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Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi: October 26, 2015 The Hum at Manhattan Inn

November 13, 2015
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[photos by Amanda Hatfield]

I believe its safe to say that at this point The Hum music series has been an unqualified success. The concept was a unique one — place together various female performers from diverse backgrounds and let them make music. But in practice, it has become so much more than that. The results of these performances have created friendships, bonds, working relationships and as we’ve experienced live, absolutely breathtaking musical accomplishments. In the Spring, we attended and recorded all four of the sessions at the Manhattan Inn. This Fall, various commitments prevented us from attending all but one of the nights. But fortunately, the night we attended was a superb presentation and contained what for me is the most compelling performance of the entire series — the duo between uber-guitarist Kaki King and supreme percussionist Kiran Gandhi.

We were familiar with Kaki King, most notably from her supporting slot on the 2008 Mountain Goats tour. But her career has spanned more than a decade and includes eight albums. In the recent past she has released instrumental (Glow) and multi-media pieces (The Neck Is The Bridge To The Body) and that format gave a nice backdrop to this Hum show. Our only familiarity with Kiran Gandhi was that she was the drummer on recent M.I.A. tours — but a little of bit of research revealed that Kiran is truly a remarkable human being. She has toured internationally with M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation while simultaneously achieving an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She has her own TED Talk, is a mathematics genius, oh and yeah, ran the London Marathon — all by the age of 25.

The set begins with Kiran’s sincere thanks to the Hum and to its founder Rachael Pazdan. As Kaki began the opening riff, the duo flowed effortlessly into what we believe is an original composition for this night, a track titled with both performers’ last names. Thematically, the opening number is similar to the songs that followed which include two numbers from Kaki King’s recent albums (Glow and The Neck). “Wazey” is a Madame Ghandi song that became the centerpiece for the set when Kiran involved the very willing crowd over whom she harmonized a coda to the song. It was a moment that truly captures the sense of discovery and community that The Hum has created and brought and end to this installment of the series with a very appropriate close. The Hum will return, likely in early 2016.

I recorded this set as we did the Spring, with Sennheiser cardioid microphones mounted on stage and mixed a board feed. The sound quality of this particular recording is quite remarkable, as the instruments are clear and panned in the appropriate layout of the room. Enjoy!

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Kaki King and Kiran Gandhi
2015-10-26
The Hum
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 33:42]
01 [introduction]
02 King Gandhi
03 Cargo Cult
04 Distillery
05 Oobleck
06 Wazey
07 Percussion Breakdown
08 [thanks]
09 Dad Band

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KAKI KING and KIRAN GANDHI.

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The Hum Residency: April 27, 2015 Manhattan Inn – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 18, 2015
By

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[all photos courtesy of David Andrako]

The fourth and final week of the Hum Residency at Manhattan Inn was in many respects a fitting close to this excellent and unique concert series. The crowd for this night was the largest of the entire series and the music was as superb as expected. Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow) returned from last week, but this time in a trio with Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis from Maitri. The trio began the night with a cold start of an acapella number that quickly quieted the crowd before Rachael from Hypnocraft introduced the artists. The first set was truly a remarkable display of three-part harmonies and collaborative songcraft from three outstanding artists. For the second set, we were again treated to music from Cat Martino, who has appeared many times on the pages of this website, this time with the multi-talented Erin Fein from Psychic Twin. This set was a five song affair that consisted of alternate numbers from the two protagonists that featured ethereal vocals and keys and effects that worked well in unison. The final song was a moving and poignant solo number on the house piano by Cat Martino that was striking not only for the beauty of her voice but the raw emotion it conveyed. The final set paired the indescribable artistry of Xenia Rubinos with the guitar masterwork of Indigo Street. The trio was joined by multi-instrumentalist and avant jazz performer Shahzad Ismaily on drums. This grouping was perhaps the most inspired mix of talents of the entire four-week series. Xenia’s ability to create compositions from whole cloth was on display as the set consisted primarily of improvised material. This format also suited the talents of Indigo Street as her guitar work, even in the improvised segments, was precise and entirely on point. The evening and the series were served well by this incredibly strong closing set and we could not be more pleased to have captured it, and every note of the month-long event.

I recorded this night in the same manner as the previous week’s sets — with microphones set up within the area of the music and mixed with a board feed consisting primarily of vocals. This week I used the Sennheiser cards on the floor. The sound quality is superb. Enjoy!

The first three installments of this excellent series were recording and posted on nyctaper here, here and here.

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Set 1: [MP3] / [FLAC]
Set 2: [MP3] / [FLAC]
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Hum
2015-04-27
Set One
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 30:56]
01 Go to Sleep Little Baby
02 [introduction]
03 Lost Paraguayos
04 Telephone
05 Don’t See Her
06 Girl on a Swing
07 Lindsay

Personnel:
Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow)
Cassandra Jenkins
Caroline Davis (Maitri)

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Hum
2015-04-27
Set Two
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 28:02]
01 Scream
02 Mid-Air
03 I Wanna Forget
04 Need Me
05 Stay the Night

Personnel:
Cat Martino (Stranger Cat)
Erin Fein (Psychic Twin)

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Hum
2015-04-27
Set Three
Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On-Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Setlist:
[Total Time 25:56]
01 Improvisation 1
02 Improvisation 2
03 Improvisation 3
04 You Don’t Know What Love Is
05 Improvisation 5

Personnel:
Xenia Rubinos
Indigo Street
Shahzad Ismaily

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