Hello friends. I feel so excited writing this because I actually haven’t left New England in a long time. But that’s going to change in a week or so as I hit the mid-Atlantic states…
First, however, I’ll be doing a special concert at the Lilypad in Cambridge on Monday. This Monday is a Massachusetts holiday (Patriots Day/Marathon Monday), so it’s not just any ordinary weekday. If you come early at 6 PM, saxophonist Aaron Gratzmiller (who also plays in the Matt Savage Groove Experiment) will open things up with a saxophone quartet show. And at 7 PM, I’ll be premiering my Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb Major, which is a very long, ambitious and folk music-inspired work that channels American classical composers such as George Gershwin and Charles Ives.
On Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st, I’ll be returning to Baltimore and Philadelphia for the first time in four years. The Baltimore show will be solo piano at An Die Musik (a lovely second-floor arts “salon” with a record store below). And the Philly show will be a trio concert with Lee Smith and Larry Marshall at Exuberance – a hidden spot that sells tickets through invitations and focuses on piano jazz.
Finally, I am coming to the University of Maine at Augusta on Thursday the 26th, which will mark my first performance in the Maine capital. I will be doing this performance as a sideman with drummer Chris Dzengelewski, although the Matt Savage Groove Experiment’s saxophonist Aaron Gratzmiller is also playing.
I’ve really missed these places and I am looking forward to catching up to all my friends around the country. There will be a lot of traveling involved but isn’t getting there half the fun?
On a side note, the Matt Savage Groove Experiment is going to release some new music soon, and the big announcement is yet to come…
See you real soon,