Welcome, August!

Hi all, It’s been a while since I’ve had an opportunity (or the inspiration) to write…I hope you haven’t missed me too much.

July was a month of travel and adventure, and lots of positive change. I spent two weeks exploring Scotland and London on vacation, taking in all the beautiful landscapes and culture. I took Brass Lassie with me, as you can see:

And someday I’ll come back with the whole band on tour.

Upon returning to Minnesota I got back to work teaching and performing, with some notable highlights:

-Brass Lassie performed at the Scottish Fair in Eagan on my birthday, July 21st, and it was a marvelous day of love and music all around.

-Subbing in for the TC Latin Jazz Orchestra at Jazz Central- truly a great group, great music, and a supportive crowd!

-Rebecca and I traveled up to St Cloud State to perform a few works (A Caged Bird and Loveletter, Postmark San Jose) and talk with the students at the Athena Band and Leadership Camp. I had so much fun answering the intelligent and insightful questions of these future musical leaders. I will have some more thoughts on what I learned from this day soon.

-I played in the live orchestra for MNKINO’s Film Score Fest on July 28th, joining a small orchestra in playing scores for about 20 short, independent local films.

Next up is a busy August: lots more Brass Lassie, a heavier teaching schedule, and trying to soak up all the remaining summer free time I can!

Here’s my two upcoming performances:

Brass Lassie at Crooners Lounge, Aug 2, 730-10pm

Brass Lassie at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, Aug 12, 12pm Main Stage

Hope to see you there!

 

DI 6.29.18 “Eternal Rain”

I really fell off the wagon with these! I had a few really busy mornings and then I never got back into the habit. Anyway, here’s a request from Kate back when we had a spell of dreary days.

DIs 6.16, 6.17, 6.18, 6.19.18

Daily Improvs from the last few days!

Inspired by the solo I take in the Brass Lassie tune Grianach, this is a little solo done over this backing track by Quist. 

I occasionally make time to schedule a flotation tank visit, and I did so on Friday. It was an opportunity to meditate, heal sore muscles, and turn off my brain. 

Bandmate Patrice gave me the prompt of this song by Trombone Shorty. I can’t quite funk that hard but I liked the tune so I built on it a bit. 

Sometimes you need to work on your articulation, but articulation exercises are boring. Make up your own! Do it in dorian!

DI 6.13 & 6.14.18 Our Animal Inspo

DI 6.13.18 “The Raccoon That Scaled St Paul”

A mini suite for the little buddy we were all rooting for this week

(Sorry about all the wind noise in this one, I forgot to turn off my fan)

DI 6.14.18 “Variations in the key of Loon”

It’s time for me to find my space in the North Woods and soak up the mysterious loon call under the stars.

DIs 6.7-6.12.18

I have been keeping up my Daily Improv traditional! Just got away from posting them. Here’s a collection of what I’ve done since June 6.

(I missed 6.9 because of a stomach bug- no trombone playing was happening that day!)

Working on taking a small idea and making it bigger- in this case, adding in all the notes of an Eb major scale. 

Thinking about the fabulous, intelligent, rough-edged and wonderful Anthony Boudain, and all the places travel has taken me too, as well. Let’s all go out and be bold, kind, curious travelers in his memory. 

 

I was trying to record a straight take of “Scotland the Brave” but kept messing up. This is just a little bit of my frustration, vented. 

The way my bass trombone’s valves are tuned, when I play straight down into the trigger register I get a sus4 chord instead of a major triad, like modern basses do. I like the sound and did a little funky improv on that. 

To celebrate having a Brass Lassie gig this weekend (if you’re in the area we hope to see you there!), I learned the tune to my favorite song in our book, Fause Fause, and then turned on a live recording and soloed over the instrumental sections. It’s a little goofy on the timing- I’ll work on a different set up next time I want to do something similar.