When I started the Ephemera series back in 2009 or so, it was a personal challenge to myself, to try a two hour format with enough variety in it to keep it interesting. It went on for just short of 3 years, before I ran out of ideas and time, and I put it on hold, always with the intention of coming back. I had done 70 shows. When I came back, after a seven year break, I thought maybe I could try challenging myself again, and try to not get tired this time around. I have now passed the number of shows I did before, by 8 shows, and the total number of shows is actually greater than 150 because I performed some more than once. The shows, for me, are still a huge challenge and I do a lot of preparation, just to get enough things into the same general place so I can pick up something whilst leaving another. Some go better than others. But this is a milestone and I’m happy to be here playing again.
It hopefully, as I always say, should be interesting. I’ve been quietly adding things to the studio and I’m starting to use some of the older pieces as part of sequences (which are constantly being edited, added, or removed) or played completely “cold”, where I literally just start playing what’s in my head. It’s what makes the shows (at least for me) interesting, maybe for you too.
An Ephemera is always made of vignettes, small chapters which try to paint a musical story. I don’t have a theme tonight, other than it’s my 150th Ephemera and I’m kinda in a good mood about that. But let’s see how it comes out. I hope you can join me, just listening in the background if nothing else.
2 Hours of Live, unedited improvisation and performance
The show starts at 3PM PDT/6PM/EDT/23:00 BST/00:00 WST
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If you’ve missed shows or want to explore some of the past Ephemera performances, you can find them at https://aegura.harriman4.com/ephemera.php which has the past few years of them. Beware, they’re all 2 hours long so there’s a lot to listen to (maybe 200 hours or so).