Hello friends and family!
I had a wonderful year with much traveling across the US and Japan, making music with various folks: The Silk Road Ensemble, Marika Hughes, Marvin Sewell, Imani Uzuri, Adam Rudolph, Agatsuma Hiromitsu, Semba Kiyohiko among many others.
Next year, I have some exciting things in the works- trips to Argentina, Brazil, Japan and all over the US (including Alaska!) as well as the release of my newest album, tentatively planned for sometime in late February/early March. The recording process is done and now I just need to work on the artwork, liner notes, figure out a title, etc etc. I'm very excited to be sharing this music - it's basically a cumulation of how my art has evolved over the last couple of decades - almost all original compositions with a heavy emphasis on structured improvisations. On the recording, I am joined by Barbara Merjan, Fumi Tanakadate and Sayun Chang, all of whom I've spent a lot of time teaching and working with over the past few years. The album was recorded, mixed and edited by my good friend Marc Urselli, a Grammy winning producer and engineer. More on that album soon!
Finally, for your viewing pleasure- here's a clip from the summer, performing with fellow faculty members Shane Shanahan, Sandeep Das and Edward Perez at Silk Road Ensemble's Global Musicians Workshop a composition of mine called Bloodlines.
Happy New Years!