For Worse or Better

I recently took a trip to Kansas City for their International Film Festival where the short rom-com I wrote, “Loves Me, Loves Me Not”, was being screened. Almost every step had a hitch. I’m so glad of the lessons I’ve learned in the film/acting training. The biggest two are “always keep a positive attitude” and…

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Perfectionism or Procrastination

Perfectionism and follow through. I have been plagued with these two curses. I don’t know if I can’t follow through because I’m a perfectionist and rarely happy with what I do, or if I can’t get things to the level I’m happy with because I can’t follow through to the next step. I have interval…

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Habit verses Choice

When is it one’s style, one’s sound, one’s language and when is it just a habit or how the notes fall naturally on the instrument? Being hopelessly afraid of falling into a habit, I am constantly looking for new ways to say new things. I keep playing written mid-twentieth century music. I find that I…

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Historically Accurate or Currently Audacious?

alto flute

Historically Accurate or Currently Audacious? I am fascinated with half steps. If you look at modulation it’s the sharp four, the introduction of the half step, that moves a key around the circle of fifths. Isn’t it interesting that it’s the half step, the smallest interval (in Western music) that divides the octave in half?…

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West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio

Hi Everyone, I am going to try to post a weekly blog and to do my damndest to keep it going for more than 4 weeks! Here’s the first post. I am so honored to play with Jeff Schwartz and Andrea Centazzo in Andrea’s “West Coast Chamber Jazz Trio.” We had a great gig complete…

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Present Quartet CD release party and concert

Mark your calendars now for July 3 – a dual CD release show for The Present Quartet (me, Jeff Schwartz, Anne LeBaron, and Charles Sharp) and Dan Clucas’s Boojum Quartet (w/ Vinny Golia, Steuart Liebig, and Alex Cline). Two sets of improvised music by people who like trees and the color blue. 7:30PM. $10. At…

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