In my ongoing journey of musical self-discovery I am veering in another direction for gigging. I have explored jazz, Americana and pure improv and now am moving towards the genre of singer/songwriter collaboration. I have done this before but never with someone who loves to jam. I enjoy singing harmonies and improvising. I love songs that leave people uplifted. So I’m calling out to the universe for an uplifting singer/songwriter who would like to jam with flute and add vocal harmonies. Guitar or piano are fine. IS THAT YOU? Do you know someone? Contact me!
Recently I was asked to record a flute track on my friend Julie Cunningham’s original piece “Realize”. To show her my idea, I used an app on my iPhone (Hokusai) and sent the flute track to her. Amazingly, they are mixing that iPhone recording onto a CD!
Here is an almost final version:
Separate flute track:
I had so much fun doing this at home, that I have now purchased everything I need, including Pro Tools, to start creating professional flute tracks for other people’s music. Recently I had an onsite training session with Bill Palmer of Frogville Studio. He got me set up to produce professional level flute tracks. I am ready to go! If your song needs flute, call me! 505-920-2256
Pianist Joseph Salack and I enjoyed playing at a house concert in Eldorado on Sunday August 26 from 6 to 9 pm. Savor Eldorado is an organization promoting the sharing of local art and music. In the last year I’ve been asking for inspiration about how to give back to my community after working as a web designer (and lately playing music) in Eldorado, since 2001. Gila Joy Pascale has worked very hard at Savor and as she is taking a break, I am gladly jumping in. The Savor Eldorado website was my first fun task as well as organizing and performing at this first Savor event for year. Artistically we were blessed by a display of Jennifer Moore’s elegant scarves & shawls as well Maggie Mae Beyeler’s ceramic work, all available for sale at the event.
We raffled off a number of items including a $100 Visa gift card and a $25 gift card for Utopia, donated by Destiny Alison. Every (suggested) $5 donation was eligible to a raffle ticket. We earned enough for the music, the next $100 Visa gift card, and reimbursements for supplies and hosting fees. YAY!
Harpist/singer Carol Calvert and I (we call ourselves Shimmer) had a sweet experience playing with Joseph Salack on upright bass at the Everyday Center for Spiritual Living on 8/5. What a great service! They truly are “a loving, inclusive, omni-denominational community where we empower each other to live Joy-filled lives EVERY day.” Their celebration is offered every Sunday in the beautiful and acoustically awesome Rivera Chapel of Light located at 417 E. Rodeo Road, SF 87505 .
Here is an Enya tune we did:
What fun to have upright bass! Joseph Salack is the music director for ECSL and kindly jumped in to play with us.
Thanks to all our friends for coming to hear Jim Harlan and me at Winterowd Fine Art last Friday! What a sweet scene it was. Check it out.
How fun is this? I get to play with three very talented friends, each in different venues this weekend. I’d love to see you!
- Friday August 3 from 6pm – 9 pm: Modal improvisation with pianist Joseph Salack at Upper Crust in ELDORADO (not downtown) from 6-9 pm. Hear a sample.
- Sunday morning 8/5 at 10 am: I’ll play with harpist/singer Carol Calvert at the Everyday Center for Spiritual Living. Have you experienced the Kiva at the Rivera Chapel of Light? It’s amazing. Sample our music.
- Sunday afternoon 8/5 from 2 – 4 pm: Jim Harlan and I will play for the Santa Fe Society of Artists at 122 W Palace Avenue, just west of the Plaza. Sample our music.
We’d all love to see you!
Thanks to all our peeps who came. What a sweet surprise you were. Wasn’t it fun??
Here’s a clip from that night. Sunny Side of the Street:
Will you be in town Friday, July 20? If so, stop by Winterowd Fine Art at 701 Canyon Road between 5 and 7pm. You will be able to meet the wonderful artists represented by Karla Winterowd, during a Group Exhibition called Force of Nature. Jim Harlan will accompany me on guitar. He’s so fun!
About the clip below: A few musical friends camped out on a cool night at Ghost Ranch in May ’18. Ilan Shamir patiently held an iPhone for this video of me and Jim Harlan until we noticed that Ilan was falling asleep which was hysterical! This tune is a mash-up of House of the Rising Sun with lyrics from Amazing Grace. The white square in the middle is a solar light. The flickering light is our campfire. Such a fun night!
FYI, on the off chance that you’ll be downtown this Sunday 9/2, Jim and I will serenade the artists and visitors at the Santa Fe Society of Artists show just off the plaza, from 2-4pm.
I’m happy to say that pianist Joseph Salack and I are starting to play out. Our first gig is Friday August 3, from 6 – 9 pm at the Upper Crust in ELDORADO (not the one downtown). Joseph and I are having way too much fun improvising modally together. Flute and piano are such a great combination and pure improv. is, for me, the BEST. I feel very lucky to have found someone of Joseph’s creative ability. Here is a sample. We hope to see you!
NOTE TO MY FRIENDS IN ELDORADO: Gila Joy Pascale has worked very hard at Savor Eldorado, where neighbors enjoy local music, art & each other, in private homes. As she is taking a break, I am gladly jumping in. This website was my first fun task. Please visit the site and contact me via the site if you want to share your music, show your art, and/or host an event. We hope to start up again this summer, in August.
After a long winter of recovery from a broken shoulder, I rethought my musical direction and found pianist Joseph Salack. We had fun doing pure improv together for many months. It was great!
A kind of Summertime:
My shoulder is mending and it’s time to start jamming anew. Are you a guitarist or keyboard player who loves extended improvisational conversations with melodic instruments? Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Do you have good rhythm? If you or someone you know fits this bill in Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, call me! 505-920-2256
Greetings, friends. These winter months of healing from a broken shoulder have given me time to review my priorities in life. The upshot is that Vinnie and I are no longer a duo, but we’re still good friends and I feel deeply enriched by the year we played together. Vinnie’s repertoire of tunes is incredible as is his musicality. The fact that Vinnie supported me in singing for the first time shows immense bravery and compassion. 😉 I was blessed to play with him and get to know him and Jude. They are both gems.
Vinnie and I had fun setting up his new Facebook Music Page. He’ll be announcing his gigs via FB, so please LIKE VINNIE’S PAGE HERE. In addition to his solo gigs, Vinnie will continue playing with the Blues Review Band, and the Santa Fe MegaBand that he leads.
I’m now looking for a primarily instrumental partnership, featuring extended improvisational conversations between my flute and either a guitar or keyboard. Original music is great, as is popular music, some jazz, blues and vocals. Keep your ears/eyes open for me, okay?