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Patrick Napper: News

Made In China - September 5, 2007

Summer is winding down and I have been busy.
I just finished up an original composition for a movie by Seattle director John Helde called "Made In China".
It's a documentary uncovering his father’s experience growing up an American boy in pre-World War II China and discovering a community of other Americans with similar childhoods.
The song I wrote is an attempt at Chinese pop music and was sung in Chinese by Qi Zhang.
The lyrics are taken from a famous Chinese poem.
Check it out on the music page.
OmniVoid is revving back up for the Fall as we rehearse with our new rhythm section of Carl Martin on drums and Patrick McKinnen on bass.
Look for some show dates soon.
I am off to NYC for a week and I will give you the report when I return.
Cheers!

Upcoming Summer Performances - July 19, 2007

I am very excited to be playing trumpet with Lee Oskar, harmonica player from the legendary group War, http://www.leeoskar.net/ at the Capital Lake Fair in Olympia, http://www.lakefair.org/ this Friday, July 20th at 10 PM on the main stage. Lee has put together a great band and this should be a blast! Yes we will be playing "Low Rider".

I have been asked to DJ at the next SSF "Cocktails for a Cause" www.sustainablestyle.org which will be on Thursday, July 26th at One Earth One Design (145th & Aurora)http://www.1earth1design.com/ in Seattle from 5:30-7:30 PM.
This month, they're raising money and awareness for the Homewaters Project,
http://www.homewatersproject.org/ an environmental education program in Seattle supporting students, teachers, and residents all working together to understand and actively care for their environment. Recognizing the importance of connecting all students to their home place, Homewaters Project also works hard to make our programs available to underserved populations. In the 2006-07 school year, Homewaters served a record 1941 students, 50 teachers, and 32 schools!

I hope you are having a great Summer!

Chicago and SCM CD Release Party. - June 17, 2007

Well I just blew back from Chicago in time to sit in with Sky Cries Mary at Neumos for their CD release party of "Small Town". I played trumpet on the track 'Missing' and they asked me to come out and play at the show. I was honored to do so and totally enjoyed getting on stage in front of a packed house and blowing my horn. I really appreciated the round of applause and many cocktails I received from the fans! Thank you!

Before that I was in Chicago for NeoCon 2007. I was hired by Gunlocke, a high end sustainable office furniture company out of New York, to perform at their showroom at the famous Kennedy owned Merchandise Mart in downtown Chi-town. It features 1200 showrooms and exhibitors showcasing thousands of cutting-edge commercial products and is attended by more than 50,000 design professionals. I layed down some silky smooth lounge grooves featuring live trumpet, keys, vocals and percussion. I had a blast performing for a packed showroom of design professionals from all across the country while they got their drink on and perused Gunlocke’s stylish wares. Gunlocke’s tagline: “Performance in Wood”.

http://www.merchandisemart.com/neocon/index.html http://www.gunlocke.com/
Cheers!

Spring Update-Sky Cries Mary, OmniVoid - May 23, 2007

Recently I was asked to play trumpet on a track for the new Sky Cries Mary album "Small Town". The track is called "Missing" and you can hear a sample at: http://www.skycriesmary.com/audio/small/Missing_1_min.mp3 I have also been asked to perform the song with the band at there CD release show Friday, June 15th at Nuemo's in Seattle, WA.

OmniVoid continues to work hard on our next CD and the guitars are nearly all finished. Our search also continues for a new rythmn section to complete our line-up with our next live show tentatively scheduled for July 6th.

I will be travelling to Chicago for a Pnapper DJ performance at NeoCon 2007, the biggest industry event of the year for commercial interiors and the built environment, with more than 50,000 design professionals and hundreds of exciting networking events and parties. I will give you the report when I return.

Nine Inch Nails Remix - April 25, 2007

I just completed my "Opal Club Mix" of Nine Inch Nails brand new single "Survivalism". You can hear it on my music page. If you want to check check out my remix with the video go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaY2VYSA3zI To hear the original version and for more on Trent Reznor's futuristic/apocalyptic new album 'Year Zero' go to: http://yearzero.nin.com/ 

More Remixing! - April 3, 2007

Check it out, I just finished a remix of "Resistencia" by Los De Abajo called "Reguetón Rendición". This one is 'muy caliente' ! You can hear it by clicking the link below.

http://www.realworldremixed.com/remix.php?remix_id=1e0ODgQrF9Kphrgs
It is a 'Reggaeton' version of the original and I added some trumpet stabs as well.
If you like it please give it a good rating!

For more on Los De Abajo go to: http://www.realworldrecords.com/lda/

Latest remix news. - March 24, 2007

I have just completed 2 new remixes.
The first is my remix of the Joi song "What You Are", the "U R Tranquility Mix".

Check it out at this link:
http://www.realworldremixed.com/remix.php?remix_id=hmPMegFnjnHMwtCm
The 2nd, which I literally just finished, is my remix of Angelique Kidjo's "Salala" called "Djin Djin Dub", featuring guest vocals from Peter Gabriel. This is a dub reggae take on the song and I even bust out a trumpet solo!

Check out my remix of "Salala" at http://www.realworldremixed.com/remix.php?remix_id=tgJ5AlhFLS8pP6fb.
Also check out more on Angelique Kidjo's new album "Djin Djin", featuring Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Ziggy Marley, Josh Groban, and more at http://www.kidjo.com/

Latest Update. - February 22, 2007

Just taking a second to let you know what I am working on right now.
OmniVoid just recorded drum tracks for 6 new songs at Studio X in Seattle. They sound awesome and thanks to Tate for the playing!
Expect a new CD from OmniVoid this Spring!

I have been recording vocal tracks with R.J. May for the next WordBlender album titled Anatomy.
We have 18 new tracks, don't know which will make the album, and still a few guest musicians to get on tape.

I have been working on a remix for Real World recording artists Joi. The track is called "What you are" and incorporates many world influences.
I will let you know when it is finished. More on Joi:

Joi are Bengali but an Arabic influence here is strong and the 'oud, played by Yazid, was the initial inspiration for the track. The 'oud is a pear shaped, fretless plucked instrument originally from Mesopotamia which relates to the Western lute or Bengali dutara. For Farook this instrument has crossed boundaries and has united cultures, and unity with the embattled Middle Eastern nations is a theme of the song. The Bengali lyrics sung by Apeksha Dandekar are all about reciprocal understanding : " I know what you're saying!"

OmniVoid hits Portland! - January 22, 2007

I will be performing with my band OmniVoid in Portland Friday, Jan. 26th at Rock 'n Roll Pizza, 11140 SE Powell Blvd. $12, all ages with Soulbender (members of Queensryche ,nevermore, and My Sisters Machine) OmniVoid, and Sweety. (503) 760-7646

New Year's Resolutions - January 5, 2007

1. Start running 3 times a week again.
2. Get those projects around the house finished.
3. UPDATE MY WEBSITE REGULARLY!

Here's to more updates on my many musical happenings this year. Cheers and Happy New Year!

L.A. appearance for SSF - April 20, 2005

On Wednesday, April 27th at 9 PM at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, I will be performing a DJ set as Pnapper for the Sustainable Style Foundation's "OSSA" awards party. The OSSA's are the Oustanding Sustainable Style Achievement awards. Expect many celebrities at this one. Learn more at http://www.sustainablestyle.org/

Just Plain Folks Showcase - February 15, 2005

Many thanks to Scott Andrew for organizing the first ever "Just Plain Folks" Northwest Chapter showcase. The showcase took place at Conor Byrne in Ballard on January 12th and featured many local talents including myself. Look for more action from this motivated group in the near future. For more info check out http://www.justplainfolks.org/ and http://www.scottandrew.com .
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