An Appeal To The Community: Acoustic Alchemy Gear Stolen

Posted by D.A. Gutierrez in Jazz Events, News

October 13th, 2010   1 Comment »

Black and white phot of Acoustic Alchemy's frontment: Miles Gilderdale and Greg Carmichael

Miles Gilderdale (left) and Greg Carmichael (right) front UK-based contemporary jazz group, Acoustic Alchemy.

In a great example of just how big the jazz genre is, today I was surprised to learn that Acoustic Alchemy – a group I had always considered to be “World Music” or “New Age” – is in fact considered a jazz group. Awesome! I’ve only followed their music for a few years, but everything I’ve heard is a fantastical mix of relaxed, mellow, upbeat and positive. Listening to their work is like listening to a motivational speech.

It was therefore with a lot of of sadness that I read that the UK based group had their van broken into in Milford, CT, late Monday night/ early Tuesday morning, interrupting their current US tour. Since most of their gear was stolen, it looked like the remaining shows might not happen. Luckily they have been granted replacement gear by some local vendors – however, it’s only temporary, and the group would love to have their stuff back.

They’ve posted a list of missing equipment on their Facebook page and have asked communities particularly in the CT / NY / NJ areas to keep an eye on local papers, pawn shops and the like, places where the gear is most likely to be pawned. (Personally, I think the stuff will end up on eBay or Craigslist.)

I am sure the band realizes what a long shot it is to recover their equipment, but if everyone pays attention and “says something if they see something,” perhaps we can recover these fine musicians’ gear and get them back to making great music.

Enjoy Acoustic Alchemy’s “Out of Nowhere”

  • DEAR G.A.:

    I AM GLAD THAT I HAPPENED UPON YOUR BLOG! GOOD LOOKING OUT FOR THE JAZZ FANS & ARTISTS! YOU SHOULD ALSO REVIEW THE JAZZ VENUES FOR THEIR HOSPITALITY, FOOD & BEVERAGE & ATMOSPHERE!

    I HAVE EXPERIENCED ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY IN AN INTIMATE CONCERT & HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO HANG WITH THEM BACKSTAGE, AND THEY ARE JUST AS “GREAT” PERSONALLY AS THEIR PERFORMANCE IS MUSICALLY.

    I THINK IT’S A SHAME THAT SOME NATIONAL MUSIC SUPPLY HOUSE DID NOT STEP UP FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOME MAJOR PR FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TOUR OF THESE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY JAZZ STARS!

    ON THE OTHER HAND, I HOPE THAT THEY ARE CARRYING SOME KIND OF ENDORSEMENTS OR INSURANCE! I WISH THEM ALL THE BEST, AND HOPE THEY COME BACK IN SPITE OF THAT TRAVESTY! — Peace, Dorian-G