Greetings, One & All~
January having passed by in the blink of an eye, I trust your 2013 has been as full and flowing as mine has been here in Willyworld. On now to a full-on February. . . .
Beginning on February 4th and continuing through February 15th I’ll return to Sonoran Sky School in Scottsdale AZ for a brand-new Artist-in-Residency with fourth grade students called Exploring Arizona History Through the Art of Storytelling. I have been the fifth grade Artist-in-Residence at Sonoran Sky for sixteen consecutive years, conducting my Myths & Masks program; this AIR marks a departure into uncharted territory with a new grade level, so I’m excited to break new ground and lay the groundwork for yet another on-going tradition of excellence in arts enrichment at this wonderful school.
Concert for the Elders
On Wednesday February 6th at 7 PM I’ll perform a Duo Sonora Concert for the Elders at Atria Bell Court in Tucson AZ with classicojazzmenco guitar maestro Gabriel Ayala, who will take a brief hiatus from his never-ending world tour for this rare hometown show.
Concert for the Youth
On Saturday February 9th at 6 PM I’ll perform a fundraising concert for the Continental School District at the Quail Creek Community in Green Valley AZ with Americana singer/songwriter extraordinaire Amber Norgaard and her electric band, featuring Doug “Hurricane” Floyd on guitar, Jay Trapp on bass and yours truly on drums.
Concert for All
On Saturday February 16th at 6 PM the Gabriel Ayala Trio, featuring Troy Gray on bass and yours truly on pan-global percussion, will be in concert at St. Francis-in-the-Valley in Green Valley AZ, preceded by a pre-concert meet-and-greet with Gabriel Ayala:
CD Release Events
On Friday February 15th at 7 PM I’ll appear with Native American Flute maestro R. Carlos Nakai at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe AZ for a showcase mini-concert and CD-signing event to celebrate the release of our new duo CD Awakening the Fire on Canyon Records:
On Tuesday February 19th at 7 PM I’ll appear again with composer, bon vivant and world traveler R. Carlos Nakai at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Phoenix AZ for another showcase mini-concert and CD-signing event in celebration of the release of Awakening the Fire:
And on Saturday February 23rd at 12:30 PM and Sunday February 24th at 1 PM I’ll appear yet again with author, scholar and cultural icon R. Carlos Nakai at the Southwest Indian Art Fair at the Arizona State Museum on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson AZ for two festival sets and CD-signings, representing Canyon Records and continuing to celebrate the release of Awakening the Fire:
For more info about SWIAF click on:
Take the A-Train
And while you’re out there in cyberspace, check out the succinct and superlative synopsis of Awakening the Fire in the A-Train Digital Newsletter at
by scrolling about a third of the way down the page to NEW RELEASES.
On Saturday February 16th and again on Wednesday February 27th and Thursday February 28th Norwegian composer, singer, dancer and healing artist Solvei will fly in to Tucson from Los Angeles to work with her band ZumaSOL on material for an upcoming world premiere concert. This all-star ensemble is comprised of Larry Redhouse on keyboards, Fernando Romero on guitar, AmoChip Dabney on bass and yours truly on electronicoustic technotribal drumcussion–if only the walls had ears out here at Rancho Improvisoso!
And so it goes–and indeed, it will be gone before we know it–so savor the flavor of each mythopoetic moment, be well and be in touch!
Love is a mystery not susceptible to scientific dissection; it is never wasted, and once bestowed, it never dies. ~Guillaume Henri
musician • poet • performing & recording artist • maskmaker • storyteller • educator
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