Still on hiatus

We are still on hiatus for a variety of reasons, and at the moment there doesn’t seem to be any clear way forward for the band.

Never say never, of course.

This site and the music will remain on line (at all the usual sites) for the time being ahead of something changing. When it changes, you’ll be the first to know.

Until then…

Announcement…important…

After considerable thought and discussion, The Duende Project is taking an indefinite hiatus from live gigs and recording.

Schedule concerns and continuing health issues have made it very difficult to devote the time we need to create the music you deserve from us, and we do not want to disappoint youor us.

This has not been an easy decision to make, but we think it is the best course of action. 

Thanks for understanding. Stay tuned, keep listening.

The Duende Project

News / Bandcamp Friday!

There’s been a lot going on personally for the members of the band. Gigs are currently on hold while everyone gets back into the groove of life. Includes the cancellation of our gig at the Stomping Ground in Putnam CT on 7/6.

We will keep you posted, we promise.

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Today, June 17th, is a special Bandcamp Friday. Read all about it here, and consider making a purchase of your favorite music today!

For instance….there’s always The Duende Project to choose…but don’t stop there!

Thanks!


Right now…what’s up?

We are still alive, folks…working on recording, writing, and starting to think about gigs in the area. Not sure where, of course. Couple of nibbles, thoughts…

Trying to find a place to play where people will come listen to us ain’t easy right now. We were spoiled with starlite and Nick’s being the kind of places where original, WEIRD music/poetry worked in longer sets where people would listen to the entirety of what we were doing.

Right now, the bands getting play (FOR THE MOST PART) are mostly either cover bands/acts that can serve at least in part as background for drinking/eating and bands that sound like a more or less familiar genre of music of one sort or another. (Generalization. Don’t come for us on that. You know it’s true.)

We are willing to work with other bands to put together something with 2-3 bands in a given night, but for the life of me, I honestly can’t think right now of a place we can do that. (We have issues with the Vernon, having been banned from there once; not sure what we have to do to fix that, but we’re considering it.) We are talking to a couple of other venues, but…

Anyway, don’t lose hope — and if anyone has ideas and/or can help, hit us up. Thanks.

The Last Gig At Nick’s

The most telling fact about last night’s show at Nick’s was the fact that toward the end of the last set, someone from the bar next door, The Nines, came in to tell us we were fantastic and to buy the band a round of shots.

Thanks, Mike, wherever (and whoever) you are.

Thanks to all who came out and made our swan song at Nick’s one of our best gigs there ever. We’ll miss it, but we’re looking forward to wherever we end up.

Because we will be back.

Finale…for now

On Friday night, March 18th, we’ll be back in action at Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street in Worcester, for our first live gig since early December. A night time gig, a weekend gig, starting at 9 PM.

It’s going to be a bittersweet night, as Nick’s, our primary home for the last several years, will be closing for good on April 4th. The bar’s been sold and while it will reopen and once again feature its usual mix of live music and great cocktails, we don’t honestly know what the future will hold for us in particular. So…we’re treating the night as a send off of sorts. Come on down and let’s make it good.

We’ll be back live sooner rather than later, I hope. We’ve enjoyed your support in the past, and look forward to giving you more of what you’ve been used to with these efforts.

If ANYONE out there has ideas for where we might play gigs in southern New England– a rock/jazz/funk-influenced band with a poet out front who don’t do more than a couple of twisted covers and are decidedly NOT background music — let us know. We’re open to ideas.

And don’t forget — eyes and ears open — new music coming soon!!!

FINALLY…

A week from today, we are planning a return to the recording studio to get a couple of our tracks down for release ahead of a planned new album, our 8th.

On Friday night, March 18th, we’ll be back in action at Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street in Worcester, for our first live gig since early December. A night time gig, a weekend gig, starting at 9 PM.

We’ve enjoyed your support in the past, and look forward to giving you more of what you’ve been used to with these efforts.

If ANYONE out there has ideas for where we might play gigs in southern New England– a rock/jazz/funk-influenced band with a poet out front who don’t do more than a couple of twisted covers and are decidedly NOT background music — let us know. We’re open to ideas.

Easy 3+ hours of original material in our pockets but open to multi-band gigs.

Let’s get back to business. In the meantime…go check us out.

And thanks.

https://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com

Re: Spotify

Taking a quick moment to note that we’ve had our own troubles with Spotify in the past — remember the whole false accusation regarding us using fraudulent means to amplify our streaming income — and the recent news regarding Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, et al vs. Spotify and Joe Rogan made us take a second look at continuing our use of the streaming service.

Pulling our music from Spotify because of our personal disturbance at their business practices would seem to be an easy decision, and while we’d like to, we’ve learned that it’s actually a lot harder for a small act like us than for a well funded artist like Young. Essentially, once you’re on there any removal decision has to be made by the distribution service you used to get on there in the first place, based on their contract terms with the service.

Young and Mitchell are major artists with clout that can compel their record companies to do this.

We’re, um, not.

There’s a way of doing this that would require us to pull all our music from ALL streaming and download services and then reloading it all under new terms. That’s extremely time consuming and disruptive, and frankly would be cutting off our collective nose to spite our collective face.

At any rate, all online sources together paid us a grand total of $1.73 for all our streams on ALL services in the last three months, so…yeah. Not like they’d notice. We’d be pulling the work for our own principles. Which is fine, but as I said, would have some serious consequences for other channels we use.

We’ll continue to think about this, especially as we prepare for a new recording…

In the meantime, how about you listen and download our work from Bandcamp? Far better margin for us and you can have it in any format you want.

http://theduendeproject.bandcamp.com

We’ll keep you posted.

the band (T, S, C + C)

Checking in…what’s on the horizon

Hi all.

It’s been a rough couple of months for the band. Family crises, COVID (yup, one of us got the virus and while they’ve recovered now it was hardly a mild case), and gigs having to be canceled and rescheduled…yeah. Fun.

Hope you all are doing well in such fun times, yourselves.

Two things:

We are shaking up our gig schedule. Right now, we’re on hold for our bi-weekly gigs at Nick’s in Worcester as we figure that out. (We’ll still be there, just not sure of dates.) There’s also a potential new venue for us. Nothing definite yet.

We are planning a return to the studio VERY soon. Already picking out some tunes to give the full band treatment, and there MAY be a bonus project released sooner if we can figure out all the logistics…

So while it’s been a bit of a fallow period, we’re still around. Keep listening — add us on your streaming service of choice, from Spotify and Pandora to Tidal and Deezer(?) — and feel free to purchase a track or two from Apple or Amazon, or even the whole discography at a discount on Bandcamp if you so desire. It’s a challenging moment, and any support would be great.

Thanks!

the band (Tony, Steve, Chris L, and Chris OD)