July and the beginning of August has been some of the busiest times for me in recent memory! Here’s what I’ve been up to:
– I went to Chicago to see my sister graduate and become a doctor in Psychology, very exciting! Over the 4 years that she lived there I visited several times, and I enjoy that city very much; to me it has a very clear cultural identity that is colorful and rich.
– I played with Theoretics on KEXP’s morning show. Although I had done an in-studio performance there before with Polyrhythmics, it is always thrilling to know you are being broadcast on the radio. I also appreciate what KEXP does for creative music in Seattle (along with NPR stations KPLU and KBCS).
– I performed a few pick-up gigs with musicians I admire: Tarik Abouzied, Ian Sheridan, Joe Doria, Brennan Carter, Jeff Johnson, and Jake Svendsen. It’s always a pleasure to play music as well as talk with these guys and get their viewpoint on things. Jeff in particular is someone I look forward to playing with every time because I view him as an older music master and local legend, so whenever I play with him I feel as though I’m with a mentor, and there is always something I learn from playing and hanging with him.
– I kept a steady weekend-warrior-style tour schedule up with Polyrhythmics and Theoretics. I had the opportunity to play at the Capitol Hill Block Party, the Guitarfish Festival, the Northern Rockies Music Festival, the Kaslo Jazz Festival, Summer Meltdown, the South Lake Union Block Party, Doe Bay Fest, and the For the Funk of it Festival, and I traveled to cities and areas all around Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, and Nevada. Crazy!
I put up a bunch of new pictures in the Photos section, and I uploaded many videos from my travels onto a “Summer Performances 2015” playlist on my youtube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYy1yby1nObZRmIM1hh7G3A/playlists ) , so check those out!