Friday, September 25, 2009

Charles Spearing - The Happiness Project - NYC Nov. 28th and 29th

( Credit // Norman Wong )

About The Happiness Project
Arts & Crafts will be releasing The Happiness Project on February 14. Spearin, best known for his work with Toronto-based bands Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene, has been performing samples of The Happiness Project live during BSS concerts this past year, offering insight into the inspiration and concept of the album which was arranged, recorded and developed over the past few years in his home studio as well working with his long time collaborator Ohad Benchetrit at his studio, Th’ Schvitz.

In the album’s liner notes, Charles took time to write a bit of an explanation on the idea behind the project.

“These are my neighbours. My wife and I have two little kids and live in downtown Toronto.” Spearin explains, “In the summertime, all the kids in the neighbourhood play outside together and everyone is out on their porch enjoying each other’s company, telling stories and sharing thoughts. A year or so ago I began inviting some of them over to the house for a casual interview vaguely centered around the subject of happiness. In some cases we never broached the subject directly but none-the-less my friends began to call it my “Happiness Project”.

After each interview Spearin would listen back to the recording and examine the thoughts expressed. In addition, he noticed a natural melody and cadence to the speaking voices of his neighbours as they each discussed their views on “happiness”. “It has always been interesting to me how we use sounds to convey concepts,” says Spearin.“Normally, we don’t pay any attention to the movement of our lips and tongue, and the rising and falling of our voices as we toss our thoughts back and forth to each other,“ he continues, “We just talk and listen. The only time we pay attention to these qualities is in song.

With The Happiness Project, Spearin blurs the line between speaking and singing - life and art - and writes music based on these accidental melodies. With the help of some of his musician friends, Charles plays the instruments to match these natural neighbourhood melodies inspired by thought and happiness and then, as Charles concludes, “I arranged them as though they were songs. All of the melodies on this album are the melodies of every day life.

Thursday October 22nd, 2009London, UKScala
Friday October 23rd, 2009Thessaloniki, GreecePrincipal
Saturday October 24th, 2009Athens, GreeceRodeo
Sunday October 25th, 2009Athens, GreeceRodeo
Monday October 26th, 2009Leipzig, GermanyConne Island
Tuesday October 27th, 2009Munich, GermanyFeierwerk
Wednesday October 28th, 2009Schorndorf, GermanyManufaktur
Thursday October 29th, 2009Duedingen, SwitzerlandBad Bonn
Saturday October 31st, 2009Paris, FranceLa Maroquinerie
Sunday November 1st, 2009Nantes, FranceSoy Festival
Monday November 2nd, 2009Toulouse, FranceKleo
Tuesday November 3rd, 2009Barcelona, SpainSala Apolo
Wednesday November 4th, 2009Bilbao, SpainKafe Antzokia
Thursday November 5th, 2009Marseille, FranceMontevideo
Friday November 6th, 2009Nancy, FranceL'autre Canal
Saturday November 7th, 2009Esch, LuxemburgKulturfabrik
Sunday November 8th, 2009Kortrijk, BelgiumDe Kreujn
Tuesday November 10th, 2009Hamburg, GermanyMolotov
Wednesday November 11th, 2009Malmo, SwedenDebaser
Thursday November 12th, 2009Linkoping, SwedenHerrgarn
Friday November 13th, 2009Oslo, NorwayJohn Dee
Saturday November 14th, 2009Arhus, DenmarkVoxHall
Sunday November 15th, 2009Bielefeld, GermanyForum
Monday November 16th, 2009Berlin, GermanyMagnet
Wednesday November 25th, 2009Montreal, QCLa Sala Rossa
Thursday November 26th, 2009Montreal, QCLa Sala Rossa
Friday November 27th, 2009Cambridge, MAMiddle East Club
Saturday November 28th, 2009Brooklyn, NYMusic Hall Of Williamsburg
Sunday November 29th, 2009New York, NYBowery Ballroom
Monday November 30th, 2009Philadelphia, PAFirst Unitarian Church
Tuesday December 1st, 2009Washington, DCRock and Roll Hotel
Wednesday December 2nd, 2009Pittsburgh, PABrillobox
Thursday December 3rd, 2009Pontiac, MIThe Crofoot
Friday December 4th, 2009Chicago, ILSchubas Tavern

No comments: