Victory Open Mic Host / Musician / Teacher / Recording Engineer!
Edward Zincavage rented a small guest house from Suzie Gray and
the rest is history. Suzie talked of Victory Music and suggested
he join and get involved. One night at the open mic at Ravenna
Third Place Books I asked Edward if he would like to help with
sound, since he spends part of his busy schedule as a recording
Lola Pedrini was looking for someone to run the Victory Music
open mic at Lake Forest Park, and Ed soon found himself to be
host and emcee. He performed these duties for an entire year,
and then passed the baton to Alan Camhi, who carried on until
the venue's recent closure. (Prospective tenants should note:
when you are dealing with a 30-year member of Victory Music, house
rental agreements sometimes come with small print that reads "You
will volunteer for Victory Music.")
Running an open mic is no easy task. What inspires someone to
volunteer for something like this? For Edward Zincavage it was
a chance to learn how to manage a stage and host a lineup of 20
to 30 musicians. Edward said, "I learned how to work with
musicians ranging from beginners to pros, and it was a great opportunity
to meet and network with a lot of musicians." He also feels
this is a good way to get exposure as well as a way to give something
back to the community.
Being an experienced musician, Edward knows how important it is
to get exposure. He has performed and taught music for several
decades and has garnered critical acclaim and radio airplay in
places such as New York, Los Angeles and Seattle. In 1988 his
CD Blood of a Poet (recorded in his basement with Ellen Zincavage)
was listed in the Seattle Weekly along with such CDs by such notables
as Bill Frisell and Robert Cray as one of the Yearly Top Ten Recordings
by critics Roger Downey and Bart Becker. He also made the Top
Ten list in the Seattle Rocket with his song "Asbestos."
Edward was especially interested in the variety of music and the
different skill levels he encountered while hosting the Lake Forest
Park open mic. For example, there were veteran performers like
Suzie Gray, who at 87 years old has recently produced her own
CD and is working on her second one; she can "boogie woogie"
the ivories with the best of them. Another highlight performer
there was Sean Sterling, who plays the piano and the Chapman Stick.
Sean used to work for Synclavier in New England and once taught
Oscar Peterson how to use one of the early Synclavier synthesizers.
Sean also worked in the Las Vegas scene with veterans like Wayne
Born and raised in San Diego, California, Edward moved to Seattle
in 1985. He has since been active as a teacher, producer, composer,
recording artist and performer. With a current list of forty guitar
students a week, his days are pretty full teaching at Moore Bros.
Music in Sammamish, WA and at his home studio in Lake Forest Park.
Edward is also involved in recording projects at his home studio.
Recently, Edward teamed up with Pamela Mortensen to form a new
ethno/electric/ambient art-pop duo named Mude' . Their goal is
to release a CD by June of 2005. He also works with Pamela Edward,
a solo blues performer, playing twelve-string and bottleneck guitar.
He has studied various music styles, including classical, flamenco,
blues, folk, ethnic and electronic. His musical influences include
John Hammond, Brendan Perry, Daniel Ash, John Cippolina, Chris
Whitely and Kelly Jo Phelps. Whether playing acoustic roots music
or electronic music, Edward puts his heart into it and comes through
loud and clear.
If you are considering playing an open mic for the first time,
or even if you have already done so, Edward's advice for all is
to respect the rules by not playing longer than your allotted
time, and to get there early and be prepared when your time comes.
Doing this will help the open mic run smoothly and you will be
showing your respect for your fellow musicians and the host.
You can learn more about open mic hero Edward Zincavage at
Michael Guthrie is a singer/songwriter who regularly plays venues
in the NW. and is a Victory Music sound volunteer. He has produced
his own CD and ran his own coffee house/cafe, The Village Green
Cafe in Kaslo, BC from 1973-79. He studied sound engineering and
recording at Sound Master Recording Studios in North Hollywood,
CA in 1987. Contact: email@example.com www.moorafa.com