Special Guests in the "Trip Around The Sun" a series of 12 releases have so far included:
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, etc)
Cyndee Lee Rule
Thom World Poet (Gong, Mother Gong),
Zenith: Unto The Stars,
Summer Freyia Yarrow,
… Giving Thanks and Praises !
BILLLY SHERWOOD (Yes, Circa, solo) about TRIP AROUND THE SUN project by Jay Tausig and Ed Unitsky
We've asked to answer few questions about the Project from the musicians that take part in it as a very special guests. We are happy to meet Billy Sherwood at the TRIP AROUND THE SUN and to see his kind attention to us now ! Please listen/watch the video by Ed Unitsky to the "Twisting The Tail" track from “Pisces” release - music by Jay Tausig and Billy Sherwood ( Synth Guitar, Lead Guitar) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypwbb9Pz4Q8&feature=youtu.be
Here are Billy Sherwood's thoughts about this music&art “Trip…” :
Q: Billy, what is the most interesting in the project to your personally?
A: I was contacted by Jay to play on a track.. he let me create a free form musical section and then layered other things over it later... an interesting way to go for sure !
Q: - What do you think about this project as the way of releasing the music (its ‘features' are: several releases; music and full set of artworks – not only a cover art; subscribers) ?
A: For a lot of people the experience of music is not only through the ears but through the eyes.. holding artwork and gazing off into it as you listen, it's a cool thing... that said downloads have there place as well, I just prefer the full package
Q: Any numbers , Zodiac signs (your sign in particular), 2012 year… is it symbolic for you?
A: Pieces... and the numbers 11 11 which was the time I was born (11:11 AM). Those numbers appear in strange places when I am out and about
Q: Anything what you would like to add – maybe your own music news…
A: For all things CIRCA visit www.circahq.com and for my solo works visit www.billysherwood.com I live on line... find me at my facebook page
Q: Good luck to all of your music plans ! Billy, let us say that we really love all the music that you create, and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer us
Questions by Olga Odessa (Olga Potekhina)
Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Spirits Burning etc.) about TRIP AROUND THE SUN project by Jay Tausig and Ed Unitsky
We've asked to answer few questions about the Project from the musicians that take part in it as a very special guests. We are happy to meet Bridget Wishart (formerly of Hawkwind, currently Spirits Burning etc.) at the TRIP AROUND THE SUN and to see her kind attention to us now ! Please listen/watch to the “Jay Tausig - Billy Sherwood - Bridget Wishart - Twisting The Tail” video by Ed Unitsky at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypwbb9Pz4Q8&feature=youtu.be
***Bridget Wishart took part in the project by performing a short poem on one of the tracks and by providing some of her artwork as well ( look at the “Pisces” booklet's page! :0)
Here are Bridget's thoughts about this music&art “Trip…” :
- What is the most interesting in the project to your personally?
- I've always been interested in collaborations and in particular those in mixed media, I studied Performance Art/Multi Media at College and University. I also have a fascination for the Zodiac. When Jay invited me to participate in the project the next release was Pisces, my sign , thus this musical and artistic collaboration caught my interest. I'd been introduced to Ed's artwork on facebook and was very impressed, but what clinched my intention to contribute was the realisation that a poem I was writing was perfect for the project. I was busy recording at the time so I sent the poem with illustrations I did on the computer using Paintshop. Jay asked if I would record it for inclusion on a track, luckily I just had enough time.
- What do you think about this project as the way of releasing the music (its ‘features' are: several releases , music and full set of artworks – not only a cover art, subscribers) – it's a question in our times of total downloading …
- I think this is an interesting,modern, challenging and exciting way of working. Will it be a financial success? I couldn't say and with something as creative and diverse as this you wouldn't/couldn't use that as a gauge of the ultimate success of the project.
- Any numbers , Zodiac signs (your sign in particular), 2012 year… is it symbolic for you?
- My favourite numbers come in threes or fours or pairs...I love it when I look at a clock and it's 22.22 or 18.18 or similar Pisces is my birth sign and Scorpio my rising sign so I do feel an affinity for those signs and also to the signs of my friends and family. 2012 as a year, as a number doesn't hold huge significance other than it's the one where I finally reached my half century...took me fifty years
- What is the most important and thing that you would like to “say” by your music?
- Music has played a huge part in my life and collaboration has always been the key. It's the best thing in life, working with others, music is an area where people can come together to share ideas and create something new special, brilliant and unique. I'm so lucky to have people all over the world to work with via the world wide web and right at home I have my husband and partner Martin to write songs with and to play live gigs. I feel blessed and grateful.
- Anything what you would like to add – maybe YOUR own music news, some wishes to the project and/or to the audience…
- "Trip Around The Sun 2012" is one of those projects that will draw more and more people to it's ever opening door, those who come to the project via a love of Ed's art (and I'm a fan!) will then be captured by Jay's musical talents and vice versa. On hearing the music via facebook and you tube I'm sure more musicians will wish they were involved. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to something bigger and better than we could ever do by ourselves and I am very pleased to be a part of it...
I've worked with many people over the years, major players include Don Falcone, Martin Plumley, Alan Davey, Steven Palmer and Lee Potts, many more have supported the work we do, Jerry Kranitz, Ian Abrahams, Terry Hawke, DJ Astro, Gary Parsons, Gary Hill, by reviewing our CD's and playing them on radio shows and then, most importantly there are the music fans who show their support by buying the CD's, you all have my sincere thanks and to those persons who I don't know yet and who are introduced to my voice through Jay and Ed's project "Trip Around The Sun 2012", you can find out more by googling my name and the names of my fine collaborators and associated bands (Spirits Burning, Djinn, Mooch, Omenopus and Chumley Warner Bros) and also by checking out the following website links. Cheers
Thanks and best wishes,
• Our very special thanks to Bridget Wishart - good luck with all of the music projects !
Questions by Olga Odessa (Olga Potekhina)
Kerry Chicoine (Mars Hollow , Heliopolis ) about TRIP AROUND THE SUN project by Jay Tausig and Ed Unitsky :-)
We've asked to answer few questions about the Project from the musicians that take part in it as a very special guests. What a great opportunity – to meet Kerry Chicoine (Mars Hollow - bass/back vocals) at the TRIP AROUND THE SUN and to know his thoughts about music and the Project, together with his/band's news!
Please listen http://soundcloud.com/jaytausig/jay-tausig-aries-the-fire (“ Vernal Equinox” track with Kerry - Kerry Chicoine & Cyndee Lee Rule), enjoy, and - READ!
So, Kerry talks ABOUT
… the most interesting aspect of the project for him personally –
- I love improvising music – I plug in my bass, guitar or keyboards, hit “record”, start playing and see what happens! Jay Tausig asked me to write some music for the “The Trip Around the Sun 2012” series so I plugged in and let the music happen. The fun part is doing overdubs over the improvisation, tying it all together and hammering it into something resembling music. For me, personally, the most interesting aspect was seeing what Jay would come up with to enhance or otherwise support the music I wrote. Jay and Cyndee Lee Rule did a fantastic job in coming up with musical parts that fit my piece in exciting and unexpected ways. I'm happy to say Jay and I have been talking and we're definitely going to do more music together – we seem to share a common sensibility and I think we can do some interesting music together.
… about this project as the way of releasing the music (its ‘features' are: several releases, music and full set of artworks – not only a cover art, subscribers) –
- I think it's ridiculously ambitious and, frankly, at first I had my doubts Jay would be able to pull it off. It's been a wonderful surprise to see that Jay and his collaborators are more than capable of delivering such an ambitious work – an album a month! Everything I've heard so far as surpassed my expectations. As for the unique delivery method, I credit Jay with devising a way to utilize the technology of the day in order to bring his work to the public quickly and, more importantly, in a “green” fashion. There's nothing but one's and zero's involved here and I think it's a fantastic way to connect with the fans.
The fact that the enigmatic and incredibly talented Ed Unitsky is providing the inspiring artwork for this project is a huge bonus to me – I love Ed's imagination and his skill at rendering images that often leave me breathless.
…symbols, numbers , Zodiac signs (his sign in particular), 2012 year -
- As everyone knows, the Mayan calendar ends in December of this year, so 2012 has a very strange, “end of the world” vibe going on. With the record-breaking heat in North America this past winter and with all of the global problems we're living with – political and environmental – 2012 could be a pivotal year for everyone. As far as Zodiac signs go, I've gotta admit I believe in the randomness of the universe at large and while I find the Zodiac charts fascinating, to me they don't hold any true, strong significance to me, personally. I'm a Libra, incidentally.
…the most important and thing that he would like to “say” by the music -
- I try to speak in my own musical “voice” like all of my influences have done throughout their careers. Guys like Mike Keneally, Jeff Beck, and Keith Emerson are able to make me feel emotions solely through their music. While I love music with lyrics, there is something about instrumental music that, when done by the right hands and heart, can speak to me in a language far more meaningful than mere words. I enjoy writing traditional “words and music” songs, but I find the music that comes through me when my mind is clear and I'm improvising to be very satisfying. It's like it comes from somewhere else and I'm just riding the universal cosmic waves on my musical surfboard.
- his music news and some wishes to the project :0) -
- I encourage anyone with an open musical mind to check out this project, support the artists involved, and share it with anyone you think might be interested. Spread the word! As far as my own projects go, I'm working with a couple of artists writing music for them and perhaps playing some bass … please visit Heliopolis page www.facebook.com/HeliopolisLAProg Very exciting times indeed!
…I'd like to thank Jay Tausig for inviting me to take part of this process and to give credit to all the musicians involved and most of all, to the fans for supporting new, unconventional music.
… Kerry, THANK YOU very much for your kind attention to the project and these such an interesting answers - cosmic inspiration to you for the new music, and have a great touring with the band!
Questions by Olga Odessa (Olga Potekhina)
CYNDEE LEE RULE about TRIP AROUND THE SUN project by Jay Tausig and Ed Unitsky
We've asked to answer few questions about the Project from the musicians that take part in it as a very special guests. We are happy to congratilate CYNDEE LEE RULE ( Many projects ) at the TRIP AROUND THE SUN and to see her kind attention to us now :0)
Please listen to the “Betwixt the Fish and the Bull” AND "Vernal Equinox" tracks (from the “Aries: the Fire Within” release) and enjoy magical Cyndee's violin! And read her thoughts ABOUT:
…The most interesting aspect of the project for her personally:
- I am impresseed with the enormity of this project! This is a vast undertaking by both Jay and Ed. Putting out even one album takes a great deal of work, but to offer one album per month is tremendous!
…The way of releasing the music (this Project's ‘features' are: several releases, music and full set of artworks – not only a cover art, subscribers)
- I think it's fantastic that each of the albums is released as a full package, along with extras! This is a huge bargain for subscribers, for even double the price. Sharing the music and art seems to be of the utmost priority to Jay and Ed, rather than doing this as a commercial venture, which I find admirable.
…‘Symbolic' Numbers , Zodiac signs, 2012 year:
- I don't really find luck or comfort in the zodiac or numbers, since my beliefs are more centered in the physical world (and physical universe). Instead, I enjoy the mythology and magic of the art and music that comes from it. "The Planets" (Holst) is the masterpiece in this arena, though, will have some competition from the amazing "The Trip Around the Sun"!
…The most important thing that she would like to “say” by the music:
- I guess the most important thing I'd like to 'say' with my music is that it is always evolving. I have played and recorded many genres, including spacerock, jazz fusion, world fusion, ambient, classical, etc. I want to always be exploring new universes with my music, and mixing genres is the most exciting way for me to accomplish this. And of course, by taking part in many collaborations! Exchanging ideas fuels creativity, all around.
- …Her own music news!
- Upcoming CD releases this year will include collaborations with Osiris the Rebirth and Space Mirrors, among others. All of my music news, and email list, can be accessed through my site: www.cyndeeleerule.com
...Our very special THANKS to Cyndee - we wish her best of luck with all the plans !
*Cyndee Lee Rule is a classically-trained violinist who has performed at the very prestegious venues (Lincoln Center and many more) and is a classical violin instructor. With her 5 string Viper, she has performed with many great musicians, in particular with such legendary spacerockers as Hawkwind's Harvey Bainbridge and Gong's Tim Blake. Happy to see Jay Tausig 's “Aries: the Fire Within” in her really impressive discography!
Questions by Olga Odessa (Olga Potekhina)
Bill Berends (Mastermind) about TRIP AROUND THE SUN project by Jay Tausig and Ed Unitsky
• We've asked to answer few questions about the Project from the musicians that take part in it as a very special guests. We enjoy this cosmic adventure with Bill Berends at this cosmic TRIP AROUND THE SUN and can't miss possibility to know his thoughts about music and this project! Please listen/watch the video by Ed Unitsky : Jay Tausig - Bill Berends 'Aries - The Fire Within' mix” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmEC-fPpdBA , and read Bill's answers ABOUT:
- the most interesting in the project for him personally
- First off, it was nice to hear from Jay and get an invite to participate in "The Trip" and very cool to have Ed Unitsky involved as well. I've known Jay for going on 15 years now - we met back during Fish's Sunset on Empire tour - he was working for Fish's label at the time and Mastermind was the support act on most of the tour. We've stayed loosely in touch ever since. I'm also an admirer Ed's fantastic artwork and we've been virtual acquaintances for some time, so I was pleased to have an opportunity work with both of them. Musically, I found it interesting and challenging to tackle such a lengthy track in one go, especially one that was so open and undefined. I enjoy these sort of collaborations because it gets me outside of my own head for a while and gives me the opportunity to interact in different and unique ways. It also came to me at a time where I am re-immersing myself in electronic music and synthesizers after a period of being a pure guitarist - I like the underlying sequencer patterns and other worldly nature of the synthesizers in some of these tracks - so that interested me and gave me another little nudge in that direction.
- this project as the way of releasing the music (its ‘features' are: several releases, music and full set of artworks – not only a cover art, subscribers)…
- The idea of an ongoing subscription based musical work is thinking outside the box and quite clever really. I am curious to see how it pans out in the long run, if people will buy into it. Also, the sheer ambitious nature of it - releasing 12 full albums in a year's time - that is quite inspiring for me. Obviously, it requires systematic work flow methods which I would like to develop to increase my own output. I tend to be sporadic and work when the inspiration hits which isn't always the most productive, and sometimes simply being more productive, more prolific, pushing yourself beyond normal limits, quite often that is when you stumble upon the most creative ideas. I'm sure having a monthly deadline helps in that regard. On the other hand, in these times of "total downloading" as you say, it is much more difficult - if not downright impossible - for a recording artist to be adequately compensated for their work, and believe me, it is a LOT of work to put together a coherent album from start to finish, so that can really put a damper on one's enthusiasm. Not that I (or Jay) do music strictly for money, but it is very discouraging to put in tremendous amounts of work, receive critical praise and attention, yet not be able to make the rent. Perhaps a subscription plan will encourage more people pay for the music. I certainly hope so. It seems like a good idea; one easy payment and then new music with gorgeous artwork coming in year 'round.
Combining Ed's artwork with the music gives this project an added dimension; a tangible element that you can print and hold in your hand or hang on your wall and I think people still want and need that tactile element. It makes the musical production feel more substantial and certainly helps with marketing by putting a unique face on the music. He adds a lot of class and beauty to the whole affair. When I was younger I would get lost for hours in album cover art while listening to music which is something that is missing today. Ed's artwork really gives this project that extra something.
- Symbols, Numbers , Zodiac signs (his sign in particular), 2012 year
- 2012 is just another trip around the Sun to me. I don't place any special significance in the number or think the end of the world is coming or anything like that. I may be wrong of course! lol... but people have been predicting the end of the world since the beginning of the world and we're all still here. I addressed some of those feelings with the Y2K themes on the MASTERMIND "Angles of the Apocalypse" album, but I didn't take it too seriously. More of a "what if?" kind of thing as an artistic springboard. So, no, 2012 is no big deal. As for astrology, I find it fascinating. I don't obsess over horoscopes or anything, but from my own personal experience there definitely seems to be something to it. So many people I know behave quite like their Zodiac would indicate. I am a text book Sagittarius for example; the mutable fire sign and philosopher, the proverbial archer shooting my arrows out into the universe. In real life I find I am attuned to other fire signs - the ones I don't butt heads with, that is - so I was pleased to be part of the Aries element of the project. I will be again be contributing something for the Sagittarius release later in the year.
- the most important thing that Bill would like to “say” by his music
- It's difficult to put into words, but it's like sharing your soul in brief moments of universal connectedness. That is the essence of it, for me. We're all very much alone in our bodies and inside our minds, yet we all seek that universal connection. It's a biological imperative, to feel connected in some way. Music does that for me in a much deeper, more powerful way than words or any other form of expression and I think that's the same for lots of people. Just look at how passionate people get about their favorite music, or any music, really. It stirs something deep within us. I suppose if I am trying to say something it would be along the lines of 'come along and let's see what we can discover'. Often times music will shine a light for the listener that the artist themselves never even imagined which can be wonderful. In the ear of the beholder, so to speak. Music is also a release, a pressure valve for stress, pent up emotions or alternately, expressions of joy and happiness and so on. The full range of human emotions. If I can convey that sense of release or joy, mystery, whatever I am feeling in the music, quite often it brings the listener along and lets them experience these things for themselves. That's the goal anyway. It can be quite magical.
This is not to say other forms of expression don't move me, but music bypasses the conscious mind and goes right to the essence, directly to the heart and soul. It can make you dance or make you cry. Music never lies. This doesn't always happen of course, but when you are truly in the moment and one with music, it's like being one with the universe for both the musician and the listener. At that point the music speaks through you, not from you or to you. It's all very Zen-like and a feeling of being absorbed by the universe, by god, by whatever you wish to call it. Of course there are other more tangible and intellectual elements of music that can be engaging as well, but it is that cry to the infinite and a sense of response that makes it what it is, for me anyway.
As for the track I did on the album, Jay asked for a stream of consciousness approach - and video - so I threw up two little flipcams and went for it in one take. I hadn't even listened to the track more than once before having at it. When Jay first contacted me he asked if I could do a solo on a track and I said 'sure'. Then he sends me an 18 minute track! haha.. not quite what I expected! But I was game.. why not? I enjoy a good challenge. I look at it (the guitar) as a wandering protagonist on a trip thru Jay's cosmic soundscape, taking in the unknown, reflecting on the surroundings, calling out in this fantastic, unfamiliar place. Personally, I find it much more enjoyable to just listen and let your mind create the environment.... but it's a youtube listen-with-your-eyes world these days and Ed put together some great visuals for the video. Also, playing with video rolling assured I would not be tempted to mess with it after the fact. That's still something of a challenge in a digital-edit-everything world, resisting the urge to tweak, but I was really into the idea of approaching it like that, so what you see is what you get. I really didn't expect Jay to use the whole thing and for the final album version it was edited down to go with the flow, but the extended video version is a bonus track available to 'Trip' subscribers.
- Bill, finally - anything what you would like to add – maybe your own music news, some wishes to the project and/or to the audience…
- I dunno... Live long and prosper. That about covers it. If folks enjoy my playing, I will be releasing an all instrumental guitar album later this year. They may wish to investigate the MASTERMIND catalog a little further. I'm also working on new material for MASTERMIND and experimenting with some electronic music as well. There is always something in the works! But as I said above.. it is extremely difficult these days to put in the time, maintain the gear, stay on top of technology, etc. when less and less money is coming in because of the internet and the download revolution, so please, support the artists you care about and purchase their work. I wish Jay and Ed the best of luck and invite folks to visit my web site for info on my projects and perhaps sign up to the mailing list for future updates. Thanks! http://billberends.com/
- SUNNY wishes to you, Bill – thank you for taking us time! And good luck to all of your plans!
Questions by Olga Odessa (Olga Potekhina)
PRESS ABOUT THE TRIP AROUND THE SUN
R eview at DPRP www.dprp.net/reviews/201241.php#tausig
Roger Trenwith review http://astoundedbysound.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/jay-tausig-trip-round-sun.html
Theprofessor Mark (Johnson) reviews