I just released a promo video and new website for the Game Symphony Workshop. Watch classically-trained musicians collaboratively create and perform original music.
The footage comes from an adult workshop at Seattle Pacific University and a workshop with a high school jazz band. Watch the high school students play entertaining creative games to break the ice and build community. Thanks to Karl Benitez for filming the workshops and producing the video.
In related news, I’m performing with the Seattle Soundpainting Ensemble on Thursday 11/10 at the Chapel in Wallingford at 8PM.
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This week marks the one year anniversary of the Creative Music Blog! I want to share some exciting plans for the future and reflect on successes from the past year.
Launching this blog last September was part of a larger shift in strategy for how I earn a living as a musician. It also marked a major inflection point in my life. The practice of writing and sharing articles every week has connected me with a worldwide audience and opened doors for new projects and career opportunities.
I had an exhilarating and inspiring weekend with thirteen musicians for the maiden voyage of the Game Symphony Workshop!
The event brought together a diverse group of musicians, including professional orchestral players, band directors, university students, and amateur musicians. The two day workshop at Seattle Pacific University culminated with the premiere of sixteen original pieces. The performance featured an improvised film score, abstract soundscapes, meditative minimalism, musical settings for poetry, solo improvisations, and Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition.
I’m visiting friends and family in the Midwest this week, and I paid a visit to the childhood home of the great Bix Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa.
Bix’s music was magical, and his life was cut tragically short when he drank himself to death at age 28. He is one of my favorite jazz artists, and I half-jokingly say I trace my lineage back to Bix: a white musician growing up outside a major city who learned to play jazz by listening to recordings.
My quartet has two performances coming up in Seattle! We’ll be playing original material and pieces by Bill Frisell, Jerry Bergonzi, Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Thelonious Monk, Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, and Jim Knapp. Looking forward to sharing the music and I hope to see you Seattle folks there!
The band features Dan Kramlich on piano, Carmen Rothwell on bass (3/26), Dean Schmidt on electric bass (4/20), and Steve Korn on Drums
Saturday March 26th
101 West North Bend Way.
Sets at 7:30 and 8:45
No Cover! Please support the club and order some food or drinks
Wednesday April 20th
Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club
2214 2nd Ave (Belltown)
Sets at 7:30 and 9:00
All ages until 10:00 PM
I had an exhilarating and inspiring trip to New York last week—I’m already itching to go back.
I’m delighted to host events for student musicians in Seattle for three of my favorite organizations.
I had the privilege of contributing to a couple great new records:
Stephen Colbert on John Zorn: