|Omaha Diner — Omaha Diner (2013)|
Omaha Diner — Omaha Diner
Charlie Hunter, Bobby Previte, Steve Bernstein, Skerik.
Location: Berkeley, CA ~ Montclair, NJ/Buffalo/New York/Seattle
Album release: August 5, 2013
Recorded: July 22 & 23, 2013
Record Label: Royal Artists Group
01. Locked Out of Heaven 3:11
02. Thrift Shop 3:34
03. Single Ladies 1:48
04. The Reflex 3:49
05. Wishing Well 4:14
06. Lose Yourself 4:13
07. Another One Bites the Dust 3:55
08. War 3:33
09. Big Girls Don't Cry 3:23
10. Love Train 3:35
OMAHA DINER IS:
◊ Steven Bernstein — trumpet, slide trumpet
◊ Skerik — tenor saxophone
◊ Charlie Hunter — 7-string guitar, tres-doble
◊ Bobby Previte — drums
◊• Recorded direct to 1/4 inch tape, MONO by Aaron Nevezie at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY
◊• Artwork and direction by Maurice Caldwell, Jr.
◊• LIMITED EDITION — ONLY 1000 PRINTED
◊• OMAHA DINER is many things: the world's definitive virtuoso of the seven-string guitar, the pioneer of saxophonics, a recipient of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for composition, and a Grammy nominee. Omaha Diner is at home in all situations in and beyond the world of music — not only scoring one of the films of legendary director Robert Altman, but performing in another one as well.
◊• In its 125 years of experience the Diner has worked in some capacity with an unlikely and astonishing array of artists: Aretha Franklin, Sting, John Mayer, Levon Helm, John Adams, Roswell Rudd, Linda Ronstadt, Pearl Jam, Elton John, My Morning Jacket, Courtney Love, The San Francisco Ballet, Sam Rivers, Marianne Faithfull, The Moscow Circus, Roger Waters, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Michael Tilson-Thomas, R.E.M., Johnny Copeland, Bonnie Raitt, Lukas Foss, The Meters, Ween, D'Angelo, Les Claypool, Alvin Ailey, Digable Planets, Sonny Sharrock, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Tom Waits.
Omaha Diner has toured every continent with the (possible) exception of Antarctica, playing rock arenas, iconic Jazz clubs, Carnegie Hall, and hardscrabble Kentucky roadhouses. The Diner turns up in other places as well — author of the liner notes to Miles Davis' 'In Concert' record, actor on Saturday Night Live, dancer, sous-chef, teacher.
The Diner is also:
◊• "A relentless genius."
◊• "A speaker in visionary tongues."
◊• "The genuine article of complete originality."
◊• "A perpetual music-making machine."
◊• "Seattle's only true rock star."
◊• OMAHA DINER: deconstructing popular music since 2012.
Agent: Europe only: KARIN KRIESL —
Photos by Jeremy Gordon
◊• “ He can break your heart with one cymbal crash.”
◊• Bobby Previte’s first stage appearance came in 1956 at the Niagara Falls Talent Show, where, guitar in hand, and adorned in an over-sized suit, he belted out a solo rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog.’
◊• Eight years later, thinking drumming might be a good way to get girls, he fashioned a bass drum from a rusted garbage can, a kick pedal from a wire coat hanger wedged between two pieces of linoleum and a rubber ball stuck on top, tom toms from upside-down trash bins, cymbals from aluminum pie plates suspended on plungers, and a box of loose junk for a snare — then practiced for a year in his dark basement with a lone spotlight shining on him before eventually starting a band, the “Devil’s Disciples.” ◊• But when they finally got a job at the church he was fired for not having ‘real’ drums. Seeking revenge, he took a job as a paperboy, saved every penny, and a year later bought the Rogers kit he still uses today in concerts all over the world.
◊• Strolling in the East Village one bright afternoon, he peered inside a limo stuck in traffic (crosstown) and suddenly found himself face to face with Jimi Hendrix. Thinking fast, he unfurled the poster of Jimi he had fortunately just acquired, then looked on in astonishment as Hendrix smiled and flashed him the peace sign.
A◊• ll the rest, as they say, is noise.
HISTORY: BA, SUNY Buffalo. Moved to New York City in 1979. Has worked for/with an unlikely array of leading lights including John Adams, Terry Adams, Robert Altman, Johnny Copeland, Lejaren Hiller, Charlie Hunter, Lenny Kaye, John Lurie, Sonny Sharrock, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Tom Waits, Victoria Williams, and, the internet swears Iggy Pop, although he can’t seem to remember that, exactly.
AWARDS: NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Franklin Furnace, The American Music Center, MCAF, Mid Atlantic Arts, NY State Music Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Jerome Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship.
EVENTS: TERMINALS PART 1, WNYC New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall, 2011; DIORAMA, Franklin Furnace/Chashama, 2012, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2010; THE 23 CONSTELLATIONS OF JOAN MIRÓ, Winter Garden, New York, 2008; THE SEPARATION, Walker Art Center, 2007; DIALED IN (with Benton-C Bainbridge), Lincoln Center, EMPAC, Eyebeam, 2007; Touring various other bands and projects since 1985 at festivals and clubs worldwide.
RECORDINGS: Sony, Nonesuch, Palmetto, Gramavision, Enja, Thirsty Ear, New World, Ropeadope, Veal, Spacebone.
MASTER CLASSES: Eastman School of Music, Walker Art Center, Art and Music Omi, Merano Jazz Festival and Academy, So Percussion Summer Institute/Princeton University, Cornish University, Purchase College, The New School.
RESIDENCIES: The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Civitella Ranieri, Montalvo Art Center, eleven MacDowell Colony fellowships.
THEATER/DANCE/PERFORMANCE/ART: The Moscow Circus on Broadway, Theodora Skipitares, Andrea Kleine, Clarinda Mac Low, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Benton-c Bainbridge, e-team.
FILM SCORES: Chain Letters (dir. Mark Rappoport), Maze (dir. Rob Morrow).
ODDITIES: actor, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, “The Mute Marine,” w/ William Shatner, 1984; as “The Drummer” in SHORT CUTS — Robert Altman, 1993.
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