A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
I took a long hiatus from posting on my website. Not intentionally but life took a very busy turn these past few months and I apologize for not being in touch. Many of you who will read this post are a tech savvy bunch and I’ve been in touch with many of you through FB and twitter. Still, there’s no better way to tell what’s going on that this forum here. So let me share what’s been going on and what’s to come…
As I write, I’m wrapping up some time in San Francisco spent collaborating with bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa. We started working on Election Day (what a marvelous turnout and result!!) running a workshop in esteemed pianist Myra Melford’s class then devoting 5 days to rehearsing and developing music for our newly launched trio project w guitarist John Finkbeiner which Lisa and I are both writing for. So new that we’re still working on a name and I’m excited to collaborate with Lisa whose a fantastic musician with a strong musical voice and great ideas and compositions. Then we began a whirlwind of activity that including recording a video for the group, went on a couple of radio shows (KALX on the Amazing Grace show and KPLA Berkeley on Derk Richardson’s Hear and Now), performed in Sacramento and in Los Angeles (where flautist Nicole Mitchell joined us for first set at the Blue Whale), earlier that day teaching a wonderful and dynamic workshop to Nicole Mitchells’s grad students at UC Irvine. The tour culminated in our trio performing at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of a triple bill that included cellist Marika Hughes and the Parkington Sisters. That was a glorious night – not only did the music in our set feel right and settled, but the other sets were strong in character and musical choices. Plus the vibration back stage was so positive as was the brief post-concert discussion moderated by vocalist Laurie Antonioli. The next morning, we went into the studio to lay down the music…an exciting time and I’m looking forward to more with Lisa. Look out for us on December 15 at the Brecht Forum with reedist Daniel Carter and bassist Adam Lane…
Since then, my husband and I have been enjoying a long overdue vacation…seeing California and all its beauty really for the first time.
Heading home in a few days and so…looking…forward…just….can’t wait…to play with the Fay Victor Ensemble again and we’ll be performing the the 55 BAR this coming THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 for the Early Set starting at 7PM as part of my monthly residency there with Anders Nilsson on guitar and Ken Filiano on double bass December I’ll close out the year at the 55BAR doing a Blues & Standards program on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27th and before that – at the Brecht Forum on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th.
Since its been awhile that I’ve been in touch – I do hope that you all in and around NY were spared too much trouble with Sandy…I know some of you had a hard time. I wish that its all behind you if you did.
Finally, on December 4th – Arts for Art/Vision Festival will put on a benefit called Under the Line: a tribute to Ornette Coleman that will fund and support a much needed, affordable music/art venue in the Lower East Side. Please consider joining the celebration and/or contributing to this worthy cause.
Thank you for reading,