Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

As the year winds down, I am busy booking 2018 dates that will commence in March.
I will be trying to compose some new material for next year.
As usual I will be playing in two trios.
East Side with Matt Senjem and Michael Bissonnette, and Sidewalk Cafe with Gary Schulte and Jeff Brueske.
There will also be a smattering of solo guitar gigs and performing with singers like Lee Engele and Rhonda Laurie as well.

I am currently doing a lot of research on Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943).
Rachmaninoff was a great composer and pianist.
I love his Preludes, Piano Concertos and Sonatas but his three larger works based on Theme and Variations (on themes by Paganini, Chopin and Corelli) are of special interest.
I was amazed to hear how much my old piece called “Time” resembled the Corelli theme. I always thought “Time” had a distinct baroque feel to it now I see why.
At any rate, I am working on a set of variations on the theme from “Time.”
It is both fun and hard work. I had always wanted to write a theme and variations piece.
Now I’m doing it.
I wish everyone a great 2018 and I will keep you posted right here.


What Next?

After a year where we finished production on and promotion of the documentary film “A Life Well Played,” as well as releasing a new album, “Picture This,” and playing about 100 gigs during 2017 it is time to sit back and figure out what is next.

My first inclination is to prepare a solo acoustic guitar set to be done and either filmed or recorded in recital. This idea is inspired by my recent interest in the historic recordings of classic pianists of the past. My listening to classic recordings by Alfred Cortot, Dinu Lipatti, William Kapell, Alexis Weisenberg, and assorted big names like Horowitz and Rubinstein leads me to the idea of a solo acoustic guitar recital.

Whether this idea is the next brainstorm I act on remains to be seen, but I feel comforted by at least having some semblance of a direction forward.

The idea is to present my strongest compositions in a solo acoustic guitar program before an audience in a special setting. These are the pieces that I carefully chose as those that best define my musical character.  The details (the hardest part) need to be sorted out.

The list of compositions to be essayed is the easier part. This is my list as of now and already put in a logical running order.

1) Chartreuse
2) Through Rose Colored Glasses
3) Butterfly
4) Beatnik Pie
5)  Sasha and Dinu
6) Prelude
7) Bohemian Flats
8) Tango Blue
9) Mary
10) July
11) December
12) Sans Souci
13) East Side
14) Silesian Mist
15) Chrysanthemum
16) Astoria
17) Up Town
18) Tempus Fugit
19) Rara Avis
20) Rococo
21) Dark Eyes