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Improvising Project Video #5: Kanda Nadai

In the South Indian music tradition, kanda nadai indicates a flow pattern with 5 sub-divisions per beat. This new improvised solo video for the month of May features one of my closest companions of many years, a Cooperman 20-inch frame   More…

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Interview with Eien Hunter-Ishikawa

I recently had a great chat with my friend, the multi-talented musician Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, which he has featured on his blog. We talked about the importance of sound, groove, our teachers and more. Thanks Eien! Check it out here.

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Improvising Project Video #4: Parallaksis

In 2009 I fell hard for a small US cymbal company called Hammerax. So many beautifully unusual sounds totally sparked my imagination. The fourth video in my improvising playlist, ‘Parallaksis’, features a selection of these unique metal instruments, including a   More…

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Improvising Project Video #3: Skin, Brush, Stone, Bronze

Third in the series of short, improvised solos, this one is entitled ‘Skin, Brush, Stone, Bronze’. The okedo-daiko featured in the video was made by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten. The video was recorded March 15th, at Timpano Percussion Studio.

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New Music for Film: Okpik’s Dream

Several months ago, the award-winning composer Ramachandra Borcar, who happens to be an old friend of mine, asked me to collaborate on the recording of some new music for a documentary film called ‘Okpik’s Dream‘.  The resulting score is quite   More…

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Improvising Project Video #2: A Song of Liquid Measures

The second video in my playlist of improvised solos, recorded February 11, 2016, is called ‘A Song of Liquid Measures’. This short piece features the clay udu (made by Schlagwerk) and water-tuned porcelain bowls. A quiet listening space and headphones   More…

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Improvising Project Video #1: Ice Fog

A new year is a good time to start a new project. So I’ve decided to record 12 solo videos this year, one per month. My aim with this project is to create a playlist of improvised solos on instruments   More…