Author: Colleen Murtin

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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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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!