Sunday, May 24, 2009
I am Jim Goodin a composer, musician and improvisational artist living in New York. I am also a photographer, videographer and freelance video editor.
As a musician my foundation for 25 plus years has been the acoustic guitar. For many of those years I played in a style influenced by artists such as Michael Hedges, Will Ackerman and John Fahey and performed largely as a solo artist. Around 2000 I began to collaborate with other musicians initially two percussionists one that I still work with today in the collective East of Where.
Though the idea of improvisation was not new to me during the summer of 2005 my music and interest began to lean towards more experimental and improvisational partly through the East of Where collaboration. A year later through chance email meeting after doing some research on 'looping' I struck up e-dialog with guitarist/analog tape loopist Daryl Shawn. The dialog led to electronically working together live through the amazing open source technology NinJam.
The Shawn/Goodin NinJam sessions became regular weekend gatherings that led to the formation of a duo we dubbed Chinapainting. By the winter of 2006 we had enough improvised content that we released two CD's and by the summer of 2007 we decided to formerly meet, take Chinapainting to the live stage and record our first 'in person' CD, Night Blooming Cereus.
Chinapainting is an on-going story and continues to do mini-tours nationally each year.
The work of these collaborations has had great influence on my solo work which has evolved to be largely improvised. Additionally I've delved into other instruments including fretless guitar, oud and violin as well as looping technology to often weave the different instrument textures together.
Professionally I have endorsements from GHS Strings and Seagull Guitars. I am published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc. with a book/CD on the popular DADGAD guitar tuning, titled DADGAD Encyclopedia.
In addition to my traditional performances in the spring of 2009 I started a 'live' webcast series on uStream.tv titled Sunday Morning at 11. In the series I perform a 30-40 minute improvisational set of music bi-weekly. I am very excited about this series as it's giving me the opportunity to perform for people in places I may never have the opportunity to actually go to.
I am an active member of three musician web communities, Loopers-Delight, CT-Collective which I recently produced an usual experimental CD for titled ReUse, and the RPM (record a CD in 28 days) Challenge of which I've released 3 solo CD's and 1 duo CD. As an independent artist I have released 7 solo CD's, 2 duo CD's and been a part of several compilations. I have appeared at Y2K International Live Looping Festival with Chinapainting and will be appearing this summer at the Ingenuity Festival also with Chinapainting in Cleveland.
In addition to my music, imagery both still and video which I've always been involved in, have become more and more involved in the last few years including launching myself as a freelance video editor in the last year.
Though I have several homes on the web my plans are for this blog to become my main portal. More to come.