Victor Wooten @Rex Theater – Oct 27

The five-time GRAMMY award-winning bass player, producer, composer, author, and educator, and founding member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, is touring in support of TRYPNOTYX, his 10th solo album, and first in five years, out September 8.
Produced by Wooten, the album features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini, who are on tour with him playing as a trio.
Named “one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, he has been voted “Bassist of the Year” three times by Bass Player magazine reader’s poll, and in February 2017 Huffington Post named him one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers,” pictured just after President Barack Obama.
From the sizzling “Funky D,” which features Winslow’s voice and sound effects and recalls the night a kindergarten-aged Wooten saw the Godfather of soul on stage for the first time, to “Cupid,” which features bucolic textures, a sylvan flute, and spoken word exchanges with Wooten and his children, themes from his life thread through the album, tying virtuoso performance and life experience together.
“Music is a great way – and a safe way – to teach just about any life principle,” Wooten insists. “To be in a band, you have to listen to each other. Bands are at their best when every instrument is different, not the same. Everyone takes turns talking. Everyone speaks their voice. A lot of times musicians might ask, ‘What would you like me to play?’ I say, “Listen to the music. The music will tell you exactly what it needs.”
As an author, he penned a novel, “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music,” which is now part of the curriculum at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, Stanford University, and other prestigious institutions.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and a skilled naturalist, who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages.
And, he sometimes gives commencement speeches, like this one in June 2016 at University of Vermont, Rubenstein School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3u41KI57E
The youngest of five boys, Wooten began playing music at two years old, and was playing gigs by the tender age of five with the family band, the Wooten Brothers, opening for Curtis Mayfield and War, among others. He first “wowed music heads” nationwide (Kansas City Star) in 1987, as a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and skilled naturalist, who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. As an author, he penned a novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music, which is now part of the curriculum at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, Stanford University, and other prestigious institutions.
VICTOR WOOTEN TRIO TOUR
October 26 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
October 27 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
October 28 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
October 29 – C2G Music Hall – Fort Wayne, IN
October 30 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
November 1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
November 2 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Songbird Guitar Museum – Chattanooga, TN
November 4 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
November 5 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
November 7 – Madrid Theater – Kansas City, MO
November 8 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
November 9 – Caribou Room – Nederland, CO
December 8-9 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
December 10 – The Egg – Albany, NY
December 11 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT
December 12 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
December 13 – Towne Crier – Beacon, NY
December 14 – Anthology – Rochester, NY
December 15 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
December 16 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
VICTOR WOOTEN’S CENTER FOR MUSIC & NATURE
July 18 – VixCamps Music/Nature Camp – Nashville, TN
July 24 – VixCamps Composing, Arranging and Performance (C.A.P.) Camp – Nashville, TN
August 27 – VixCamps Spirit of Music Camp – Nashville, TN
September 1 – Theory Weekend – Nashville, TN

Real Guitars Made from Real Skateboards

Real Guitars Made from Real Skateboards

From Skate Park to Studio: Prisma Guitars Makes Musical Dreams a Reality

SAN FRANCISCO —What started as a love for two hobbies is evolving into a passion for one business. Today, Prisma Guitars is driven by the goal of building custom guitars with a one-of-a-kind style where instruments are all 100% handcrafted from the wood of recycled skateboard decks and custom engineered for the highest quality sound.

Prisma offers musicians the opportunity to customize every feature in building their dream guitar, from body shapes and pickups to necks, bridges, and knobs. Prisma electric guitars have six body shapes that can be built entirely with skateboards, a skateboard top and mahogany or alder back, or with a hollow body. In addition to using their own stock of skateboards, Prisma is able to build a guitar with a customer’s skateboards at no extra charge.

Necks are available in multiple profiles in four styles: skateboard, mahogany or maple with rosewood fingerboard, or one-piece maple. Each neck has a 12’’ inch radius and 25.5’’ scale length with a hand-shaped Graph Tech nut at 1 5/8’’ width. Prisma uses only hand-wound pickups from McNelly Pickups and David Allen Pickups, and all guitars are built exclusively with Emerson Custom electronics. Tone Pro or Mastery bridges are available, and an Allen key Hot Rod truss rod anchors the body, which has a 100% nitrocellulose instrument lacquer finish.

Prisma also builds custom bass guitars in two body styles with three wood options: mahogany back with skate top, alder back with skate top, or full skateboard. A maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard is available along with three finish types and several other customizable features.

 

Pricing for custom guitars begins at $2,500 and orders take approximately eight to twelve weeks to complete. Left-handed models are available at no extra cost, and all instruments come with a travel-ready MONO bag. Guitars can be shipped internationally.

Tapping into local SF culture, Prisma also offers pre-built series guitars with select customizable features. The Sunset Series pays homage to Prisma’s Sunset District neighborhood, home to Ocean Beach, where surfing and skateboarding are a way of life. Each guitar in this series is a vibrant pastel that is meant to represent a house in the neighborhood. Loaded with McNelly x Prisma pickups, the series features handmade skateboard knobs and a custom Decoboom pickguard inspired by 1970s surf culture.

“Skateboards are made with seven layers of hard rock maple— a familiar guitar wood— and some of the layers are randomly dyed colors. Through working the materials, we get the colors to come through,” says Nick Pourfard, founder of Prisma Guitars. “Every single time I build one, it’s a different result. I never make the same guitar twice.”

For a behind-the-scenes look at the Prisma design process, check out this video that features a demo by professional skateboarder and musician Tommy Guerrero. To learn more about custom Prisma Guitars, visit www.PrismaGuitars.com.

About Prisma Guitars 

Prisma Guitars was founded in 2015 by 24-year-old Nick Pourfard, a self-taught woodworker and industrial design student based in San Francisco. Inspired by his love of skateboarding and music, Nick decided to combine the two to create colorful guitars using broken and used skateboard decks. He has created custom guitars for stylistically diverse musicians at home and abroad, including international icon Steve Harris of the band Iron Maiden. Prisma Guitars are all 100% handmade in the USA, and the colors are completely one-of-a-kind for every build. To learn more, visitwww.PrismaGuitars.com.

Barrage 8 coming to Pittsburgh

Barrage 8 is the latest project from John Crozman, Dean Marshall and Tony Moore, the original creators of the hit show Barrage. Utilizing the same energy, panache and innovative stage performance that Barrage was known for, Barrage 8 features all the instruments in the modern string family. The “8” in the name represents a re-imagining of the string octet: 5 violins, viola, cello and double bass. This instrumentation drives a rich and powerful sonic palette that further explores the musical diversity in the Barrage 8 compositions and arrangements. Barrage 8 presents what the Barrage name has come to represent worldwide:

“a memorable presentation of music, from many genres and cascading generations, delivered in a way not seen or heard before.”

Chartiers Valley Middle School and High School Orchestra will be performing with the musicians of Barrage 8 on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Intermediate School at7pm.

Buy tickets here