PHOTOS FROM AN AWESOME ROAD TRIP. MUSIC TRACKS TO COME.
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by Daniel Berg and the Gestalt
"...one of 2010's best recordings."
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Hello all. Here’s some funky Gestalt from San Francisco
Check out these niceties… One love to all my viewers and readers.
The 28th marked my return from a mini music tour of San Francisco. Given how little was determined before leaving, and how much actually happened, I’d say the trip was a huge success.
I played three shows. One with the Gestalt (SF faction) and two with Fireberg.
We were blessed with a packed house in each circumstance. And not only that, people were smiling and cheering and shouting funny comments.
Video footage is on its way.
SF is a cool city. I look forward to doing more events and other projects there.
People seem more accessible and more open-minded.
Its given me a fresh perspective on NY, and I’m eager to see what possibilities await in both cities.
For now, its back to the drawing board.
Talk to you soon. Yours truly,
Wow. Though I know not to whom speak, Its so nice to finally get in touch!!
I rolled over to San Fran to link up with some friends and musical associates. The goal was to perform in a new city, take a trip that wasn’t a vacation. And its slowly working out!
Two shows at the moment (See events section).
One Gestalt (Extra-Jazzical groove) and one Fireberg (Electro-Beat madness)
Its a dream to link up with new musicians, play in a new city for a new crowd, see a new scene, breath the West coast air (tinged with sea salt and weed aromas).
If you want a taste of the new Fireberg & Co. sound, peep these rehearsal cuts featuring Jake Nochimow a.k.a. Earmonster on the drum trap!
One Love to all my fans and onlookers!
May all of our horizons be expanded and many good spirits abound.
Daniel Warren Berg
This eight-song collection, released in September 2010, represents the debut offering from composer/keyboardist DAN BERG and his contemporary jazz outfit, simply called The Gestalt.
Manifesto, the debut release from Dan Berg & The Gestalt, may be one of 2010′s best recordings. The composer/keyboardist—a Brooklyn native and former student of reed man Marty Ehrlich—has created a smart, versatile and accessible collection that bridges genres and techniques, while remaining at home in the jazz idiom. With touches of Tin Hat Trio, bits of rock, Latin and the occasional operatic vocal, Manifesto has a broad appeal that fits contentedly within the overall scheme of the collection. Berg’s eclectic tastes would not be a surprise to those aware of his cultural studies in Havana, or his work as an activist. Those tastes, as the album title may suggest, are manifested throughout the collection.
The idea of creation through inclusion seems to be lost on a lot of musicians today. Jazz-like every other area of music-has become highly compartmentalized. A need to place oneself as a direct descendant of a particular artist or style often limits horizon-expanding opportunities and results in stunted creativity. Pianist/composer Dan Berg and his band, The Gestalt, seems to see things differently, with open arms and an open mind. Berg’s debut album, or Manifesto, if you will, is a bold statement about how disparate ideals can work together if the puzzle pieces are put together correctly. While old-school swing-or swing of any kind-and bop are nowhere to be found here, everything else seems to work its way into Berg’s bag.
6/25: Gestalt @ Northside Market
135 Kent Ave. (@N6th St.) Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bedford L stop
5/29: Fireberg @ Public Assembly
70 N. 6th St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Bedford L stop