Hi all! I just got back from a great trip to New York, looking at the beautiful leaves in Prospect Park and working on casting a new project for the Kennedy Center. This is a beautiful time of year, I am always down for pumpkin spice and everything nice.
However, we’re moving into a precarious season for live music, I’ve already had cancellations for indoor concerts in 2022. Many venues have closed their doors, and others have drastically cut their budgets. Although I love to work as a performer, I have spent more and more time composing music and recording. I continue to develop new music daily and I want to share it with you.
I am looking for support from my community, which has led me to join AMPLED. AMPLED is a co-operative platform that is co-owned by the artists. This aligns with my values, and gives me an outlet that is not controlled by facebook overlords, but by a community of devoted musicians.
So please join me on AMPLED for new songs, thoughts, and prompts about creativity. I can’t wait to share this space with you.
Debuting a fun project with Kim Bursic where she paints and I play. We met over zoom when I signed up for her “sketch to paint” class. We’ve had so many great conversations about process and movement, and I am thrilled to have this recording of our first duo together.
Debuts 9/28 at noon. Grab a sandwich and check it out!
Premeires Friday 7/16 at 8pm EST/5pm PST
I asked Melinda to meet me halfway. We improvised in the sunshine in front of a lighthouse in havre de grace. Neither of us had been there before, and we hadn’t seen each other in the flesh since February 2020. Melinda brought cameras (and snacks because she is always prepared for a picnic), and I brought a little microphone. We played for awhile without any preconceived notions (just the motion of the ocean). Then we added more. More violins to harmonize with the dogs, more voices to harmonize with ourselves, more synths to harmonize with the boats, and videos of the dog/ourselves/boats.
If you are free tonight (or in the future since the internet is elusive and apparently timeless) tune in and get a piece of the peace we felt.
Happy almost November! Holidays are right around the corner, and I’ve got a treat for you- personalized vinyl records! Each record contains a one-of-a-kind live take, made specifically and individually for each person that orders. All of these records are in effect masters with no other copies made. The records aren’t mass produced, dubbed, copied, etc. and they each contain a different live performance that exists nowhere else in the world. Think of these records like audio polaroids…each individual from one another and 100% one-of-a-kind. Pick one of three songs, and leave me a note if the record is cut for you, or a gift to someone (or maybe you want me to tell an amazing joke at the end…) A great way to send a little love to someone you care about.
Warren Shadd, drummer and nephew of Shirley Horn, asked me to perform a few songs for his Christmas FB series. I chose a couple of my original holiday hits, “Give me love at Christmas time”, and “Lonely New Year’s Day”. The first was born of my distaste for Christmas commercialism, and the second is a reflection on a balmy Los Angeles holiday I spent alone. Thanks to the wonderful Nicole Saphos for spending some time with these tunes, and adding lovely harmonies! Happy Holidays!