NANCY NOW - MONTHLY DIARY
New York, New York! It's always great to be back in the Centre of the Universe... I'm here recording two new songs: 'Where the Sea Melts to Sky', which will feature piano, voice and a string quartet. Joe Gianono did the arrangement and we've got an all-star lineup ready to record at Zampol Productions, with multi-Grammy award winning Oscar Zambrano engineering. The other tune is a jazz ballad called 'Turn the Lights Back Down', which will feature piano, vocals, and bass. More details on all that very soon... for now, I'm enjoying the vibe, catching up with colleagues, hearing great music, and trying to cross streets like a local.
Thanks to the wonderful Frankie Sticks for this fun, freestyle romp of an interview - we talked about what’s great about the New York music scene, playing with people you have nothing in common with, cipollino, Jack Sheldon and Charo, following musical instincts despite good logic, projects in Morocco, why my dad sold his drums, and bringing the band to Africa. And this is the condensed version ;)… get a cup of tea, relax and hang with Frankie, Preston and me for this 25 minute conversation in New York City.
Still working on release plans for 'Breathing In Indigo' which is in the bag! The video is spectacular, thanks to Jorge Pérez' direction. Can't wait to share it with you all.
Also working on the Morocco Project 'Just Can't Let It Go', which will be a long form single/ video (more than 7 minutes), featuring footage from travels to that fascinating country.
I've also written new material this summer which I'll be recording soon - will feature strings for the first time... music for movies.
L-R: Antonio Soto (guest star in the 'Breathing In Indigo' video), Nancy Ruth, and director Jorge Pérez.
This is the first summer in eons that I haven't been touring - as much as I miss it, I needed this time to get caught up on some creative projects. I've been spending time in Morocco to finish both audio and video recordings there. The music I wrote for my documentary project which explores cross-cultural music collaboration turned out to be a challenging piece to play and record with so little rehearsal time with everyone in one room, but it's coming together in the studio now that I'm back in Malaga. We had a great time in Tangier - here's a photo of the whole team, below. It was a joy to work with everyone involved... it's amazing what can be accomplished when the right people come together. Stay tuned for the winter video release of the song, and then in 2020, the 30 minute documentary.
I've also been working on the release for 'Breathing in Indigo' - video is in the editing stage.
I've got lots of new music in the works and as always trying to balance the daily practice and paperwork routine with getting fresh air - summer on the Mediterranean is a great time to recharge, get in shape with kayaking and swimming... getting set for Fall travels!
Photo L-R: Simo Chakli (violin, voice), Khalid El Haddouchi (logistics), Juan Soto (bass, sound production), Manuel Soto (camera), Nancy Ruth (voice, composition, producer), Hamza Bakhati (oud, voice), Khaled Meliani (percussion). Photo taken at the Melting Pot Hostel rooftop in Tangiers, Morocco.
After a year of preparation, I'm finally filming the music video for 'Breathing In Indigo'. It's one of my favourite songs that I've written, so I'm really excited to be working on the video for a dual release with the song for Fall 2019. Here's a bit of the 'making of'
Getting ready to go to Morocco to continue work on my documentary there - I have composed a new piece that will feature the sounds of North Africa. Stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, here's a new video - this is a one minute intro to my world of music.
MAY 3, 2019 - Málaga, Spain
Just got back from playing the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal. Check out the tour diary:
APRIL 2019 - near Málaga, Spain
Hi friends, welcome to my NOW page! I thought this was a great idea (thanks, Derek Sivers... see below).
So, what am I up to this month? Well, here you go, if you’ve ever wondered ‘what do musicians DO all day?’
- planning a new single release (new song is called Breathing in Indigo, in case you want to check it out)
- trying to figure out facebook ads to get the word out about upcoming shows (yes, you have to pay facebook these days to get them to show your band posts to people, even to your own loyal fans)
- sending out my newsletter update on the African tour (newsletters are the best way to keep in touch! If you want to join, check out the form below)
- sending out festival proposals: this is a lot of work, my friends! Now that hardly anyone buys CDs, everyone and their dog is hitting the road.
- video editing - working on a new documentary which hopes to answer the question ’Nancy, why did you leave your perfectly good life in Canada to go to Spain if it wasn’t for work, money, love, or sun and cheap wine?’
- audio editing… working on new arrangements for new music I’ve been writing
- sending out pitches to publicists in the U.S. to promote the new video ‘Todo Para Ti’
- answering emails and messages (thanks for all your comments on Twitter, FB and Youtube… oh, and Instagram, too!)
- planning tour logistics for our upcoming trip to Africa.. playing at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival. This has turned out to be way more complicated that I imagined… that’s the short version.
- working on a new arrangement for a ballad I wrote (it’s called Turn the Lights Back Down) and trying to decide where to record it… want to use an acoustic piano and am considering studios in Spain and Holland
- rehearsing with my band - there have been changes in the line-up this month, and every time I bring on a new player, there are a lot of rehearsals involved since all the music is original. This means preparing specific instrument arrangements, audio and video samples, as well as one on one, and full band rehearsals. It’s much more complex than getting together to play standards.
- speaking of original music… yes, I’m working on new ideas… it’s hard to keep up with those, as when I start laying down tracks for new compositions I sometimes get distracted by all this other stuff… my greatest ongoing battle!
- working out glitches and the ongoing learning curve for the programs I most use: Sibelius, Muse Score, Logic and Final Cut (thank heavens my Macs have held up for all these years, touch wood)
- trying to keep up with Spotify… I need to update my profile and pitch some songs to playlists, but honestly I’m way behind on that…
Anyway, these are just some of the daily things I try to stay on top of, while trying to get out for a run on most days. The great thing is that I live on the beach and when I get overwhelmed, nature isn’t far away.