Jimi Hendrix Tribute Show

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Every chance I get to share music with you is such a treat, but this Saturday’s showgoes a step beyond. I will be performing arrangements of Jimi Hendrix’s music with the incredible Jon Cowherd on June 13th at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 3, 7 pm, as well as some original music by both Jon and myself.

When I told a dear friend about this show she expressed surprise that I was so into Hendrix’s music. “It just doesn’t seem like you” she said. I wanted to share the story of how I got introduced to this music and why I love it so.

When I was a teenager visiting California with my family I would always take time to visit my friends up in Humboldt and Mendocino. I used to take the greyhound bus up from San Francisco, and most visits my godfather John Norris would give me a ride back down. We used to talk about art, music and life and he showed me all sorts of music I had never heard before in these five hour drives. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parts of the visits up north. On one trip John asked if I’d heard Jimi’s music. I was 16 years old and had not. John only had “Axis: Bold as Love” in the car and we listened to it over and over for the whole drive. I fell in love. “Little Wing” was my favorite. This was the year I got my hummingbird tattoo on my back, and at that time only the wing was completed. John called me “Little Wing” from then on.

These talks with John are a big reason why I became a musician. I remember one conversation especially vividly where we discussed the human spirit. John said that everybody’s spirit hides inside a shell. Sometimes, when we don’t expect it, they peek out through our eyes. That’s why we can have instant connections with strangers when we haven’t said a word to each other and eyes lock. Our spirits just happened to peek out at the same time and connect and that is beautiful, even if we never speak. John suggested that art has the ability to bring people’s spirits to the surface and coax them out of hiding for a moment. I agree with this. As a musician (and a teacher), I make it my mission to hang myself out there and be vulnerable in hopes that you can connect. I won’t lie, it can be terrifying. But I find that every great musician does it, no matter what style, and that is what allows me to connect to their music.

Jimi Hendrix was one of the first artists that I felt that way about. It has been such a treat to pour over his music and pick tunes to play with Jon, and I can’t wait to share them with you.
I hope you join us for this very special evening of music. Advance tickets can be purchased here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/782123

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Joining the Trevor James Flute Family

 

 

The first time I played a Trevor James Alto flute was in high school. It just fit.  It was one of those love at first note moments. When I moved to Seattle I got one for my own and have played it every day since. I am exceedingly thrilled to announce that today I have been officially added to the Trevor James Flute family. Check out their Facebook Post!

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Also for your enjoyment, here is a video of my band and I playing Gläns Över sjö och Strand form the EP “Växer”. Sign up for the email list to get a free download of the whole EP!

Växer EP Release

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Spring is in the air. I can’t wait! It’s making me want to play all the spring music I know again. Such as my stack of Brazilian choro music and “Vårvindar Friska” from “Already There Yet”. This winter has been rough for everybody, and I am ready to not have to bike in snow covered bike lanes any longer. I love seeing the beginning of things growing. Seeing greenery breaking out into the world after being covered in snow and ice gives me hope. There is something about the resilience of seeds that inspire me to keep growing.

For me, sharing my music with you is not unlike watching a seed grow. It is immensely rewarding, but its also not an exaggeration to say I spend hours on every detail of the process. Over the last few months I have been working on an EP of 5 of my favorite songs to play with my band. We recorded them in December, and now they are ready to share with you. Two of the songs are originals and three are Swedish traditionals I arranged. Two of the songs have vocals. The band poured their thoughtful ideas into this as well and this resulted in a recording I am very happy with and oh so excited to share with you!

The EP will be released this Saturday, March 14th. It will be available for sale on CD Baby- keep an eye on Facebook for the link. More to the point, we are doing a release party at Rockwood Music Hall, stage 2. Everyone who comes will receive a free download of the EP. The party is on at 7 pm, March 14th. I hope to see you there!