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The last few weeks have been very intense. In a short period of time, I played concerts with 3 artists whose cd’s I played on- Matt Geraghty, Siora, and Kurt Elling- in New York, Quito, Ecuador, and Chicago. With Matt and Siora, I played full concerts, which meant intense rehearsing and learning of repertoire. With Kurt, it was just 3 tunes, but intense nonetheless.

After that, I flew to Germany and played several concerts with Michael Riessler and Jean Louis Matinier that were recorded by NDR in Hamburg. Totally different music, with pieces composed by all three of us. We also recorded music for a radio play composed by Michael at Luna Studios in Hamburg.

Upon my return home, I played “Listen Here”, Neil Tesser and Mark Ruffin’s syndicated radio show, with Acoustic Express. Then, it was right into the world of ETHEL, a marvelous classical/improvisational string quartet. We performed their music and 3 of my compositions in concert at Northwestern’s Pick Staiger Auditorium. Included in the program were an arrangement of parts of the second and third movements of my chamber suite “Harmonia Mundi”, and the first live performance of “Raga Fantasy”, a piece I composed for my new harmonica instructional dvd. This was a fantastic experience for me. We hope to collaborate again in the future. The next night, I came back to NU and sat in with my friend, the amazing guitarist/composer Chris Siebold, at his joint concert with Fareed Haque.

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