Hey folks, Steve here.
I’m thrilled to announce that I will be performing at Disney Hall in Los Angeles with “American Youth Symphony” on March 11, 2017. I’ve been going to concerts at Disney Hall since it was constructed and feel tremendous appreciation to have been invited to perform my music there. The pieces that will be performed are…
1. There’s Still Something Dead In Here (without Steve)
2. Kill the Guy with the Ball (with Steve)
3. The Murder (with Steve)
4. Call it Sleep (with Steve)
These pieces were chosen by Carlos Izcaray who is the exceptional conductor of this event. It’s interesting to note that the first 3 pieces are perhaps some of my darkest and most brooding music.
“There’s Still Something Dead in Here” is a complex, dense and very atonal piece of contemporary music.
“Kill the Guy with the Ball” is violently fast and furious and the Orchestra version is just ripping.
“The Murder” is macabre and harmonically heavy.
“Call It Sleep” is from Flex-Able with an updated symphonic orchestration and will be a blessed relief after the first pieces.
Interesting that all the titles of these pieces could lead one to believe I have a preoccupation with Death! Truth is, I’m way too alive for that. Hope to see you at the show.
Ticket link: http://bit.ly/VaiLADisneyHall
Steve Vai’s blistering performance for “Front And Center” at The Iridium in New York City will begin airing in US cities on PBS February 2nd and continue through late March. Visit http://vupulse.com/c/1324 to see when the show airs in your city.
We are announcing a few Generation Axe tourdates in Japan.
April 3, Nagoya, April 4, Osaka, April 6 and 7 Tokyo. Ticket links will be added once they go on sale.
Stay tuned for more…
Today at NAMM, Ibanez has released the 30th Anniversary Jem models, in the original colours Loch Ness Green, Dessert Sun Yellow and Shocking Pink. Check out this cool website by Ibanez, which includes a video, shown below, where Steve and key Ibanez people tell their story on how a legend was born. The Jem 30th is available through your local Ibanez representative.
Check out this really cool video, the Making of Woody, Steve’s all wood Jem created for the 2015 Vai Academy.
Hey Folks, Steve here.
Well, the Vai Academy 3.0 this year in Asilomar CA was truly epic. All of the folks that contributed put their best foot forward and raised the bar for all of us. The atmosphere was alive and vibrating with learning, creativity and enthusiasm.
We all made new friends and connected a lot of dots that will inevitably add to the quality of our musicality and life.
The guest clinicians, Carlos Alomar, Zakk Wylde and Al DiMeola, all delivered generously, inspirationally and humorously.
But perhaps my favorite part of the camp was when I had the opportunity to jam with any of the campers that were willing. I enjoyed focusing on them and their musical ideas and watching and listening to how those ideas manifested with the band.
My deepest appreciation and gratitude to all those who attended. We are looking very forward to the next camp that will probably happen around the same time net year (early January).
All the best to you for 2017 and beyond beyond.