I'm recovering from releasing two of my best musical works ever, I thnk: LOVE ALL WAYS and SOLO/PIANO. Setting up my studio in San Pancho, Nayarit where I am making friends and flirting with new musical partnerships with Steve O' Connor, Chas Eller and who knows who else! SOLO/PIANO is on sale as a fundraiser at Entre Amigos in San Pancho and at Mar de Jade in Chacala, two Nayarit community centers that Rosario and I are supporting.
My first San Pancho musical performance happens this coming weekend, at the 13th annual San Pancho Music Festival, in a duet with Steve O' Connor. 8pm, Sat the 23rd of Feb.
Counting down to a night with Medianoche, a fine Latin/jazz group with Julian Mendieta on congas and bongos, Kimani Carrazana on timbales, Aaron Romo on bass and me on keys, with a coupke of guest musicians sitting in! Friday August 5 at the Sindicato in San Miguel de Allende, MX. 8pm.
Today we took possession of an original Juan Ezcurdia painting! We love his work, and Juan and I have been working on a new DVD project--300 of his images set to a wild eight-movement original score I wrote and recorded. The painting was in exchange for the music. we couldn't be happier--you can see photos in the Photo section.
Played a neat concert last week with Ken Basman, and decided to create a 'video' section of this site to show a few of the clips from that show as well as some older video clips. In other news--had a rehearsal with a revamped "Medianoche," a Latin jazz group that I think is really promising. We're playing a combination of Don Grolnick, Horace Silver and Doug Robinson tunes.
Life back in the slow lane, here in San Miguel de Allende! Got a concert coming up on the 31st: Alone/Together, improvised duets with Ken Basman. In other news, Whitney Moore's excellent album Rhythm of a Movement is finally out and available at CDBaby.com. I hope to have some clips up here soon--it is worth checking out. Her voice is a stunner, and I'm very proud of the sound, the arrangements and the performances from everyone involved.
Beyond that...heading up to the states end of April for a celebration of life ceremony for a wonderful friend, Leon Levy; finalizing some mixes for my upcoming instrumental album; celebrating Glenda's first post-treatment checkup which revealed that all was well. Sending love to Scott and Jeanne, and Brooks and Fran.
Hey! Glenda is approaching the end of a blissfully easy course of radiation treatments, and then we're packing up for our return to Mexico, hopefully in time for my birthday and the bicentennial celebration in mid-Sept. In other news: Whitney Moore's new album, Rhythm of a Movement, was artfully mastered by John Scrip at Massive Mastering and now we're just trying to pick a CD replicator; I'm chipping away at a new instrumental album; I'm about 2 months into trumpet lessons and suck a little bit less than I did at the start.
Glenda had a second lumpectomy up at Stanford and got clean margins! This is a huge relief (her lymph nodes were clean as well). It means that our next step is 34 radiation treatments in Visalia and then...back to Mexico, sometime in Sept we think.
In other news, I finally finished mixing Whitney Moore's new album and sent it off to John Scrips at Massive Mastering. Hopefully, we'll have shiny new CDs to offer when we do a record release party later this year.
Glenda and I are in Visalia, our old stomping grounds, where she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We will probably be here till September, when we will return to our amazing new casa/studio/life in San Miguel de Allende, MX. In the meantime, we are keeping busy--Glenda is looking for volunteer work and I am putting the finishing touches on Whitney Moore's excellent album, The Rhythm of a Movement. I'm also composing for my next solo CD of stylistically-eclectic, marketing-resistant instrumentals. And I'm hoping that guitarist Ken Basman and I will have time to go into the studio in Mexico to record a collection of our simultaneous improvisations in time for a 2010 release as well. We'll see.
Major props to my friend and assistant engineer, Keli Marks, for designing this new DR site. I can't wait to offer some of his wicked cool music in my store!