We had fantastic recording sessions this weekend! Working with composer J. Armen, the score has taken shape to create a unique, unifying vision of music that complements the content and visuals in ANOMALY. He found some fabulous musicians for the score.

Gwen Mann on vocal tracks

Gwen Mann on vocal tracks

On Saturday, we recorded Gweneviere Mann, versed in styles ranging from a capella to vocal percussion. Her alto voice sounded lush belting out some improv over a track underscoring a scene about the troubling social constructions of race and anti-miscegenation fervor. And what a coincidence! She previously sang in a group that performed Arirang at a wedding. Gwen could be in an ANOMALY sequel 🙂 — she had a very poignant story about encounters with the KKK in the New Orleans area (they didn’t know what to make of her Filipina mom who could not pass the brown bag test).

Alex Garcia on congas and J. Armen at the sound board

Alex Garcia on congas and J. Armen at the sound board

On Sunday, J. brought into the studio bass player Ariel de la Portilla and percussionist Alex Garcia. There’s nothing like a live upright bass and congas to set a jammin’ groove with Latin and jazz roots. Ariel and Alex were so willing to do take after take, we have so much more excellent creative material than we could possibly use. The inspiration for another film, perhaps?:) Mixed race history throughout the Latin American diaspora. (That’s redundant, isn’t it 😉 )

Ariel de la Portilla on upright bass

Ariel de la Portilla on upright bass

In half a second, J. put Alex and Ariel’s tracks together with a track from Gwen from the previous day. Wouldn’t you know they lined up exactly? It made a perfect musical fusion as if all three were in the studio at the same time. And our clapping recorded at the end of a really hot last take made J.’s studio sound like the new Club Armen.

There’s nothing like the energy of talented live musicians or artists honing their craft, especially when there’s room for improvisation! I played a bunch of musical instruments in my childhood (no I am not going to post a picture from the 8th grade in my band uniform!) so it was very exciting to be back in a recording studio. I will, however, post some mp3s previews in the future — after they have received J.’s professional mixing and fine tuning! -JCD

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