SPRING 2020: 4 Recording Sessions Down + Spring 2020 Baked Potato Residency 

THE RECORD

  Progress is being made on the new album, and my excitement just keeps growing exponentially with each recording session. Two LA sessions, one NYC session and a piano duo session in Montreal are all in the bag. 11 musicians have been included on the album, with 3-4 more left to go! One more NYC session is on the books for April, and then all the tracking will be finished.

  I'm particularly excited to explore the editing process with this record. I know that in this day and age, it's more en vogue to focus on singles, soundbites, earworms - anything that is quickly and easily digestible. But I've always wanted to make a studio record that feels complete from top to bottom. Not just putting the songs in the right order, but crafting transitions, interludes, and the like. I know that there are still people out there that want to listen to and appreciate a record as a body of work, not just a collection of singles. And I look forward to hopefully meeting those expectations!
 


THE BAKED POTATO

  In other exciting news, I'll be playing a 3-month residency at the Baked Potato, one of the coolest jazz clubs in LA (if not the world!) and a venue that has been dear to my heart since childhood. I grew up going to shows at this place, and when I was lucky enough to book my first show there in 2012, I recorded it for posterity - and it became my first album. I couldn't be happier to finally be setting up a semi-regular engagement at this club! We'll be there the last Monday of the month in March (30th), April (27th) and May (25th).

WINTER 2019: Pre-Production on Album #3 

It's been a long time since I posted an update here - nearly a year! 2019 has been really great overall, and it has involved a lot of beautiful life changes for me, including getting married, adopting two dogs and moving into a new house. Woof!


ORIGINAL MUSIC

Over the last few months, I've finally been getting back on track with my original music, and I'm very excited to be in the midst of planning for my third album! There will be a lot of moving parts, with recording sessions currently being planned in three different cities. I will do my best to keep updating, posting and letting people know how things are moving along.

I will also be performing shows in the LA area at blue whale (January) and Sam First (February). Keep tabs on the "Shows" section of the website here as details are posted!


MIXED METER MONDAYS

Additionally, I am starting a weekly Instagram series called "Mixed Meter Mondays", in which I play a groove that is created organically, but then turns out to be in mixed meters once numbers/labels are associated with it. I think the concept of playing music in mixed meters can sometimes get overblown, with the music accused of being either too "mathematical", or not musical enough. In reality, "mixed meters" is simply our way of quantifying rhythms and grooves that don't conform to what we consider "normal". Depending on your upbringing, certain meters feel more comfortable. For Americans, 4/4 is perhaps the most common meter. When a meter map starts to deviate from that pattern, it is considered "mixed" or "odd". But take, for example, Greek musicians playing in 11/8. They can find just as much comfort in that "odd" meter as Americans would find in 4/4. It's all relative. Music is music, whether it's odd or normal, mixed or homogenous.

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