What a trip! I love going to California. The smell of redwoods and dry grass (and avoiding poison oak on little trails) is like a fluffy blanket for my soul. The NFA convention was beyond what I expected, in flute nerdiness, fantastic music, and wonderful new friends. I tried so many great instruments! Spending time with my brother in LA is always a pleasure and I love getting to see that city through his eyes. For the last week of the trip I headed up north for my loop tour with Tammy Scheffer. We started and ended in San Francisco and did a circuit up to Redway and down to Monterey. The whole thing was very loopy (pun intended), and a total blast. Highlights include visiting the Avenue of the Giants and relaxing on the beach of Santa Cruz. After a week of playing exclusively with my loop pedal (and some improvised numbers with Tammy), I am beyond excited to play with other musicians again! On that note, there are some great things coming up in September.
Ruzza Ruzza and the Matédors, the collective group with Amanda Ruzza, Jeff McLaughlin, Lautaro Burgos and I, is playing at the Blue Note Jazz Club on Saturday, September 3rd. Doors open at midnight. We will be playing compositions by me (from the “F*** The World, Let’s Dance” series), compositions about soccer (football) by Amanda and a great piece by Jeff McLaughlin as well- You don’t want to miss it.
On Saturday, September 24th at 6pm, the Elsa Nilsson Quartet will return to Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1. We’re excited to be performing new music that will appear on our upcoming release in 2017. Some of them took on a whole new persona in the studio and I can’t wait to play these songs for you.
See you out there and, as always, I love to hear from you via email or any of the social medias!