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.