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I was the featured performer at the Spite House in Seattle, and I was happy to be back at this unique performance space to do an hour set. Above you can see clips of 2 pieces I did on 2 homemade instruments: Transformation on cigar box guitar, and We Went Down to the River on beer-can guitar.
Stephen Fandrich is the live-in resident artist at the Spite House. He is a gifted pianist who always opens the Spite House shows with saxophonist Bill Monto as the Spite House Band. But there is an added wonder in Spite House: Stephen has turned a back room into a Harmonic Bath, an invention of his that uses the sound and vibrations of harmonic gongs to create a relaxing, other worldly experience. I was treated to a harmonic bath bath myself, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!
It was a happy day at the Grant Street Studio in Portland, when I collaborated with Yuan-Chen Li at the Grant Street Studio in Portland for 2 improvised pieces. We, along with 10 other 2017 Music OMI Fellows, made music at a residency in Ghent, New York this summer. It was wonderful to work with her again!
I am back home now in Oregon after a wonderful residency, workshop and concert in Belgium. The residency was at deFENIKS Art Center in Mortsel, Belgium, where the Walpurgis Musiektheater is located.
I am an artist in residence at deFENIKS Art Center in Antwerp, Belgium. I am creating some new work, and making a few new instruments. I will do a workshop on cigar box guitar and a performance at the close of the residency. Below is a video and photo of a new Belgium Beer Can Guitar that I made here in Belgium:
I was a 2017 Music OMI Fellow this year. I did a two and a half week residency in a magical setting, collaborating and sharing ideas and stories with 11 amazing musicians from all over the world.
Below are photos, music, and videos from this life changing experience:
Me and my String King musical sculpture made the Salem Statesman Journal front page:
The front, side,and back of The String King. It is now complete! You can read about the project here.
My Salem Art Association Artist Residency is going well. I am creating a Very Large Sculptural Instrument. Below are photos of the Instrument/Sculpture in progress. You can see and read more about it here.