Thursday, 13 May 2010

Prepping for E-Day 2010

The rehearsals for the E-Day are now well and truly underway!!! I have to say that, as it is with most rehearsal situations, there was some some confusion and chaos in the beginning. The set that I am a part of is for the headline act "David Wright, Callisto and Friends", so that means that this is unlike most normal performances that you would see at E-Day because this is a little more complicated owing to David Wright deciding on a slightly complex set that incorporates several artists and styles of electronic music due to the the numerous projects he is involved in.

Joining David on stage will be me (Neil Fellowes a.k.a. Geigertek) on keyboards and Nigel Turner-Heffer on guitar/keyboards. We'll perform music from David’s solo catalogue and the new Geigertek album, "The Timeless Mind". We'll will be joined by Andy Lobban to perform a specially written medley of Code Indigo tracks similar to that which went down so well in Derby last year. Time permitting, we'll also be joined by Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock to perform something totally unrehearsed.

The main bulk of the evening though will feature David Wright and myself as “Callisto” to premiere the new album “Nyx”, a powerhouse sequence based epic. For those of you expecting banks of Moogs, you'll be disappointed, because the Moogs, Jupiter 8s Minimoogs, CS80s, ARP 2600s and other associated synths that provided the bulk of the backdrop are from a row of Intel Macs and PCs!!! But have no fear….there will be synths and keyboards on view and lots of live playing going on, therefore plenty of scope for things to go wrong............!!!

We'll also have a specially commissioned graphic backdrop to accompany the music for the audience to enjoy. Of course, you’re probably aware that Callisto is, in fact, David Wright and Dave Massey but because Dave Massey "doesn’t do live", I've joined to complete the “live” Callisto line-up. Sadly though, due to a close family bereavement, Dave Massey won’t be in attendance at E-Day.

Nigel Turner-Heffer has worked with David Wright for several years on numerous non EM related projects and he is, of course, also part of Code Indigo. Thus, with me already in attendance, it made sense to incorporate some Code Indigo music on the night.

The most difficult part of the rehearsals has been trying to deconstruct the hugely technically complex “Nyx” album to play in a live setting. Much of the album relies on studio wizardry and the powerful studio bound Intel Mac Pros to create the musical and sequenced based ideas, and there was some initial concern that Callisto wouldn’t be able to recreate the album live. But they made a fair stab at it at the Hampshire Jam last year and the rehearsal suggest that these concerns are indeed unfounded.

So with just a week or so to go, the rehearsals are on track and going well, with probably at least one more Tuesday evening and the weekend before e-day to iron out any problems............see you at E-Day!!!

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