April 16th at Zebulon – Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner Trio

Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and I will be playing another improvised show on April 16. Novena Carmel will be kicking the night off with a DJ set.

The doors are at 8:30 pm. The cover is $10 (order in advance as the last two have sold out).

Order tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1677226?utm_medium=bks

Facebook even page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756192954571352/

Here is a sample of what the last show sounded like (click here if you cant see the video):

Here is our bio in case you want to learn more about the project:

Fate would have it that Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner all happened to have flat tires simultaneously in a small town in Idaho last September. After meeting in the local tire shop lobby, they struck up a friendly conversation and realized that they each had an affinity for handmade vegetable dumplings. This was the beginning of a musical relationship that has seen them perform in 251 countries and seven states in January alone. Their emotional performances innovate while drawing from their no-wave, shoe-gazing electro and ambient trip-hop heroes.

One guy who saw them in Bulgaria last week said it was the best show he’d ever seen.

New Improvisation with Reason

For the last several years I’ve been learning more about sound design and electronic music. My students would push me pretty hard when we would work on these concepts forcing me to keep pace. I’ve finally gotten up the skills with the tech to start improvising more freely. Here’s as short sample something I improvised today when working with a program called Reason. First I programmed the drums and the sounds, then improvised on the keyboards. I hope you enjoy it!

If you can’t see the video in your email, click here to view it.

New Single – Love Song from a Montana Boy to a Wyoming Girl He Saw Once Forever

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 & Michael Stegner Trio

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.

Click here for tickets.

If you want to learn more about Reggie and Louis, click here for a blurb I wrote about the last time we did this show.

qo @ The Blue Whale on Thursday

This Thursday I’ll be playing at the legendary Blue Whale in the Little Tokyo area of downtown LA. David Binney and I will be opening up his night with our electronic duo, “qo”. We play from 8-9pm.

Here is a video poster with a music sample from one of our tracks (click here if you can see the video):

The rest of the night will be a star-studded night, with members of Thundercat, Knower, Jacob Collier’s band, etc.

The Blue Whale is located at 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Cover is:

$15 general admission

$10 students (21+)

Saturday Debut of “qo” – a Duo with David Binney Live at (the) Handbag Factory

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.

 

Tacoma Workshop and Performance – November 4

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 molly60music@comcast.net.

You can find the event flyer, schedule and rsvp info by clicking here.

Reggie Watts, Louis Cole & Michael Stegner Trio October 16 show at Zebulon LA

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”:

If you’re around and able to come to the show, tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

If you’re getting this via email and can’t see the videos or links, click here.

Passion Makes Perfect

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.

Bjork Up Close

Bjork up Close

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The Unassigned Assignments

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.

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