I've been through a lot the last 3 and half years which took a lot of me spiritually and Financially. Now that the smoke has cleared, I'm Closer to fine. (As the Indigo Girls sang) I'm working on a book and new material for an album project. I don't have a date on any such things but one thing is for sure: I'm back. Please continue to stop in. Also keep track of me on Facebook and twitter. Thank you for listening and you're continued support.
Playing tomorrow, Sunday, 5pm, at Terrapin Crossroads with Michael LaMacchia and Sean Nelson - The vibe and layout of this venue makes this a great hang to close out the weekend.. great food, drink, and music! Wishing you all a great weekend
Sunday 5pm Terrapin Crossroads Mike, Edo Castro, Sean Nelson.
Many thanks to my friends Raul and Valery Amador at Bass Musician's Magazine for their support of my recently released ebook entitled Edo Castro's Jazz Compositions for Small Ensemble. Click here!
This book is a culmination of 36 years of music I have written. This is not all of the music I've written but the ones I felt that represented major turning points in my writing. The way that I have presented the material here is very much like that of the original "Fake books" - a single staff with chord symbols above the written melody below. It was my intent to leave out bass parts on certain songs and leave it up to the performer to create their own bass lines. Granted, I did write down a few bass parts for certain tunes but in essence left out most of my created bass parts so that the performer could draw on their own ideas for those parts. My only other note per song was to establish the "feel" by denoting "Funk" or "Straight Eight Feel", etc. I encourage you to refer to the original recordings from my CDs whenever possible as a starting point. Most of all - have fun!
I would love to hear your interpretations of my music! email me at email@example.com
Leading a new Quartet this Friday night at Servino's in Downtown Tiburon 9-12 Midnight. Steve McQuarry on Keyboards, Mary Pitchford on Violin and Niels Myrner on Drums. Come by and say hello! Should be a great evening in Tiburon!
Thursday, Oct 6: 8:30 - 12pm Edo Castro, Michael La Macchia, Niels Myrner!
Greetings my friends,
I hope you're enjoying the October wet welcome into Fall...I know it's a school night and all but if you're in the vicinity, We'd love to have you join us for an evening of Musical adventure. We don't get to do this often so we're gonna stretch our musical legs and go for it. (Wow when did you last hear that?)
I've had the pleasure to work with Michael for the last 12 years or so and we've developed a little musical dialog for ourselves over the years. Through Michael, I've had the honor to work with some fine players. Neils happens to be one those guys who's just awesome....
hope to see you there and thanks for supporting your friendly neighborhood Bass man
LAFAYETTE, CALIFORNIA, October 3, 2011 -- Temple Isaiah today announced that it will host a special concert in honor of the 10th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days (www.danielpearlmusicdays.org) to be held Sunday afternoon, October 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM at its hilltop sanctuary in Lafayette, California. Admission is free and open to the public. Temple Isaiah is located at 3800 Mount Diablo Blvd., with its entrance on Risa Road.
To commemorate the October birthday of journalist/musician Daniel Pearl, who was abducted and killed by extremists in Pakistan in 2002, musicians of all genres will participate in concerts worldwide and use the universal language of music to spread a message of hope and to unite people across geographical and cultural borders in a quest for a better world.
The October 23 Lafayette concert will feature performances by an array of artists of different musical styles, as well as remembrances from friends who knew Pearl. Performers include Vocolot (www.vocolot.com), the award-winning women’s a cappella ensemble; Rivka Amado (www.rivkamusic.com), a talented singer of Ladino music – the songs of the Jewish Spanish tradition; Gerry Tenney & the Lost Tribe, bluegrass; Robbie Dunbar, multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter;Edo Castro (www.edocastro.com), bassist, composer, and recording artist with Passion Start Records;Michael Tobin, San Francisco singer/songwriter who co-composed several songs with Pearl; and Michael Gill (http://www.therecordlabel.net/progressive-rock/michael-gill), pianist and composer of progressive music.
Also appearing will be singer/guitarists Achi Ben Shalom, Fran Avni, Cantor Rita Glassman and Joel Siegel; guitar synthesizer player Doron Rotem; percussionist Katja Cooper; singer Callie Lou Thomas; and other special guests.
The concert is organized by Michael Gill, a childhood friend of Pearl’s who has put on similar events during the past ten years. Said Gill, “It is a bittersweet experience to prepare this concert. It has been ten years since Danny’s passing and he is missed by those who knew him and by people who never met him but were nevertheless impacted by his courage and humanity. I am honored that so many remarkable musicians will give their time to make the October 23 concert a very uplifting afternoon and I am indebted to Temple Isaiah for hosting this special event.”
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist/musician Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The Foundation is active domestically and internationally to promote dialogue and understanding, to counter cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and balanced journalism, and to promote peace through music.
"At the 10th anniversary of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, we reaffirm our conviction that Danny's music has not been silenced and that, standing united, humanity will triumph and harmony will prevail," said Judea and Ruth Pearl, parents of Daniel Pearl and Co-Founders of the Foundation.
Honorary Committee members of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days include Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Alison Krauss, R.E.M., Yo-Yo Ma, Matisyahu, Itzhak Perlman, Ravi Shankar, and Barbra Streisand among other distinguished musicians.
"Wonderful SOUND quality on all of the recordings and the warmth and intimacy of the bass solos was very refreshing to hear, with the subtle phrasing and details all there on a first hearing (EDO, Phoenix, Sacred Graffiti CDs)...There is room today for gifted people with something original to say. Edo Castro is one of those people " - David Amram, Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist
An impressionistic, tech-urban jazz landscape; a story within a story; a tale of tension and grace. The multi-faceted artistry of Bay Area bassist sensation and composer, Edo Castro, elevates the sounds that come from his unique, multi-stringed basses, both fretted and fretless, into a palate from which intricate compositions flow. Castro describes his newest release, Sacred Graffiti, as a tapestry of emotive impressions. "A musical Journal if you will," he explains, "In my day-to-day travels I’ve noticed what may be our modern day cave paintings – signs; scribbles on walls; imprints in the sidewalk; bumper stickers, etc. - all immersed within a cacophony of audible textures.” These dynamic visuals have been given auditory life as Castro delivers intricate urban jazz arrangements interspersed with immersive soundscapes where the tangible tension between inner and outer worlds is encompassed by grace. Special guests – Mark Isham, David Friesen, Michael Manring, Dan Zinn, and Percy Jones, among others, join Castro on this endeavor. He offers this CD as his “Sacred Graffiti”.
Edo Castro at Skywalker Sound - in mix with new project Sacred Graffiti, to be released on Passion Star Records soon. Edo is in sessions this week with engineer Leslie Ann Jones and producer Ray Cooper. More news soon!
This time of year is my favorite time of year but it's not because of the holidays. I love the changes of the seasons, the leaves turning brilliant hues of red and orange, the rain, the dark clouds, the cold brisk air and yes the snow.
It's a time of introspection and contemplative ideals to germinate, with intentions to take seed and blossom in the spring. I can feel the winter solstice blanket darken the fabric of my spirit, the fabric of my existence. It is a time to hibernate a life that has weathered the past year.
We've all gone through a lot this year and it's not all so promising with the economic world downturn, The H1N1 Flu, constant threats of violence close and far from our homes, people losing their home, their jobs and their dignity. Indeed it is a very dark time, I would be a fool not to say that I'm scared or nervous.
If there's any real comfort in all this, I'm not alone in my fear and that in its self is comforting. Here we share a common thread that goes back since our awareness of self and our existence: we're still afraid of the unknown. The ultimate boogey man.
Perhaps that's why we have holidays in the darkest part of the year. To give us a sense of hope and that no matter what it is we're struggling with now, it will be better the next day, the next week, the next month or the next year.
In this time of darkness,whatever we came into this economic turmoil with, looming health issues, or whatever it is this year you are struggling with, I wish for all of us to emerge with strength, dignity and hope, so that we can turn around our personal struggles and be fearless in uncertain times.
To all of you Whatever it is you celebrate this time of year Sharon, Dillon (our dog) and I wish you all the best for this holiday season and A Happy New Year.
Edo Castro- bass, Erik Lindquist- guitar, Alex Aspinall-drums, Dan Zinn- sax
SATURDAY | OCTOBER 24th | 3pm-4:30pm | FREE
Live Performance by Edo Castro w/Quartet:margin:.5in;
111 Minna StreetS.F. CA.Bet. Howard and Mission St.
“Accomplished composer and innovative bassist, Castro has a gift that transforms the sound of unique multi-stringed basses into a palate from which intricate compositions are drawn. Castro lures the listener to embark on an amazing and stirring journey”
Fourteen art galleries in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood, San Francisco’s most dynamic arts community, are joining forces to host the Fall 2009 Yerba Buena Gallery Walk. The Gallery Walk will feature free admission and refreshments, along with ample opportunities to experience art. The 14 participating galleries offer a diverse look at contemporary, emerging, and established artists working in a varietyof mediums.They are: 111 Minna Gallery, 871 Fine Arts, Baer Ridgway, Catharine Clark Gallery, Chandler Fine Art, Crown Point Press, Fivepoints Arthouse, Modernism, Rayko Photo, Sculpturesite, SF Camerawork, Varnish Fine Art, Visual Aid and the UC Berkeley Extension Art and Design Center Gallery.
LARKSPUR, CA, June 05, 2009
"This is one of the most beautiful bass solo pieces I've ever heard. I can't believe I hadn't heard of Edo before. Where have I been?" - YouTube Fan viewing "Rain", written & performed by Edo Castro.
Currently, Passion Star Records' artist Edo Castro is recording & mixing his latest project at Skywalker Sound in Nicasio, California with Ray Cooper as producer.
This will be his second release on the Passion Star Records label due out later this year.
Bay Area bassist sensation Edo Castro describes his new release, Sacred Graffiti, as a "catch-all for my musical musings since Phoenix" - his landmark release in 2006 on Passion Star Records.
"A musical Journal if you will," Edo explains, "In my day-to-day travels I notice signs, scribbles on walls, imprints in the sidewalk, bumper stickers and more. These in a way have become the modern day cave paintings"
It's as if these dynamic visuals have been given auditory life as Edo delivers intricate urban jazz arrangements followed by ambient and enchanting soundscapes.
"Sacred Graffiti gives an impression that is at once modern and yet timeless in its varied compositions," enthuses Passion Star Record's founder, Lisa Star.
Special guests - David Friesen, Michael Manring, Dan Zinn, Ray Cooper and Percy Jones join Edo on this newest release.
Kick off the Denver Bass Bash concert series!
**June 7 1pm: Edo Castro, Christopher Cardone
The Denver Bass Bash, Blue Sky Collective, Circle K Strings, APC Instruments and Knuckle Guitar Works present:
Denver Bass Bash Concert series at Blue Sky Collective! 9635 W. Colfax Lakewood, CO 80215
May 9th, A beautiful sunny day at Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, CA. Passionstar's Edo Castro spent the day in the soundstage at Skywalker Sound. It was an amazing day featuring Passionstar's Ray Cooper/Producer, Leslie Ann Jones & team/Engineering and a variety of musicians including Erik Lindquist/guitar, Alex Aspinall/drums, Dan Zinn/Sax, Jonathan Moe/drums, percussion.
More news soon on Edo's upcoming project.
As 2008 winds to a close, Edo has spent his time since early fall rehearsing & writing for his upcoming projects for 2009.. He has also been collaborating with various artists, including Eric "Doc" Smith whos electric drummstick rhythms can be found accompanying Edo at various performances & festivals on a variety of shared material from both artists.
Edo's CD Phoenix will be available in major stores that carry CDs such as Barnes & Nobles! If you don't see it onshelf.. you can request it! We thank Pacific Coast Jazz for their support in distribution.
Check out Edo's piece on Jaco Pastorius featured on RARWRITER.com.
To gain further perspective into the influence that Jaco Pastorius had on subsequent generations of bass players, RAR went to San Francisco bass player extraordinaire Edo Castro (left). The ultra-articulate Edo, who in 2006 released his album Phoenix (Passion Star Records), which explored the range of rhythm and melodic possibilities presented by the instrument - Edo uses the 7-string variation - owes much to the innovative spirit of Jaco Pastorius.
That said, Edo admits that talking about Jaco and the effect his playing had on him was not easy.
"It actually was difficult because it's as if I were asked to describe a religious experience... words fall short and one must just be in the experience to understand it."
With that introduction, here is what Edo had to say about Jaco Pastorius.
You know I never knew Jaco personally but I wish I had. If there was anything true to what I've read about him, he was larger than life and words didn't do him justice: You had to experience him. We were blessed to have his creative spirit, if ever so briefly in our musical lives.
As most will agree he was perhaps the most influential musician of our time who single handedly changed the paradigm of the electric bass. After 20 years of his passing, there isn't a bassist out there who hasn't been influenced by his work.
It's interesting because my introduction to Jaco, via recordings, didn't start with his solo album Jaco Pastorious or Heavy Weather, it was Joni Mitchell's album Hejira which came out a year before Heavy Weather (1977). I was a Joni Mitchell fan already but when this album came out my hair stood on end. Joni Mitchell took a big step with this album and I welcomed it with open arms.
Track 1 on the album Hejira, "Coyote" mesmerized me. I kept wondering what "that sound was and what instrument that was making it?" I listened to that album for a year constantly to the annoyance of everyone around me. It never occurred to me that was a bass. Because up to that point I had been accustom to "thump, bumpty-bump-bump." (LOL) During that time we had Larry Graham with Sly Stone doing his slap thing, Chris Squire, John Entwistle and Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power pumping those 16th notes. Oh yeah, and Stanley Clarke's Journey to Love (1975) - that is a whole other story. Clearly though, Jaco's fretless tone and melodic approach turned everyone's head. Nobody had this sound.
Anyway that was the first time I clearly heard Jaco, not as a bassist but as a composer, overlaying his fretless bass parts, doubling melodic figures and creating textures using harmonics. By the time Heavy
Weather hit the scene I was like "oh yeah that's him." Then I got his solo album and Heavy Weather.
Jaco's fretless tone was undeniable. I mean everyone had a fretless bass by then, scrambling to emulate his sound. Even though the fretless bass existed prior to Jaco coming onto the scene, he definitely popularized it.
Oddly enough I did my best not to play a Fender Jazz bass or a Precision because Everyone had one, so I bought a black Gibson Fretless Ripper bass, that had a very unique tone and sound. (Back then you didn't have much of choice, it was Fender, Rickenbacker, Kramer or Gibson.) The sound that Jaco had was partly due to his bass set up: Low action, roto sound Strings and that Epoxy finish on his fingerboard. The rest
of it was his hands.
This may sound controversial but in many ways Jaco's revolution was a blessing and a curse, because in
one hand he brought the bass to center stage, made bassists more accountable and raised the bar for musical competence.
On the down side, many tried to play like him sacrificing the fundamental role of the bassist.
The point I think most of us missed when trying to play like Jaco back then was that he had the most sublime and innate sense of groove that was way beyond all of our preconceived notions. His command of the musical language gave him a unique insight to the "other side" of the groove: partly stated, mostly implied. It's a line easily blurred and often misunderstood. Only Someone of Jaco's level could do this. His sense of the groove and time was uncanny.
During that time every bass player was overplaying, trying to play like Jaco and just ruining the musical experience.
There was a plethora of great and not-so-great Jaco imitators but thanks to Marcus Miller, Anthony Jackson and Stanley Clark, these guys made us remember what the bass is all about first and foremost: the Groove.
For me It was a great awakening to understand that I could never be like him as a bassist but as a composer I could emulate his style and achieve the same results in my music. And perhaps that's what people hear in my music and say "wow that sounds like Jaco." That is perhaps the ultimate compliment for any bassist
For many of us, Edo's first CD entitled simply - EDO - has been "off the shelf" unless you've been fortunate enough to buy a copy at one of his gigs.
In the next couple of months, you'll be able to find EDO on iTunes as well as Amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic, Napster, etc.
MANRING KASSIN DARTER
with Edo Castro and E. "Doc" Smith
Saturday, April 12 8:00pm
$20.00 General Admission
$22.00 General Admission, Day of Show
Buy tickets at TicketWeb or by calling 415.383.9600
"Mindboggling musicianship. Complex, provocative compositions. Darter, Manring and Kassin are all-around awesome!" - Greg Rule, Keyboard magazine
Performing "chamber music for the new millennium" this virtuoso trio has been astounding audiences for the last ten years with their amazing chops, quiet soul and diverse compositions. With over 100 albums to his credit, bass phenom Michael Manring has been hailed as "the world's greatest electric bassist" while pianist Tom Darter's compositions have drawn praise from Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland and Karel Husa and music critics have compared Kassin's flute playing with Rahassan Roland Kirk, Hubert Laws and Paul Horn. While listeners can hear echoes of classical, folk, avant-garde, and world music in their performances, the net result is music that tears down stylistic walls and refuses to be compartmentalized.
Opening this evening is Edo Castro with E. "Doc" Smith. Edo Castro is a multi-stringed bass virtuoso. Castro has performed with a plethora of jazz greats; Roy Haynes, Ed Thigpen, Johhny Griffin, Armando Peraza, Stu Hamm and Mark Egan, just to name but a few. E. "Doctor" Smith is a drummer and percussionist who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno,Madonna, Warren Zevon, Mickey Hart, Jimmy Cliff, and John Mayall among others. He is the inventor of the musical instrument, the Drummstick. He is thrilled with his recent collaboration with bassist Edo Castro.
Michael Manring (bass), known for his innovative approach to the bass and adventurous solo concerts, has appeared on approximately 200 recordings, and toured throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player magazine.
Larry Kassin (flute) founded the internationally recognized Noe Valley Music Series in 1981, at the acoustically superb Noe Valley Ministry in San Francisco, California. His wide-ranging performance style has led to appearances with Bobby McFerrin, Jessica Williams, SF Klezmer Experience, Rhiannon, Sonia, and Box Set, plus a recent CD release with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek and Beat poet Michael McClure.
Tom Darter (piano), founding editor of Keyboard magazine, established the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he also taught music theory and composition. He has arranged two albums of music for the Kronos Quartet Monk Suite (Music of Bill Evans), played keyboards on numerous Jerry Goldsmith film scores, and won several composition awards.
Phoenix has been added to Linda Coffin's Night Traveler playlist for March and April for you night owls.
Her show is Sun/Mon at 12am.
KRCB Television 22 and Radio 91 FM - Public Broadcasting for the North Bay, Sonoma County, California.
Thank you Linda!
Check out Edo's mySpace link below or the music page to listen to one of his latest compositions slated for his upcoming CD. He is in the process of working on the final arrangement & recording - but we wanted to share it with you asap!!
When the Stars Fell on You....
Edo Castro & Friends are showcased at the Larkspur Cafe Theatre. See the calendar for more details!
Playing with Edo is Ian Dogole, Deborah Winters, Lester Levy, Lisa Star, Ray Cooper, Paget Campbell and Jonathan Moe.
Karys Rhea will open the show.
Edo's cd "Phoenix" can now be heard at http://www.pandora.com/
Pandora is customized internet radio Service where you can create your own listening stations and hear new music. It's free. All you need is an email account.
Edo and Jeff have put together two solo sets of entertainment. These two bassists have gone beyond the constrictions of "holding the bottom end" and through their mastery created a phenomenally entertaining evening of music. Electrifying, intriguing, mesmerizing and a lot of fun!
Cafe Trieste in Berkeley, CA is their next venue performance. See the calendar page!
Check out the press page for the full review!
...Castro is a San Francisco Bay Area musician who has played with numerous local luminaries, including Jill Knight. Phoenix is his second solo outing and a great pickup if youâ€™re either in a mellow mood or looking to instill one. While this is music you could work or play to, itâ€™s most suited to simple contemplation, and isnâ€™t that something we could all use a little more of in our lives?
You know I tell folks this story about how I played this set back in Chicago with Roy Haynes when I was in Music School and how at the end of the set he handed me his phone number in front of all my peers. I kind of started to wonder if that really happened, so I went and dug around my stuff looking for that number.
Sure enough, there it was. I'm not sure if it's good but it's proof that it really happened.
Oddly enough I found several other phone numbers too:
David Amram, Steve Rodby, David Darling, Hassan Khan, Fareed Haque, Frank Mantooth and Rufus Reid! I saw Hassan at NAMM 06, Frank Mantooth passed away 2 years ago. I recently saw Fareed at Yoshi's in Oakland. I gave him a copy of my 2nd CD. Then Fareed asked me next time to bring my bass to one his shows to sit in, (yeah!) I haven't spoken to Steve Rodby since 1987,David Darling in 1994-95 and I played with David Amram back in 1988. We haven't spoken since. I need to do some catching up.
"Edo, I love the CD. I enjoyed your expression and compositions.
Thanks for asking me to participate." - Mark Egan
-Mark plays on Blue Asia and appears courtesy of Wavetone Records.
Mark Egan is considered to be one of the most respected and in-demand electric bassists on the music scene today. His unique fretless bass sound and style is both distinctive and versatile and his musical contributions incomparable. With three platinum & three gold albums to his credit, Mark has recorded with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltry and Joan Osborne; performed with the Gil Evans Orchestra, Marianne Faithful, David Sanborn, John McGlaughlin and Sophie B. Hawkins.
Edo has a youtube video performance
of Amazing Grace. It was recorded by Sharon Green in the fall of 2003.
I was limited to 100MB/10min. After compressing it, I got it down to 18MB and about 8 mins.
This week marks a special milestone. Phoenix has it's unveiling at the Larkspur Cafe Theatre this Friday, May 26th (see Calendar for details). There are lot's of phenomenal talent playing at the event - including guest bassist Stu Hamm, drummer - Paul Van Wageningen, saxaphonist - George Brooks, guitarist Lorn Leber, percussionist -Henry Hernandez, pedal steel Rob Powell, tabla - Debopriyo Sarkar and Blue on vertical flutes, vocalists Lisa Star, Deborah Winters, Mark Bernfield, Pollyanna Bush and more..
Come and join us for this very special evening.
The â€œPhoenix â€œ risesâ€¦ May, 2006
Edo Castroâ€™s new album, Phoenix, follows his first successful release entitled simply â€œEdoâ€.
Castro explains, â€œThe name Phoenix is not only a beautiful name, it's also the mythical representation of change or transformation. I was in a music store one day when I heard the first phrases of the song â€œSan Lorenzoâ€ from Pat Methenyâ€™s White Album. I was mesmerized, time stood still and I found myself in another space. Phoenix is about transforming personal moments.â€
â€œIn addition,â€ he adds, â€œthe material on this album provides the listener with an experience of how I work â€” capturing something â€˜in the momentâ€™. I turn my equipment on and strap on a bass with no intent except to explore musical ideas. That's how I came up with my arrangement on the album for â€˜Amazing Graceâ€™. I didn't start out thinking I was going to make an arrangement â€” it just happened.â€
Many wonderful musicians are featured on this album including Mark Egan, former bassist with Pat Metheny, who has played on over 100 albums and is a guest artist on Phoenix.
Edo Castro is an accomplished composer who just happens to play bass. His artistry elevates the sounds from these unique, fretted and fretless multi-stringed basses into a palate from which intricate compositions flow â€” beckoning the listener to embark on an amazing and moving journey. In the last 15 years, he has contributed to over 20 albums, successfully released his debut album, Edo, after 7 years in the making and is fond of performing and recording with local Bay Area musicians. His work is currently featured on many internet radio stations and music sites such as attenspanradio.com and smoothjazz.com and his interview in Bassics magazine this year included â€œTrack 1 (46 West)â€ from his first CD, Edo, in the attached compilation CD.
Edoâ€™s fan base stretches the globe where he has found praise and recognition for his unique musical talents and his joyous and transfixing compositions.