Joe Bagale beats trail back to BG
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:06
After the 2011 Black Swamp Arts Festival Joe Bagale can probably consider himself a veteran festival performance artist. Fans of Lenka Dusilova’s 2007 BSAF performances may remember Bagale as the energetic drummer providing the pulse for the Czech singer’s edgy folk rock music. This year Bagale returns to the Main Stage twice, once behind the drums for rhythmn 'n' blues vocalist Crystal Monee Hall’s set on Saturday and again as band leader for his own set on Sunday morning. The California-based multi-instrumentalist is eager to return to a festival and a town that showed so much hospitality during his past visits.
“I have only been to Bowling Green twice, both on gigs, but both times it was a blast,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “Everyone was so great and so hospitable.”
With an extensive background studying drums and percussion, including time at the Eastman School of Music, Bagale’s solo music incorporates a diverse palette of instrumentation, technological tools and vocal effects.
His 2008 self titled debut album was a pure solo effort, with Bagale dubbing multiple instruments and vocal parts in a recording that runs the gamut of pop, indie rock and R&B. Although he will be joined by Hall on vocals during his set at BSAF, those musical skills will be showcased Sunday morning.
“I do a lot of one-man shows where I am looping things,” he said. “I might loop some drums or vocals and add in some guitar or keyboards. You will see me moving around the drum set and doing all kinds of things.”
Bagale has been hard at work on his sophomore album, due out this fall, which will showcase his evolution as a songwriter, performer and producer. The new recording uses multiple vintage synthesizers to capture a vibe Bagale calls “eclectic soul” music.
“My songwriter has grown a lot, both as a lyricist and as a melodic writer, so there is less emphasis on the jamming aspect and more emphasis on the songs,” he said.
In addition to performing with multiple groups and recording diverse music, Bagale also lends his talents to other artists as a producer.
He has produced three full-length albums over the past three years and has supported additional projects ranging from indie rock, to bluegrass to mainstream pop.

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