Last Sunday was awesome. My day started at St. Joseph’s Parish in Libertyville. I’ve talked about how much I enjoy playing here before. This time was no exception. The music director, Ron Vanasdlen, puts together wonderful services filled with exceptional music, and fits us all into a tiny corner of the church! We had piano, organ, winds, strings, full choir, and of course – timpani. All together, the service for All Souls Day was great. I was happy to meet Kathleen Cizewski who was playing piano for the service. We connected over her music school, Kathi’s Musicians Center and it’s similarities to what we are working on with CAM via the Potts & Pans community steelband, our new batteria, and future projects. I can’t wait for the next time I get to play with these folks – the music is always truly beautiful. You’ll see me there next month, details coming soon!
After the morning service, I booked it out of Libertyville to make it over to Stage Left Cafe in Woodstock. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Andrew D. Huber on his newest album, Mercury Gets a Moon. The album will be available to purchase within a week, and you can hear me playing kit on most of the tracks. Andy’s son, and my student, can also be heard drumming towards the end of the CD This past Sunday, we launched the album with a CD release concert. Joining Andy and I, also heavily featured on the album, was Jo Marie Sison. It was awesome playing with such a talented violinist. The live sound between guitar and violin was awesome, and Jo found a great balance between bowed, plucked, and other sweet sounds on her instrument. Since I don’t get to play kit too often, it’s such a treat to play with great artists when I do.
In the meantime, Potts & Pans is still going strong – a lot of pan things happening. New vibes should be arriving before the new year as well. Stay tuned here and on the other internets for more updates!