors
Fri. Sept 19 – SF; Music in the City or East Bay
Sat-Sun. Sept 20-21 Aptos; Jam at Cory’s with friends and neighbors
Mon-Tues. Sept 22-23 Carmel/Point Lobos; Beach walk and Jam with Tracy & friends. Hike Pt. Lobos/California Condor viewing http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25208)
Wed- Sat. Sept 24-27 SF; Jam with family & friends indoors and out. Beach Bonfire Picnic Jam,
Friday 26 – Ocean Beach
Sun. Sept 28 Bye Bye. Drive back to Portland

Aug 302014
 

Usually I don’t write obituaries, but….
Last Thursday, August 28, Fish (Kovačič) passed away. Fish was his nickname. Honestly, until today I still don’t know his full real name, neither why everybody called him Fish.
Probably most of my blog readers don’t know Fish. Let me tell you the story.
Fish was a average normal person here in town (Idrija, Slovenia). He never did something outstanding that would draw attention of the masses. No golden medals or no. 1 scores on the billboard chards. Fish made his money by running a small convenience store. Kinda ‘corner-store’, where you can buy surviving necessaries like food, cigarettes and wine. All these stores disappeared here, eaten by supermarkets. But Fish survived for one simple reason, his store was next to the retirement home.
Fish was also a musician. He played drums. If he ever had ambitions, I don’t know. He gave the impression performing this as a hobby. Long time ago, before I moved into this town (before 1999) Fish managed to obtain an abandoned space behind a local theatre. He isolated it and moved his drums in. No connecting neighbours and across the road the health centre, closed after 6pm. A good spot to practice his playing disturbing nobody. Because he did not use the space all the time other musicians could practice there too. Tanx to Fish ‘Rudniska’ (the name of the rehearsal space) became the home of many local bands and, like so many rehearsing spaces, a hang out of locals, mostly sharing interest in music. Rudniska developed a scene. Out of this scene came f.e. The System. They rehearsed and recorded all their cd’s there. Even the latest release of Aikula is recorded in Rutniska. So Fish did something outstanding! Rudniska developed through time into a respectable rehearsing room with some recording equipment, last years mainly under the responsibility of his son, who (ofcourse) is also called Fish (young Fish).
Fish was not one of my ‘close’ acquaintances in the town. I knew him because I bought sometimes wine in his store, and through his son, who played drums in The System. Incidentally we crossed path on the ‘work-floor’, me being the technician, he playing drums in the ‘weekend’ band. Fish was an easy person. Always happy and often joking. He played drums with a lot of enthusiasm. Another, more personal, reason why I give attention on Fish’s passing is that he made me move back to Idrija. I was living in Portugal (barely 3 years) but stayed in connection with Idrija (Shinafest). I visited Idrija at least twice a year. On one of these visits I walked on the Mestni Trg and met Fish. Very happy and full enthusiasm he pulled a picture out of his pocket. “Look Mat, I just found this picture from when I was 17 with my first girlfriend”. Back in Portugal (I lived in a boring, desolated, middle of nowhere depressive part, where nobody in town walks the streets) I often thought about this encounter with Fish. On a certain point I said to myself “Fuck this, it will take centuries before someone here will show me a picture with his first girlfriend”, and started preparations moving back. I never had the chance to tell Fish that he triggered my return.
Fish had the disease that takes so many of us away. He was not the youngest, but still his passing was unexpected and before his time. It created a depressive atmosphere hanging like fog in town for a day. Last night we tried to drink this away.
Living modest, there is almost nothing to find on the internet of Fish. Nowhere mentioned, no pictures. This is the best I could find:

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With such a positive and happy character like Fish had, he must have ‘helped’ more people than he (and we all) realize. Fish deserves a gold medal, but its to late. All I can do is this post, a spot on the Limbabwe pages postponing oblivion.

Aug 242014
 

SHINAFEST 2014 COMPLETE PROGRAM:

SHINAFEST 2014. 5th EDITION! 11/12/13 SEPTEMBER

The program of Shinafest’s 5th edition is completed. 5, an anniversary figure? Every Shinafest is a celebration. This year the festival is going to be smashing! Alphorns and noise jams, gambling and magic….. and …….

Thursday 11 September:

18.45: Echoing alphorn sounds (CH) played by the Berner (Switzerland) quartet ‘Alphorn Experience’, howl through the Idrian valley announcing the opening of Shinafest 5.
19.00: Borut Kržišnik (SLO) http://www.borutkrzisnik.si/
early member of legendary Slovenian bands like Laibach and Borghesia, nowadays one of the most prominent Slovenian composers gives an insight into work methods and creative process creating compositions.
LOCATION: MUSIC SCHOOL / CASTLE GEWERKNEG
21.00: Partija/The Game (SLO). http://vimeo.com/76682464
A project of Slovenian sound explorers plus visuals affected by the randomness of a game.
LOCATION: BUSSTATION WAITING-ROOM

Friday 12 September:

20.00: Alphorn Experience (CH). http://www.mikemaurer.ch/alphorn/experience 
Quartet of Alphorn players from Switzerland pushing forward the boundaries of traditional instruments.
LOCATION: MESTNI TRG (MAIN SQUARE)
21.00: Matej Ocepek (SLO). http://www.matejocepek.si
A special kind of audio-visual performance, where sounds feed the visuals and vice versa with the performer clamped inbetween
LOCATION: MESTNI TRG (MAIN SQUARE)
23.00: Shina late night with Rok Šinkovec Time to let it all sink with a drink and easy music…
LOCATION: BAR KAVARNA

Saturday, 13 September:

19.00: Zelo Balatos (SLO)
A meeting of the heaviest and hardest ‘crème’ of Slovenian noise scene. Goal is to reach unity in sound by showing respect for, and allowing space to, eachother in a 60 minute jam.
LOCATION: PRI ZOBOTU (At Zobo’s)
21.00: Dallas Kingston Kollekter (World). http://www.limbabwe.com/?page_id=44 Wir alle haben dass Gefühl dass war schon mal da. Dass haben vor uns andere versucht, dass hatt nicht funktioniert und warum soll es plötzlich bei uns klappen?
LOCATION: BUS GARAGE
22.00: Bear Bones, Lay Low (Venezuela). http://bearboneslaylow.wordpress.com
An energetic trip through the most warped zones of the cartoon world hidden in your mind.
LOCATION: BUS GARAGE
23.00: Shina late night with Branko Božič
Give your ears some rest in all comfort with a drink
LOCATION: BAR KAVARNA

ALL LOCATIONS ARE IN IDRIJA, SLOVENIA. IF YOU CAN’T FIND THEM, GO TO THE CENTRAL SQUARE (EASY TO FIND) AND ASK IN BAR KAVARNA OR TRY TO FIND SIGNS “SHINAFEST”.

MORE INFO?: http://www.shinafest.com

 

Aug 142014
 

Man, do I feel for writing a post just to get some of my mind, but ….., next time. Tomorrow? Anyway, The Clash London Calling was (is) a great album. Still got it inmy collection (someone denied the other day)

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And so was their first album (I am playing right now)

Was at a Ferus Mustafov gig the other day. Something very different then Clash, but regulars on these pages know about my ‘variable’ taste. Amazing and impressive, Ferus still can do it. Its a relief enjoying a live performance of a great musicians.

Aug 072014
 

For a while not much writing. Not in ‘the mood’, but I will post regularly tour updates, Shina – and other – news and such….
Free Music US tour:
Sat. Sept 13 – Port Townsend
Sun. Sept 14 – Tacoma
Tues. Sept 16 – Eugene/Ashland?
Wed-Thurs. Sept 17-18 Chico
Fri. Sept 19 – SF
Sat-Sun. Sept 20-21 Aptos
Mon-Tues. Sept 22-23 Carmel/Big Sur
Wed- Sat. Sept 24-27 SF/Mt. Tam
Follow your ears and/or nose figuring out where in town they are.