Had a great time in Denmark. The folks were welcoming, food was great and sites were intriguing. We also spent a 1/2 day in Malmo (Sweden). Trip highlight for me you ask? Making music at La Fontaine (the oldest jazz club in Copenhagen). It was a jam session for original music only. This was no amateur showcase. I could have listened to every performer all night. I'm still gleaming from their treatment of my tune (Kiela)!
It's such an exciting time to be in Chicago. There are zillions of opportunities to participate in community and city planned events. I really feel like I'm part of something genuine and fresh. I hope you've made your way outside...live art...live art.
KJAZZ (88.1 FM) is airing tracks from Ã¢â‚¬Å“MovinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ OnÃ¢â‚¬Â for its Los Angeles area listeners (I listen on line too). I had the pleasure of meeting late night DJ, Jai Rich, while attending the World Stage Jazz Festival last week and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been playing Ã¢â‚¬Å“All I Meant,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Go Down Moses,Ã¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chase the Clouds AwayÃ¢â‚¬Â ever since.
THANK YOU JAI!!!!!
Words and Music = POWER
I had the wonderful opportunity of working on Ã¢â‚¬Å“PortraitsÃ¢â‚¬Â on May 3 at the Park West. Writers, performers, students, teachers and people from all walks of life had their Ã¢â‚¬Å“stories of hope and survivalÃ¢â‚¬Â illuminated thru some amazing readers theatre performances. I wrote and performed original songs and transitional themes, directed fellow musicians (Marcin Fahmy, Bryan Doherty, Michael Caskey and Greg Ward) thru the script and augmented the pieces with additional multi-genre music. Mary Morten had producer duties and Illesa Duncan served as director/adaptor. It was great working with them again.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What Will It TakeÃ¢â‚¬Â is a yearlong initiative throughout Illinois headed by the Chicago Foundation for Women. It is based on the idea that in order to find answers, questions must be asked about violence against women and girls. Programming includes community forums, media campaigns and other public awareness events like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Portraits.Ã¢â‚¬Â