Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight by The Recording Academy and we couldn’t be more thrilled for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with their nomination in 7 categories for their album ‘The Heist’!!! This is such a huge accomplishment for these guys and of course incredibly exciting news for us and the entire Seattle Music Community. We’re still finding out what this means for us being featured on their album. Wow’zers! This is huge!
Congrats to M&RL on their nominations and we couldn’t be happier to see how their hard work and perseverance has allowed them to raise to such acclaim. Well deserved!!! The put a damn fine album together and we couldn’t be more thrilled for having been invited into the studio to work with them back in September 2010. Goes to show you just never know how things will trickle forward and resonate with people when you’re in the moment. Wow!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 26th for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards baby – Seattle is going to sweep!
The winner of the ‘Bom Bom’ Music Video Content was announced on macklemore.com today. Congrats to Cheok Wai Lei and her stunning and creative interpretation to our music!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received over 200 great submissions for the contest and there were lot’s of other fantastic entries – if you’d like to see some other entries simple go to YouTube and search ‘Bom Bom Video Contest.‘
Thanks to all our Fans and everyone else who put in the time and effort to submit a video for the contest. We hope to be a part of future recordings with M&RL where we can do things like this again.
The moment so many of you have been patiently, patiently waiting for…you read it correctly in the title — The Teaching (Josh Rawlings – Fender Rhodes, Evan Flory-Barnes – Bass & Jeremy Jones – Drums) will come together at the place we got our start as a band nearly 7 years ago! The beloved and amazing Seamonster Lounge.
Join us for a momentous reunion performance. Evan will be fresh back from tour, Josh will be slightly awake from his new-Dad duties for the past 20 months and Jeremy will be in deep relaxed bliss from his meditations 😉 in other words – come hear The Teaching like you’ve never heard before…after a year + hiatus the music bombs & “WHOA’S!” are sure to make many hearts overflow with joy this magical evening.
The Teaching is thrilled to share the news of a music video contest for the song BomBom on Macklemore x Ryan Lewis‘ hit album ‘The Heist‘. We’re really excited to see the submissions for this song and encourage you to participate.
We’re still amazed for the incredible feature they gave us by making us the ONLY instrumental track on the entire record. We’ve received a few emails from people who say this is one of their favorite songs on the album and a few pianists have even emailed us looking for sheet music. Needless to say we’re incredibly flattered and hyped for all the buzz and support from our performance on the song and we’re looking forward to hopefully working more with these guys down the road.
For anyone who’s actually interested in the piano part / score of song, we’ve contacted Macklemore x Ryan Lewis and will certainly let you know if anything is put together. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you well informed.
We couldn’t be more thrilled for the success Ben (Macklemore) & Ryan have received from the release of ‘The Heist’ and we feel so proud to see them representing Seattle’s rich and amazing music / art scene. Here’s to them and hoping for much more success giving Seattle a fantastic spotlight!
The Teaching is back! We couldn’t be happier to be featured on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ newest album and for the success that’s been pouring in for them. As of Tuesday, October 9th, 2012, their first full-length album ‘The Heist’ went on sale across the country in both physical and digital form. Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) & Ryan Lewis were #1 on the bestseller list of iTunes for over 4 days and the Seattle Times even did a feature article HERE.
Back in September of 2011, Ryan Lewis reached out to the three of us after our good friend and local trumpeter Owuor Arunga recommended they get us in the studio for a track Ryan was working on. He had us record for about 2 hours at Avast Studios in Greenwood on a looped and rough draft audio sample for Bom Bom. We had a fantastic time recording in the studio together again and we played with a particular fire and passion that night after not playing regularly together for some time. Ryan and Ben were found bobbing their heads to the grooves, harmonies and notes we interlaced and stretched out from their base track. Ryan was especially fun to work with as he dug deep with each of us in the studio crafting the exact emotions, builds and texture he would need for his studio wizardry. It was really fun to see these guys getting into our music and giving us mad props after the session was over.
The result of Ryan’s work on Bom Bom is truly stellar. You hear the essence of The Teaching all over the track, but you also hear Ryan’s incredible remix of what we do live and spun out as this tapestry of beautiful interwoven sounds. He especially seemed to enjoy my lush beds of piano trills and poly-rhythmic playing seeing how they were mixed and featured throughout the song. Amidst the layers of piano are moments where you swear you hear a Samba marching band led by Jeremy Jones and wisps of a classical bass solo and drops by Evan Flory-Barnes. It’s a magical sounding track that really takes the listener on a cinematic journey. With Ben absent from the track it is also the only instrumental song featured on the album, which for us is a huge compliment to say that song could stand on it’s own without a the full production.
So, little did we know last year that Macklemore was actually a local rapper on the WAY up with Ryan Lewis. And now…I suspect we’ll be seeing Macklemore on SNL, David Letterman, and the like. These homegrown musicians are already touring the world and selling out nearly every venue they play…this is nothing short of amazing and we’re so proud of their hard work in representing the incredible Seattle talent, the beauty of our city, featuring numerous local musicians on the album and putting out an extremely high-quality music product.
We had a fantastic time working with Ryan & Ben and applaud the success on a fantastic album, and sincerely look forward to collaborating with them in the future. These are great guys, working independently without a label, going against the odds and showing it still can be done in the music business. Bravo cat! Bra-WHOA!
We recently returned from playing the first ever Dazzle Recordings Artist Festival hosted at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, CO. We were part of a lineup of nearly 20 live music groups performing over the weekend of April 21st & 22nd, 2012. All the performing artists for this initial festival launch are part of Dazzle Jazz Club’s home label and The Teaching couldn’t have been more thrilled to be asked to fly down and play. Our festival slot was on Saturday, April 21st and we had a full-house to play to that evening. The room was electric with the vibration of swing, modern jazz, bebop, funk, improvisation and the like. It was a blast playing for such a receptive audience and here’s what one local writer from the Denver Post had to say about our set at the festival:
“Seattle-based group the Teaching turned in a fiery piano trio performance. The upper-register solo taken by bassist Evan Flory-Barnes during his composition “Fragrance of Eminence” almost resembled a banjo after a few measures. Pianist Josh Rawlings had the audience clapping and singing in time to songs like “Get ‘em Blues” and “Apex Is a Beautiful Day,” while drummer Jeremy Jones added tasteful beats throughout the set.”
–Sam DeLeo, Denver Post
All in all we had a fantastic trip and we even got to sneak in a special show that Sunday, April 22nd at our favorite music spot in Arvada, CO at the D-Note. We got to have some amazing D-Note pizza, great drinks and of course hang with the infamous and incredibly warm, Phil (our loyal door guy and biggest fan in Colorado!). Get your Phil at the D-Note 😉
We’re looking forward to continue playing in Denver and this year’s trip to the festival was certainly a nice breath of fresh air from our annual Winter trip…in other words – the weather in Colorado in April is amazing! We hope to play the Dazzle Recordings Artist Festival again in the near future.
Thanks to Josh Quinlan for organizing the festival and for helping spread the word of Dazzle’s incredible roster of musicians!
The Teaching is thrilled to announce that we will return to Colorado again this Winter for the 4th year in a row! We have 3 show dates currently booked in the Denver area that we’d love for you to attend and/or spread the word to anyone you know who lives in the vacinity. Our drummer, Jeremy Jones, grew up in Arvada and it has been a real treat to be able to return each year meeting our growing Colorado family and fans and meeting new lovers of our music each time! We hope you’ll be able to join us for these fantastic performances below and we’d really appreciate any help in spreading the word.
For more info about the performances please visit our Shows page.
Thank you so much and we wish you each a Happy & Safe Holiday season rich with live music!
Hey everyone – we excited to announce that our brand new CD’s of ‘The Teaching – Live at the Triple Door’ arrived today in the mail – don’t they look shiny!?
We’re so excited to release this CD at our 2010 Earshot Festival performance at the Triple Door on Wednesday, Oct. 27th at 7pm (read more about the event here: http://theteachingmusic.com/the-teaching-at-2010-earshot-jazz-festival). You can get your copy of the brand spanking new Live CD at our performance! This is our 2nd physical CD release and we know you’re going to love it!
Here’s a sample for those of you who just can’t wait:
The Meditation (track 1):
Join us Oct. 27th at the Triple Door for a truly magical evening!
Immediately after Jeremy and I exited the plane we felt that exciting rush of heat rush over us. We quickly changed from heavy jackets into our shorts and flip-flops…ahh it felt good to be back in Savannah! Evan had flown from Bloomington, IN the day before while he was mid-tour with vocalist Meklit Hadero who was touring the mid-west at the time. Jeremy and I were happy to connect up with Evan and be able to return to Savannah in support of our friend and artist Matt Hebermehl. Matt was gearing up for the biggest art show of his life at the Jepson Center for the Arts in downtown Savannah. His exibit, Birds in Flight, is still showing at the center until March 23rd, 2011, so if you know someone in the area we highly recommend checking it out. More info on Matt’s exhibit can be found by visiting http://www.hebermehl.com/2010/09/28/birds-in-flight-sept-23-2010-march-23-2011/
Matt, by the way, did the artwork for our group and four debut CD The Teaching. You’ll be able to see more of Matt’s handy work on the release of our upcoming live CD ‘The Teaching Live at the Triple D due to be released Oct. 27th at our Earshot Jazz Festival performance at Triple Door (details above).
Matt’s show was a huge success and The Teaching also had the chance to perform at 2 old venues we hit last year and add a new one to the list. The Teaching’s best night in town was undoubtedly the night at the Hang Fire on Oct. 23rd (which coincidentally was the same night as The Hang – which we host every Thursday in Seattle…special thanks to Gravity for holding down at LUCID that evening). The crowd was going wild and dancing to nearly every cut we dropped that evening. Keep your eyes and ears open for a PodCast on our website of that live performance in the next few weeks.
All-in-all the trip was a huge success. More connections, great new friends, an even bigger response from the Savannah listeners, extra heaping helpings of southern hospitality, and we even got to take a class at Bikram Yoga Savannah (90+ degree weather outside and Bikram Yoga…are we crazy?!?). We survived it all and came back home with a resolve to try and go back every 6 months or at least every year. Thank you Savannah! We’ll keep coolin’ like a cuh’ here in Seattle until next time!
Here are a few nice moments captured fromthe trip:
We recently caught up with East Coast transplant / now Seattle based MC/Rapper Spekulation to ask him a few questions about how he got introduced to The Teaching’s music, his experiences attending The Hang, as well as the story behind his recent sampling of our song ‘Beautiful Brooklyn‘ on his digitally released album ‘Hack Job – The Instrumental Mixtape‘ (released on May 19th, 2010).
Feel free to click on the player below to listen to the song while reading the interview:
Q. What was your first impression of The Teaching back when you happened upon The Hang at Lo-Fi?
Actually, the first time I heard The Teaching was at your first gig at The Musiquarium, which I tend to think of as a faux-swanky lounge downtown filled with young professionals and expensive cocktails. So, technically my first impression of The Teaching was “damn, these guys are way too nice for this place” and “that dude with the long hair rides that snare like he’s on a Biggie Smalls record”. A couple months later I made it down to The Hang at Lo-Fi for the first time. The whole experience was pretty overwhelming, and I’ve been to The Hang so many times since, that I don’t really recall my exact impressions, but I do remember feelings.
I go a little crazy when I hear music that I need to sample, it quickly becomes all I can think about. So, my first time at The Hang I remember a constant feeling of panic and anxiety hearing the music changed from movement to movement, and all these samples kind of floated into the ether, never to be heard again. Honestly, it was traumatic, and a lot of my motivation in making music in the last few years has probably come from trying to deal with it in some positive way. But now that I say that out loud, this whole thing sounds a little crazy.
Q. You’ve mentioned once how The Teaching’s music & what was occurring at The Hang reminded you of what was going on when The Roots and similar bands were coming up on the East Coast. What do you think are the main strengths or elements that differentiate the Seattle Scene to what was going on where you were coming up through music on the East Coast?
I think the main strength that differentiates the two is the fact that the scene here is still going on. I mean, The Roots obviously still play and collaborate with the artists they grew up playing with, but at this point it doesn’t seem like that’s where their power comes from. It’s just sort of a novelty. And maybe that will happen here eventually (if history is at all trustworthy, it most definitely will), but it hasn’t happened yet, and that’s something we should not take for granted.
Creatively, I don’t think there are many differences… Both communities are made up of young musicians trying to find their own sound within the context of building its own musical movement. In The Roots case, it was the neo-soul tradition… In Seattle’s case, who knows? I don’t think we’ve really figured that out yet.
Q. What was your inspiration for sampling our music and many others in the New Seattle Music scene?
Purely selfish…on several levels, really. Any song I’ve ever sampled has been because I needed to hear it with my ears the way I was hearing it in my mind. I’ve made a bunch of songs from sampling that never see the light of day, just to get it out of my head and make myself a little more sane. So, because I was spending so much time listening to New Seattle music, it was inevitable that I was going to re-imagine some of what I was hearing.
On another level, I just wanted to prove it could be done. I think it’s a widely held misconception that HipHop music seeks to do anything differently than jazz or other types of folk music, in borrowing or sampling from artists and peers. One of my goals is probably to put that misconception to rest. I get a kick out of making people uncomfortable, especially when their discomfort is a bit absurd. So its endless fun for me to take music that people already love, flip it, and then throw it back in their faces with the question “do you still love it?” The answer may be no, but then I get to ask why that is, given that it’s fundamentally the same music, and the approach is basically the same as that of any other folk tradition. Demanding that people answer that question has always been a large part of what I do.
And on a very direct level, I wanted to work with all of the New Seattle artists, but that’s a hard sell when you’re “that rapper who hangs out in the back of the club and doesn’t say much.” So sampling became my way of showing the artists what I thought was possible. And I think it worked. My latest record, The Depression Era EP, has very few samples on it, but a bunch of original music and performances by artists that I met through sampling for my first record.
So, in short, selfishness was my motivation.
Q. How did get the idea to remix The Teaching’s new song Beautiful Brooklyn with well known artists Jay Z & Lil’ Wayne?
I’ve always really liked the catchy melody of The Teaching’s original track, how it kinda gives you that feeling of walking across the bridge from Manhattan, seeing the dark brown bricks of Brooklyn get closer. But every time I hear it I can’t stop the voice in my head shouting, “Maaaaaan, that ain’t Brooklyn!” Like the song needed a pair of Timberlands, some blunt smoke, and a Yankees fitted to really be the Brooklyn that I know.
The funny thing is, I had similar feelings about the Jay/Wayne song too, because I always thought the beat lacked any sort of Brooklyn vibe. It’s got this really over the top 808 drum loop, which has become a hallmark of HipHop production down South… and absolutely no melody or instrumentation whatsoever.
So, in that sense it was a no-brainer. But I think it paid off for me in that I got showcase two groups of great artists that, on the surface, might seem to juxtapose one another. I think it’s safe to say that The Teaching’s core group of fans might be hesitant to listen to the newest Jay-Z & Lil Wayne single. Just like I feel confident in saying that Jay and Weezy’s main audience would probably be unsure about picking up a record by The Teaching. Admittedly, this is probably not the best business model on my part, but I think it’s worth it because the people that do overcome the apprehension have that much more music to appreciate in their lives. And that’s dope.
Q. Where do see The Teaching’s music playing a role in future samplings on your records or collaborations in the future?
My approach to this whole thing has been, I’m gonna keep bothering artists and stealing their music until they tell me to go away. So, from my perspective, I’m just waiting on The Teaching to put out another album. And if you could keep it in 4/4 time, it’d really make my thievery a lot easier.
Q. How would you describe The Teaching’s sound to someone who’s never heard us before?
You know, it means such different things to me every time I experience it. So I probably wouldn’t try to describe it, I would only insist that they experience it. Especially people like me, that grew up listening to HipHop records, because when I look around the room at The Hang, the people that are most visibly excited are the kids with the backpacks and crooked caps. Because to HipHop kids, The Teaching’s music is immediately accessible, in a way that a lot of other jazz music isn’t. The particular ways you transition between movements, the use of silence to build anticipation, are techniques that we can see as almost “turntablistic.” But, bottom line, I don’t want to get too into descriptions because Lord knows you’ll disprove me in just a couple bars.
Q. Share with The Teaching’s fans how your music may appeal to them or broaden their musical palette so to speak.
When I watch The Teaching perform, it’s always fun to hear the songs evolve and progress, as new ideas, melodies and rhythms are introduced. I don’t feel like what I’m doing, at least in terms of the process, is very different from that. I just tend to linger in those moments for a little longer. And I think your fans probably appreciate that facet of your performances, so I suspect they would at least find my projects to be interesting.
But I think a good test would be to go buy a record by The Teaching and listen to it. If at any time you find your head nodding uncontrollably to the beat, then I think it’s fair to say that you would enjoy my music.
More info about Spekulation, his up-coming shows, music, videos and much more can be found on his website at http://spekulationmusic.com