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‘ugly bags of mostly water’

Posted in acoustic, Boss Gt-3, CD, Citadel, Cynosure, Digitech Jamman Solo, drums, folk, folk rock, folkprog, Guitar, live looping, loop, looper, loopfest, looping, Looptober, lyrics, music, prog, Progfest, progfolk, rejyna, solo, vocal, Whitman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by Citadel

We were called ‘ugly bags of mostly water’ in a Star Trek episode (‘Home Soil’)* and this aptly describes what unifies us as a species. Without water, we all die. Regardless of skin color, flag or theology and in spite of borders, barriers and bigotry. Water unites us. I use this metaphor to represent my belief that our species can choose to see beyond that which divides us. A bonus is at the end when I put forth my best Jean-Luc Picard impersonation…Happy listening to all my global brother and sister water bags!


https://soundcloud.com/rejyna/born-here-autochthonous

Born Here
(Autochthonous Anthem)

Bringing you water, bringing the water,
bringing your water, bring me water
Everyone’s water, you are of water,
I am of water, we are water

You wanna take it out
You wanna break it out
You wanna shake it out
and stake it out and make it out

You gotta bring it in,
you gotta get the win,
you gotta take the spin
and break the wind
and save your skin

Say that you are gonna, say that you wanna,
say that you shoulda, coulda, oughta
Say that you mean it, say that you swear it,
say that you care and you dare to be there for it

Why look outside
when the truth is inside
in a place where hope cannot hide,
cannot steal, cannot lie
Borders collide, battle cries,
sides take sides,
minds devise the divide to demise
realized in the tear of a child’s eye

You see it, yes you do,
a chance to follow through,
it’s right in front of you,
beside of you, you know it’s true
You see a better day,
you feel, you share, you play,
you separate the colors
from the shades of dreary gray

(Spoken) We are born here, we all are born here on this planet. Among us are no aliens, no immigrants, no refugees – we are all humans from one earth – borders are not organic – each person is one-hundred percent autochthonous.

Download the entire CD at: http://cdbaby.com/rejyna3

c. Rejyna Douglass-Whitman (BMI)
Published by W.E./Citadel of Cynosure Productions (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication, repurposing, exhibition or performance is prohibited by US and international copyright laws.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Soil

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)

Demonstrations using a midi guitar with a looper & a vocal harmonizer

Posted in band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, Digitech Jamman Solo, Digitech Vocalist Live 3, folk, Godin Freeway SA, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, prog, Progfest, song, The Citadel, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Citadel

Citadel guitarist/composer Rejyna demonstrates in two recent videos, how a solo performer can sound like more than one person.  In these Citadel ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos – instead of using pre-recorded tracks – Rejyna creates her accompaniment live and ‘on-the-fly’

Using the Godin Freeway SA (Midi or Synth guitar) with the Roland GR-20 synth guitar pedal, a Digitech JamMan Solo looper and a DigiTech Vocalist Live 3, Rejyna runs through renditions of her Citadel songs ‘Stygian Barque’ (aka ”Baroque Ballad Barque’) and ‘Another’ (aka ‘Soft Rock Another’)

“Stygian Barque” is featured on the Citadel CD’s “The Citadel of Cynosure & Other Tales” and is also on ‘D’ANthologie 2 ~ Crosses or Crowns?”  with ‘Another’both of which are available on CDBaby at http://cdbaby.com/artist/citadel as well as on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon and other sites.

Stygian Barque: The metaphor of a boat (barque) sailing on the river Styx presents a message of internal struggle, with a merging of the heart and mind as the dream solution.

Another: Day after day, night after night, year after year – ever feel stuck in a cycle?  Rainbows are waiting in the dawn in Another Dream Away…

You can hear these songs live by following Citadel on Facebook http://facebook.com/citadelprog or by checking Rejyna’s solo performance schedule, Rejyna is at http://facebook.com/citadelsongs

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and the most recent Citadel CD is here:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/danthologie-2-crosses-or-crowns/id320727450

Look for “Citadelsongs’ on Twittter, YouTube and MySpace and check out these links for more Citadel:

http://citadelband.com
http://citadelmusic.org
http://citadelsongs.com
http://ilike.com/artist/citadel
http://reverbnation.com/citadel
http://facebook.com/citadelprog

The Next Citadel CD…

Posted in band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, citadelband, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, 碉堡, indie, 요새, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, Progfest, The Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by Citadel

After a long process of choosing songs, tracking basics, and fine tuning lyrics, the in-progress Citadel CD is well underway to the next stage of tedious, laborious overdubbing.  Following the anti-genre style of previous releases, the as-yet-untitled upcoming Citadel CD will deliver a strong mix of folk, rock, prog & symphonic with metal, classical and jazz undercurrents.

Citadel’s Rejyna comments, “I am using a few new things on this CD like the sweet Dean Boca 12-string semi-hollowbody electric, the Inspired Instruments YRG as a midi controller for on-computer revisions and the wonderful Digitech Jamman Solo.  Most of the improv overdub stuff will still be done on the Godin Freeway SA/Roland GR-20 combo directly into the Digitech GNX4.” 

The Citadel guitarist continues, “so yeah, I’ve got some new toys to play with and that always means a lot of my improv orchestrations will be the result of experimentation with the new toys…although this part of the process is a burden of patience, perseverance and pain (see photo below); it is my favorite aspect.  A ‘Cliff Jumping’ brain adventure in sound.”

So there you have it, the band still refuses to pick a genre and stick with it…   Maybe that is actually a unconsious social comment as much as it is a sign of possible ADD… 

We will all just have to wait a while longer to find out –

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Citadel: Just a little fun during polar studio sessions...

Just a little fun during polar studio sessions...

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!

D’ANthologie 2 – coming very, very soon…

Posted in art, band, Citadel, CITADEL® Online, CITADELLE, citadelsongs, CIUDADELA, Cynosure, 砦の, download, indie, lyrics, MP3, music, цитадель, PF93, prog, Progfest, song, The Citadel, The_Citadel, Uncategorized, Whitman, ZITADELLE, الأمواج with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2009 by Citadel

Stay posted to your trusted Citadel ® source (ilike, cdbaby, itunes, facebook, etc…) because the newest CD is on it’s way – follow the progress by following us on Twitter – we’re ‘citadelband’ and we’re ready to unleash the amazing midi guitar on your ears…are you ready?

http://cdbaby.com/all/citadel

Citadel ® Cover Art by Rejyna Douglass-Whitman

Citadel ® Cover Art by Rejyna Douglass-Whitman

Clicking the image will take you to the link, but it won’t be active until CDBaby uploads the content (approx. May 15th) – come back then too!