Between moving to a new apartment, getting re-situated at a new/old place of work, being a member of three different committees & dealing with all the extra work that that involves, and just the simple fact that I'm older (going on 53...) and a LOT slower, updates have until now taken a back burner, which in hindsight is unfortunate. Now that I'm back, however, it is with a vengeance!
Since 2010, I'd made a promise to myself to try my best to release new music at least once a year. However, this year playing Native American flute outdoors happened far less frequently than I'd wanted it to. I still managed to do a fair amount of improvising at home, so there are quite a number of new songs awaiting the proper treatment, which I see as flutes plus frame drums, shakers, and rattles. To keep my promise to myself, I chose to release enhanced versions of the audio tracks from my YouTube videos as a way to keep music coming out. Since I already had all of these on my computer, it was just [...]
Well, what can I say? So much has conspired to keep me away from the blog portion of this site, so it had become rather sadly neglected, but now... on with the updates!
First, lots of music has come out in the past couple of years. My third release, Moonlight Meditations, was a full year in the making and finally saw the light of day - or would that be the moonlight of night? - on December 7, 2012. This is currently a download-only affair due to budget constraints, but rest assured a proper CD release will happen SOMETIME... (sooner rather than later, he hopes). This time around, it's an hour's worth of flute music played on low-to-mid-range flutes at 60 bpm in waltz time. The subtle accompaniment features frame drums, shakers, rattles, a Stephen Roberts "bass giant" B minor tongue drum, and various virtual keyboards from my rather vast VSTi arsenal. In the background throughout the entire moonlit early summer night's journey are the sounds of peepers recorded at my mother's home in northeastern [...]
Well, it's been a lo-o-o-o-ong while, hasn't it? So sorry that my blogging has been so depressingly infrequent, but it's something I'm now aiming to do weekly, so don't abandon me just yet! Let me do my best to bring everything up-to-date by bringing you this multi-part blog.
The biggest bit of news is that I did my *first live show* on December 17, 2011 at a small cafe in the city of Wonju, S. Korea where I've been living since early February 2011. It was a fun & informative experience, to be sure! I'll explain the details of the show itself in part 2, but first, here's a little background about the venue. It's called Cafe Namu ("tree" in Korean), and it's at the entrance of a mountain hiking trail for Baek-eun-san, or Mt. Baek-eun. The charming Korean couple who own the cafe are very interested in old-growth trees, so they regularly host weekend expeditions to seek out & photograph choice specimens in the area. The resulting shots are then posted on a wall inside the cafe. As [...]
Yes, it's true... Believe it or not, I'm actually doing a live concert... in front of PEOPLE! The location is at Cafe Namu near the entrance of Baekeun-san (Mt. Baekeun) in Panbu-myeon, Wonju, S. Korea. Of course, I realize that most of those who would be reading this blog don't reside in or even near South Korea & so wouldn't be able to attend. Truth be told, even *I* wasn't certain until just yesterday that this event would happen due to possible conflicts with finishing up my end-of-semester work at school, hence the 11th hour announcement. However, now it appears that the show will go forward. The owners of Cafe Namu are quite keen on having musical events in their establishment, and this has built for them a small but dedicated local following of folks who enjoy hearing live music in an intimate setting. From my experience as a ticket holder at a recent Cafe Namu musical event, I'd say around 30 people can get in to listen. That's perfect for a show centered around the Native American [...]
Yes, a box of CD's arrived at my apartment door yesterday (9/26)... and there was much rejoicing! To remind: Elegant Simplicity is 2 CD's... 42 tracks.... 2 hours 15 minutes of 100% solo Native American-style flute music played on 32 different flutes. CD Baby will have it in a week or so, but if you would like a copy now, for a limited time, you can get one directly from me. It's $15.00 for the 2-CD set, & I'll ship it anywhere in the world for free. I use PayPal, & my address there is firstname.lastname@example.org. Purchase a copy, & I'll gladly send you a link to download the mp3 version of it as well. Get your copy today!