|Winter 2017 video: "10 Years Gone (Zep cover) featuring The Swiss Army Bass|
|Video: "Creep” Stone Temple Pilots cover - featuring The Fractal Harp.|
|Mark Hutchins Family Fund - Mark's kids Vega & Rocket|
|Heartbreakingly, another of my Johnny Skilsaw band-mates, Mark Hutchins tragically passed on from this world back in spring.|
Mark , Nick DiCorato and I had the best band in the world and spent a lifetime together for a wonderful moment back in the 90s. A day doesn't pass when I don't miss their friendships, talents. Each of them had a brilliant, personable nature and an endless list of great attributes we that knew them could add to all day long.
Mark leaves behind a beautiful wife and two precious children. We were lucky to be blessed with his presence. My love goes out to his beautiful family.
Mark, Nick and I
made this Album - It's very much alive here as a
Johnny Skilsaw -Stuffed And Motorized (Flash site) Full LP
|There's a Non Flash site here for your phone or gadget|
The Fractal Harp
Mark2: The new prototype features a 28-string
pivoting slide harp/guitar
fused with a 5-string bass guitar, midi
keyboard and other elements, bringing
the ability to produce fully realized
music in real time. It's a combined,
updated descendant of the
Swiss Army Bass,
and The original
The Harp: The player’s right hand controls the pivoting slide/bridge while simultaneously picking, plucking and effecting pitch and modulation. The slide brings the harp's relative notes and scales through exponentially fluid chromatic increments. Additionally, a foot pedal acts independently on specific harp strings in order to bend/manipulate pitch and intervals in a way reminiscent of a pedal steel guitar . Single or two-handed play is possible and allow for the simultaneous playing of other instruments manipulation and effects. The range of expression possible when weighted with the simplicity of the design is noteworthy. ........more
Concerto - by Jay Wasco --New
Mix summer 2016
In another life, circa early 1997, I binge wrote and recorded this piano piece in my studio down on Henry St. in NYC (during my TAG /Atlantic stipend - lost weekend). I played and recorded a digital piano phrase by phrase, recording it to tape, having absolutely no idea where the piece would go, but simply making it up as I went along, the way I do all my "classical" shit. What came out was this sprightly, gregarious piece. Happy, but burnt, I put it on the shelf knowing that someday I would come back and drop an orchestral score around it.
A dream come true, last summer the Wascos acquired this Yamaha baby grand piano (disklavier 2 - functions as a player piano that reads and writes midi). Over the last few weeks I've finally got around to refining and transcribing the piece to midi and scoring and recording the orchestral accompaniment. It was no easy task, but It came out great.
I shot this video of the final pass while recording it. It's nice to hear this thing realized after nearly two decades.
Yeah, I know It would be cooler if someone was actually playing this...I welcome any and all volunteers.
|"Redemption Song"- Bob Marley cover Tracked live in real time. Fractal Harp/ Vocals, keys and bass. All sounds and samples created by JW.|