Monday, November 05, 2007

Nova Madrugada -- 11/02/07 performance

November 2, 2007 Nova Madrugada performance at the Columbus Music Hall.

Columbus hosted the Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) the weekend of our performance, so we were blessed with the opportunity to have a number of attendees sit in with us. Two of them are pictured in the left of the photo, next to Columbus' own Debra Tucker, an amazing singer.

The remaining five, from left to right, are the regulars in our group, minus our saxophone player Mark Donavan -- Ron Hope (percussion) in the back, Roger Hines (bass), Stan Smith (guitar), me (harp), and Dan Thress (drums). Thanks to all who came out!


  1. I have that "Madrugada" album. Are there any other recordings made by the ensemble? Nova or otherwise?

    Fan you never met,
    John Garratt

  2. Hi, John! Really great to "meet" you!

    The group is very close to releasing its next recording, Tadashi's Room. Most of it was recorded in Los Angeles, and features performers who have played with Madrugada in years past.

    When we release it, we'll most likely post it on our MySpace page, as well as other places like this blog where you read about this performance.

    MySpace page:

    Article about the group:

    The instrumentation of the core members is guitar, bass, harp, drums, and percussion; sometimes we perform as a trio, or invite / feature other musicians to perform with us. We are in the process of sorting through the live recordings we have of these sessions.

    A good majority of the music is written by Stan Smith, who has put out several recordings of his own. You can hear one of the tunes that will appear on the new recording, Cross the Log, on his website:

    Are you in Columbus? It would be great to see you at one of our performances. If you'd like to be included on the list we use to communicate when we are playing next, just say the word! Thank you so much for contacting us and we'll keep in touch.

    Trista Hill for Nova Madrugada
    H A R P I S T