Tim Eriksen unites a mastery of traditional American and world folk styles with innovative arrangement, original and experimental music. “One of the best singers in music” according to producer T Bone Burnett, he has contributed extensively to films including Cold Mountain, for which he worked closely with Jack White, Ralph Stanley and Nicole Kidman, and his song I Wish The Wars Were All Over was chosen by Joan Baez to be her final recorded musical statement. His singing and storytelling, alternately heart breaking and hilarious, showcase his ability to bring a rare depth of musical and emotional experience even to those who are completely new to his “hardcore Americana” and world music sound.
A multi-instrumentalist whose performances typically include banjo, fiddle, guitar, bajo sexto (Mexican twelve string bass) and kaval (Balkan end blown flute), Eriksen’s influences range from the American folksong canon and “shape-note” music to Ottoman-era Balkan love songs and otherworldly indie folk. His theater and dance collaborations have included live original music for Minnesota Dance Theater (“In The Shadow Of The Mountain,” 2006), Nimbus Dance (“Hollow Square,” 2019) and the play “Refugee” by Milan Dragicevich (2017-2019). He has performed his ongoing “Pumpkintown,” magic lantern musical theater from an imaginary village, at venues including Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Occidental College, Theatre
Thenardier (Paris), Konstepidemin (Gothenburg) and throughout the UK and US.
Eriksen’s primary musical training was in South Indian classical music, and he holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, but he cut his teeth playing punk, world and indie rock in seminal bands including Cordelia’s Dad (post-punk and folk) and Žabe I Babe (Bosnian folk and rock). He has recorded with artists including Afro Cuban pianist Omar Sosa (on the twice Grammy nominated Across the Divide), English fiddle legend Eliza Carthy, and in composer Evan Chambers’ symphonic song cycle The Old Burying Ground. His recent and upcoming work includes a second collaboration with Omar Sosa, collaboration with legendary producer Joe Boyd (Nick Drake, Pink Floyd) and a posthumous recording project with Esma Redžepova, “the queen of Gypsy music.” With his longtime involvement in Sacred Harp or “shape-note” singing he has helped spearhead an international revival of the music, teaching workshops across North America, Europe and as far abroad as Singapore. Eriksen’s media appearances have included Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage and the Academy Awards, and he
has been called the only performer to have shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson.
During their visit in Poland last weekend (at Cieszanów Rock Festival) Dubioza kolektiv received the Złoty Bączek Award for the best performance of international artist at legendary Pol’and’Rock festival 2018 (previously Przystanek Woodstock). Congratulations!!![/trim]
Cash Savage & The Last Drinks have appeared in monthly comics of Richard Fischer in Kulturní magazín UNI. In this comics Fischer depicts one song which captivated him in last month.
“In this comics nothing happens same like in this song. Just three chords, one groove and one look were enought for Cash Savage and The Last Drinks to give me goose bumps”, said Fischer.
Zabelov Group made great live set at the MENT festival, their track “Na krev” got also amazing reviews from music professionals at a listening session and now have been included among 12 Best sets from MENT festival by Dom Gourlay in Gigwise magazine. Thank you guys!
As usually also this year we prepare a programme for Colour Meeting festival in Polička. Lot of stuff to look forward so book 26 – 27 july for this music feast. We will anounnce the lineup step by step on facebook, instagram and the festival website – www.colourmeeting.cz.[/trim]
Happy New Year and lot of fun with any of our artists![/trim]
‘Pack Animals’ is the second single from Cash Savage and The Last Drinks’ “Good Citizens” album which was released on September 21 on Mistletone Records via Inertia.
“Here comes the man in the room
Looks like he wants my attention…”
The lyrics paint a dismal picture of an all-too-familiar scenario for female musicians being mansplained after the show. “Pack Animals is dedicated to all the men that have offered me unsolicited advice over the years”, Cash Savage says with a wry grin. Over the past 6 years, the phenomenon of men approaching the women of the Last Drinks with advice prefaced by “The gig was great, but…” has become a running joke that’s not funny anymore for Cash Savage and her bandmates. “I’ve been told the dumbest shit”, Cash recalls. Examples: “You play guitar too rhythmically, let the drums do the work” or “You should put more waltzes in your set”. Dumb, yes — but not harmless. “The givers of the opinions will eventually become offended and sometimes aggressive”, Cash warns, “if you don’t hear them out.” “‘Pack Animals” calls out this behaviour as a manifestation of toxic masculinity and how it affects everyone, regardless of gender.
“We have all had moments in our lives where we’ve had to placate a man who is on the verge of becoming aggressive,” Cash notes. “It’s not fun for anyone. I look forward to a time when shit behaviour is called out before it gets to that point.”
The song’s refrain “Everything’s fine, everything’s gonna be great” carries a heartfelt belief that a new day is dawning. “Some people are resisting this undercurrent of change because they feel threatened by it”, Cash observes, “but I mean it when I say that the change is going to be for the better. I hope we’re on our way there.”
‘Pack Animals’ follows searing single ‘Better Than That’, which Double J named Best New Music, noting: “Some songs just hit that little bit harder… The marriage equality survey hurt a lot of people in the LGBTQI community deeply, and Cash Savage was one of those people. In ‘Better Than That’, the first single from the forthcoming Cash Savage & The Last Drinks album Good Citizens, she tells us how. And she does it with such strength and vulnerability that it’ll take a cold heart not to appreciate it…. It’s stark, simple and something that everyone should hear, regardless of your politics.”[/trim]
Dubioza kolektiv have released new song/video from forthcoming new album due spring 2019. Wild Wild East is live concert video which was recorded this summer during their show at the Boomtown Fair festival in England. At the moment the band is just touring UK.
Today Lidovky.cz premiered a new video from Zabelov Group directed by Pavel Prokopič. „Na krev” comes from live improvisation on Hitchcock’s silent movie “Ring” performed 3 years ago at Letní filmová škola festival in Uherské Hradiště which had special importance for us, said Jan Šikl, drummer of the band.
Are you coming for WOMEX 2018 in Las Palmas Gran Canaria? It will be a pleasure to meet you there. Earth Music will be part of CZECH STAND B17-18 and we will have Czech/Slovak party on thursday at 15:30 and anybody is are heartly welcome.
But first of all one of our artists, Czech/Turkish/Serbian quartet INVISIBLE WORLD, who will play an offcial showcase on THURSDAY 25 OCT at 23:00 at the Theatre Stage. You can find the band’s info here on Earth Music website or visit us at the stand. And of course please come to see them to play live![/trim]