Monday, June 18, 2018

Toast Fantasy at the Fremont Fair!

Aphid Tea (7 megs)

Here's an extended piece of mostly-improv (around the simple C# min groove of Aphid Tea) from Toast Fantasy's hour-long set in the blazing heat of Sunday's Fremont Fair.  Many thanks to the bookers of the Center Stage and the listeners who braved the desert-like conditions on the pavement in front of the tent!

(check out the part where the medium-dogs-and-drums parade goes by -- partly playing along it seemed...?)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Toast Fantasy at the Blue Moon

Warmup (3megs)
Jam from "You and I" (7 megs)

Here are a couple of clips from Toast Fantasy's first real public performance, at the Blue Moon at the edge of the U. District.  We opened for Portland's "Lost Ox" (excellent!) and Seattle's "Argan Band" (trancellent!).

The main focus of this blog is unstructured free-jamming, so here is our brief ambient/exploratory opening jam, and the closest thing to pure improv that happened in the rest of our short set: the modal jam-section from the debut of "You and I".

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Toast Fantasy June Ramp-Up #2

Warmup Jam (9 megs)

Here's the warmup jam from the final Toast Fantasy rehearsal before our first public shows (at the Blue Moon on Thursday and at the Fremont Fair on Sunday)!  This was an extree-fun jam, and the tunes sounded great as well ... Looking forward to sharing this group with a live audience!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Toast Fantasy June Ramp Up #1

short warmup jam (2 megs)

We're ramping up to play our first two public shows in less than two weeks, and it seemed we were all eager to stabilize the composed material, so there was only a little more than this short clip of improvisation to kick off the evening.  I'm trying out 5's bass amp here (long story short: I'm interested in notching my bass tone better into the mix) and it was a huge improvement!  This is a simple jam, but has a really nice solid pocket ... things just gel better the more we play together.  For a certain kind of synergy, there's really no substitute it seems!