I spent a good bit of this last year in Tennessee getting to know my way around with the help of the great and generous photographer John Scarpati who lent me his studio for a week or so last Spring. During a marathon Instrumenthead session, I was privileged to shoot over 50 Music City artists and the work caught the attention of the premier contemporary performing arts space, Oz. (Check out this AWESOME video shot during the session at Scarpati’s studio.)
This gorgeous facility then presented 75 3’x4′ Instrumentheads and produced an artist-packed gala in their Grand Salon on opening night.
With bassist Dave Pomeroy, President of the Nashville Musicians’ Association, rounding up the talent and contributing his own stellar performance, some of Nashville’s best and brightest newcomers, icons and session extraordinaires got together to create an evening of remarkable experiences spanning the gamut of music. Bluegrass sets courtesy of mandolin legend Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize and a very special performance by brothers Ron and Rob McCoury joined by a third generation of McCoury music-makers, Ron’s son.
There were electronic sets by the ever ambient Brian Siskind and “Synthtable” inventor and noted penguin hater Black Cat Sylvester as well as a smoking solo performance by wordsmith Aaron Lee Tasjan. There were good old-fashioned rock and roll sets by Kenny Olson, Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynrd, and Toddzilla with sets by Randy Khors and Fats Kaplin adding a Country touch. Matt Glassmeyer brought something a little more subtle and saxophonist Jeff Coffin‘s collaboration with percussion master Roy “Futureman” Wooten melted expectations of what jazz can be.
Griffin Technologies took all of the Instrumenthead photos, combined them with artist bios and behind-the-scenes captures to create an eBook housed on iPad stations throughout the exhibit. Putting names to missing faces in this cutting-edge format is something we’re working to make available to everyone and hope to always feature at future Instrumenthead exhibitions.
Each time I show Instrumenthead it feels more and more special but being able to include both my sister and my father in the celebration will make this one forever memorable. I want to thank everyone who came out, all of the aforementioned artists and anyone I may have missed from that incredible list, Cano and Tim Ozgener, Lauren Snelling and their unbelievable staff at Oz, Mark Rowan and Jay Curtis at Griffin Technology, the Jakprints team for the prints and sponsorship, Ann Brown and the super pro Brian Larimer of The Arts Company, John Scarpati for his incredible generosity, and my team for your support in making all of this all possible.
Thank you all as well for keeping in touch and I hope to see you soon.