Playing with Strangers is an experiment in community and diversity. Each musician comes from their own experience and understanding of music and is challenged is to create an EP in two days with musicians that they’ve never worked with before. The end result is something that sounds unlike any individual’s style, but a collaboration in which you can hear each individual’s personality in a context of unity, of working together to find commonality - the opposite if what is seen daily on most social media today. The result has always been positive and greater than each person could have done on their own! Listen for yourself: https://playingwithstrangers.bandcamp.com. In our current political climate it’s important to know that there is an end, a solution that feels good to everyone.
Musicians from different bands are invited to Soundhouse to form a brand new band with the goal of writing, recording and performing an EP in roughly two days. We spend ½ a day setting up the studio (bearing in mind that there will be a live performance that will be recorded as well). The band then gets to work and has about 12 hours (ish) to reach the goal: write, rehearse and record 6 songs or about ½ hours worth of music, ready to perform on Saturday evening. At 8PM on Saturday evening we open the doors to our audience and at 8:30 the “band” performs all the material that they just wrote! The performance is recorded as well so that we (hopefully) end up with a “studio” version and a “live” version. Afterward the band takes a short break and they return to perform and record a totally improvised set - an audience favorite! Generally there is another session for the vocalists to overdub their vocals and occasionally something is fixed or added. The songs are mixed, including the improvised songs if deemed worthy, mastered and digitally released. Available on: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, and Deezer