I get to be a part of some fun art! Here is a photo collage by Bob Scoverski. I appreciate one of the titles he gave this piece, which was "Celloist", because a lot of people do indeed call one who plays a cello a "celloist" (though fyi, I am a Cellist, which is now the official title of this piece:)
It started in a rehearsal with Different Drummer Band, talking about what our spirit animal would be.... the Elephant and the Swan being two pieces from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, representing the bass and the cello. The thing is, I do feel like the Swan--or rather, the Ugly Duckling-turned-Swan. Like many kids, I felt like quite the "other" growing up. My brown skin was not reflected around me, in school or in media. And, that brown skin of mine was covered with spots. (Seriously. I had a…Read more
I think about how I started playing cello. My parents signed me up for Beginning Strings class when I was in 6th grade, which was a surprise to me. I had a vague interest in playing clarinet, though for no particularly strong reason. The teacher, Warren Shelton, was a wonderfully intense, energetic man. When I walked in the class, I noticed a girl who had the same color skin as me--I had not met anyone the same color as me besides my sister up to that point. My mom is "African-American" (though she would…Read more
Choosing titles is fun and challenging for me. Album titles are the most tricky! Here is the story of Waves Wash Over Us....
Background: My regular "classical" gig is a member of the cello section in Northwest Sinfonietta. My 3 wonderful cellist colleagues and I are endearingly referred to as "the Fab 4" by our executive director. I have been sitting next to my "stand partner" Val since 1998!
Anyhow, last summer we had the pleasure of recording a collection of dances for piano and orchestra with the…Read more
I am not a virtuoso cellist, by my own understanding of the definition. Mind you, I am a fine cello technician, and I can play challenging passages in orchestral literature. Luckily, there is a place for me in the music world, serving happily in a chamber orchestra and playing my electric cello too. I love wearing different musical "hats", part of which is my role as section cellist of Northwest Sinfonietta orchestra. We just had the joy of playing Samuel Jones' cello concerto with Julian Schwarz, who is…Read more
I have an awesome gig playing my electric cello at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (or Sea-Tac, for short:) If you happen to be coming through, check the link for the schedule--you may see me! This is though a program called Experience The City Of Music, sponsored by the Port of Seattle and the vendors at Seatac. It is such a fun place to play, with so many folks from all over traveling through.... Look for musicians throughout the airport!
I meant to write a post on Father's Day, but hopefully this will count as Father's Month, sneaking in here as we say farewell to June today...
P.S. I Remember is a "virtual" duo with my Dad, Leslie. He enjoys playing jazz piano, and was interested in recording a duo when I was working on my first cd project. Well, he was interested in recording until we actually got into the studio! Will Dowd, my wonderful recording engineer at Spikehaus, had a digital keyboard, which is of course much different than…Read more
My mom loves to take photos, and she has fun with flowers in photoshop. This is the image upon which my Waves Wash Over Us disc floats inside its case. I love the vibrance of these flowers! My mom helped me learn how to express myself, through her own example and through her encouragement. She sat through every single one of my performances from age 10 into my adult years! Happy Mother's Day.