On Friday, Feb. 23rd, I have the honor of sharing a night of music with Robin Holcomb (one of my biggest musical influences) in Los Angeles. We’ll be doing an intimate house concert along with up-and-coming songwriter, Mildred. The house is in the Montecito Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles and starts at 8 pm. If you want to go, rsvp and get the address by emailing the host at email@example.com.
Also, I have a new single out on all the major streaming services online. It’s called Love Song From a Montana Boy to a Wyoming Girl He Saw Once Forever. It features my friend from Senegal, Thione Diop, on the talking drum.
Here are the links… Please share on social media and add to your playlists if you’re so inclined.
Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and I will be performing together once again on January, 15 at Zebulon in LA. One of my favorite DJs, Muñeka, will be playing a set as well. The doors open at 8 pm and I’d recommend getting tickets in advance if you are planning to come – the last one sold out.
This Saturday (12/2/2017) at (the) Handbag Factory in Los Angeles, David Binney and I will be debuting our new electronic-music duo – qo. For those who don’t know David, he is a legend in the create music scene in New York city. You can check out his wikipedia page here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Binney.
We will be sharing the night with Mildred and Katshu. These two women are two of the most creative musicians I have met since arriving in Los Angeles. They are classically trained singers of the highest caliber who are equally versed in electronics and composition. They are in high demand in the opera, voice and teaching scenes in LA.
(the) Handbag Factory is located on 1336 S Grand Ave. Show will start at 9 pm. $5 cover for the show.
On Saturday, November 4th, I’ll be presenting a workshop for music teachers and educators in Tacoma from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Then at 4 p.m. I’ll be playing a concert of original and improvised music that is open to the public.
The event is organized by the teacher association in Puyallup and Tacoma. If you have questions about any events during the day, feel free to email Mary Ellen Cavelti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday, I have the opportunity to play with two friends who are unique and beautiful people. It always makes me so happy to see people who work really hard and treat people well reach a level of acclaim that allows them to thrive creating new art. These two artists fit the bill. I’m excited to reunite with then on a stage.
You’ve probably seen Reggie on various TV outlets with his own brand of music and comedy. He’s a true trailblazer. If you haven’t seen his TedTalk, it’s one of the most impressive improv/performances art bits ever:
Louis Cole grabbed a lot of attention in Los Angeles and beyond when he came onto the scene several years ago as a drummer. But he’s also continued to build his voice as a songwriter, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. His DIY music videos are truly genius and they’ve gotten millions of views. Tonight and tomorrow he’s opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Mexico City. Here’s a short video he created called “Thinking”:
Playing and practicing music can be a real grind. Just like anything that requires discipline and hard work, it’s easy to lose track of why we even do it. We often lose touch with what is really important to us or we never find it in the first place. We simply follow a path that has been well worn by teaching methods, peers or mentors.
This week I was reminded of what it looks like to be emotionally engaged in the music-making process. It was a very inspirational and informative moment for me.
There’s an assignment that we often miss as teachers. And it’s one that always makes our jobs way easier – maybe easier than anything we could have students do. Over time it simply transforms our students’ musical experiences and their abilities.
Students should be asked to listen to music each time we see them. It can be done in casual conversations about what they’ve been listening to (or what we’ve been listening to), to more precise assignments based on what you’re working on in lessons.
There are allegedly only so many hours in a day that students can set aside time to learn repertoire. Many teachers I speak with get flustered by the amount of time they spend trying to get one to a few pieces up to a student’s potential, knowing all along that the student needs to know far more repertoire than what they ever have time for in the lessons and in their practice.
For those of you who I was able to cross paths with on the Seattle trip, thank you so much for a great time. It ‘s been a real pleasure to reconnect with so many friends, former students and meet new folks.