Dear Friends and Family,
I hope that life is treating you well and that you're finding time and space to enjoy, despite the current challenges we face. Its not easy out there! But with some effort we can carve out a place inside that's peaceful. I'm very grateful to be involved in some musical projects that support me in that department, and that promise the same for listeners.
This year I've been performing live and recording cello with Krishna Das, a great standard bearer of the Chant world. KD has a powerful voice and presence that has helped thousands of people discover their inner spaciousness and joy. This week a video was released about my role in the album, which is due out this Fall.
Also in the Chant world, I've begun producing the new album by artist Nina Rao. Nina is the real deal- a singer with beautiful sound who also brings a powerful connection to her songs. Nina will be leading the Ocean of Chant Retreat at Kriplau June 23-25, and I encourage anyone looking for a place to rest their weary head to come along- I'll be playing cello there too and enjoying the beautiful Berkshires.
I'm looking forward to the launch next weekend of the new album by beautiful Natalie Merchant, on which I play.
In the short term, Fabian Almazan's Rhizome, the Jazz octet of which I've been a part for almost 10 years, celebrated the release of its 3rd studio album with a show at Brooklyn's National Sawdust last Wednesday. Fabian, who is also the pianist for Terence Blanchard Group, is dedicated to creating social change through his complex and beautiful compositions.
Take care of yourselves and each other. That's about all for now. I'm looking forward to seeing you at an event or to hearing from you via email. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Filtering by Category: live music
Dear Friends and Family,
I had a beautiful time on April 18th playing a solo show at The Bedford in London. The bar has a great venue in back, with beautiful sound. The place was packed and the vibes were lovely and I was joined by the lovely Nathan Finkel on guitar. I just received Video of the show which you can watch HERE. There's a coupla cello numbers and a coupla songs. There's some new material I'm really proud of at 9:30. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks and see you soon at a live concert.
I just got home from an amazing two week tour of Germany and the UK. Composer/performer Beatrix Becker of Berlin and I have a duo for cello and piano/clarinet called Berlin Meets Brooklyn. The project features original classical crossover music by each of us.
Beatrix and I visited Dresden, Wurzburg, Berlin, and Gros Plasten in Germany, and London and Penrith, Cumbria in England. We played intimate recitals to sold out audiences who were extremely attentive and wonderful. I'm feeling so grateful for the love we were shown and for the music we got to share.
Here's a short video about what we do. We hope to see you at a Berlin Meets Brooklyn show very soon.....