- OCT 5 Private Dinner Party
- OCT 5 Private Wedding - Chicago, IL
- OCT 6 Logan Square Farmer's Market
- OCT 10 w/Los Alquimistas @ Meztli Gallery
- OCT 12 Private Wedding - Chicago, IL
- OCT 13 Private Wedding - Chicago
- OCT 16 Private Art Gallery Reception
- OCT 17 VACATION 10/17 - 10/31
- NOV 2 Private Wedding - Geneva, IL
- NOV 3 Logan Square Farmers Market
- NOV 9 Private Wedding - Chicago
- NOV 10 Logan Square Farmers Market
- NOV 11 w/Los Alquimistas - Private Party
- NOV 14 w/Los Alquimistas @Metzli Gallery
- NOV 16 Private Wedding - Orland Park
- NOV 19 Private Gallery Opening
- NOV 22 Lillstreet Art Center
- NOV 23 Private Wedding - Chicago
- NOV 24 Private Birthday Party - Downers Grove
- NOV 24 Logan Square Farmers Market
- DEC 7 Private Wedding - Chicago
- DEC 8 Old Town Triangle Winter Fest
- DEC 11 Corporate Holiday Party
- DEC 12 w/Los Alquimistas @ Meztli
- DEC 14 Private Holiday Party
- DEC 15 Private Holiday Party
- DEC 21 Private Holiday Party - Wheaton
- MAR 29 Private Wedding - ON HOLD
- MAY 25 Private Wedding - Chicago
- JUN 6 Private Wedding - Palos Heights, IL
- JUN 7 Private Wedding - Naperville
- JUN 14 Private Wedding - Chicago
- JUN 27 Private Wedding - Hobart, IN
- AUG 9 Private Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
- AUG 16 Private Wedding - Chicago
December 2013 - Happy Holidays!
As I write I’ve just completed brushing up on my package of 16 classic holiday tunes, ready for this years Holiday parties. And I hope to maybe add one or two new ones before the month is out. White Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting), and Sleigh Ride are my favorites. Every year this process gets a little easier, and it’s fun to get these up in memory as much as I can - the holiday season is the ONLY time you’ll see me perform with sheet music. But give me until the end of the month, and I’ll have them all down…
The focus on Holiday music means I need to set aside my recording project for a couple weeks (partly to plan on having strings in ideal condition for recording). I’ve recorded the first few tracks of my forthcoming CD, the Panamericanist, and going back over the sound quality. The real work for this album will be in January and February.
Keep on the lookout for announcements regarding this in the next month!
2013 has definitely been one of the greatest years of my life, and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014. Have a good one, y’all!
And don’t forget a cup of tenderness for the days of old…
November 2013 - Tan, rested and hitched! I play so many weddings, it was such a joy to actually be in one! October 19 was such a beautiful day, and then Tina and I had a fantastic 4-day adventure in Mexico City followed by four days of paradise in Tulum. Thank you for all the well wishes!
And now it’s right back into it, with busiest November ever. In addition to a full slate of gigs, I’m now fully in the midst of recording my debut solo guitar album, and later in the month it will be time to break out the holiday tunes.
There’s nothing like a two week break from playing to re-charge the batteries. It’s a remarkable phenomenon that after such a time off one comes back actually playing better - the music is more in my ears, and subtle lazy movements in my technique are trimmed off. You can’t always plan on such breaks, but once a year is a perfect tonic.
I’m also happy that my wedding season has extended steadily into December, with a lot of fun requests: Moon River, Hey Ya (!), One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story), with Stand By Me on deck. If you are recently engaged and checking out this site for your own wedding, I always honor any request for ceremony music, and I love these fun challenges.
And as you see, as of this writing my December is nearly wide open. I hope you may be considering me for a holiday party!
October 2013 - Another huge month! Of course, what’s makes this month special is my own wedding on October 19…and our honeymoon to Mexico!
So I’ll likely be out of pocket from October 19 until October 29. If you’re trying to reach me in this time period, I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can!
Of course, work will continue until the last minute.
Recording the solo guitar project is entering into the all-out obsession phase. As of I think I may have my first track done. There will be 13 in all, each I imagine taking a couple weeks to whip into shape.
That’s all the news for now, I’ll see you on the other side of life transition!
September 2013 - What a Summer! It is really something that I’ve been doing this for many years now and still find the entire solo guitar project as exciting as I do.
Of course, I’m still in the afterglow of performing a concert set in front of a packed City Winery crowd (the new lead image on my site here now). That was so intense and so much - the question now is how to get back there!
One immediate effect was the vindication of my repertoire. I play this music so often as background music, that I lose sight of how powerful it is when given full attention. The crowd reaction made me realize there really might be a future in this…
Another factor is that after 12 years of intense work, I’m finally playing at a level that is truly worthy of the stage. I would even say that the last 4 months have been some of the most productive, as I’ve been tackling the fantastic project of developing polyrhythmic fingerpicking techniques, based on work I’m doing with a percussionist. This is deepening my internal senses of rhythm, as well pushing my hand strength, allowing me to really slow down my playing and go for deeper expression.
The time is now to record that solo guitar CD and ground has been broken. I’ve promised this before, but it’s hit the stage of obsession. I’ll be releasing album by Spring 2014. Book it!
August 2013 - Call it the BIG BREAK or just a really nice Sunday evening, but the big news of the month/year is that I was tapped to open up for Brazilian musical royalty, Bebel Gilberto at the City Winery on August 11.
It is no understatement to say that her 2000 album Tanto Tempo changed the course of my musical life. A gateway drug, if you will, to diving in and learning about Brazilian music, as a rhythm guitarist (my focus at the time) all I wanted to do was play like the guitars on that album, which ultimately led me to the instruction which brought me to the world of solo guitar.
Since my first solo guitar gig in 2004, I’ve performed close to 500 times on the nylon strings - all but maybe a dozen as background or ceremony music. Most of the “concert” experiences I’ve had a soloist were in the context of my late quartet, Los Guitarristas. For all intents and purposes, this will be my concert debut as a soloist.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to conceive and perform this set. It will truly a culmination of my experiences as a musician and human.
As of this writing, just a few tickets remain:
And as fate would have it, it won’t even be my debut at City Winery - that honor will go for Tuesday August 6, a rare public performance in these days of weddings and private parties. I’ll be on the patio playing from 5:30-7:30pm, come out for a sip and a gnosh!