EMPTY PLACES Music Video, featuring Amber Burns. Music & Lyrics by Adam Sippola. Choreography & Dancing by Amber Burns. Filmed & Edited by Adam Sippola. EMPTY PLACES is a single from the new album, RISING POINT, available now at https://adamsippola.com/music. Also available on itunes, cdbaby, bandcamp, and locally in downtown Duluth at Electric Fetus.
Today I’m releasing a lead single, How Do You Know in advance of my forthcoming album, Rising Point, due out January 24th. How Do You Know is a live looping, experimental rock song, driven by the cello on top of a found-sound rhythmic foundation created from recordings of my kitchen appliances, all supporting my voice and words.
I’m excited to share How Do You Know with you a bit early – one moment in the midst of Rising Point, my live looping concept album of vocally diverse songs spanning alternative, experimental rock, pop, world, and folk, and exploring themes of war, search, purpose, potential, and justice.
How do you know?
Does anybody really know?
When will I see?
You look like me
Where are you from?
Do you believe in life to come?
Can it be true?
I look like you
The entire album, Rising Point, will be available at my website, https://adamsippola.com, as well as on cdbaby, itunes, amazon, and locally at The Electric Fetus in Duluth, after the January 24th album release concert to take place at Sacred Heart Music Center. Buy advanced tickets here.
Enjoy, and thanks for listening!
Yesterday, I wrote down a list of songs for my upcoming live looping album. I’ve been carrying these songs – often born out of improvisation, some which I’ve been playing and fine tuning for a couple of years… others just recently emerging – carrying them with me from performance to performance, like I carry my bag of cables, mics, pedals and papers. I wrote them down, an asterisk here, a question mark there, names of possible collaborators in the margins, and I got really excited!
By the time this 40 day Kickstarter (http://kck.st/1DxSAb3) is done next Tuesday, November 4th at 11:59pm, I will have performed 9 shows and concerts in 40 days, including 8 Live Looping performances and 1 choir concert, spent around 40 hours rehearsing, another dozen or so hours working on promotional materials, including press releases, posters, emails, updates, and video editing, all while working my day job and being a husband and parent. It’s been an incredibly full, and very productive month.
And in the midst of it all, to see and feel the huge show of support from friends, family, strangers, and community, both financially and socially, has been absolutely wonderful, and I’m so thankful! Thank you all who have contributed and supported me in this endeavor one way or another!
I can’t wait to get into the studio, where I can focus my energy and attention to translating this list of songs into the creation of an album as a unique musical experience for you, as well as a chapter marker in my creative journey. My project is nearing the first stretch goal, with a couple of other goals on the horizon. So, if you’ve been thinking about checking out my project, but have been waiting until near the end, now’s the time: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsippola/adam-sippola-creates-live-looping-album-at-sacred
Tonight, I hope you’ll join myself and Rachael Kilgour for a concert at the Teatro Zuccone at 7:30pm: Adam Sippola & Rachael Kilgour at Teatro Zuccone. And next Saturday, I’ll be singing with the Twin Ports Choral Project at Mitchell Auditorium at 7:30pm to round out my 40 days of live performances: Heaven and Earth. I hope to see you, so I can sing you some of these songs I’ve been carrying with me.
Initial Kickstarter Goal Acheived! Thanks to everyone for all of the support so far! 12 more days to get in on this project! Check out my updated goals here – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsippola/adam-sippola-creates-live-looping-album-at-sacred
Last night I began my concert with a 20 minute improvisation inspired by John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”.
Who Killed Davey Moore?
Below is a cover of one of my favorite Bob Dylan tunes, Who Killed Davey Moore, performed during a live looping show I did at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 27th, 2014.
I first heard this song when I was a teenager, and although I didn’t know the historical context at the time, I was impacted by Bob Dylan’s lyrics which spoke to me about a culture of violence through the story of the final fight of a boxer named Davey Moore. I continue to be affected by Dylan’s words in the way they speak to me about the culpability of our society in sustaining a violent culture, both directly and indirectly, and in challenging individuals to ask of themselves the difficult question, “Why, and what’s the reason for?” when witnessing, and even reveling in acts of violence.
Before playing the song at a concert in 1964, Dylan said:
This a song about a boxer…
It’s got nothing to do with boxing, it’s just a song about a boxer really.
And, uh, it’s not even having to do with a boxer, really.
It’s got nothing to do with nothing.
But I fit all these words together…
It’s taken directly from the newspapers,
Nothing’s been changed…
Except for the words.
In and of itself, the fact that Davey Moore, American world featherweight champion, lost his life after a match against Cuban boxer, Sugar Ramos, is sad, but not surprising, considering the inherent violence of the sport and the goal of hitting an opponent long and hard enough to knock them out. What is more tragic, in my interpretation of Dylan’s song, is contemplating the boxing arena as the arena of war, the boxers as soldiers, managers as governments, spectators as citizens, gamblers as war profiteers, and the boxing writer as the press. Dylan originally wrote and performed the song in 1963, when the Cuban Missile Crisis and the escalation of the Vietnam War were weighing on the minds of most Americans. Today, unfortunately, the metaphor resonates louder and clearer, as denial of the causes and motivations for war seems to have a firm hold on the psyche of American culture.
I perform this song to the rhythmic sound of a gas stove igniting.
Some Live Looping improvisations from performances at The Duluth Playhouse rotunda and The Red Herring Lounge.
My song “Revolution” performed at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, Minnesota.
Dear friends, family, supporters!
I’m excited to share my Live Looping Kickstarter Project with you! My Kickstarter Campaign lasts 40 days, starting now!
I’m planning to record a Live Looping album this fall/winter at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth, but to do it, I need some help. Specifically, I’m asking for your assistance in 3 ways.
3 Ways to Help
- Donate to my Kickstarter Project here: https://www. kickstarter.com/projects/ adamsippola/adam-sippola- creates-live-looping-album-at- sacred
My goals, vision, budget, as well as rewards for backers, are all outlined in the project video and page. If you’d just like to support me, and the rewards aren’t important to you, please consider donating any amount… even a dollar will help. Thank you!
- Go to my Artist Page on facebook: https://www. facebook.com/adamsippolamusic, and if you haven’t already liked it, please do! And while you’re there, take a moment to like the Kickstarter Video.
- Share my project with your friends! Copy and paste the Kickstarter Video link into a facebook status update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsippola/adam-sippola-creates-live-looping-album-at-sacred/widget/video.html, or, share the video directly from my facebook Artist Page. Having your support on facebook and other social media (twitter, google+ etc.) will be a HUGE factor in helping me to succeed! It’ll only take you a couple of clicks, and it will help spread the word much wider and faster than I can on my own. Also, feel free to forward this email, and to spread the word in conversation with friends, colleagues, and anyone you think my be interested in helping out.
I’ve got several live performances coming up. If you you’re more familiar with seeing me on the musical theater stage, these are some great opportunities to check out my Live Looping music:
- “Looping in the Round” – Duluth Playhouse Rotunda: Friday, September 26th @1pm – Free All Ages
- “Kickstarter Kickoff Concert” – The Red Herring Lounge: Saturday, September 27th @7pm – Free 21+
- “Looping Under the Carnegie Dome” – Old Carnegie Library Rotunda: Tuesday, October 7th @8pm – Free All Ages
- “Looping like my soul’s on fire” – Lake Superior Interfaith: Friday, October 10th @7pm – Free All Ages
- “A Cosmic Loopening” – UMD Planetarium: Monday, October 20th @7pm $2 All Ages
- “Adam Sippola & Rachael Kilgour” – Teatro Zuccone: Monday, October 27th @7:30pm $5 All Ages
Thank you so much for supporting me by supporting my project! See at one of my shows.
A piece of music created for use with The Peace Labyrinth, a quilt installation by Janet McTavish.
Adam Sippola sings ‘Free’ during the concert “ladders/windows” at the Teatro Zuccone in Duluth, MN. Background film & music by Adam Sippola.
From the 2000 album “Awake”