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Vinyl Vaudeville – Feb 10-18th 2012, Dinner Cabaret in Vancouver BC Canada

February 7th, 2012
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Straight from Press Release:

Flyin’ Cirque Acrobats, Comedic Foolery, & Swingin’ Soiree

What happens when a vintage dinner cabaret hits Vancouver a century too late? 

Well, it features not only the glitz of traditional trapeze artists, but also the excitement of world-record-breaking acrobats doing back flips on pogo sticks. Vinyl Vaudeville attempts to replicate the century-old tradition of combining a sassy cabaret, dinner theatre, and after-show swingin’ dance soiree together with a twist.

In the style of the early 1900’s, the production features cirque performers, dancers, and comedic actors all backed by an acoustic swing band. The show’s highlight is a duo from Los Angeles who performs acrobatic stunts on pogo sticks. Collectively they hold eight Guinness World Records, and have a long list of prestigious appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent, and Ellen.

Get ready to be whisked away by the host of quirky characters into the magic of a bygone era. Dressing spiffy for the occasion in your vintage attire is always encouraged. Vinyl Vaudeville takes over Performance Works on Granville Island from February 10th till the 18th. It’s a romantic place to take your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, but is also appropriate for the whole family.

February 10-18, 2012 Performance Works, Granville Island

1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Showtimes
2PM Matinees Feb 12 & 18th
8PM Shows Feb 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18

Box Office 604 817 1315,    www.vinylvaudeville.com

Watch their Youtube video promo.

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Jam session recording: Geoff Peters and Gustavo Lacerda

April 3rd, 2010
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I had a music jam today with my friend Gustavo. He is multi-talented and plays many instruments. Today he brought along his violin.

You can grab the Mp3’s we made here, or use the players below!


Minor Swing
(folk music style swing tune with violin and piano)

Upbeat Evil Castle
(violin, synth (i)pad, synth bass, Latin drum samples)

Please note that Upbeat Evil Castle has been agreed on by the composers Gustavo and Geoff to allow Geoff to use the song in his videos on Geoffmobile.com and Youtube.com/geoffmobile.

Tetris Theme played on Violin with piano, and some Gypsy songs improvized.


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Owl City’s Playlist: Music To Eat Pizza To

October 22nd, 2009
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Pizza

Pizza

I saw a post on the imeem home page about an electronic pop band called Owl City (which, incidentally, is really popular: their Myspace page has over 12 million views).

Adam Young from Owl City has put together a music playlist on imeem entitled “Music To Eat Pizza To”, and I think this is a fantastic idea!

Click here to visit imeem to listen to full playlist (with full length songs, free account required), or you can preview the songs using the player below.

Look out for my next original composition having to do with pizza, or maybe even sushi (coming soon, Geoff Peters: “Song to Eat Sushi To”).

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CATcerto – a cat plays the piano with an orchestra

July 26th, 2009
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This is simply amazing. Lithuanian conductor and composer Mindaugas Piečaitis found videos on Youtube of a very talented, musical cat, Nora the Piano Cat and decided to write a concerto for her.

The concerto, called CATcerto (web site) was first performed by Nora and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania on June 5th 2009. The world premiere is available on Youtube (or by using the player below).

It is quite a musical feat to conduct an orchestra along with a cat! Piečaitis writes:

The problems of the performance of this atypical piece became clear during its first rehearsals. It is not very easy to guess what the cat is playing, so that the video material must be studied very closely and be oriented in the accompaniment not only by what the soloist is playing, but also by the movements she makes beforehand. This became a particular challenge for the orchestra.

Nor was it simple to rehearse the nearly minute-long prelude to the piece, in which the main themes of the piece are presented, with the soloist calmly sitting at the piano and »waiting« for her entrance cue. If I started the piece just 3–4 seconds too early or too late, it would be impossible to avoid a collapse. This risk truly raises your blood pressure.

Video material does not »breathe«, so that you cannot exchange a glance with the soloist and must unconditionally adapt to her.

Nora the Piano Cat writes in her artist’s statement:

I would like to thank Mr Piečaitis for giving me the opportunity to show the entire world that a cat concert pianist can indeed play beautiful music with an orchestra. It is the mission of every great artist like me to inspire others to create. If I have inspired even one person to write music, or learn an instrument, than I will have lived a meaningful life.

I love this video – it is musically interesting, beautiful, and very creative and inspiring.

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Afternoon in New York by Geoff Peters – electronic synth music

July 19th, 2009
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I had a fun afternoon playing around with my synthesizer (Korg MS-2000) and composed/recorded a new song. It is called Afternoon in New York.

Afternoon in New York by Geoff Peters
Listen:

Download the song (free): Mp3

It features a really simple hip-hop style bass drum/snare (thanks to the Garage Band Hip Hop Synthesized drum kit and a bit of dynamics compression), a synthesized choir patch from my Yamaha P90 keyboard, a soft pad from the Korg, a few notes of an acoustic piano patch from my Yamaha, and a lead synth line from my Korg (with a bit of cutoff filter controlled during the performance to vary the tone). I recorded all the tracks in layers, live & individually along with a metronome. I also used a Volume automation envelope to vary the volume of the lead line and the choir patch.

I don’t know very much about mastering, but the track sounded pretty good on my Macbook laptop speakers, my Behringer studio monitors, and my Creative Labs computer speakers.

Hope you enjoy it! And please let me know your comments, I would really appreciate them!

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Music video for Quiet Night by Geoff Peters Trio

July 4th, 2009
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I am happy to announce the release of the music video for the song Quiet Night by my band, the Geoff Peters Trio.

The song is from our album Quiet Night (which is available worldwide from iTunes and CDBaby).

Feel free to watch below or on Youtube.

The band is:

Geoff Peters piano
Mark White bass
Greg Murray drums

For more info about the Geoff Peters Trio check out our web page.

The music video was shot in Vancouver, BC, Canada and produced by Christopher Lacroix.

Quiet Night was mixed and mastered by Alan Wong Moon. The Steinway piano tuning was done by Yonatan Torn. Video also available on Vimeo.

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ol creeper – original piano song by Geoff Peters

May 24th, 2009
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I wrote a short tune this evening – it’s more like a sketch or vignette, and it’s called “Ol Creeper”.

Hope you enjoy it. I was in a pretty mellow mood when I wrote this song!

Watch: On Youtube

Listen: In Mp3, Midi

Learn: PDF Lead Sheet

or use the embedded player below.
Cheers,
Geoff

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