CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE BIRTH OF THE BAND ? WHERE ARE YOU FROM ? WHO ARE YOU ACTUALLY ?
jerseyturnpike is Dina Carpenito and myself (Carlo Dean). We were friends and played together in a band during high school, but after high school ended, the band ended and we both pursued different musical interests. We occasionally wrote to each other or met for coffee. Then a few years later (with Dina living in Rhode Island and me living 3000 miles away in Los Angeles), something happened and Dina and I became romantically involved. We got married in 2002 and simply began creating music together again. Now we live together in San Francisco.
Although jerseyturnpike is a duo of Dina Carpenito and myself, we frequently invite other musicians to perform with us. Jessica Schaeffer played double-strung harp with us on our debut release, permafrost, and performs live with us on occasion.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE SONGWRITING PROCESS ?
Dina and I both have different musical backgrounds. She has played with some excellent rock bands (including Mariner and Strike Force), and I studied jazz guitar and "classical" music composition.
For permafrost, we wanted to create a cohesive album, intended to be played from start to finish. We wanted to create an interwoven form of song and reflection (through improvisation). We used a single non-standard guitar tuning for the album to help unify the pieces.
That is by no means the only way we write music. Our goal is not to reproduce the same music as permafrost, but to try new things (which is part of the reason we regularly play with other musicians).
WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS ?
We have a few projects that we’re really excited about. We plan on collaborating with our great friend Greg Burns (Red Sparowes, Halifax Pier) and some other musicians (to be determined) to create an EP much different than permafrost. Simply stated, we want to make something heavier.
We are also working on something to be released by a small UK label called State of Distress, hopefully sometime this year. This release will be more experimental in spirit. We’ll be sure to get you a copy !
We’re also working on a series of songs with a larger instrumentation (string quartet, harp, guitar, bass, flute percussion, and voice), right now intended for performance only. I am not sure when we will record them.
Individually, Dina is working on the debut release of her solo electro-acoustic project, supergrip (www.supergripmusic.com). I have recently completed some film scores, and am currently assembling an improv ensemble (www.carlodean.com).
FROM EUROPE, SAN FRANCISCO IS KNOWN AS A GOOD PLACE IN THE WEST COAST TO PRACTICE ARTS OR MUSIC, DO YOU AGREE ?
We love San Francisco and we have met some great friends and great musicians here, and we still have some great friends and musicians we play with from Los Angeles. To answer your question, I don’t think we’re moving anytime soon. And if any musicians come to San Francisco on tour from Europe, have them give us a call and we’ll show them around.
HAVE YOU EVER PERFORMANCED IN EUROPE ? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS AUDIENCE ? IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE U.S ?
As a group, we have never performed in Europe (although we hope to sometime soon). Who has a couch we can sleep on ?
DIFFICULT SPECIAL QUESTION : TELL ME A STORY OR SOMETHING IN FRENCH !
Tu vas corriger toutes les erreurs, oui ? Il y a eu un long temps puisque j’ai parlé français, mais j’espère que ce sera utile bientôt. Nous aimerions faire un tour de la France, la Belgique, le Luxembourg et la Suisse très bientôt !
Chronique de permafrost
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