Getting deeply in touch with my inner mad-scientist!
Been hard at work in the studio preparing to be an instructor at YES Academy Uganda!
Working in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Kampala and artists from around Uganda, this all-virtual program is testing the very heights of what is possible in virtual teaching and cross-world music collaboration!
I’ll be sharing posts about the people I meet, the excitements, the challenges, and the innermost details of the virtual journey we’re embarking on.
It’s a joy to be featured on the #Musicast podcast! We talked about music accessibility, cultural diplomacy, and connecting with people on our “Virtual World Tour” series during COVID. Thank you for having me on the show! LISTEN HERE:
“HALLELUJAH!” My son’s newest word, and my favorite one he’s spoken.
His interest in music is growing all the time. Today, he wanted to sit with me at the piano, and while he was making a joyful noise, he looked up and shouted “HALLELUJAH!” The spirit is moving in this house, today. Come on!
Here’s a throwback to one of the first virtual videos we made last year (and some footage of my mega-beard). This song has been on my mind, and I want to share it with you today to hopefully inspire you, and brighten your week.
COVID-19 changed almost everything for our band. Like so many people, in a matter of moments, our calendars that had been filled with tours, recording sessions, and teaching opportunities were erased, and all events indefinitely postponed.
We say COVID changed “almost” everything, because the pandemic put to the test our band’s fundamental belief that people are born into a certain time and place with unique gifts, talents, and abilities. We have taught this principle for many years in classrooms, on stages, and (to the best of our ability) with our actions.
With that in mind, we pivoted with the aim to rise to the significant challenges in front of us.
From assemblies, to concerts, to creating the first AMA Virtual World Tour, our band has recognized our mission has changed, but it is not done.
We work every day to reach people in virtual capacities, and in spite of the many challenges, to do it joyfully.
My band was honored to have been invited to participate in Indonesia Cultural Week 2020. The theme of this virtual arts festival was “Cultural Resilience.” How does music find ways to thrive even with the challenges before us?
I wrote and directed this piece that’ll give you a deep look at what cultural resilience means to me. Thank you for watching. As always, leave me a note, and share with a friend.