I found an old sketch book in the basement.
I put together this video of my song, Living with the Animals, using a cast of family- animals and humans:
I am exited to announce yet another residency! I will be the Salem Art Asssociation Artist in Residence this summer. I will create an original work of art, the Very, Very Large Playable Stringed Instrument, during the residency, and then showcase the creation at the Salem Art Festival on July 21st, 22nd and 23rd. You can follow the progress of this project by clicking here.
I am excited to announce that I will be performing at the Feniks Festival, Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium this September 21st to September 24th after doing a two week residency there.
WALPURGIS will host the 14th FENIKS FESTIVAL, an international platform for adventurous music theatre. The FENIKS FESTIVAL is a voyage of discovery lasting several days, where music and theatre merge effortlessly into one another and where established names share the stage with young talent. Through the unique combination of intimacy, generosity and happening, the FENIKS FESTIVAL creates a place for surprising encounters, unexpected discoveries and the unconventional combination of genres, repertoire, artists and public.
I am very excited that I have been selected as one of a 15 invited musicians, composers and performers from around the globe coming together in a unique collaborative music making residency program. It was a competitive process to get in, and a great honor. Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas, perform each other's works, and write music for one another, while exploring their own musical vision and broadening their artistic and cultural horizons. A singular feature of the Music Omi experience is the presentation of public performances during and at the conclusion of the residency.
This community project is a work in progress. I will create a very, very big, playable string instrument in a public space, using wood, metals and found objects, with the help of other artists, musicians, instrument makers, and the general public. I am in the process now of planning and securing funds for the project. You can follow the progress of this project by clicking here.
Jim Morris, a wonderful musician and instrument maker based in West Virginia, does a really good, haunting version of my song, We Are The Miners, on a burlap banjo that he made himself.
On the day of our so-called inauguration, I sent out a song, Excuse Me, So-Called President, via social media platforms. The song, performed simply with voice and cigar box guitar, expresses my feelings on the current political situation in which we find ourselves. Our cat Ally provides background entertainment.