A BUG’S LIFE: To chat with Mark Rapp, you’ll need a musical vocabulary — and time. One should expect that from a jazz musician.
First new word: applum.
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An applum is an album sold only as an iTunes app and Rapp, a trumpet player who grew up in Florence, recorded and released the first of its kind. Under the name The Song Project, he partnered with guitarist Derek Lee Bronston to release the self-titled album that features jazz interpretations of AC/DC, Radiohead and Tears for Fears, as an app.
Rapp and Bronston, who are touring in a Volkswagen Beetle provided by mobility sponsor (that might be a new term, as well) South Carolina Bank and Trust, will perform at 9 tonight at Speakeasy. The duo were looking for a different way to share their music.
And the app is free.
“We wanted the debut record for The Song Project to be a tactile, multimedia art piece. So we added artist notes, which gives you a sense of who we are and what the song means to us,” said Rapp who doesn’t own an iPad (Bronston has two). “We added photography by an award-winning artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in music like Lenny Kravitz to Iggy Pop.
“And we did this all through the elegant feel of the iPad. The uniqueness of the applum is that it encapsulates all of the above in one freely downloadable app, combining music, art and technology in a single app experience.”
If you’re not into albums — or unfamiliar with album art — you can put the MP3s on your iPod and forget about the rest.
Rapp and Bronston, thankfully, don’t Botti-bag the songs.
“Often times, when modern jazz musicians cover popular rock tunes, it losses all sense of the rock,” Rapp said. “It just becomes another jazz song. That’s cool for jazz fans, but to fans of rock-n-roll and folk music, you’re not going to reach them at all.
“The familiar face is gone.”
The Song Project will be joined by Greenville-based drummer Tim Blackwell, though he won’t be riding in the Beetle. Rapp has performed on such venerable stages as the Blue Note in New York and at the Newport Jazz Festival. (Rapp is going to do more touring in Europe now that he lives in Switzerland. His wife, employed by the European Union, accepted an offer to work in Geneva.)
Jazz is heard the same in any language, but it’s not spoken the same by every player. A good player must be a better conversationalist, fluent and versatile.
“Playing music in different contexts is exactly like having different conversations at a cocktail party,” Rapp said. “You introduce yourself politely, figure out who is involved in the conversation, the subject at hand and then you find your place to engage in the dialogue.”
Sounds like he has a lot to talk about, so you should go hear what he and Bronston have to say.
Speakeasy is at 711 Saluda Ave.
REALITY CHECK:Krista Klumpp got one as soon as she stepped in front of the cameras on “Survivor: Redemption Island.”
Is it as hard as it looks on TV?
“Harder,” she said. “Way harder.”
Klumpp, who moved to Columbia in June to take a job as a pharmaceutical representative, was voted off the island on the March 23 episode.
There’s not enough time, Klumpp said, to show the harsh conditions the castaways endure like the scarcity of food and the long, rainy nights. The show is about stamina — physical and mental — and superior gamesmanship.
“At no point did I ever think, ‘I’m going to quit this game’,” Klumpp, 25, said. “There were times my body felt like it was.”
What makes “Survivor” so real is that, well, it’s real.
“There’s no practicing,” she said. “You can’t stick yourself with six people you don’t understand and deprive yourself of food.”
On the show, filmed in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Klumpp, the fifth person eliminated by the tribal council, aligned herself with Russell Hantz, a three-time castaway who is regarded as a villain. Klumpp lost a table-maze duel to Matt Elrod, a player she bonded with over Bible scriptures, for redemption and game re-entry. (Klumpp gave Elrod her pink Bible when she left the island.)
Klumpp is back working in Columbia. When asked if she now had a taste for reality TV, she pointed out that “Survivor” isn’t like other reality shows — like, say, “Jersey Shore” — because it’s so real. Unlike popular belief, there isn’t a safety area for dehydration and other ailments like you see at festivals.
“No one’s giving you a Snickers bar on the side or Gatorade because you need electrolytes,” she added.