SWAMP SALON SERIES

A presentation of The Orange Show Media Project

in collaboration with Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and Houston Media Source

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The Orange Show Media Project is a partnership with Houston Media Source and Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) to capture and edit intimate performances during the SWAMP Salon Series, performed by visionary Houston-based artists in front of live audiences at the Orange Show’s collection of unique properties.

 

SWAMP executive director Randee Ramsey and the team at Houston Media Source provided equipment and supervised and trained young videographers from SWAMPs summer film camp to create the videos archived below. With these videos, both the musicians and the iconic environments in which they are recorded are promoted in the city and beyond.

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SWAMP SALON SEASON 1

Damon Choice & Friends

Live at The Orange Show World Headquarters

June 28, 2022

Over the past 50 years, Damon Choice has performed with some of the best and best-known composers and instrumentalists in free jazz, most notably mythic keyboardist and late composer Sun Ra. He has become a vital anchor in Houston's experimental-music scene and a connection to a brilliant era for improvisational daring in jazz.

 

Damon Choice: vibraphone

Sonia Flores: upright bass

Andrew Martinez: guitar

All music copyright Damon Choice / Sonia Flores / Andrew Martinez

Sound recorded by Ryan Edwards and Shannon Smith

SWAMP Production head: Randee Spittel-Ramsey

 Houston Media Source: Mel Petersen Live editors: Mel Petersen

Zubair al Awadi

Live at The Orange Show Monument

June 28, 2022

An Iraqi refugee living in Houston since 2007, Zubair Al Awadi is an internationally recognized master of the oud, a fretless stringed instrument in the lute family.

All music copyright Zubair Al Awadi

Sound recorded by Ryan Edwards and Shannon Smith

SWAMP Production head: Randee Spittel-Ramsey

SWAMP student production crew: Vanessa Provencio, Ashley Medrano, Brandon Jenkins

Houston Media Source: Alex Saenz, Jr., Mel Petersen

Live editors: Brandon Jenkins, Mel Petersen

HOASSX

Live at The Orange Show Monument

June 14, 2022

The lo-if indie rock project from Houston, TX, Hearts Of Animals began as a solo project by Mlee Marie Mains then evolved into a larger band on some recordings. HOASSX features Mains in a solo format performing original works on the saxophone and harmonica.

Hearts of Animals: saxophone, harmonica, and effects

All music copyright Mlee Marie

Sound recorded by Ryan Edwards and Shannon Smith

SWAMP Production head: Randee Spittel-Ramsey

SWAMP student production crew: Ashley Medrano, Brandon Jenkins, Key

Houston Media Source: Mark Pirtle, Alex Saenz, Jr., Mel Petersen

Live editors: Vanessa Provencio, Mel Petersen

MUZAK JOHN

Live at The Orange Show Monument

June 7, 2022

Muzak John is an embodiment of the true Houston underground, a self-styled composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist that owes a debt to such freewheeling American originals as Daniel Johnston and the Grateful Dead. This set, his first at the Orange Show, is an exploration of his songbook as well as pocket synthesizers and the mini-guitar.

Muzak John: vocals, mini guitar, Korg Monotron delay, Korg Monotron Duo.

All music copyright John Martucci

Sound recorded by Ryan Edwards and Shannon Smith

SWAMP Production Head: Randee Spittel-Ramsey

Camera Operators: Sophia Hoffman, Jason Bolds, Alex Saenz, Mark Pirtle

Video editor: Mark Pirtle