Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 3:24 PM PDT
Vitus Dance Release concert is this Saturday
Hey folks! We're really excited to celebrate the release of Vitus Dance this Saturday, Oct 13th 2007!
I think we made a pretty decent album - I hope you all will come and join the fun...
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007 3:12 PM PST
Vitus Dance Progressing
Well, Life is good! We're almost eight songs into the recording of Vitus Dance which means we have just five more to go. I'm hopeing to release in May. We'll see. We of course need more donations, about $5000 for the recording and another $1800 for pressing.
If you'd like to donate to the project, please sens a check to Christopher Bingham, 321 Avenue G, Snohomish, WA 98290. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
We have high hopes to get something resmbling a toiur happening for this release. If you'd like to see us in your town, we can use all the help we can get. But if you know of a room that would be good for us, have a look at http://www.gaiaconsort.com/booking.html
to see what we're about. we mostly try to avoid bars and events where the music is secondary to anything. If you want background music we'll sell you a cd....
Have a listen to the new stuff at http://www.gaiaconsort.com/vitusdance.html
- I'm really proud of this work
Love to all,
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006 5:15 PM PDT
Thoughts after Faerieworlds
What a time! Incredible people, lots dancing, amazing dress and the energy of the space created there was just supremely friendly. Playing in front of two to four thousand people is a thing I could get to like.
We made some new freinds and re-connected with old ones - having Jarrod Kaplan and Ben Klein from Trillian Green sit in with us was extremly cool. I'm looking forward to hearing the recording.
Coming home, it was both good and bad. Back into the pool of rage and the culture wars, the media shouting, the continuing psychotic break of Occupied America. I want my country back - you know, the one where we had some disagreements, but where people at least *pretended* that everyone ought to get a fair shake? Am I just veiwing the past with rose colored glasses?
It seems so important to show our colors now and resist the urge to slip into camiflouge. The lovely waitress at the pancake place with a tasteful double peircing on one side of the nostril - hand her the sampler, or another at another place, seeing the titles "Oh, "Beltane Fires" and "Drawing Down the Moon" - COOL!"
There were so many good bands this year - Emilo did indeed ask us back, so it's on the books. But we need something of this quality closer to home. Really. Faerieworlds is truly it's own niche, wonderfully inclusive, but very much "alternative culture." I have some ideas for and event here, maybe around Darwin Day.
Next big thing on the horizon: Meydenbauer Center, October 14th. Wait till you hear the stuff we're recording between now and then. Kan Nal (go see these guys!!!!) in a kind of inspirational sense, threw down the down the "groove gauntlet." At one point I put my hand on the ground to check and see if the earth was really shaking - it was just my chest cavity. But now we have a bench mark to shoot for...
Love to All,
Thursday, July 27th, 2006 4:23 PM PDT
Off to Faerieworlds
Well folks, we're off to Faerieworlds http://www.faerieworlds.com
tommrrow! I hope we see everyone there - we've been working hard at doing cool new stuff and life is is good...
I'll try to post a report about it when we get back...
Love to all!
Thursday, January 12th, 2006 6:26 PM PST
Gaia Consort had a slow autumn season, but I got a fair amount of writing done and we'll soon be able to debut some of the new music. I'm working at making 2006 a really productive year for Gaia Consort. I hope to release a live album and at the very least begin recording the fourth / sixth studio cd. Still haven't figured out whether it's a Christopher Bingham solo or Gaia Consort collection. Today I'm leaning toward Gaia Consort.
Over the summer we were filmed by a British documentary company, Firecracker Films, and I'm told our music will be highlighted in a documentary about poly families. I'm really excited! This'll be broadcast on BBC and maybe around Europe too. I have this fantasy that we'll sell tons of records in Europe, be able to tour and do all kinds of stuff there, maybe while the US finishes it's latest spasm of conservative backlash...
We have four shows planned so far, my favorite being the headline show at Faerieworlds in Eugene Oregon July 29th. We'll be at Polycamp on Vashon Island this year, and we'll be splitting a full band show with Laura Love on February 19th, at the Fenix, downtoen Seattle. I'm working on lots more.
Send good vibes and dark bittersweet chocolate to our violinist Larry Golding, who broke his bowing wrist playing soccer in January. If all goes well, he should be healed late February. What a world, what a world!
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005 1:41 PM PDT
The summer has been extraordinary. We've been doing a lot of work on our home in Snohomish, as well as the beginnings of the writing for the next cd. It's more than likely we'll release a love album sometime in 2006, and this season's studio project may well be a Christopher Bingham cd - the songs that are coming out seem a little more personal than the stuff I usually write for Gaia Consort. I expect a fair amount of GC fans will like the new stuff - my core values still come through in most of what I write.
I've got about a half dozen tunes in the hopper, and I just finished the first. It's called "Dirty Little Secret" and REALLY, I'm going to try awfully hard not to write anymore tunes with the word "secret" in them. Really.
A taste: "Looking for some sweetness my dirty little secret rears it's tragic head: I still want every love who´s ever touched my skin." I HOPE it's the most introspective piece in the new bunch, but often I get the feeling that the music goes where it needs to go regardless of what I think I want it do.
The peak of the summer for us was Faerieworlds Fest in Eugene - what an incredible event. I would love to bring these fine people and their festival closer to home. Maybe we could convince them....
Upcoming show: House Concert at Betsy's with Larry, Sunnie and Betsy as we split the bill with Carolyn Currie who is coming in from Maine. Check the schedul page for more details and directions.
Love to you all,
Saturday, January 15th, 2005 10:18 PM PST
Well, Friday the 7th we had a really interesting show at Nectar in the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle. Fremont is no longer the Fremont where I spent a fair amount of time in the late 80s. Lot's of uh, development.
I think the show went pretty well, judging from audience response - people seemed to have a good time, and Maya Soliel was just amazing. I forget how *loud* clubs are!
Still even non-smoking, there is just something about *clubs* that just isn't Gaia Consort - maybe it's my great big ego that really wants to connect with people. If I wanted to sell alcohol, I'd work at a distillery...
I'm shooting for a string of shows in the spring - keep checking back.
On the writing front, I'm working on several new peices - some orchestral that is kind of outside the scope of Gaia Consort. I'm putting a midi studio together and having serious fun as well as serious challenges. Life is pretty dang good. I'll put some stuff up on the site when I think it's time to show.
Love to all!
Friday, November 5th, 2004 8:55 PM PST
October brought autumn with it, and our first big show since May. It was a blast with a lot of feedback that it was one of the best ever. Rob Gilde was kind enough to get a GREAT recording, and I've uploaded an mp3 of the live version of Evolve from the show. Click here
for the download (right click to save) and HERE
for the streaming version. Pics can be found HERE
As an aside - Though we don't have the gear to give anyone line outs from the board, we heartily encourage people to record our shows for your personal collection or to trade - just not to sell. If enough people hear us, we'll sell.
After the evilness of the elections, I'm starting some writing for whatever the next cd will be, as well as putting together some sampling gear at home to start working up an orchestral piece that I've been working on since 1981. It's not exactly Gaia Consort material, but it's all togeter conceptually. The new stuff is too new to really talk about, but you'll hear about it when it's ready.