Dani - 2015-06-11 02:21:08Last weekend I performed at the Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona, near Phoenix. Michael Sinatra got booked for the performance, and it just so happened that I was going to be in Tucson that weekend visiting my father. My dad ended up doing the gig with us, which was the first time in about six or seven years that we performed professionally together. It was a very fun experience.
Last night, I went to the Blue Whale jam session, hosted by the Monk Institute for the last time until Fall. There were few pianists in the crowd, so I played more than usual. For one of the songs, they called up Michael Mayo, along with his father. Michael said it was the first time the two ever shared the stage at the Whale. We played Beatrice.
Lately, I'm getting more studio dates with the trio, and finally getting our sound recorded. I feel especially motivated now to write because the fruits of that labor are now tangible and more viable than ever. It can be disheartening to work hard on a composition for an ensemble, to only end up with a mediocre recording of poor quality. Not having access to a good studio has been a factor in my motivation to focus on solo piano and electronic works. That focus may shift now that my trio has a means of recording.