Hello everyone, it has been a little while since my last blog. This has definitely been the busiest month of my life. I started teaching at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio. I just finished playing the musicals Avenue Q and Cabaret, and I released TWO CDs! But, before I talk about all of that I want to share a video. Two weeks ago, we had a house show to release Jon Lampley’s project Fight The Team. At about Midnight, the President of The Ohio State University rolled through to listen.
I am very excited to release two recordings that I have been working on for the past year. The first is called Fight The Team which is a collaboration between Jon Lampley, Chris Ott, and myself. The other is New York Sessions– my sextet’s debut album. The two projects balance each other very well. New York Sessions contains some very involved compositions by all three of us. The album ranges from originals to covers of Radiohead, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, and a song from the disney movie Mulan. The CD features the sextet along with auxiliary percussion played by Joe Krygier and also a string quartet.
Fight The Team is more minimalist with only three musicians involved. This was our first concept album. It is all OSU Fight Songs played in our own way. Below are a few articles written about the projects
Although the two CDs have vastly different orchestration and are extremely different compositionally, the core of both projects is very much the same: group interplay, and improvisation. Although we write the majority of out music out, we are all listeners as much as we are players.
Station 88 in the Ohio Union
Barns and Noble on campus
Ritchie’s Sporting Goods
As I said before, I am teaching part time at three schools this year: St. Andrew School, Immaculate Conception School, and Bishop Watterson High School. I teach 5th-8th grades at the middle schools and work with the high schoolers in the afternoons. It has been an amazing opportunity getting to share music with students and then perform all in the same day. Teaching is a huge responsibility for me and I am working to get better at it each day just like my playing and composing.
The past two months I have been playing the woodwind chairs in two musicals in Columbus. I have always wanted to do work in a pit orchestra and these gigs have been very fun!
If you dig our music, please help us spread the word and share it with your friends and family. The videos from New York Sessions have views from all over the world! We are independently making our music, so we do not have a PR firm or major label getting our music in peoples hands. Thank you so much for helping us thus far, but keep spreading the word!
I will leave you with the artwork done by John Aymong.