Monday, May 13, 2013
There's a picture perfect unused jail in North Portland that will make a fine backdrop for the music video shoot today. It's not the first place I dream of spending my time on a rainy Monday morning. In this case, we'll be in the company of the fine friends from the colorful Wanderlust Circus. The cats from Perception Northwest have really been rocking the production. Our location shoot last week at the Bossanova Ballroom with the entire band cast was super sweet. The finished piece ought to be a real zinger for the MarchFourth Marching Band. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Diggable Monkey is super pleased to be working with Jeffrey Bale of Jeffrey Bale Gardens. Jeffrey is a renowned garden designer and landscape architect with a special interest and skill in custom stone mosaics. Jeffrey is developing a series of videos to be released later in the Fall. From Jeffrey's website: These gardens are built using organic principals, ensuring a cleaner environment. I have become known for my work with pebble mosaic, an art form of unlimited expression and practical application. I am moving away from the use of wood, as it becomes increasingly scarce, and into the fantastic potential of steel. Ancient or Modern, I am not limited to any particular style other than the goal of creating something of great beauty that fits harmoniously into it’s surroundings. For more on Jeffrey, visit his website: http://www.jeffreygardens.com/index.html OO OO!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland, Oregon, USA, is embarking on a US State Department Cultural Exchange Tour in China, sponsored jointly by Sias International University, Sias Foundation, the United States Embassy in Beijing and the Government of Henan China Cultural Affairs. MarchFourth’s 18 performers (and 3 crew, including cameraman/documentarian Kevin Balmer of Diggable Monkey) will tour the Henan Province of China, putting on shows at universities, arts centers and public squares from May 21-June 3, 2013. Since the Cold War era, trips like this to developing and/or communist countries have long been part of American cultural diplomacy efforts to showcase the American arts and, by extension, our way of life. Some of the first musicians to tour the world on the US State Department dime were jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Though these programs declined somewhat in the second half of the 20th century, they were revived or reinvigorated after 9/11 in an attempt to downplay anti-US sentiments around the world.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Two years of work explained in less than 4 1/2 minutes. Here's how the story goes at light speed...
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Shawna's passion for music began in early childhood while attending the Winnipeg music folk festival in Manitoba, Canada, where she grew up. There, she was exposed to musical genius from all over the planet, which greatly refined her ear for the subtleties and origins of all types of music. It wasn't until the age of 18 that she took an interest in electronic music, and began pursuing Music of just about every genre, crafting the art of spinning it all together in a smooth hot mess of the dance journey, while simultaneously always searching for that same quality of depth, fun and life in the electronic realm. She's been dj-ing "out" since 1999. Played next to many a known name such as: Bassnectar, Mimosa, Glitch Mob, Beats Antique, Marty Party, Miguel Migs, Moderat, Heyokah, Mochipet, Freak Nasty, Tipper, Antennae, Lowriderz, etc. The list goes on and on and on. Member of El Circo, and has a musical project with Zoe Jakes-(of Beat Antique)- called Pussymonster. She plays for the dancers!!!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Sunday, December 23, 2012
December 12, 2012 - MarchFourth video diary from the road. Pablo takes lead to work with the band on an arrangement of Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil", the first Brazilian song to be played over a million times on American radio. Requested by a fan through the recent Kickstarter campaign, MarchFourth debuts its version at the Dirty Bourbon, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
More on MarchFourth's touring schedule:http://marchfourthmarchingband.com/calendar/
Video production by Diggable Monkey
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Diggable Monkey is in motion for Threshold: Year of the Snake! The Chinese New Year is happening on Saturday, February 9th and promises to be yet another incredible, full-tilt sensory music event here in the City of Roses. Our intention is to bring back the same production team to create what has come to be regarded by many as one of Portland's finest community-produced gathering of the year. Our theme focuses on personal and inter-personal relationships, as well as the mutating interplay between the masculine and feminine energies. Stay tuned for more details! OO OO