Mitchell Long

Springtime 2015!

 

Here we are in 2015 and sailing right along into the springtime!. It has been a New Year indeed with some nice and new directions for me and with the work with my superstar singer Melody Gardot. I got to experience the creative process of her upcoming release "Currency Of Man" in sessions at Village Recorder Studio that included the fantastic producer Larry Klein, drum mutant Vinnie Colaiuta and band members Dan Lutz, Pete Kuzma, Chuck Staab, Pete Korpela and Dan Lutz. The record also features some very funky, bluesy and grooving music with a kind of return to her Philly roots influence. Jerry Hey did some killing horn arrangements and the french connection is always present in Melody's melange with string arrangements by Clement Ducol and the master of vintage sounds Maxime LeGuil. I am thrilled have a nice little feature on the song Preacherman where I dig into my electric guitar tuned to an old delta blues "low B tuning" We have played the last couple shows of Melody's materiel from "The Abscence" with a amazing show way off the beaten path in the truly lavish Royal Opera House in Muscat Oman. We have already now in promo for the upcoming tours for Currency Of Man.


ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, MUSCAT, OMAN
On the world music front, I continue to evolve and have the honor to be guitarist with the force of nature, Waldemar Bastos. Our show at Aratani Theatre which featured our guitars right up front with the impeccable backing of the extraordinary percussionist/drummer Alex Acuña and pianist producer Derek Nakamoto. We even had the thrill of special guests Lili Haydn on Violin and Keiko Matsui on piano.


Locally in Los Angeles have seen some different turns for me, not super busy, but making some returns to my roots from way back singing and playing pop music, folk, acoustic blues and some Rock and Roll! That is especially fun for me to complete the full circle in all the explorations of my journey.

If this year keeps up like this, I think I can that 2015 is here and here to stay on the never ending musical discovery and journey.

PS: A shout out goes to Eastman Guitars and now Xotic Effects pedals, both of which are helping me to create the sounds I need to realize my sonic vision!

News

 


11/4/14 Happy to be a featured guitarist at John Pisano's Guitar Night with Jose Marino on bass and Enzo Todesco on Drums! It was a great night and it is an honor to play at this esteemed evening for Los Angeles Jazz Guitarists and just to hang with John Pisano is always an inspiration in so many ways.

 

 

World Music Vocal Ensemble Workshop is on!

 

It is a joy to be teaching again at Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) I have a class of ten singers, all young ladies with talent and open ears. We have begun with a vocal work out on a 6/8 tune that comes from Nana Vasconcelos with call and response and vocal percussion. Next they will sing the Cape Verdean - Angolan anthem by the Mendes brothers "Cabinda a Cunene" Cant wait to hear them all singing in Creole ;)

My class focus is on students learning to get as deep inside the phrasing and melodic rythmic language of Brazil, Cape Verde and Africa. I stay with the styles that I am most familiar with but with time permitting we may delve into some other continents and countries. It is an honor to share my experiences and excitement to play and sing this music. We will end the 4 month / twice per week workshop with a concert featuring the singers favorite selections from the repertoire.

Welcome to the new Mitchell Long Music web site!

 

July 8th 2011 I am launching my new look on my web-site. This is a work in progress that I hope to keep developing to provide access and a platform to promote and share my music with the world. I launch today with Space Shuttle Atlantis! Its a beautiful summer day here in LA and I am also looking forward tonight's solo performance at Novel Cafe in Pasadena where I will play my original music and do my thing.

Let me know what you think, make comments, contact me and make yourself at home!

Love and Happiness,

Mitchell Long

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