Fact: I once owned eight keyboard instruments (before I moved to Berlin!) My favorite? A 40+ year-old tan top Wurlitzer Electronic Piano A200, refurbished by Vintage Vibe, those NJ-based Wurly and Rhodes repairers extraordinaire who are also famous for their fabulous bespoke … Continue reading Vintage Vibes with Native Instruments
Fascinating. Less than 5% of musicians in U.S. orchestras in 1970 were female, according to “Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact Of ‘Blind’ Auditions On Female Musicians“, a report by Claudia Goldin and Cecilia Rouse published in 2000 by the American Economic Review. Could introducing … Continue reading Sexism and women in orchestras: blind auditions
(No spoilers!) After seeing the Downton Abbey Season 4 Christmas Special, I couldn’t help but notice some of the “special” CG effects like this horrible outdoor picnic Prince Albert Memorial mishmash. It looked like a new England stage for Cammy. … Continue reading New Street Fighter stage background?
Here are some more famous keyboard-based introductions to old and new classics (played by yours truly). Can you guess all of the titles and artists? Continue reading Further famous introductions
Instrumental versatility is something that set the Beatles apart from many of their contemporaries and other guitar-centric bands. Their native musicianship and piano prowess, the classical piano influences of their producer George Martin (who performed the solos on Lovely Rita … Continue reading The piano, introducing The Beatles!
I finally finished that arrangement of one of my favorite songs, “Pure Imagination”, written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1971 Paramount film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the final touches I made tonight, I even discovered some intuitive and … Continue reading Arrangement: Pure Imagination
The Musicians On Call Holiday Party was a blast at the 9:30 Club this past Thursday! I attended with my producer and friend Dave and his girlfriend Emily. We’re all extremely proud to be volunteers helping this terrific organization; I’m looking forward … Continue reading Cheer and Charity from Musicians On Call
Thanks to everyone who bundled up and came out to hear Ro Rao, Panda Sanchez, and me at Velvet Lounge this past Saturday! I had a great time debuting some originals in a solo format for everyone! I don’t often … Continue reading Velvet Lounge Fashion
Saturday, November 23rd, please don’t miss Ro Colin Rao along with Tayne Kim (with Panda Sanchez) and yours truly (I’ll be playing a few solo cuts from my upcoming studio album in production at Innovation Station) at the Velvet Lounge. Also the frontman … Continue reading Saturday night at Velvet Lounge
My cover band, Banana Phone, and I performed a few sets at a Movember house party and benefit band bash hosted by team LoCo Mo’s. It was an awesome time and, in addition to raising the roof, we helped raise several … Continue reading What I did this weekend…