I am leaving for Lake Tahoe tomorrow and managed
to update the sounds portion of this
site. No new recordings have been added, but I've made some
changes I'd been wanting to
make for some time. On my return in a week I promise to add
new sound files.
Alas, my site has yet again languished in out-of-datedness.
My first year at Novato HIgh School is now complete and I have
been enjoying the time off. So far, I've been reuniting with
family at Costa
Noa, backpacking in the Trinity
beside the azure waters of Lake
Tahoe, and preparing for another
backpacking excursion at Yosemite in
August. If I can stay on task next week, I am planning on uploading
some new sound files (at Kristi's and Will's request) and revamping
the existing ones. So, if you care, stay tuned.
I am very grateful for having survived last
weekend. It reached its peak of busyness on Saturday when Mark
Peabody and I took our two Novato High jazz ensembles to a
festival in South San Francisco. Afterwards I had a chamber
music concert at Sonoma State University. Both went very well:
the intermediate band scored all "excellents" and
the advanced all "superiors". Passage went
so well that evening that Felicia (the violist) broke a string!
the middle of a particularly fiery run the rogue bit of coiled
metal snapped (very dramatic). After a pause to restring, we
In other news, I have begun playing with a swing band called
the Starduster Orchestra. We had a gig in this swanky joint
in San Francisco called the City Club, right in the heart of
the financial district. I could get used to playing nice original
swing arrangements and eating gourmet cuisine.
Well, it has been far too long since this web
site has seen an update and I promise it shall not be left
such a state again! I have been inspired of late by the sites
of some of my friends. Please check them out: ryanferreira.com,
The biggest news I have of late is the Marin
School of the Arts: this is an incredible project I am
working on with my former high school teacher Mark Peabody.
Mark received a huge grant from the state of California to
develop an arts high school providing students a chance to
study in a number of different arts fields: creative writing,
dance, instrumental and vocal music, theater, video and film,
and the visual arts. It is an exciting project.
My other exciting project is a piece I will
be performing soon titled Passage by David Sampson.
It is written for viola and flugelhorn (a match made in heaven).
The violist, Felicia McFall, is a tireless supporter of contemporary
classical music. She puts on a number of new music concerts
every year and performs on every single piece. See the events page for more information.
I have just finished working on a web project for
a class. Check it out if you like.
In fact, it is the very last assignment for a class I will
in Rochester. How about that?
Welcome to my new web site. The purpose of this
site is to give anyone interested some information about who
I am as a musician, improviser, composer, teacher, etc. There
are still sounds to be added and scores to describe, so if you
have any requests or insights, please let
me know. For this, the first post to the "news"
page, I will leave you with a brief passage I wrote about improvisation
for my threecital:
he(a)r(e):the hear/here homonym coincides with
two major features of improvised music. hear: it is music to
be actively heard. its interest lies in its unique aural unfolding.
here: it is music for the here and now. at its best the music
exists only in one way at one exact place and time, created
and destroyed simultaneously.