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Rising Tide Lyric Video

Back in November of 2001, only months after the tragic events of 9/11, my wife Juli and I headed up to British Columbia for a wedding. Our dear friends Linton & Jehanne were getting married on Hornby Island in BC. On our way up to the wedding destination, Juli and I spent a few days […]

New Tumble Album – Music for Trio

I have always loved jazz, especially the more experimental and progressive edgy stuff. I have never considered myself a jazz musician however, yet mbira music is full of improvisation. Playing in Tumble has given me the opportunity to bridge the worlds between traditional African trance music and modern improvisational jazz. My band Tumble formed in […]

My Favorite Albums of 2016

2016 was not a kind year to our world community of important musicians. We lost way too many musical legends last year! Yet, despite all these losses, 2016 was a wonderful year for new music. There were so many wonderful records which inspired me greatly. When I was working on my first draft of albums […]

New Tumble Album

Over the past year, my Tumble cohorts Randy McKean & Sean Kerrigan and I have been working on our 1st album “Music for Trio”. We had the great pleasure of recording at Flying Whale Recording with Bruce Wheelock. The CD is finished and we are really excited about it! Randy’s son Callum and my daughter Mei Lin are special […]

Inspired Collaborators Radio Show

Last month I had the great pleasure of co-hosting an episode Mikail Graham’s radio show “The Other Side”. “Inspired Collaborators” was a opportunity to highlight many of the musical friends and collaborators who contributed tracks to “Soft Sea Creatures”.  Mikail mixed my album with me, so it was fun to revisit some of these tracks with him […]

Soft Sea Creatures Collaborators – Part 6 – Joe Fajen

I met Joe Fajen back in the mid-90s when we were both living in the bay area. I met him through our mutual friend Linton Hale. Linton, Joe and I played together in various musical projects around this time. When I first started working on this album, an important part of my vision was to […]

Soft Sea Creatures Collaborators – Part 5 – Bill Douglass

I met Bill Douglass shortly after moving to Nevada County in 2002. Upon hearing him play the bass, I was immediately impressed by his beautiful tone and lyrical approach to his instrument. I was equally impressed with his bamboo flute playing and his open ended approach to music and creativity.  After hearing him play in […]

Soft Sea Creatures Collaborators – Part 4 – Cornelius Boots

One of my favorite albums of all time is Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”. Throughout the whole album you hear Bennie Maupin’s haunting bass clarinet parts improvising around the edges and holes in the sound. When I first got heavily into this album is when I truly fell in LOVE with the bass clarinet! A few […]

Soft Sea Creatures Collaborators – Part 3 – Myles Boisen

Myles Boisen is a guitarist, composer, and recording/ mastering engineer. He owns and operates Guerilla Euphonics recording studio and Headless Buddha mastering lab in Oakland. He has recorded with Tom Waits, Fred Frith and John Zorn – all artists  for whom I have a high level of admiration and respect.   In the spring of […]

Soft Sea Creatures Collaborators – Part 2 – Arjuna

I first met Arjuna when I was living in a musical household in the bay area in the mid-90s. My roommates and I used to regularly host eclectic jam session gatherings. I was quite impressed with Arjuna’s masterful Tibetan style throat singing. He could get harmonics off of his voice that I had never heard […]