The Cactus Blossom’s have spent the two+ years writing and recording their new album. It was an honor to be asked to work with them again for some press photos to accompany the new album. Taking an afternoon in the Westbank neighborhood of Minneapolis – legendary for the bars where Bob Dylan got his start. We had a very casual shoot in bouncing between Palmer’s Bar, The alley behind The Wienery, and eventually getting up onto the roof of iconic The Cedar Cultural center.Read More
This was a perfect project - J.S. Ondara contacted me with with a great initial idea, then let me run with everything creatively from there. He wanted to record and film a solo performance of a new song inside a gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The idea for the video came from Jay playing a Third Thursday event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), and was inspired by the long constantly moving camera work in my video of Lucius in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda for The Current (link). With the suggestion of the location and a general idea of a series of long moving shots, I set to work to plan the production on a quick timeline just after the New Year.
A huge thanks to Kim Huskinson at MIA for her interest in this project, and approving us to film in one of the most iconic rooms of the museum.
The project was fairly complex, with a constantly moving camera, limited budget, and the added detail that the museum would be open while we were filming. We needed a small, skilled crew to keep the shoot footprint to a minimum.
Chris Savage joined the project to operate the camera and brought in Keith Moechnig to AC, pulling focus remotely while we were filming. I also collaborated with audio engineer, Nick Leisenheimer, to select a mic that would compliment and add to the visual of the project. We didn't need to hide the microphone, as I wanted to highlight that this was a live audio recording in the space. Nick’s audio mix of the ribbon mic in close, with a stereo mic in the room really captured the lovely long natural reverb of the gallery space.
It only took two takes to capture a performance that Jay was happy with musically, then we did a few more takes, closeup and extremely wide angle to combine in the edit. The space and his performance were so beautiful in their simplicity, I didn't want to add anything else to the edit.
Director: Nate Ryan
Camera: Chris Savage
AC: Keith Moechnig
Sound: Nick Leisenheimer
Thanks to: Kim Huskinson and Anthonia Eboreime at MIA.
Thanks to: Cinemechanics and Tasty Lighting
Another year, another great weekend of shows at First Ave for The Current's anniversary. As always The Current puts together a lineup that really hits a huge range of genres, but it all comes together as a solid cohesive show. Friday night's lineup started with young and incredibly talented John Mark Nelson, followed by the soulful blues of Chastity Brown The show highlight was the Twin Cities Funk and Soul All-Stars, bringing great vocalists from the 70s to the stage like The Valdons. Friday was capped off with the hard rocking 4 On The Floor. The second night was solid as well, with the all female hip-hop crew The Chalice starting things off strong, before Now, Now took control of the stage. Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum lead an emotional acoustic set, before the Saturday night headliners, Cloud Cult came out rocking, playing a set full of their most popular songs. As always First Ave was just a great venue for both the crowd and the bands.