Collaboration, Rhythm, and Music of Otherlands with Fiddler Casey Driessen


Exploring intersections between creativity, music education, string playing, DIY music business, and culture

On Today’s Episode…

Join me with soulful fiddler Casey Driessen as we talk about his latest album Otherlands, chopping/rhythm, and musical collaboration.  We’ll play a tune too!

Casey Driessen knows about the art of collaboration.  His Chop Notation Project, a free resource created in partnership with Spanish violinist Oriol Saña and in consultation with other recognized choppers, is helping to spread the practice worldwide.  You can check out his latest project, Otherlands, here.

Our discussion includes...

  • Background on the Other Lands project (0:00:42)
  • Song: “A Miña Burriña” Galicia, Spain (0:03:14)
  • Discussion on “A Miña Burriña” (0:08:05)
  • Reflecting on time in Spain and Spanish music in Galicia  (0:09:38)
  • Laying back playing rhythm to work on forms and growing musically (0:11:15)
  • Learning melodies vs learning chord changes (0:17:45)
  • Song: “Musical Priest / Toss the Feathers / Lucy Campbell’s” Doolin, Ireland (0:20:27)
  • Discussion on “Toss the Feathers” (0:25:00)
  • Song: “The Smith’s A Gallant Fireman / Donald Blue / S’iomadh Rud a Chunnaic Mi“ Highlands, Scotland  (0:26:49)
  • Discussion on “A Gallant Fireman” (0:32:53)
  • Understanding the words to get a sense of a song (0:34:40)
  • Song: “Baaro Saadhanakerige” Bengaluru, India (0:39:51)
  • Discussion on “Baaro Saadhanakerige” (0:44:00)
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  • Chris and Casey jam (0:50:16)
  • Background on “Ecchu-Owara-Bushi / Sakura, Sakura” and time in Japan (0:52:46)
  • Song: “Ecchu-Owara-Bushi / Sakura, Sakura” Tokyo, Japan (0:55:56)
  • Discussion on “Ecchu-Owara-Bushi / Sakura, Sakura”  (0:58:43)
  • Where to listen to and stream Other Lands & YouTube channel (1:01:39)
  • Song: “Jos sä olet minun hellunani” Härmä, Finland (1:03:37)
  • Discussion on “Jos sä olet minun hellunani” (1:05:24)
  • Learning from this project (1:06:24)
  • Wrap up & plugs (1:11:44)
  • Song: “K” Galicia, Spain (1:13:45)
Picture of Chris and Casey laughing together while playing



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