Steven Gordon is one of the most talented and expressive musicians I have ever worked with, and that’s saying a lot. And to top it off, he fits that description when playing both viola and guitar! He invited me to accompany him on piano in his new solo album “All Over The Map” which was released today. One of the tracks I played on is LITERALLY the HARDEST VIOLA PIECE IN THE WORLD!! (Track 14) Steven is a monster player and it was an honor to accompany him.
The Time Machine is a new rock opera written by Los Angeles based composer Steve Altman, and I am the music copyist and keyboard player. We have been playing throughout June at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and our closing night was standing room only, sold out to 120% of capacity. It was a great run and I look forward to orchestrating the music when the show takes a bigger stage.
Shantell Ogden, a singer/songwriter based in Nashville, came out to LA in part to record some tracks with me at my studio. We are laying the foundation for a new album called Better At Goodbye, which will come out late this year. She’s a great song writer and it was a pleasure to record, produce, and play for her.
Christafari has made Billboard history this week! I have toured with them for many years. My final tour was the launch for this album, and we made it up to #3 on the Billboard reggae chart. Eight months later it made it up to #1!! Christafari is the first Christian reggae band in history to grab the #1 spot in this secular reggae chart. Congratulations guys! I’m glad to have been a part of it.
A good friend of mine gave me a 1955 Wurlitzer 112. ’55 was the first year Wurlitzer was making electric pianos, so it’s a super cool relic in rare near-mint cosmetic condition. However, it was severely neglected. I got what I paid for – 75lbs of unusable instrument so old nobody knows how to fix it or find parts. It was an unplayable disaster that only amplified the sound of the power in the walls. And so began my restoration journey…
As of today it’s FINISHED and back to mint condition! Watch the video to hear it and check each photo for more details about the process.
The Motif Ensemble is a vocal ensemble in Glendale directed by Mara Baygulova, and I will be accompanying them during their annual Christmas Concert Sunday December 2 at 3pm. It will be an hour of holiday songs from around the world, with a vocal ensemble of 6 and myself on the piano. It is at the Glendale Presbyterian church, a fantastic venue with wonderful acoustics. See the website for details.
I got good news upon arriving home yesterday from our amazing tour in the South Pacific. First, the album we were touring made it to #3 on the Billboard reggae charts while we were out. Second, Magic Hourglass (one of the many films I have scored for Robert Rollins) had a very successful screening at the West Coast Film Festival 5 days ago. Third, Hourglass will have another screening at the OC Film Fiesta some time next week. What a great welcome home!
For the month of August I will be touring again with Christafari playing keyboards, this time in the South Pacific. We will be island hopping in Micronesia, spending the majority of our time in New Caledonia and Fiji. Since New Caledonia was a French colony I will also be translating for the band while we’re there, and since the last leg of the tour is in Fiji I will definitely be missing my flight home! I’m really looking forward to this tour.
Today I will give world premieres of some contemporary classical pieces for piano and voice at a composer’s salon in Venice Beach. Hosted by Kubilay Üner, the event is a European style salon in which composers can present and discuss the creation of music. The songs are new works by composer Mark Abel, with whom I produced the album Dream Gallery.