Summer News

Hello all,

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve sent an update to this list, and I hope this finds you well. The past few months have been packed with shows, album prep, writing, a successful concerto performance, and questionable use of caffeinated beverages. I’m looking forward to a high-quality summer and sincerely hope that our paths cross.

This June and July, I’ll be touring the northeast performing original music with a new trio formation featuring Joshua Pinkham on mandolin and Quinn Bachand on guitar.  Make sure to check our tour schedule to see if we’re coming near you!

On August 7, I’ll be performing at the Britt Music Festival in Oregon along with Aoife O’Donovan and Teddy Abrams. We’ve collaborated on a new piece with orchestra that features the poetry of Peter Sears, Oregon’s current Poet Laureate. Very beautiful words and music, and I’m looking forward to sharing with everyone there.

This fall, I’ll be embarking on a new album project; stay tuned!

String players, I’m teaching at three more camps this summer still to come: Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, Sierra Fiddle Camp in California, and Mike Block String Camp in Florida. Hope to see you!

On the edge of your seat still, wondering whether the Turtle Island record won that Grammy?  Well, the final award went to an album of music by composer Harry Partch with forty-three-notes-per-octave, whereas we only had the usual twelve.  I’ve taken note and am planning a sixty-seven-notes-per-octave album to submit to next year’s Grammy’s. Sincere congrats to all, and it was an honor to be part of the scene this year.

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of performing in a great concert at Jazz & Lincoln Center: “The Artistry of Max Roach w/Ali Jackson.”  What a special place, and everyone sounded amazing.  Here’s a peek at beautiful Rose Hall, captured in stillness just before doors opened: