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Rejyna Pho-King Valentines Show!

Posted in acoustic, art, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folk, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, harmonizer, indie, looper, looping, music, prog, progfolk, rejyna, solo, The Citadel, Uncategorized, vocal, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by Citadel

Citadel’s Rejyna Pho-King Awesome Valentines Show!  

Rock-Folk-Metal-Prog via Solo Voice, Guitar and eDrums:

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Using my voice, acoustic guitar, e-drums and some fun effects with live looping, I’ll serve up some soft and loud, folkish-rockish-prog-esque songs (with sprinkles of metal garnish) while you enjoy the excellent food and beverages at Pho-King. 

Wanna be my valentine? Can I persuade you with some live loops of love? Just give me a chance to win you over.  Or, better yet, bring your valentine date, or celebrate your ‘solo freedom’ while I solo it up on stage.

Great smoothies, sandwiches and soups with vegan, tofu, and meat options.

No Cover ~ All Ages ~ Good music, nice people, plenty of free parking, safe location!

http://www.reverbnation.com/rejyna
http://facebook.com/rejynamusic
http://rejyna.com/

“Many Struggles” by Rejyna at Treasures Roadhouse for the Y2K13 International Live Looping Festival.

Citadel Guitarist: Rejyna on the Looptober Tour Trail – Part 1

Posted in acoustic, art, band, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, 요새, looper, lyrics, music, цитадель, prog, Progfest, progfolk, rejyna, solo, The Citadel, Vocalist Live Pro, Whitman, y2k loopfest, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by Citadel

Captured Live on her 2013 Looptober Tour, Citadel guitarist, Rejyna: ‘Mellow on the outside and metal in the middle’

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Rejyna at the NW Loop Fest – These shots are from J and M Cafe (http://www.jandmcafe.com) in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.  Rejyna also performed her prog folk-ish loop tunes at The Analog Cafe in Portland (http://www.analogpdx.com), Meenar’s in Danville (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Meenar/114043475294324), the RDuck Radio Show in Santa Cruz (http://rduck.com) and the Y2K Loopfest in Santa Cruz – Y2K13 (http://y2kloopfest.com).

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Songs that Rejyna performed included: Many Struggles, In Wonder, Dreamworld, Standing Alone, Stygian Barque, Another Dream Away, Freedom Dream and Happy Hands from her solo CD “Solo Sojourn Live” (http://cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna) and various loop-revised renditions of songs from the Citadel CD’s (http://cdbaby.com/artist/citadel).

More photos and videos will be released to Rejyna’s Kickstarter backers first, and then to the public on Rejyna’s SoundCloud (http://soundcloud.com/rejyna) and YouTube (http://youtube.com/rejyna) websites.  Rejyna plans to do a Looptober Tour next year as well, hoping to add shows in Texas, Nevada and Los Angeles – as talks for festival expansion will commence this week with Noah Peterson and others interested in hosting Loopfests in their city.

Additional Loopfest performers included: SEATTLE: Noah Peterson, Karma Bomb, Isaac Thompson, Tukso Okey, Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn, Eric Muhs, Moongriffin, Christopher Ingold, The Genie, Stephen Briggs, LucidBrain IntegrativeProject, Bill Walker, ANI, Rejyna Douglass-Whitman, Eastside Industrial, Consumer, Polemic Contriver.  PORTLAND: Noah Peterson, Polemic Contriver, Bill Walker, Moongriffin, , LucidBrain IntegrativeProject, ANI, Clifford Kimbrel-Dunn, Eastside Industrial, Christopher Ingold, The Genie, Eric Muhs, Gideon Freudmann, cellotronik, Rejyna Douglass-Whitman, Hans Lindauer, Stephen Briggs, Isaac Thompson, Eric Buchner, Consumer, Ben Beauvais, Forever Growing,  DANVILLE: Rejyna, Stephen Briggs, Noah Peterson.  RDuck Show: Albert, RIz, Jack Hertz, Stephen Briggs, Rejyna.  Y2K13 Loopfest: Wednesday – Semih Yanyali, ANI, Stephen Briggs, Lucid Brain Integrative Project, MANDOMAN, PREHISTO’ZIK, Rick Walker. Thursday –  Henry Kaiser, Andre LaFosse, John Connell, Lucid Brain Integrative Project.  Friday – Laurie Amat, Noah Peterson, John Connell, Semih Yanyali, Barry Cleveland.  Saturday – Zig Zag Robinson, Bob Amstadt, Cynthia Webster, Michael Carlson and TripleOhNine, jRj Rauche, Lindsey Walker, Matt Davignon, Disonova, STANOSAUR, Rejyna Douglass-Whitman, Marya Stark, Luis Angulo, Henry Kaiser, Daniel Thomas, Andre LaFosse, Bill Walker.  Sunday – Sourpatch, Greg Powers, Albert Mathias (Alberton Live), Greg Bryant, Pete Novembre, Toaster, Steve Uccello, Jerry Barnes, Grant Stoner, Casey Chisolm, Lucid Brain Integrative Project, Stephen Briggs, MANDOMAN, ANI, Shovelman, PREHISTO’ZIK, Rick Walker

Festival Directors are Rick Walker (Santa Cruz) and Noah Peterson (NW Loopfest)

Photos by Amy Lee of “Sequence Mediaworks” – www.seqmedia.com

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Citadel’s Rejyna and The Looptober Tour

Posted in acoustic, art, band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, 요새, looper, lyrics, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, Progfest, progfolk, solo, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2013 by Citadel
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Warning: Live Loops Ahead (One of Rejyna’s Looptober Tour pun posters – http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

Did you know that Looptober is the month that follows Stomptember?

If you didn’t know that already, Rejyna is hoping to get you up to speed with her Looptober Mini-Tour and promo campaign.  Her poster series combines witty wordplay with images that are intended to imbed the word ‘loop’  with pun-infused imagery like street signs, loop straws, Hot Wheels loop tracks and a well-known cereal brand.  (Look in the ‘Photos’ section at http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

How does the member of a progressive metal/folk rock band migrate to the world of solo live looping?  “Accidentally…“ Following gentle urging from family and eclectic venue owners, Rejyna has re-discovered her solo-performing persona through the i/o of a looper, effects and a vocal harmonizer.

Ironically, Rejyna was surprised to discover there was a new home for her multi-genre style of music.  “When I first started using the looper and harmonizer in my solo acoustic set, I had no idea there was a whole movement centered around live looping.  I was simply trying to make playing solo more fun by adding vocal harmonies and lead guitar parts overtop of the basic chords in my repertoire.  Although I had seen or heard about other artists using loopers, I was only exposed to the ambient, improv, noise and freeform loopists.” 

Contrary to what Rejyna and others may think, the live looping movement is not focused on a particular style of music.  In the ‘about’ section from Rick Walker’s (a veteran live looping artist and promoter) Y2K Loopfest website, it says: “To this day, in that community, there is no style or genre of music associated with the movement. The only thing that links thousands of emerging live looping artists is a strong and supportive sense of community and a love for the concept of looping live in public.”   As one can tell by the ‘archives’ links on Rick’s site, the art of live looping is not a ‘new’ thing:  “The annual Y2K International Live Looping Festival, was begun in 2001 by Rick Walker, himself a found sound/live looping artist. It is the first international live looping festival and longest running one in history.” (http://y2kloopfest.com/about/)

Let’s back up a bit for those who don’t know what ‘live looping’ means. Live looping involves the use of a device (there are many types from several MI manufacturers) that allows a performer to record musical sections in front of the audience and then replay that piece while adding other sound and effect layers to it.  It may involve footpedals (stompboxes), computers, conventional and non-conventional instruments (trash can lids, wood saws, etc.), voice, silence and noise – stacked, layered, stripped, reversed, time-shifted.  Anything goes EXCEPT that the use of anything pre-recorded is not allowed.  This isn’t karaoke…

Being a loop newbie, Rejyna was surprised by the invitation to perform with the other live loopers.  “While I admire those artists tremendously, I did not consider that my song-based approach to looping would fit into their niche. See, I use a looper to build organized musical pieces on stage, and while bridge sections in my songs do allow for freeform experimentation, I was nonetheless surprised, anxious and quite honored to be invited.” 

Resisting her apprehension about fitting in, Rejyna accepted.  “I told myself, they wouldn’t have invited me if they didn’t think my style would fit – so, I accepted invitations to live looping events in Portland, Seattle, Danville and Santa Cruz.  I hope they like what I’m planning to exhibit…  I’m calling this my ‘Looptober’ tour” and while my main goal is to share my songs, my guilty pleasure in all of this is that I will get to be inspired by the best-of-the-best in the looping community.  I am certain that the music I release in the future will benefit immensely from the things I witness from the other artists on this mini-tour.

If you are familiar with the style of music that Citadel puts out, you’ll be surprised to hear how Rejyna takes those songs into the solo realm.  Her set features a few Citadel songs re-done looper-style mixed in with her new compositions.  She will be promoting her CD Solo Sojourn Live and is planning to release a DVD/Blu-Ray disc of the Looptober tour in December.

If you’re in or near one of these cities in Looptober, make sure to attend, unless you don’t mind behind left out of the loop:

Oct. 11th – J&M Café, Seattle, WA (https://www.facebook.com/events/381359998620826/)

Oct. 13th – Analog Café, Portland, OR (http://www.facebook.com/events/352601574838095/)

Oct. 16th – Meenar Music, Danville, CA (https://www.facebook.com/events/432590403522293/)

Oct. 18-20th, Y2K13 Loopfest, Santa Cruz, CA
(http://y2kloopfest.com/about/)

You can check out Rejyna’s music and videos by simply spelling her first name correctly in your search engine – she’s on CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, ReverbNation, YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter – and her personal website reveals that music is only one of the mediums she calls her playground – http://rejyna.com

Maybe one of the next blog entries will give us a clue as to how all this solo indulgence has affected the upcoming Citadel CD…ahem?!?

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Loop Straws make beverages taste better, so the same must apply to looped music? (One of Rejyna’s Looptober Tour pun posters – http://facebook.com/rejynamusic)

Citadel songs featured on Rejyna’s solo release!

Posted in acoustic, art, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, folk rock, folkprog, harmonizer, indie, 요새, looper, lyrics, music, цитадель, progfolk, solo, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by Citadel

Citadel guitarist, composer and vocalist, Rejyna, is releasing a solo live CD of a performance featuring her solo songs as well as unplugged versions of songs from the Citadel band. 

Solo Sojourn live” will be available on CDBaby and affliated digital sites like, iTunes, eMusic and Amazon starting May 1.

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Rejyna - Solo Sojourn Live CD Gatefold

The following is taken from the liner notes of the Solo Sojourn live CD:

Using the latest in musical instrument technology, the acoustic folk-rock performance you hear on this CD is created in front of a live audience ‘on-the-fly’ by one person. 

Rejyna plays the rhythm passages while simultaneously recording them live onto a phrase looper.  The looper then replays those parts while Rejyna sings and/or adds guitar leads and harmony guitar leads to those passages.  During this guitar layering process, Rejyna sings into a vocal harmonizer that creates realistic multi- part vocal harmonies based on and mixed alongside her original voice. 

The result is a full, natural sounding sonic presentation that comes across like more than one person is playing and singing.  No pre-recorded ‘backing tracks’ nor in-studio overdubs are used on this recording – all layering or overdubbing is done by Rejyna on stage with the looper and harmonizer.  You can check out Rejyna’s web videos to watch the process for yourself.

Citadel music featured on this solo CD include:
Stygian Barque, Voice Inside, On Life and Living, Another, In Wonder, Standing Alone and Are You Aware.  The CD also includes Rejyna’s solo songs, The Songwriter, Freedom Dream, In Wonder, Dreamworld, and the instrumental songs, If I Cry and Happy Hands.

Rejyna’s Comments:
“I’ve had the pleasure of performing in many venues in my hometown during an extended visit with family and friends. Since it has been such a renewing experience, I’m releasing this CD of my solo live set to memorialize the good fun I have doing these performances with my guitar, looper and vocal harmonizer. 
        I’ve chosen the songs for this CD as a focus on some of the dream phases and life processes we go through when trying to find or rediscover ourselves, i.e., Self Doubt vs. Self Direction, Departures and Escapes vs. Surrenders and Separations, Renewal vs. Retreat, Cowardice vs. Celebration…
       I am thankful for the supporters of original music, for the convivial coffee houses and taverns that give me stage time, and for the technology that enables me to put out such a big sound from one voice & two hands.

You can find out more about Rejyna by googling her name; she is on Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, ReverbNation, and she has an archive creative content portfolio site at Rejyna.com

The photographs on the CD were taken by Rejyna’s daughter, Jazmyn Whitman of AnimeJaz.com.  The compositing, retouching and package design was done by James Eves III of Digipix.Us

All content is © Rejyna Douglass-Whitman & published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI) All Rights Reserved.  www.rejyna.com

Rejyna on the Web:

 www.rejyna.com

www.cdbaby.com/artist/rejyna

www.facebook.com/rejynamusic

www.youtube.com/rejyna

www.reverbnation.com/rejyna

www.twitter.com/rejyna

The live CD was recorded using an Audio Technica ATM73a headset mic, an Ovation Balladeer, a Digitech Vocalist Live 3 and a Digitech JamMan solo.

Rejyna’s Weaves Citadel Solo-Style

Posted in art, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, concert, 砦の, 碉堡, folk, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, prog, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Citadel

The original Citadel guitarist/composer, Rejyna, will be performing an hour of Citadel songs ala solo acoustic style at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe in Powell, Ohio this Saturday.  Rejyna creatively uses a Digitech Jamman looper and Vocalist Live 3 to weave reworked versions of Citadel songs from several of the Citadel CD’s. 
Although Citadel has been loosely classified as a progressive band (i.e. Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Kansas) for the last 30+ years, Rejyna is giving the band’s songs an earthy twist by performing in intimate venues using a single guitar and some interesting music technology.  She does not perform with ‘backing tracks’ or computers; instead she records whole song sections LIVE in front of the audience into a looper which then allows her to layer in vocals and guitar solo and dual leads. 

Rejyna also uses the latest Digitech vocal effects – but she does not use them for ‘pitch correction’ or ‘autotune’, instead, she uses these devices to add harmonies to her lead vocal line in realtime.

How would one classify the music of Citadel as Rejyna presents it solo-style?  Call it folk rock, alternative, progressive folk, experimental indie – she just calls it Citadel…

For this special New Years Day show, Rejyna will also be joined on “Standing Alone” vocals by her mom and daughter, Margie and Jazmyn

Doors open at 6 and Rejyna’s set runs from 6:30 tp 7:30 pm

Come on out and hear some good music in a great venue on the first day of the new year! 

Espresso Yourself Music Cafe is located at:
50 West Olentangy Street in beautiful Powell, OH
(614) 436-7100 

http://rejyna.com/
http://citadelband.com/
http://www.espressoyourselfmusiccafe.com/

MySpace Playlist by Citadel!

Posted in art, band, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, 砦の, 碉堡, download, indie, 요새, lyrics, MP3, music, цитадель, prog, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج on November 4, 2009 by Citadel

For the MySpace peeps, here’s a new Citadel playlist on MySpace Music!  

Add Citadel songs to your profile and download Citadel freebies!

Profile Playlist by Citadel.

IMPROVIJAZZATION Citadel CD Review Now Online!

Posted in art, band, Blogroll, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, 砦の, download, indie, lyrics, MP3, music, цитадель, prog, Progfest, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by Citadel

The New Citadel CD has just been reviewed by the one and only Rotcod Zzaj in IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation! 

Check out http://zzaj.freehostia.com/Z93Reviews.htm– and read concise and insightful reviews of many artists and styles! 

We are honored and humbled!  Wow! 

Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf) is an improvising keyboardist and spoken-word artist who has been playing and producing music for over 30 years now.  More info and links to his deep, passionate and revealing reviews of thousands of artists can be found at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rotcod-Zzaj/46429413343
be his ‘fan’ while you’re there too!

Thanks so much Dick!

Folks, Spread the Word and read IMPROVIJAZZATION!