It looks like I will be teaching at the Grace Institute this summer for a few weeks. I will also be performing there as a drummer and steel pan artist. The focus will be on the music and culture of Haiti.
After several delays, I am set to record the demo for the band at Classic Pianos in Portland, OR. I am looking forward to it. Look for the videos up on this site in March 2019.
Pan Jazz ! I have been in rehearsals with my new quartet. The music is wonderful. These guys are top notch players for sure. Finally I feel like this is exactly what I want to hear. Chris Azorr on Piano, Dan Davis on Bass, Josh Conneran plays drums, Rob Roy on Percussion and myself on Steel Pans. Stay tuned for updates and videos coming in the fall of 2018
I flew out to visit Dr. Ellie Mannette and his crew out in Morgantown,WV to see Ellie and get my pans tuned.
It was great. Check out the video on my videos page for a clip of Ellie and I just jamming a little on one of his compositions.
It was a very big honor and Robbie Davis (Ellie's master tuner) made my pans sound better than ever! Thanks to EM and all the guys.
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September 5, 2017
Well it's been a busy summer and we have been having a blast. Personally my steel drum playing has reached a new level and clients seem to be responding. Nicole and I are very excited to be going to Italy at the end of this month. We'll be traveling for 2 weeks to Rome, Riomaggiore, and a whole week in Florence.
I have also booked a flight to go out to West Virginia to see steel drum inventor Ellie Mannette and his crew. I will get my pans tuned and tour their facility. This will be a great opportunity to see my dear old friend Ellie and play for him. Stay tuned for photos and videos from these travels.
March 10, 2017
Hello Friends. Well, I'm really excited to announce that Tropical Storm and steel drum ensemble (yet to be named) will be doing several shows this season. I will be updating the calendar page to reflect these events so check it out for details about all upcoming events. Also, I will be performing at the Fremont Theater on April 6 with my dear friends for 40 years Robin & Byron Ady and their group The Larks. Check Calendar for specifics. We have some very cool music to offer and the venue is lovely. Check out the link on my calendar page.
March 13, 2017
After a relaxing weekend with Nicole I am back at work in my studio. I am preparing a J.S. Bach piece on steel pans to record and video. I like the way it's turning out. The challenge is in performing the piece (written for Violin) without missing any notes. I'll put a clip up on my video page soon.
March 25, 2017
Friday March 31. 7-9 pm I will be sitting in with The Larks at Girasole Wood Fired Eats 8438 N. Lombard St. near downtown in St. Johns.
Thursday July 13, 2017
Well summer is in full swing and we are loving it, Nicole and I had a lovely vacation up on Whidbey Island for the 4th of July and are very much looking forward to our trip to Italy in the fall.