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Spanspek Spotlight: Patrick Contreras

What's the haps people?!  Did you all see that Lunar Eclipse the other night?  You know, the one that I'm hella late writing about?  Apparently it was all bloody and shizz.  I wouldn't know.  I was too busy writing blogs in my bed late at night for all of you lovely folks.  I REGRET NOTHING.

Anywho, it's Spanpsek Spotlight time!  Sit back, relax, look at the BLOOD MOON, and learn a little bit about Fresno violinist PATRICK CONTRERAS!
Here are some excerpts from a Fresno Life Magazine article about Contreras, as written by Steve Ono:

Patrick Contreras has been known for plugging a solid body electric violin into a Mesa Boogie tube amp and rocking out at high volume. But he has a new, old fiddle and very cool things are happening.

“I'm definitely addicted to the acoustic violin right now,” Contreras said. “It's because I have a new instrument I can dig into and do color and tricks.

Contreras was studying classical music at California State University, Fresno when he got into world music and flamenco, and jazz and blues.  [But only when he began working with dub step and hip hop did he find success online]...His wife, Mary...asked him to remix his violin with a track and post it. He put the video online and went to Starbucks. When he came back, it already had 20,000 hits.

With 250,000 hits on World Star, and 290,000 hits on YouTube, [his videos] made a big enough impact to attract music industry attention.

Patrick has also been posting his music on SoundCloud and has developed an Arabic following there. Most of his new, younger listeners are from Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Morocco.  Mostly young people, and even some of the violinists in the Arab music world, are connecting with Contreras.

Contreras has [a few] co-conspirators in the composition of original music: [one is] Keyboardist Omar Nare [Spanspek Note: Nare's an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist who will be joining Contreras on stage at festival!].  Around the new year, Nare challenged Contreras:  "Do your originals. Just do it. Let's see what happens.”

At the Cellar Door in Visalia, Contreras played all original music on the acoustic violin and the crowd loved it. That's when he started to realize how good it felt to play his own music.

“It felt way better to do my tunes. It really felt good. I'd never really done that,” Contreras said. “It feels good because if people don't like it at least it is all on your own merit.

Patrick Contreras has a new, old fiddle, new opportunities and better connections with the roots of his style and a brand new concept of his own future in music. Cool things are happening, indeed.
Fun fact, I used to play with this fella back when he was a violinist with the Tulare County Symphony.  He was a talented performer then and he's only improved with age.  Also, he's pretty dang nice.  We're incredibly proud to host his trio this year.  It's going to be AMAZEBALLS.

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Time to sleep!  Thanks and goodnight (or morning when you read this)!


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