I first want to apologize for the lack of communication over the past few weeks. Ever since my first post, I’ve been “literally” all over the country performing in some aspect. Let’s get right down to it! Shall we?
The month of April has turned out to be a pretty crazy experience for me so far (which I enjoy). April 1st kicked off this craziness when I had the chance to perform with a pretty unique orchestra titled The VGO. VGO, if you aren’t familiar, stands for the Video Game Orchestra, and what a treat it was to perform with this organization! The “awesome” ratio tips totally toward AWESOME being the program contained movie music (some of which was conducted by Alan Silvestri…Forrest Gump, Back To the Future) and also popular video game music. The VGO actually SOLD OUT Symphony Hall in Boston which was totally mind blowing. Never have I been in attendance at the hall during a sold out performance let alone performed in one! Man! If you haven’t experienced any of the VGO music, make sure to go online and check out their YouTube videos. A professional video of the Symphony Hall show will be posted shortly in conjunction with the Berklee School of Music and The VGO.
Following my amazing experience with The VGO, I found myself on a plane headed south to the beach/golf city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Tristan Clopêt and I had two gigs in conjunction with the Monday After the Masters (MAM) charity hosted by Hootie and the Blowfish. What an awesome time! Great gigs, great people, and just good ole’ southern hospitality made us both feel quite welcome and excited to be part of such a great event. I don’t know much about the game of golf, however, if it can bring together such great people and experiences, I think I’ll definitely have to give it a try in the near future!
With Tristan and I on the go constantly since his Los Angeles recordings, we both found ourselves back in the studio the following week in downtown Manhattan at Downtown Music Studios (Britney Spears), DNA Music Studios (The Strokes), and Avatar Music Studios (Every artist you have ever heard of). Working with the talented Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, John Mayer), I feel we laid down some solid music that will be quite a hit when the album, “Name It What You Want” drops next month. Keep an eye out for this! I promise…you’ll love it! Grab the first single “A Chat With My Brain” here.
Finally, to top off this craziness, I had my first performances with the group I’ve been rehearsing with for the past few months, The Middlesex County Volunteers! I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for traditional rudimental snare drumming. This group is “The Real Deal”! Excellent musicians combined with excellent music equals a great time! The gigs took place in Concord/Lexington Massachusetts on Patriots Day (Massachusetts’s own holiday?) This was pretty much where the beginning of the American Revolution started and made us the country we are today. Exciting stuff! The Volunteers are making quite a name for themselves both in the States and abroad, and I am proud to be one of the traveling members performing in Malmö Sweden with them from May 16th – 23rd. Check out their site for music and updates!
Thanks so much everyone for being so patient and supportive with my efforts. Keeping the schedule packed with my AcousticaElectronica performance at the Somerville Armory in conjunction with the Boston Together Electronic Music Festival. I also will be heading to Boulder, Colorado for a concerto premier with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra with my friend/colleague Colin Thurmond. Keep posted for new pics and video! Cheers!