8/31 * Magic In The Other, James Riotto, DJ Real at Ivy Room
Magic In The Other:
Magic In The Other founder and leader Ezra Lipp has spent the last decade honing his craft as one of the most creative, versatile, and in-demand drummers in the Bay Area and beyond. He has performed all over the US and around the world with an impressive and diverse roster of bands and artists including the likes of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, Iranian counter-culture superstar Mohsen Namjoo, Folk-Soul troubadour Sean Hayes, and many others. In this long-overdue original project, Lipp has created a collaborative vehicle with which to express his unique musical sensibilities. Magic In The Other brings to life original compositions, presents creative twists on unexpected covers, and delves into unexplored musical territory only possible when communicating deeply with other fine musicians and a potent audience. Undoubtedly, the performance is also peppered with banter and antics reflecting Lipp’s unique brand of humor and creativity.
In the very first incarnation of Magic In The Other, Ezra Lipp has recruited a swift and nimble trio featuring the relentlessly groovy Steve Adams on the bass (ALO, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers) and innovative Oakland guitarist Roger Riedlbaur (Mercury Falls). The music indirectly borrows from many different influences and idioms: be it the rhythmic sophistication of Jazz and West African music, the energy and spirit of Rock N’ Roll, the movement based compositional format of Western Classical, or the improvisatory intensity of North India Ragas. However, it ultimately fuses many influences together to create something unique and refreshing. Magic In The Other attempts to deeply connect with the listener, creating a mentally stimulating, emotionally resonate, highly danceable, and distinctly transformative experience where everyone leaves feeling slightly more magical.
Hello! My name is James Riotto and I am a Bay Area producer, recording engineer, composer, and performer. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing people in this capacity, including John Vanderslice, Sean Hayes, Mohsen Namjoo, The Mountain Goats, Thao Nguyen, Merrill Garbus, Charlie Hunter, Marty Ehrlich, Geographer, Ezra Furman, Sophie Hunger, Shannon and the Clams, Astronauts etc, Kacey Johansing, Guy Fox, DRMS and many, many others.
I've toured the country in rock bands, transcribed Mingus' «The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady», arranged music for a 24-piece Magik*Magik*Orchestra, and performed my own songs in a bunch of very different projects. I am a full-time house producer/engineer at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, though I freelance at other studios. I've also released several albums of my own music, most recently an EP called End of the World.
Nick Stargu is a musician, comedian, writer and filmmaker who is best known for his multimedia / musical comedy act, DJ REAL. He has appeared on the TV show “Flophouse” on Viceland and as a host on NBC's «The Guest List» on Seeso. He has been featured at Outside Lands, San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and more....And he’s opened for Devo!
Nick also performs as Imaginary Radio with comedy partner, Drennon Davis. They have performed at festivals across the country, including SXSW, the Funny or Die Oddball Festival and have appeared in NBC’s «Comedy Show Show” on Seeso.
»...DJ REAL was a very strange, and strangely wonderful combination of lo-fi recording artist and Andy Kaufman comedian..." — SF Weekly Preview attachment