Jon Fishman and Kai Eckardt Guide Improvisational Exercises with the Everyone Orchestra
The Pangaea Project Benefits took place last Thursday and Saturday in Oregon with numerous artists joining the Everyone Orchestra. On each night particular segments were given over to individual musicians. For instance, on Saturday, Phish drummer Jon Fishman explained the philosophy behind Phish’s Passing the Hey exercise, followed by a demonstration, during which the various musicians locked into a groove designated by one player before passing it around. on Thursday, Garaj Mahal’s Kai Eckardt led a segment in which one performer soloed, then introduced a series of beats which the musicians collectively honed before the initial musician stepped in and brought it to a close with a signal riff. Later, Julia Butterfly Hill read poetry over the ambient improv of the Orchestra. Performers included Tye North, Tony Furtado, Jans Ingber, Matt Butler, Libby Kirkpatrick, Scott Law and Maya Dorn. The proceeds from both shows will benefit The Pangaea Project, which is a program for low-income teenagers that combines international service work with localized volunteer projects .