Posted on 16 March 2012 by lreed
Posted on 14 March 2011 by lreed
At what age did you start learning how to play the flute?
About 21 or so while in transition from military to civilian life.
How did you learn how to play?
Applying my background in music theory and practice and upon finding the standard concert flute in C fingering chart.
What inspires/motivates your music?
As a photographer and graphic artist, music fulfills my innermost expressionism and experiences of beingness.
Out of all your albums which is your favorite? And why?
That’s easy! “CHANGES”, my first recording, is always my favorite because it launched me in a new direction full of possibilities.
Where do you grow up? Where do you live now?
I grow wherever I happen to be from one moment to the next. I have two homes, one in northern Sonora in an O’odham village called Chuk’saan and the other upon the Weeminuche’ Uncompahgre Plateau. Mostly, I live on airlines.
Out of all the places you have performed which was your favorite and why?
That would be craters in Volcanoes National Park on Hawai’I and later performing with Keola and Moanalani Beamer in Kamuela. My spirit comes from Polynesia.
Are you working on any projects or upcoming albums?
Yes, three but of those which will make it to Canyon Records will be discerned as each becomes finalized.
What kinds of music or artist influenced you?
Besides traditional ceremonial music of the Mojave, Chemehuevi, Yuma, Cahuilla, Hopi, Athapascans and Celts, I have always liked the music of many world cultures both old and modern.
Can you tell me about your cultural heritage?
I’m one of a number of peoples. I am born into the Red Willow people and born for the Mountain people of the Bear kiva. I am also born through my mother’s people for the Corn and Deer kivas of the Ashiwi. I also carry the blood of my ancient ancestor of the northern Spanish Celtic peoples.
If you had a chance to work with anyone you wanted whom would it be and why?
Saami, Senegalese, Mongolian, Moroccan dreamers of sound and silence. No particular individual strikes me at the moment.
Posted on 14 March 2011 by lreed
I understand this is your solo album, does this mean that Vermillion Lies broke up?
The band is on an indefinite hiatus. We are both focused on our solo projects and super excited to be doing music independently. I hope for a reunion tour someday though.
How does your music differ from Vermillion Lies?
Vastly. Vermillion Lies was part music and part cabaret. Some of our songs were genuine and many were story songs unrelated to our own lives and experiences. A lot of the songwriting was focused on comedic effect and shock value. While in Vermillion Lies I was writing a lot of the songs I play now and they didn’t quite work with the band. They were too honest. My sister and I both wanted to go in the direction of more sincere music making but its hard to change once people expect a certain thing from you. My songs are super vulnerable for me to perform. I still put a lot into my performance but in a different way… a more vulnerable and less theatrical way.
Your music is very unique if you had to put it in a genre what would you put it in?
Geek glam. Music for people who wear sequins to the library.
Who or what inspires your music?
Despite my best efforts, most of my songs are about heartbreak or heartache. Relationships are my inspiration. I don’t necessarily or exclusively mean romantic relationships. I have written many songs about friends or members of my family. They end up all sounding like love songs… which they are… just not the kind people might assume they are.
If you had a chance to work with any artist who would it be and why?
My goodness… that’s a super hard question to answer. I’m not sure I could pick just one. Andrew Bird is on the top of the list. He is incredible. Mosdef is in there. Johnny Cash if he were alive. Jona Bechtolt of YACHT and The Blow, he makes such amazing beats.
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