Alberto Bonomi of MoonJune Records' recording artist D.F.A. dies tragically at age 48
My personal friend, Alberto "Il Maestro" Bonomi, the highly-respected and much-loved keyboardist for the legendary Italian progressive fusion band, D.F.A, died tragically in his home town of Verona, in an automobile accident yesterday, Sunday, June 26th. Bino was a fabulous musician and composer, and a wonderful, gracious, humble person. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this most difficult time.
... Riposi nella pace eterna, Carissimo Maestro!
You are more welcome to leave personal message and Your personal testimony about Il Maestro on one of MoonJune's FaceBook pages:
A death in the family as well as waiting for a visa renewal application to be approved (so as to be able to go back and resume my work) are the causes of my current low level of posts here.
I hope to resume as soon as possible.
We would like to draw your discerning attentions to a new project which includes the majority of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Carla Kihlstedt, Michael Mellender and Matthias Bossi - and hope that you might be interested in helping us fund and attend this most ambitious and intricate project!
Necessary Monstersis a staged song-cycle for 7 musicians and an actress, written by Carla Kihlstedt and poet Rafael Osés, and inspired by the Book of Imaginary Beings - a collection of fictional creatures that the writer Jorge Luis Borges culled from mythological and literary traditions across the world and through the ages. In this piece, we visit nine of the beings in Borges' book, each a manifestation of an aspect of ourselves including The Squonk (the embodiment of sorrow), The Ninsa (a half-finished being, complete in his incompleteness), and Odradek (an assemblage of odds and ends left over from our lives, a dustbunny that lives under our stairs and reminds us of our own mortality).
These beings need your help to come to life.We are performing Necessary Monsters on July 29th and 30th, 2011 in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Though we have a performance budget from YBCA, it is, unfortunately, not nearly enough, and so our development budget must come entirely from grass-roots fundraising and from voracious musical omnivores like yourselves. Please watch the video above to find out more.
Each being demands a different kind of song for a home: the ink monkey needs a scrappy and aggressive throw-down, the Double needs to live in a musical carnival, and the Lamed Wufnik needs an understated and elegant ballad. Of course, all of this necessitates a band that can inhabit these myriad musical realities, and so the SGM team came forward in all of their mercurial expressivity.
We've just launched our Kickstarter campaign (see the video above), and should you be moved to help feed the monsters, your donation would go directly towards the development of the piece: rehearsal space, food lodging, airfare, and of course, artists' fees. The complete budget is more than what we've outlined in the Kickstarter campaign, but I wanted to make sure we reached our goal. If we manage to overshoot it, we will put the remaining funds towards finishing the recording of this song cycle so that you can hear it even if you are not in San Francisco this July! We've put together some intricate and enticing gift packages for you in exchange for your donation, all of which include a download of the Necessary Monsters recording when it is finished.
So while I'm stuck here in country X, in which I used to live (and am so glad I left), waiting for my visa renewal to be approved, I thought I'd make some use of my time to find some new bands on Bandcamp:
The fine MoonJune Records are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a nice sale.
Have a look:
Dear Friends in Music
MoonJune Records is celebrating its First 10 Years this June.
During the whole month of June 2011 we are offering the entire catalog of CDs for $10 (shipping to USA/Canada), and $12 (the rest of the world. FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE.
BUY 8 CDs, get the one extra CD for FREE.
BUY 12 CDs, get two more CDs for FREE. (For this extra promotion, You have to send an e-mail.)
Offer valid until July 5, 2011. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS!!!
Thanks for Your continuous support.
Yours in music and there will be many more Moons and many more Junes.
And the new website hopefully will be completely finished by the end of this month.
UPCOMING MOONJUNE RECORDS's RELEASES THIS SUMMER: SLIVOVITZ - Bani Ahead (new studio album) MACHINE MASS TRIO - As Real As Thinking (another project by Michel Delville) MORAINE (new album, live) and many more later this year and in 2012....
Among others this incredibly talented band from Yogyakarta, Indonesia: I KNOW YOU WELL MISS CLARA
check their fantastic demo, live in studio....
As I've posted here before, 10T Records allows the streaming of all the albums they've released on their website (and there are some great bands on their roster like Frogg Cafe, TCP, Little Atlas, The Rebel Wheel, Man On Fire, FromUz etc).
Here's the stream for the new Mars Hollow album.
Go here to read an excellent recount of their performance at ROSfest 2011 in May (as well as about the rest of the bands there).