It’s been an amazing first half of December! I am so lucky to live in not only a stunningly beautiful community, but to also get to make such incredible music with people on a regular basis. I recently recorded a tabla track for Darol Anger and Emy Phelps on their beautiful cover of the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. Check out a sample and buy the track here. Thanks to Sean McCoy of Oregon Sound Recording for tracking the session!
Our SOU Percussion Ensembles concert on December 5th was a resounding success. Special thanks to guest artist Daniel Kennedy and to the composers and arrangers of all of the music heard for the first time that night (or close to the first time):
Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Celso Ruiz, Grant Ruiz, and Lucas Sennhauser.
In the last week I got to play gorgeous early and flamenco music from Spain with Lauren Pomerantz and Grant Ruiz, then performed Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1 at Ashland’s “Sketches: Second Sunday Series“. And now this Friday we present “Gypsy Fire: Flamenco Music” at Paschal Winery in Talent featuring the spectacular Elena Villa and guitar virtuoso Berto Boyd.
And, putting the final touches on mixes of the SOU Percussion Ensembles for our new CD, “Electric Rebel Poetry” featuring premiere recordings of the music of Mark Applebaum, Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Jeff Richmond, and Hikaru Sawai.
How lucky am I?!
Oh….and I have an incredible new set of tabla from TransTabla in the mail arriving Wednesday. David Yovino is an absolute genius and I’ve been drooling over these for a year and finally ordered a set. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep until they are here….