So, Nick, my guy, has been working tirelessly on his new album, “storyteller” for the last few months and it is ready to be released!
This has been such a cool project to watch grow.
From hearing some of these songs being written in our living room or seeing charts of them lying around, to hearing them in their infancy being played live like having life-air being blown into them….
From watching rehearsals and hearing phone conversations with contributing musicians and engineers, to watching the whole record take shape in the studio….
From talking about the concept of “Storyteller” and it’s significance to who Nick is as a person and artist, to hearing friends and listeners make eerily fitting reviews correlating to the original concept….
From watching the album art and design be created, to making this poster for his CD release show….
….it’s been truly inspiring and it really, really feels magical. Sure, I may be biased….
but, trust me. I haven’t been this excited about an album in a while.
The whole album is made up of original compositions by Nick, barring one song, “Day 366” by Hermeto Pascoal. Each song telling a story, a mood, a time, a feel.
They are soundscapes, really. Cinematic songs, yes SONGS, while honoring jazz sonorities.
On May 31st, at the Blue Whale in Little Tokyo in DTLA, the album will be released at a show performed by Nick and his band which includes, Dan Schnelle on drums, John Daversa on trumpet Vardan Ovsepian on piano, &Hamilton Price on bass.
It’s oh so exciting.
Hope you can make it!
Home and in the come of shame! Doing well and happy to be back. We missed him. #zig #catsofinstagram #giveforward 🐯
He’s all sutured up and discombobulated. Coming home tomorrow morning. #thankyou #giveforward #catsofinstagram #zig 🐯
OPERATION: zig’s operation // SUCCESS!!!!!!
Everyone, I am so elated and flabbergasted to let you know that two nights ago, I started a fundraiser via a website called GiveForward.com. Within less than 12 hours the goal was reached!!!!!! Can you believe that?! Over $3500 that will pay for Zig’s procedure and post-op costs.
The astonishing outpour from friends and family has been dumbfounding. I’m pretty speechless and amazed. We’re also just so happy, so, so happy that he will have this surgery soon and will most likely be right as rain in about 2 months.
I made the appointment today. Zig goes into surgery on Monday afternoon.
THANK YOU, EVERYONE! Even if you didn’t get a chance to donate or weren’t able to, your thoughts, prayers, and good wishes help more than you know.
We’re all so very touched.
We will keep everyone posted with Zig’s recovery.
Thank you, all, again.
Afton, Zig, Nick, and Frida
zig (we) needs your help
My beloved cat, “Zig” has a fractured femur & needs surgery immediately. It is incredibly costly & the only solution. We need your help.
the first photo I saw of him on the shelter’s website. I fell in love at first sight.
with his little sister and best friend, Frida.
Say a little prayer for this guy, please. Something’s not right. Currently doing X-rays and blood tests. (at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital)
Nick and I recorded this for a music bed for a video in about an hour. All guitars and flute by me aka Sangster. Vibes and glockenspiel by Nick Mancini.
Song written by Afton Hefley/Sangster in 2011.
Anonymous asked: Hi Afton, my daugter, Alyssa, took private voice/guitar lessons from you about 5 years ago and you loaned her a Simon and Garfunkel guitar book that was your grandmas. I don't know if it has sentimental value to you, but if it does, we'd like to get it beck to you. You can call me 626-485-0121. Thanks, Karla Zamarripa
YOU ARE AMAZING! I’ve thought about that book a lot, actually. Can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can send you my info? I don’t live nearby anymore. Thank you so much for thinking of this and contacting me.
DAY 9 // Operation: PLEDGE…. 51%!!!
Y’all, like, what? THANK YOU, all! Keep spreading the word!
Also - Bridget, my album artist, has finished all 5 pieces and they are all on display on my auxiliary pages, “1, 2, 3, 4, & 5”. If you click on each image, it will take you to the song it was inspired by on YouTube. You may notice that there is no video for ‘Triangle” yet, but, soon. Very soon, we will be creating that.
not Frida, but almost identical!
DAY THREE // OPERATION: PLEDGE
I can hardly function tonight because I’ve been so overwhelmed and emotional from the gravity of generosity from friends. I can hardly deal. Enormous amounts of gratitude go out today to Maria Beck, Vardan Ovsepian, Suzanne Reisig Olden, Nichole Nikki Halgren, Sarah Pigion, Eric Schaefer, Stuart Paterson, Sébastien Proulx, Curt Smith, & Anitra Novy.
Like I said, I’m overwhelmed. 35% in 3 days. So much love. WOW.
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