Lately Marc has been working on new music gearing up for live shows. There’s a certain magic that happens at shows which is hard to put into words. Luckily, To All My Dear Friends has been graced by the presence of many visual artists at shows. Here are some of our favorite visual creations that have been created by artists during these performances.
Artist: Henry J Sullivan
From a show in Asheville, North Carolina
From a house show in Rochester, New York
Inspired by & created over an entire weekend of street shows in Asheville, North Carolina
Artist: Unknown / Signed
Gifted as a “tip” during a street show in Asheville, North Carolina
Artist: Evan Galbicka
From a house show in Gainesville, Florida
Director Erin Derham of PBS heads to Asheville, North Carolina to provide a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of buskers: street performers and exceptional musical talents whose music is never ignored but whose faces are often forgotten. To All My Dear Friends was heavily featured in this wonderful hour long documentary.
Watch the documentary Buskin Blues for free:
Or watch the two minute trailer here:
Learn more about PBS Director Erin Derham’s other film projects by visiting her website:
A LIVE STREET ALBUM
from Asheville, North Carolina
Your walking up the streets of Asheville and suddenly become magnetically drawn towards the center of downtown. Is that a violin you hear? Are those drums? You turn a corner and stumble into a crowd of 100 people dancing. The music has put everyone into a trance. You can’t help but surrender to the beat.
We’re always encouraging people to tag #toallmydearfriends on Instagram. The photos we’ve received are amazing! So many talented photographers out there. Now, in no particular order, these are our favorite #toallmydearfriends photos taken by many different people, with names for each photo made up by Marc!
I call out “Help me name this next piece. It’s new.”
A women walks up to me after the music is over and says
“I don’t know if I have a name for you but I do have a story. My son, who is 4 years old, is very shy. Because of this he has trouble around people. But just now, when you played that song, he danced. In front of all these people.”
Her son’s name is August.
Here it is folks. August the live music video. Enjoy!
i spent a good amount of time in new orleans recently, performing music on the street while also brushing up against voodoo culture. a lot of this was out on the street, particularly in the french quarter. it’s not a place i love to be though. the amount of hustle that’s required just to play a few notes on the violin… it makes me glad to live in a town with laws that prevent the type of ecosystem which flourishes in new orleans. i suppose you could avoid hustling if you weren’t concerned with making money. it’s the part i don’t enjoy. but focusing on financial sustainability can be a large part of sustainability as an independent artist. sometimes too much of a focus.
despite all this, i can’t help but stand in awe at the beauty of new orleans reflected in a simple canal feeding down to the bay; a different kind of ecosystem at play. nature often reflects how simple and beautiful our complicated lives truly are, if we only allow it to be.