So, I haven’t updated this site for a while…
not because nothing’s happening musically, but when I pay too much attention to computers, my energy for musically-related projects shrinks, so here are some highlights of the past 18 months:
Summer, 2019: I have been writing new instrumental pieces on piano and guitar and started recording another instrumental album for 2020; Michael Manring said he would join me again. Alex Franklin and I have also been recording together and are working on pieces. Finally, two bands I play drums in, performed at Salamander Meadow, 2019. You can see Porcupine Petting Zoo performing an original song here.
March, 2019: Opening and performances in Berkeley, California with Rogelio Lopez & Dancers of Dichotomy of Silence. I composed and performed the entire score for this piece and incorporated electronics and found sounds from various objects (chains, bowls and more) while playing guitar, piano, synth and Cajon during the performances. One highlight was being on stage for the first dance, playing Tibetian Bowls and chains (below).
Fall, 2018: Performances at Saint Mary’s College of Radical Acts Of Love with The Davalos Dance Company.
Summer, 2018: Performances in Italy of Radical Acts Of Love with The Davalos Dance Company. I performed music I composed for this dance piece, on both piano and guitar. One personal highlight was playing solo piano during a festival in an ancient square in Penecale, Italy.
My album: SONGS OF POTENTIAL EMBRACE
This new recording is an eclectic collection of instrumental music featuring 16 songs:
12 new ones and 4 re-mixes from older material.
I wrote, played and mixed all the music, much of which contains Found Sounds that I've collected over the years...pianos (grands and an 1800's standup) with guitars (baritone, harp and more) with synth, percussion, violin, sometimes mixed with vacuum cleaners, babies cries, telephones and more? Yum!
Thanks for listening and for all the support! You can read more about Songs of Potential Embrace here.
“A uniquely creative joy to experience; highly recommended”, Midwest Book & Music Review
“Music that pushes your senses and sensibilities…will challenge you perceptions, precepts and priorities”, Buzz Music
“Quite the Adventure!”, Music-forum.org
“Sonic dreams that will stand the test of time”, Improvijazzation Nation
“A ride worth taking and your consciousness will thank you”, Mangle International Music Forums
My album: PLAYING WITH SHADOWS (2015)
on the international ZMR instrumental music chart.
18 tracks of instrumental acoustic piano and guitar pieces. Special guests include Michael Manring
"Heartfelt music that touches the listener deeply”, Harmony Central
“This music awaits you; holds beauty and elegance at the same time”, Keith Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews
“Blissful…one of the finest albums I have heard this year”, Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio
"Resonates to the core of your being; you feel this as much as hear it", 8Notes.com
"Expressive and flowing", Michael Diamond, Music & Media Focus