Monthly Archives: April 2012

Unplugged

As promised, I’m back to writing a bit more often. Just wanted to give a little insight into my show last night.

It is a rare opportunity to do unplugged show. When I say “unplugged” I don’t mean “not able to hear” in a live setting, but rather a more stripped down performance of what usually are heavy electric guitar, bass, and drums driven songs. I find that while doing a performance with a full band may be exciting and full of energy, there really is something to the organic and “rootsy” feel of the acoustic and unplugged performance.

Such was the case on Monday night. Big stage, nice size audience, and me on acoustic guitar and my drummer Avidon on the cajon (pronounced cahone – a percussion box that you sit on and acts as a drum). First of all – all of the older folks in the audience loved the fact that the volume was never an issue throughout the 35 minute set, so plus one for me there.

But more importantly was the feel of the show. Even though I played my regular Jewish rock material, having it in a such a stripped down fashion really exposes the emotions I had put into the music when I had originally written them on my acoustic guitar in my room. There’s something so true and real about performing this way. This has been my second “unplugged” performance in the last two months, and I must say – I’m loving it.

On to Wednesday, with the full band, big sound, electric guitar, jam out… well there’s something to that as well. Audio to come soon.

Until then!

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Back to Business…

So I really need to apologize:

I started this blog as an experiment for a number of reasons.

1) It seemed like a great way to interact with people who listen to my music and kind of give a little bit of insight to what is going on in the world of “Aryeh Kunstler.”

2) Aside from music (and hockey…), I LOVE social media. I was a marketing major in college and by the time I graduated, there was this whole new world of potential for marketing in the realms of social media. Obviously, one of the biggest parts of that are blogs. So I really wanted to get a handle on what blogs are and see how I would do in the blogosphere.

As soon as I had really started the blog, life happened. Baruch Hashem, I had a baby and was thrown in the life of being a parent. While all that was going on, I was playing weddings, booking jobs, recording, and started working in social media. Suddenly I found no time to even work on my own music, let alone write a blog. But by now I have adjusted (somewhat!) to this craziness called life and I am truly determined to write more music and blog posts.

With that being said, I’ll give a little update as to what has been going on!

I have been involved in the making of three really cool music videos with the Neshoma Orchestra, one of which features me. It was truly an amazing experience and we are planning to do more soon. Here is the link for the video that I play rockstar in:

We are also heavy into the recording of V’Havienu 4. Vocals are just about done and we need to finish up the music, but I can assure you that there will be a whole new batch of V’Havienu chupa songs coming your way soon.

And starting after Pesach, the new album will really get under way. A bunch of songs are already recorded, a bunch half written, and a bunch that are just ideas, but it is on its way, and I plan on taking you into the recording process, up close and personally, in the coming months.

Have a great Pesach and you’ll be seeing more of me soon!

Aryeh