By seth faergolzia

Multibird European tour Jan / Feb 2020

Here’s what the Winter Tour is looking like so far for Multibird!

Can’t wait to see how we fill out the rest of the dates… new album on its way!!  Subscribe to my Patreon to get the tracks leaked to you early and help us decide which of the 42 songs get put on the album!!!

Jan 11 Plauen, German
Jan 14 Dresden, Germany
Jan 15 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 18 Köln, Germany
Jan 19 Leiden, Netherlands
Jan 22 Paris, France
Jan 23 Lausanne, Switzerland
Jan 24 Morges, Switzerland
Jan 25 Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29 Vienna, Austria
Jan 31 Ottersweier, Germany
Feb 1 Baerenbach, Germany
Feb 2 Darmstadt, Germany
Feb 4 Mannheim, Germany
Feb 5 Köln, Germany
Feb 6 Wetzlar, Germany
Feb 7 Hanover, Germany
Feb 8 Kamen, Germany
Feb 9 Bochum, Germany
Feb 11 Lubeck, Germany
Feb 12 Berlin, Germany

EXCLUSIVE! A cappella vocal composition score and recording included!

Hello!
So, it’s the end of summer, autumn begins. Here in upstate New York, Autumn is one of the most beautiful times, the leaves changing colors, apple picking, cooling of the summer heat. It is one of my two favorites (Spring is the other). This piece of music is most suited to this change of season, but believe it or not, I did not plan it this way! Let’s get back to the beginning, and I’ll explain what I’ve done here for you…
I’ve been performing with this lovely quartet for the past year or so under the title Multibird. We’ve grown really close and are working well together, finding a really cohesive band sound. So while Shaun and I were on duo tour this last month I got to thinking… what would be some good things to add to our set. We’ve got hundreds of songs to pick from at this point, all kinds of moods, but what are we missing? I thought an a cappella vocal piece could be a nice addition, since we do so much singing as a group and our voices are beginning to blend. I thought this could be nice also so that we can grow as singers.
Next I began looking through my notebooks. I write poetry sometimes, just words that pop in my head, I’ve always been driven to write, these years a little less often than I used to, a little more purposefully. So, I read through stacks of poems and picked out five, then passed the short stack to Laura, and she put them in order of favorite to least favorite. I took the favorite and got to work. First, I recorded a single take with my phone, just a simple voice memo. Then I took that and put it into my composition program and wrote out that first part… digging deeper into it, I added the other three vocal parts…. After scoring the whole thing out, I put it into my DAW (digital audio workstation) and recorded the four part harmonies myself. Next I will bring it to the band!! This is what I came up with:
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO
Feel free to print out a copy for yourself and learn it! I hope you also enjoy listening to this. It was a pleasure to make, and I can’t wait to take it on tour with Multibird!!
I think I’ll be making another one or two of these vocal pieces and sending them out to a few choir people I know. Who knows, maybe I can get this thing performed by some larger groups!!
In addition to this, I am going to be finalizing the Multibird album which has been in the works since 2014!! It is nearly done!! I can’t wait to start sharing tracks with you and asking you to vote and help me decide what the album will be like in the end… I’ve got a good feeling about this one!!
as always, big love and so many hugs,
Sethy

Multibird European Duo Tour

Seth Faergolzia and Shaun Jones will be hitting the road this summer with multiple instruments, Seth on acoustic, loops and vocals, Shaun on electric and foot drums.

June 20 Otro Cinco – Syracuse, NY

June 28 Skylark Lounge – Rochester, NY

June 29 Honey Room – Buffalo, NY

July 16 Rubulad – Brooklyn, NY

July 18 Skek – Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 19 Die Goldammer – Diessen am Ammersee, Germany

July 20 La Coquette – Morges, Switzerland

July 21 Cafe Vinyl – Wetzlar, Germany

July 22 Nordstadtbraut – Hanover, Germany

July 23 Waggon – Offenbach, Germany

July 24  Sunshine Bar – Köln, Germany

July 25  Grüner Baum – Ottersweier, Germany

July 26  Hunsrück Open Air Festival – Hunsrück, Germany

July 27  Ayn Raum Haus – Mannheim, Germany

July 28 Villa Nachttanz Festivilla – Heidelberg, Germany

July 29  Loophole – Berlin, Germany

July 30  Hängarpalooza – Hangelar, Germany

July 31 TBA (Netherlands)

Keep an eye on here for updates, we will be filling these final dates in the next couple weeks…

Antikörper Session (3 live videos)

These are three videos recently sent to Antikörper Sessions, a Byte FM radio show in Germany.  Mark Kowarsch from Antikörper has been extremely patient waiting for these to come through for the past couple years.  This is basically a one-take video session Multibird did at the end of a rehearsal recently at our house show spot, Meddlesome Lab.

The performers are:
Seth Faergolzia
Shaun Jones
Emily DiPaola
Luke Cornwell

WATCH ALL THREE VIDEOS (playlist)
or individually:
MONSTER ON THE RADIO (by Seth)
DEVIL IN THE WASHTUB (by Forest Creature)
FROG POND (by Shaun)

If you’d like these live audio files you can find them here:

WAV FILES

Happy Mother’s Day, here’s a tiny song!

Wrote this tonight, just a short little tune, what I think it must feel like to be a mother… a tribute to all the amazing moms out there!

Shot it in my kitchen… one of my favorite spots to play music at night.

Hope you guys are all doing good! I’ve been doing a massive purge of stuff. Getting rid of tons of possessions, selling it or throwing it out. Feels good to lighten the load. I think I’ll just keep doing it till I lift off the ground!

So much love,

Sethy

re-production of an older song

This is a re-production of a song Josh Gura and Seth Faergolzia worked on together in 2008. Originally, it was just Seth playing acoustic guitar and singing, but year or two ago Josh sent Seth this new version which he produced.  The full album can be found HERE.

I suppose I’ll tell you a little bit about the history of this album.  It goes way back to my NYC days when I was putting on my musical, Fun Wearing Underwear.  My roommate, Rose, was dating this guy Shayne who lived in C-Squat and used to play in the punk band Choking Victim.  Rose was in my musical along with a ton of other friends from Purchase College and brought Shayne out to a show. He loved it and started coming regularly to the shows which were happening every weekend at Surf Reality, a truly unique and amazingly free theater where really anything was possible.  After becoming closer with Shayne and meeting his friend Josh, I decided to accept his offer to move into C-Squat (aka See Skwat) and live the squatter lifestyle.  It was great and horrible.  I wouldn’t trade the experience away, but I’ve moved from that lifestyle for my mental and physical health.  The squat has since become a co-op and some of my old friends still live there, but it is definitely changing.

Anyway, I met Josh Gura in those years and was always fascinated by how weird and wonderful his mind and his art were.  I’m still amazed and awe inspired by his work.  I wish I was in a position to make him famous because I really think he’s got incredible skills and an ingenious mind.

After my daughter was born in 2007, I moved up to Rochester from Ithaca and became less present in the NYC scene.  Josh reached out to me not too long after and said he wanted to collaborate on an album together.  He only had a short time to work with me, but he brought his studio up to my apartment in Rochester and we worked day and night producing these tracks.  I was insistent that I not play to a click track, so we did painstaking beat-mapping, which is a difficult process involving looking at wave forms to place where each beat hits.  Not easy.  This is why you’ll hear the rhythm of this album waver and move, slower and faster at points.  I hope you’ll enjoy this new production of this old song and take the time to listen to the full album, maybe even download it from bandcamp! The full album can be found HERE.

Certain People lyrics:

Certain people have certain smiles
some are awkwardly like a frown
with creases in cracks go on for miles
carry the water all further down

sometimes people show love strangely
like when we own each other
holding love inside of a cage deranged
withers and weathers a nursing mother

leafs are pages
the pages are leaving
a sage is receiving a leaflet
with pictures and captions
muses are destined
to humbly stumble
tumbling dumbly
fall into the lap of the all mind

d’al bange has taken your hand
d’al bange is stroking your head

everywhere in every town
people are dressing in what they’ve made
with their own hands
others they gather
tar and feather the naked clowns
get their reward
retire and fade away
on their own land

sometimes equal doesn’t explain things
innocent mother
held inside the cage of a rage deranged man
withers and weathers a nursing daughter

leafs are pages
the pages are leaving
a sage is receiving a leaflet
with pictures and captions
muses are destined
to humbly stumble
tumbling dumbly
fall into the lap of the all mind

d’al bange has taken your hand
d’al bange is stroking your head

put it down in a safe place
out of sight out of mind
weary head, enter the safe place
out of sight out of mind

Winter Tour

we have a super duper awesome 4 piece band traveling up north this February!!!  Stoked.

Poster design by Patrick Ishi Ishi

The quartet Multibird consists of Faergolzia (acoustic guitar, vox), Shaun Jones (electric guitar, vox, percussion), Emily DiPaola (vox, trumpet, percussion) Luke Cornwell (bass guitar, vox, percussion).  The quartet will headline performances in Albany, Buffalo, Winooski, Burlington, Portland, Montréal, Northampton and Boston.

Individual facebook events can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/tours/2033658453598915/

!!! Puppet Movie – Scene 2 !!!

Hello Beautiful People!

I’m feeling really well today, firstly because it’s Halloween, but also because I’ve finally finished the second chapter in my PUPPET OPERA MOVIE!!!

This is HUGE!  It has taken quite some time to reach this point.  This piece of sight and sound somehow feels like it was meant for this time, this climate, our political, social and everchanging lives as humans of earth.  Wow.  Have you been paying attention?  Things are charged and wild.  I’ve been finding messages in the lyrics written 14 years ago during a completely different life I was leading in Ithaca, NY.  Times have changed, but the problems remain the same, now as in the distant past, but the weapons are more dangerous, the population is out of control, and the stakes seem to be getting close to all or nothing…

DOWN TO BUSINESS:  This was quite a process.  As many of you know, I wrote the music for this 14 years ago using a stream of consciousness method wherein I sat with guitar and voice, recording into a cassette the ideas I had that day, stitching each beginning to the previous ending.  Each day, when I returned to my writing, I would listen first to the end of the previous day then build off that.  After I had done this long enough to fill 23 full pages of paper with lyrics (about 6 months), I took the tapes and reviewed them over and over, learning the whole thing as I went.

After learning it, I began scoring it for four parts, meant to be played in choirs, groups of instruments.

After scoring it, I started recording many people in my home studio (Whenland) and making the soundtrack.

After finishing a soundtrack piece, I take the audio and put it into my video software.  I take the synopsis written using lyrics from the music and I make storyboards.  From the storyboards I come up with the directions for my puppets and film them. Then I sift through the film and put it in my computer, edit it, move it, colorize it and smooth it over.  That is what I’m handing you today.

I have a feeling once I get to the end of this I’ll want to go back and spruce up the beginning, but I’m going to make it first in these small clips for you, then I will put them all together and fix, reshape things.  Anyway, I know people like to hear about the process…

This section is about the meeting of the Beast.  He was awakened in the last chapter and now the three brothers are coming to see if they can keep the Beast from turning totally sour and messing up the world.  Enjoy!!!

with love and thanks,

Seth