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Meet the band

Alex

Our woodwinds player of many talents, Alex is the founding member of Coit. He has dabbled in many different woodwinds from around the world, with a particular focus on panpipes and other pitched woodwinds. Alex is also eternally fascinated by the drone family of instruments, especially the primordial rumble of the didgeridoo. He is a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner in addition to his immense musical talents!

 

Yusuf

Our guitarist, oud player, and general string maestro, Yusuf, comes to us from Senegal. He’s our most well-travelled member by far, since he has so far been to over 20 countries! Yusuf has lived in the States for about 15 years now, and is thrilled to have found such a great family of musicians to play with. He is working on a collection of traditional Senegalese folk songs at the moment, on a recording that features most of the other band members in his ensemble.  

 

Corinne

Our keyboardist, Corinne, comes from a literary background. A voracious reader, she made a name for herself earlier in life as a translator of ancient poetry, particularly with a focus on Sappho and early women writers in the ancient world. However, her passion for music has taken over, and Corinne has moved seamlessly into her role as the lead composer in Coit. She’s a Portland native, a passionate environmentalist, and a formidable gardener!

 

Jaspar

Our drummer and percussionist extraordinaire, Jaspar is where the beat stops-and begins! Jaspar trained in classical music at the Oberlin Conservatory music school, but it was during his year of service abroad in Zimbabwe that he found his true passion, playing traditional percussion instruments and scale-based percussion instruments with keys, which are traditional in many parts of Africa.  When he’s not playing with the band, Jaspar enjoys rock climbing and surfing, and spending time with his golden retriever and best friend, Kai.

 

Tatiana


A purveyor of all sorts of international oddities, Tatiana is our ace in the whole when it comes to needing that special something to flesh out the texture of a piece. She plays nearly everything under the sun, but we love her because she has all manner of obscure but delightful instruments she’s collected from around the world. She plays finger symbols, African talking drums, the one-string Mongolian harp, you name it. As you might guess, Tatiana is a frequent traveller. She studied musicology and musical therapy in college, and she brings a wealth of expertise as well as talent to the group. Most recently, she’s been on an expedition to South America, where she’s fallen in love with the charango. We’re sure you’ll hear it at a performance soon!

 

Don’t be surprised when you see mentions about our favorite juicers because our band loves juicing so much, believe it or not! 😉

 

Questions? Contact us: admin@coitmusic.com

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On Radical Wellness: How we’re Switching Up Our Concert Schedule Using Our Favorite Juicers, Potluck Recipes, and Yoga Studios

Namaste!

 

Hi, everyone-Alex here. If you’re new to the band, I’m the woodwinds guy. I play flutes, pipes, didgeridoos, all that fun stuff. I know we’ve been off the road for a while now, so as we prepare for this next tour, I wanted to share some of the things we’re thinking about.

 

We’ve always been a band with a strong sense of a mission. Coit has always had a spiritual center, and makes music that comes out of a sense of purpose, inter connectedness, and harmony with all living things. That’s why we’re so influenced by indigenous music, devotional folk music, and yogic sounds. With that in mind, we’ve ended up playing a lot of yoga studios, healing practices, and workshops. Nothing could make us happier.

 

As we start to draw bigger crowds at festival gigs and our more traditional concerts, we’ve been thinking about how to support our mission of promoting spiritual and physical wellness on the road.

 

A lot of this is drawing on things we already do. Yusuf and I make juice on a daily basis for the rest of the band: we’re sort of the juice gurus, with most of what we’ve learned courtesy of Start Juicing. The whole band starts our day with some juice, and that’s usually how we recover after the show, too. We also like to descend upon a local yoga studio wherever we’re playing to take part in a class before playing a show. All of us practice on our own, and we’ve found that taking these classes in each location helps us connect to the energy we’ll be feeling that night. We also encourage everyone to get moving however they feel they want to during the show. We usually play standing venues anyway, which makes it easier, but we want everyone to get their blood flowing, since that helps us when you give back so much energy.

 

So, with all that in mind, we’re going to try and go all-out this next tour! Here’s our ideal “event”, which will start earlier in the day, and go through the concert.

 

-Yoga class with soundtrack

Like I said, we usually end up at a yoga class before our concert anyway. We’re inspired by Michael Franti, who often does acoustic sets to accompany yoga sessions before his evening concerts. We thought, why not? Half of the music we play comes from traditional yoga soundtracks anyway, so it totally makes sense to partner with a local studio and offer a special musical class. We depend on you guys for a lot of our networking, so there will be a special request for yoga studio referral when we send out our tour update to the mailing list. We’d be looking to take over the place for the afternoon.

 

-Meditation space with juice

 

This is what we’re envisioning as an after-party sort of thing between the yoga class and the concert. We’re thinking of networking with a few local folks, juice makers, reiki healers, and artists to put together a meditation space and happy social zone for an hour or two. http://startjuicing.org/best-citrus-orange-juicer-reviews is where you can find our recommended citrus juicers.

 

-A potluck

 

Weirdly, this might be the most “far out” part of all of this. We’ve certainly never been to a potluck concert before, but the idea just makes sense to us. Our crowd is mainly like-minded people passionate about food, so why not share a meal together? It’s a great way for all of us to meet all of you, and for you to connect in your town. We’re going to have to figure out the logistics of this, but we’re hoping to have a potluck meal around each show.

 

-A concert

We’ve also thought about trying to integrate the juicing with the concert, maybe instead of a bar? Speaking of which, we’ve decided to purchase a separate juicer for wheatgrass and we’re looking at some wheatgrass juicer ratings online. We’ve usually had a kombucha keg or two set up at our venues, but fresh juice would be a lot more intensive to get going, so we want to judge interest before we go down that route too far.

 

Why are we doing all this? We want to promote something that’s kind of a novel image. We’re calling it radical wellness. It’s something that’s come up again and again as we’ve talked about the music industry and entertainment as whole. We’re sold this idealized image of the wasted, junkie rock star, drinking and doing drugs like crazy, basically in a mad rush toward death. And we can’t help but think, what’s so rebellious about being addicted to cigarettes? Or overdosing and needing to stay in a hospital? Isn’t it much more “cool” or “inspiring” to be radically healthy? To be radically alive, instead of dying in some exhibitionist display? So that’s what we’re trying to create with these next gigs. We want to create a space where, for a few hours, all of us are overwhelmingly, radically alive.

 

How alternative is that?

 

Anyway, hoping you’re all well, and looking forward to sharing some new material soon,
Alex

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We’re all in this together

Namaste, y’all!

 

This is the band speaking. We’re in a transitional phase at the moment, since we’re just coming out of a pretty lengthy tour and going into the studio next week. Since we’re very much in the middle of things, we’ve all put our heads together, and decided that we’re going to be making a fairly big change.

 

We’ve always been releasing music independently. That’s something that has never changed, and won’t be changing in the future. We love being able to decide what to record, when to record it, and how to distribute it. So, the way we make our music isn’t going to be changing.

On the other hand, the way we’ve paid for our recording and performing costs has tended to be more orthodox. We have come up with set sticker prices for all our CDs and other merch at the gigs and on the website, and we’ve done the same thing for concert tickets.

 

Up until now, that’s all seemed fairly set in stone. However, we’ve all been passing around Amanda Palmer’s book The Art of Asking, and it’s got us thinking seriously about why we take set prices for granted. Sure, there’s an element of stability to the set price, since you theoretically know how many CDs or how many tickets you’re going to sell. On the other hand, we can never be sure how many of those theoretical tickets or CDs will actually get picked up by our listeners, so that’s not exactly a sure bet.

 

We’ve been thinking about what our goals have been in developing a strong fan base and strong connection with our community. It only makes sense to live that fully and move to a more collaborative way to fund all this.

 

We could try to explain it ourselves, but Amanda Palmer says it so much more eloquently in her TED talk:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMj_P_6H69g

 

So, starting at our next gig (TBA), we’re going to be going all-in on crowdfunding and pay-what-you-want. Yes, this is a big jump, but we trust you all more than words can say, and we think this will make us more responsive to your needs and wants as listeners and patrons. You will be able to pay whatever feels right to you, or whatever works for you at the time, both for recordings and for concert tickets. This is obviously going to take some logistical planning, but we’ve got our web person coming up with some options as we speak. We’re also working on all sorts of new ideas for what a Coit concert could be, including bringing juicers and a portable yoga studio on the road with us! Stay tuned.

Basically, we want this whole adventure to be as inclusive as possible. We want you involved every step of the way, and we think this is the best way to extend our family to its widest potential and to make it work for everyone involved.
Let us know what you think-we can’t wait to start this next phase of our evolution, and we hope you’re excited too!