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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Getcha Now" MarchFourth in Germany



Watch M4 dance team alums LaTisha Stickland, Jen Forti and Ariel Brantley-Dalglish rock "Getcha Now" in Hannoversch Muenden, Germany, back in Sept. 2010.

Video by Diggable Monkey
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Soriah Tuvan Throat Singer





Perhaps the most rewarding part of my life is that I get to work with some of the most innovative and talented creative people in Portland. Enrique Ugalde and his incredible throat singing was embedded in me from the time I first heard him perform over 10 years ago. He is a tremendous force of nature and wonderful human being. If you know or respect his work, please don't hesitate to spread the word through liking or share this bio piece. 




Saturday, September 6, 2014

Soriah: Tuvan Throat Singer (Enrique Ugalde)




Soriah, which translates as “Milky Way” from Sufi, is the stage persona for the internationally recognized artist, Enrique Ugalde. Soriah’s craft is a blending of traditional Khöömei (Tuvan Throat Singing), tempered with Soriah’s own visceral force. Performances vary from being steeped in tradition and bound to its constructs to more experimental fascinations with electronic and acoustic accompaniments, and introducing Butoh and Ritual Performance Art. Soriah’s use of Khöömei as a transportive medium is an offering to nature in her own tongue, that of organic sound whether it be wind, water or the mimicry of animals. He is currently working to integrate his work into film and sound design.
Soriah takes an annual sabbatical to Tuva to study with various masters and to compete. The 2008 Fifth Quinquennial Ethnomusicology Symposium, “Khöömei: The Cultural Phenomenon of Central Asia”, has honored Enrique Ugalde, “Third Place”, the highest a non-native to Tuva has yet placed. The Üstüü-Khüree Festival awarded him “Best Foreigner” for their 2008 selection. In 2014, he won 2nd place in the Tuvan National Kargyraa Competition. The rest of the year Soriah travels the globe with extended tours performing in various cities and enclaves of Japan, crooning in the cathedrals and ruins of Mexico, and intoning in ocean caves and amidst the swamplands of America. The artist has been invited to perform at society events such as The 2009 Peace Ball in Washington, D.C. for Obama’s inauguration, and by brigand artist elites, to sing at various installations of note at the Burning Man Festival.
One becomes encased in an awe-laced ceremonial pallor while in attendance at a Soriah performance. A deep spiritualism imbues each piece performed, whether entirely traditional or exhibiting a fusion of music, movement and meditation that Soriah describes as Vocalized Ritual Drone.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MarchFourth Trail Mix Ep. 60 "Main Stage @ Oregon Country Fair"



MarchFourth video diary from the road. The band rocks the Main Stage at the Oregon Country Fair with "Janjar".
More info on tour dates, go to http://marchfourthmarchingband.com
Video by Diggable Monkey
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lana Wirges Massage




Lana offers a fusion of massage techniques to ensure a unique massage experience for each client.
More info @ http://lanawirgesmassage.com

Video by Diggable Monkey
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Love Gigantic Live @ Sellwood Park - "No Good As A Memory"


Love Gigantic performs to a huge audience at Sellwood Park for Portland's 'Concerts in the Park' summer series. 
http://lovegigantic.com/
Photos by Dan Herrick 
Video by Diggable Monkey 
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Beats Antique @ Oregon Country Fair - Tommy Cappel is "Jumpin'"


Tommy Cappel rips through the drum parts on "Jumpin", a swinging number off the new Beats Antique record, A Thousand Faces. More Beats Antique here: http://beatsantique.com/music/a-thousand-faces-act-1

Video by Diggable Monkey
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MarchFourth Marching Band @ Oregon Country Fair 2014 - "Magic Number"



MarchFourth Marching Band guitarist Jon VanCura rocks the guitar on the main stage at the 2014 Oregon Country Fair. More on M4 here: http://m4mb.com

Video by Diggable Monkey
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beats Antique @ Oregon Country Fair: Zoe Jakes Snake & Feather Dance





I've had a fortunate opportunity to work closely with Zoe Jakes doing video production at Datura, a Portland-based belly dance studio run by Rachel Brice and Sol Crawford. From time to time, the MarchFourth Marching Band's tour schedule synchs up with Beats Antique and we'll end up at the same gig - often on the same stage and periodically right next to their playing time. The Oregon Country Fair last weekend was yet another one of those occasions! Here's what I saw...   

Saturday, July 5, 2014

BURNING MAN: ART ON FIRE - Books for Burners





Every August, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate artistic expression in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert. This vastly inhospitable location, called the playa, is the site of Burning Man, where, within a 9-mile fence, artists called Burners create a temporary city devoted to art and participation. Braving extreme elements, over two hundred wildly ambitious works of art are created and intended to delight, provoke, involve, or amaze.
For more info about the book, Burning Man: Art on Fire: qbookshop.com/products/213...
In 2013, over 68,000 people attended - the highest number ever allowed on the playa. As Burning Man has created new context, new categories of art have emerged since its inception, including Art to Ride, Collaborative Art, and of course, Art to Burn. Burning Man: Art on Fire is an authorized collection of some of the most stunning examples of Burning Man art. Experience the amazing sculptures, art, stories, and interviews from the world's greatest gathering of artists. Get lost in a rich gallery of images showcasing the best examples of playa art with over 200 photos. Interviews with the artists reveal not only their motivation to create art specifically for Burning Man, but they also illuminate the dramatic efforts it took to create their pieces. Featuring the incredible photography of long-time Burning Man photographers, Sidney Erthal and Scott London, an introduction from Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and a foreword from Will Chase, this stunning gift book allows Burners and enthusiasts alike to have a piece of Burning Man with them all year around.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Ritz Story Pole Project @ Oregon Country Fair




         
It's all about the Flamingo Clan, a community of artists, crafts-persons and others who built Ritz Sauna & Showers
 over 38 years ago and continue to this day to provide a magical experience to vendors, staff, entertainers, and guests each year at the Oregon Country Fair !

This is the 3rd year we have engaged the community in carving the Pole. Many people (carvers, painters, metal workers, amateurs and professionals) have left their mark on the Pole.  According to tradition, everyone who contributes to making the Pole becomes part of the story. It took 3 years and the approval of First Nations and the Canadian Provincial Government of British Columbia to select, acquire, and ship the sustainably harvested 8,000 lb, 36’ Alaskan Yellow Cedar log to the site of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon.
Please join us in finishing and raising the Pole and make it your story too! The Pole will be raised during the Solstice in June 2015 followed by a grand celebration and feast.
Please support the Ritz Sauna and Showers Story Pole Campaign. Watch the video below: 

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Yellers: House Band for the Revolution (Teaser)




Singer and songwriter Micahel Berly relays the terrific story on one of Portland's original roots rock bands, The Yellers.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Puttin' on the Ritz!




Diggable Monkey is currently working on a wonderful video project with the Ritz Sauna and Showers tribe at the Oregon Country Fair, in Veneta. Here is a shot of the "Flamingo" folks carving the 36 foot Alaskan Yellow Cedar totem story pole, hand selected by the First Nations tribes in British Columbia. The Ritz are soon launching a crowd sourcing project pegged at $46,000 to complete the pole installation by the summer of 2015. I must say, this project is one of the most incredible stories I've had the privilege of working on. The story of the Ritz clan is deep in story, rich in art and full of life. On my first visit, they were so welcoming and eager to tell this incredible story. Stay tuned for the details on the fund raising campaign!   


Friday, May 30, 2014

The High Drive Revival Goes to What The Festival?! June 20-23



We're excited to be a part of one of Oregon's biggest summer festivals, WTF! We've been sharpening our act a little over the last few weeks in anticipation of our shows on the late night LOL stage. Apart from the sexy new dance squad, we've added a couple new gun slingers on horns: Anthony Meade and Andy Shapiro from MarchFourth Marching Band!  Yup, it's a big band and packs a big punch! See you soon... http://whatthefestival.com/

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Emily Hetrick Real Estate Broker





Meet Emily Hetrick, Real Estate Broker and Consultant with Keller Williams Realty, in Portland Oregon. Join Emily on a fun ride through her career story and discover what she really loves about the world of Portland real estate.
View Emily's Keller Williams Realty profile here:
kw.com/kw/agent/emilyhetrick
Video production by Kevin Balmer
Diggable Monkey Productions
diggablemonkey.com

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Diggable Monkey Animated Logo

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Got 4 seconds? Here's the new and improved fully animated Diggable Monkey logo! Design by Kate Madden, 3 chord sting by Carl Solovox, 3d animation by Donald Fergus. thanks, Team. I certainly couldn't do it without you. It really does take a village...

Monday, March 10, 2014

Breaking Into Real Estate with Emily Hetrick

Launching into a new project with one of Portland's top real estate agents, Ms. Emily Hetrick. I'm not sure that it could get much better. She is such a great creative force and we've been off to the races with her project for a few days now. Really enjoying to get to know her style and listening to feedback from her appreciative clients.

http://www.windermere.com/agents/emily-hetrick-1

Friday, March 7, 2014

KELLY RAE ROBERTS E-COURSE HAS ARRIVED!




Diggable Monkey is proud to present a co-production of Kelly Rae Roberts' new online course, Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras! In less than two months, 24 high-quality, multi-camera shoot videos were produced for a combined 5 hours of finished educational media content showcasing Kelly's unique painting techniques. The course represents one of the most comprehensive subscription-based online educational courses currently available. Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras is the 5th e-course project undertaken by Diggable Monkey. Other recent online course projects include Flora Bowley's 1st painting course offering, Rachel Brice's online belly dance course, Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells e-course and Jeffrey Bale's soon to be released stone mosaic course. Looking to design your own educational online course? Give us a call! 503-998-0365  

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Threshold: Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai - Random Rab (2010)

After four pretty stunning Portland New Years Eve events, "Threshold" was transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration in 2010 for Year of the Tiger. This was the promo video we worked up for the event. Thank you to Keri Changstein. You bravely rocked this shoot at 8:00 am in freezing cold weather. Yes, that's ice on the pond...