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Kuimba Video Shoot

     Lark and Kris  

Saturday before last we started taking our living room apart. The sofa got pushed into the dining area, the dining table having already been relocated to the middle of the kitchen. The T.V. took a ride into the bedroom along with the rocking chair and a few other things.

 

            The Samson TM500 mixing board and Crate speakers got dragged down from the attic and set up with sound channeled through to a Roland 1680 recording device. That way, we’d be able to have some control of each instrument’s sound levels in the final mix.

 

            At 11:30 Sunday morning, hand drummer, Jocelyn Demers arrived to help tack up the nice, batik backdrop he was loaning us to darken the south window.

 

            In fact, thanks to Jocelyn, for getting this whole idea started in the first place!

 

            Keyboard and extra drums were pushed to the side, rug moved into place, instruments tuned and set up, vocal warm-ups having already happened we were ready…

 

            Our cameraman, Jean Baillargeon arrived at 12:30 pm with the rented HD camera.

 

            To give us the distance we needed for proper filming, it got set up between the kitchen counter and the sofa in the dining area. Plants got moved around and camera angle adjusted.

 

            Then we sat around relaxing, drinking ginger tea, blueberry juice or coffee waiting for Jamie Perry (of Bochephus King) to arrive. He soon blew in fresh off the ferry from Salt Spring Island where he’d been gigging.

 

            Antiqued Stratocaster guitar and amp got set up in a jiffy. Sound check… We were good to begin the shoot.

 

            We played new versions of our Swahili tunes, Salimu! Heshimu! and  Mawingu.

 

            Several hours later we knocked off, tired but happy to have some good tracks for Jean to edit once Kris got the sound mixed.

 

            Jean is a professional, freelance film editor who has worked for the CBC and  Québécois stations.

 

            He’s currently working on a documentary of a wildly, colorful, nature-loving,

 Francophone community—in the Yukon! You can learn more about his work on his blog: http://mechantederape.blogspot.com/ 

 

            If you can’t read French, don’t worry, there are lots of great video clips—you’ll definitely get the feeling… Apparently doggies in the Yukon sing right along with the musicians. Very cute!

 

            So our Kuimba video is now being edited!

 

            Please come back soon and watch it. It’s actually a demo designed to snag us a few paying gigs. Wish us luck! Thanks!

 

 

And you have a loverly day,

Lark & Kris

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