Natalie Merchant and Other Good Stuff

New Natalie Merchant album with plenty of cello

photo by Michael Bloom

photo by Michael Bloom

Hello Dear People!

I hope the Summer has been treating you all really well!  I'm doing a lot of music stuff as well as resting and enjoying Nature. How bout you? I traveled to Maui last week to study with my wonderful teacher and mentor Ram Dass, who was also a cellist for many years! I played a recital for him there on my travel cello, including a lot of his favorite Bach and some originals. It was an unforgettable privilege for me.

photo by Kathleen Murphy

photo by Kathleen Murphy

And while I was in Hawaii, a 10-CD retrospective of Natalie Merchant was released by Nonesuch. It includes a new album, Butterfly, of music with string quartet, including a bunch of cello solos by me. It was amazing to work with Natalie, former front woman for 10,000 maniacs- her voice is one I consider a national treasure. Being in the room with that sound did something to me. The new album is only available with the box set. You can preview and buy the collection here.

And in other great news, Alcanza, the new album by Fabian Almazan and Rhizome was released last month to beautiful reviews, receiving 5 stars in Downbeat Magazine. We're an octet playing together for almost a decade now. Wow! Time is trippy, no?  Preview and buy the album here.

Upcoming, more recording with Krishna Das and a September retreat with him and great teachers Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman in upstate NY. Includes public concerts. Find out more about that here

I'm looking forward to seeing you soon at a live event or elsewhere. Enjoy your August! Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.....



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Live with Krishna Das

Its been a great couple of weeks playing cello with Krishna Das, the Kirtan artist who has taken the world by storm. Kirtan is a form of yoga chanting in which the artist calls out a phrase in Sanskrit and the audience sings it back. 

In the video above you can watch our kirtan from Philadelphia last week. It was a sold out performance and went live on Facebook to an audience of 90,000 live participants. What a blast. Hope you enjoy this invitation to connect to the Heart.

with love,


A Week's Worth

The NYC skyline from Brooklyn

The NYC skyline from Brooklyn

It's been a terrific week of music and experience. I started at home in New York  with a recording session with the great Natalie Merchant. I played cello in a string quartet with piano and her amazingly iconic and powerful voice. It was a real privilege to be a part of this special album, a part of the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project, which sends songwriters to cowrite lullabies with mothers in prisons and shelters.  

yesterday i arrived in LA, to perform and record with the wonderful composer and pianist Peter Adams. Here's a view of the Pacific Coast this am. Enjoy the weekend. I hope to see you at a show or elsewhere soon!



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