POP IT! = A large-format percussion collaborative based in New York City focused on composing, recording, and performing new works for traditional, non-traditional, and newly invented instruments.
Since 2008 Living Arts Apprenticeship Program (LAAP) has been a center for creative arts students from around the world to come and train in a cross-disciplinary “live-in” style apprenticeship, focusing on performance techniques for all performing artists through the study of music composition (Jordan McLean), Aikido (Sensei Gadi Shorr), and drum-set (Amir Ziv).
POP IT! is a direct offshoot of Living Arts Apprenticeship Program, and is representative of the type of work its students and faculty accomplish.
System Dialing Records is proud to be one of the only institutions in the world that records and commercially releases the collaborative works of its in-house Arts Education Division. LAAP continuously assists their students to reach new audiences.
This body of work was composed and recorded as part of Living Arts Apprenticeship Program (LAAP) sessions between 2010 – 2014. In these sessions, participants came to study, train, and co-create in a cross-disciplinary / live-in apprenticeship fashion, with LAAP faculty members Amir Ziv (drums), Jordan McLean (Composition), and Gadi Shorr (Aikido), resulting in the album presented here.
Amir Ziv, Jordan McLean, Gadi Shorr, Sahr Ngaujah, Luke Damrosch, Ronald Stockwell, Max Jaffe, Mack Williamson, Jake Amber, Jay Rudolph, Joey Harmon, Keenan LeBlanc, Dean Buck, Dane Gebauer, David James, Cem Misirlioglu, and Pat Agresta.
Engineered by Amir Ziv at System Dialing Records Studios, Kerhonkson, NY
Mixed & mastered by Abe Seiferth at Spacebar Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Artwork by Michelle Both
Produced by Amir Ziv
* America I contains the work “next to of course god America i”. Copyright 1926, 1954, (c) 1991 by the Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust. Copyright (c) 1985 by George James Firmage, from COMPLETE POEMS: 1904-1962 by E.E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.
Special thanks to Angelina Mike, Peter Strunsky, Justin Stern, Easy Partners, Jennifer Vehaba, Harris Silver, and Sharoz Makarechi.
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