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Tuesday, Oct 24 2017 | 20:23
Image: 1615588 Running in parallel with the powerful wave of transformation that occurred
with the advent of recording technology in the 1800s, children’s music has
been a critically important part of the evolving pace of modern culture.
Through the entire body of children’s music, few have truly deviated from
the normal harmonic and melodic structures of past composers. This is
about to change in the fall of 2017 as West Coast Get Down co-founder
Ryan Porter will present Spangle-Lang Lane, a collection of music
that revamps and puts a facelift on some of the world’s most beloved
children’s songs.
The ethos of Spangle-Lang Lane equally lives in the visual realm,
coupled with puppets and a flm series that takes on the life of the West
Coast Get Down and various jazz luminaries. From episode to episode,
you can expect to see main characters Ryan Porter and Crazy Jake,
along with puppet versions of Duke Ellington, Kamasi Washington, Louis
Armstrong, Brandon Coleman, Tony Williams, Terrace Martin, Miles
Davis, Thundercat, John Coltrane, and many others. As the in?uence
of Sesame Street started to flter into Ryan Porter’s dreams, he quickly
sought out the right tools and knowledge for creating his own puppets.
Ryan adds more detail on how the puppet world of the album formed.
“The vision for having puppets as part of Spangle-Lang Lane came
from the in?uence of the magical world of Jim Henson, but I also had a
dream where I could see all of these puppets so vividly playing gigs and
recording. I had these dreams so much that I looked into puppet making
classes so that I could learn how to make these characters that I saw so
vividly in my dreams. After a few years of learning how to make puppets,
which is not an easy thing to do, I fnally made prototypes of the puppets
that I had seen in my dreams. These puppets are the ones that I use
to flm in my videos to help teach kids music lessons and history about
older musicians that aren’t with us any longer. The type of musicians that
made a huge impact on how music sounds today, revamped through the
power of puppetry.”
For the Spangle-Lang Lane record release event, Ryan Porter will take
the puppets he’s created and the momentum of the video series for a
special concert in Los Angeles this fall. The puppets will take the stage
with Ryan to perform the music off the LP, striving to create a unique
concert experience the jazz world has never seen. This fall will serve as
a very special stretch of time for Ryan Porter and Spangle-Lang Lane,
bringing to light a lifelong pursuit that will have the power to beneft
thousands of people across current and future generations. SpangleLang Lane is an achievement unlike any other, serving as the latest
chapter of the West Coast Get Down’s growing legacy and the beginning
of Ryan Porter’s tenure in the spotlight.

1. Spangle-Lang Lane Theme
2. ABC Song
3. Itsy Bitsy Spider
4. Little Boy Blue
5. Rain Rain Go Away
6. Ants Go Marching One By One
7. Row Row Row Your Boat
8. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

• Features and collaborations across Spangle-Lang Lane include renowned LA based musicians Kamasi Washington (alto sax, percussion), Ronald Bruner Jr. (drums), Adam
Turchin (tenor sax), Miles Mosley (bass, percussion), Cameron Graves (piano, vocals) and more
• “The LP is something that I would like to see impact children in a creative way, helping them to see the power of positive change through music.” - Ryan Porter Available from 24.11.2017
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