Hi. Had to duck out for a few days to wrestle with Finale™, but I'm back now.
arcsol wrote:any chance of going by here in the Philippines?
jrianne wrote:I was at your concert in SLC [...] when are you coming back to this neck of the woods?
soone wrote:when would you come to China to hold a concert or have you ever thought about that?
echoingstreetsigns wrote:any chance you'll be playing in vermont and/or near austin soon?
I won't be touring much for at least the first half of this year, as I devote time to writing. There are a few more dates in Germany in the works, and the occasional gig when I happen to be in a town for another reason. There'll be a full-blown U.S. tour when the next album comes out—hopefully with a much improved Green Caravan v2.0!
Thanks to the folks in Asia for the persistent requests! I'm going to keep working on making a trip across the Pacific. Not so easy to orchestrate, but when there's a will...
dreaminghour wrote:you're now working out of the NYC area, so any shows/gigs you do, will probably stay pretty local. These shows you do, will there be notices on this website about them? And, will there be notice about whether the shows are in bars for anyone 21 years old and older? And will the notice be in enough advance that people could take off from work?
Most New York venues are 21+, since they rely on alcohol sales to make the music-hosting part worthwhile. We'll try to email the list (well, just the people with NYC area zipcodes) about any all-ages shows, and make a note of it when we post dates on the tour page of this site. Generally the information on a show goes up as soon as it's 100% confirmed. Hope that helps!
teahobbyist wrote:any chance you'll be coming back to SF to perform in a non-21+ club?
If you don't have an answer, could you possibly suggest several sure fire methods of inconspicuously strolling into the Independent?
Ha! If I knew any, unfortunately, I sure couldn't post them on a Google-archivable webpage.
I'll be at The Bazaar Cafe
this Saturday. Don't know if that's too short notice, but no age restrictions there. Last spring's show at Palace of Fine Arts was all-ages too. We do actively try to find venues that work for everybody who wants to come.
Kaoru wrote:What do you miss while being on tour? (beside family & friends)
I don't necessarily miss home when I'm on tour, but over time I do notice the trade-offs of a life without routine. (The grass is always greener on the other side, right?) It's hard to commit to anything that meets on a weekly basis, or to take up projects that need day-to-day attention. Can't have pets or plants. There are times I almost wish I commuted to work and had a favorite TV show, a book club, a poker game every Friday night.
Did your tour through Europe influence your music?
I never know what influences my music until I'm writing a particular song, sometimes not even then...but I'm sure Europe's gotten under my skin in ways I haven't fully realized yet.
What did you bring back home as your personal souvenir?
Postcards, photographs, and stroopwafels.
What is your favourite German word? ( I realized that your German had quite improved since your last trip
coffee!sugar wrote:-How’s the German coming along?
. Or maybe kartoffel
. Had to put language lessons aside for now, but I'll be back to the phrasebook before the trip in May.
-How good is you Mandarin?
Good enough for parents of other American-born Chinese to say "hey, your accent's not bad!" My vocabulary gives out after a few sentences of adult-level conversation, though.
teahobbyist wrote:In Germany, did you go to Frankfurt? If so, where were you there? Did you perform in the Old Opera House there?
Just the airport thus far. Hope to see the city itself on a future trip!
mtns842 wrote:As a female musician, would you say that you feel a part of a community of women musicians? If Lillith Fair was still going on, would you go on tour as part of it? Do you ever anticipate that you and any like-minded female musicians might ever try to put together a tour of female artists that is a "daughter" of Lillith Fair?
The indie singer-songwriter world is more gender-balanced than most, I think, so I've never felt marginalized as a female musician; I do feel like I belong to a warm and supportive community, but there are as many men as women in it. I loved the idea of Lilith Fair when it came out, and even applied to play on the local artists stage (this was before I'd released anything other than a four-song demo, and never played a live show—not too big a surprise that they didn't select me!). My favorite aspect of Lilith Fair was its collaborative spirit, much like Bonnaroo, where artists would join one another on stage. If I ever put together a tour of several acts, that would be the main attraction: one big family of very talented folks.
spyfferoni wrote:If you could tour with any band/artist and open for them who would it be?
I'd always wanted to open for Nickel Creek, and came close a few times, but they've retired and moved on to solo projects, alas.
Who would be your ideal/dream opening act on a tour you were headlining?
I loved how The Animators stole the show at Freight & Salvage back in 2004, just Alex and Devon with their songcraft and witty banter. I like playing with artists whose music I endorse wholeheartedly, and who raise the bar for my own performance.
My_Name_Is_Daniel wrote:what is your ideal size of venue?
I don't have one ideal size right now. Playing at Mo Pitkins in New York (capacity ~75) reminded me how much I enjoy being able to sense each individual in the room. 200-500 feels like an event, pressure in a good way, an expectant tingling in the air that I try to live up to. When it gets up in the thousands, surreality kicks in; it's absurd that this many people would focus their attention on a handful of musicians, yet there it is, and there we are riding that wave of energy. So I get different things out of different shows, as one might expect.
do you mind if other musicians (ie, me) play covers of your songs in our own small shows?
Mind? I'd be honored!
Here's Johnny wrote:I have never heard a live performance of the song "Drought". Any reason for this?
Were you the one who asked for it at The Independent?
No particular reason; some songs just go out of rotation. I don't think I've done "Anna Rose" for a while either. Also, sometimes two or three songs play similar roles in a set, and it only makes sense to include one of them. And of course there's the matter of what I've had the other musicians learn.
cmooreNC wrote:Have you ever been offered or considered an "opening act" slot on someone else's tour? (one that might at least be playing 2,000+ seat venues, if not arenas)
I'd take it if I were! I've gotten to do a handful of shows like that, and they're a lot of fun.
Digital wrote:Is there any one particular show that stands out from all the others you've performed? More importantly, why? The audience? Your mood? Something in your life? What you ate before you went on? First show?
Also, is there any ritual you go through before you go onstage?
There's isn't just one, no. At a handful of shows, all the stars have aligned: great sound, great room, great audience, the band is on, the piano's inspiring. Then there are two more factors: whether I lose myself in the music, and whether the between-song rambling works. Oddly, those two things seem to happen more often when something else
goes wrong—some kind of subconscious determination to make the best of a situation, maybe. I don't think there's one show where absolutely everything fell into place. I almost like it that way, though. Keeps it interesting. Keeps me hoping that if I keep working at this, it'll happen someday.
My ritual when I'm solo is to have no ritual. I want walking onstage to feel as natural as walking into the kitchen to make lunch. With the band, we like to have a pre-show huddle right before we go on, just to remind ourselves to have fun and enjoy each other. Back in the dressing room, sometimes we do hilarious vocal warm-ups that Dina learned from her theater training.
Rotkehlchen wrote:Have you ever arrived at a venue without your keyboard and been offered a particularly recalcitrant piano for the evening?
I've danced with many less-than-sexy partners, yes. The most memorable one was in Charlotte, North Carolina, when it wasn't entirely clear if the pedals would stay attached to the piano through the set. At Joe's Pub in New York, the low G string snapped (and went flying over Dina and Alex's heads, apparently). Quite an adventure re-arranging my left hand parts for that one.