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September 26, 2016

Tour Diary and Queen of the Road

WWUnity1There are a few firsts on this Fall tour of the Whole World in Her Hands:

  1. I have never driven a 12-passenger van
  2. I have never driven a 12-passenger van through Manhattan
  3. I have never spent time with Leni Stern in a 12-passenger van
  4. I have never crossed the Virginia mountains in a 12-passenger van

And I must say all of these firsts have been actually fun, except driving the van through Manhattan. The tour is off to a great start. (more…)

September 1, 2016

The Time Flies – The Bloomington Sessions

timeflies-logo-400We had a fantastic summer diving back into our Fusion roots with several recordings and an incredible band – The Time Flies. (more…)

August 22, 2016

The Whole World in Her Hands On The Road

Layout 1The Whole World in Her Hands was released on June 10 on Whaling City Sounds and has been climbing the Jazz Radio Charts at a steady pace – hitting the Teens this week. Here is the making of video. 2016 is a milestone year with the first female presidential candidate and good chances for winning. Nevertheless, gender equality still has a long way to go especially in instrumental jazz with professional participation lingering in the single digits. Research has shown that creating role models is highly effective for changing participation patterns, hence we’ll continue with our mission to showcase amazing role models on the road and in the studio. I’m excited to announce the Fall Tour for The Whole World in Her Hands and the recording of our second album. (more…)

August 4, 2016

The European Adventure – Recording with Bob Berg

IMG_0143Our third segment of the European adventure was a week of recordings with a final concert in Southern Germany. Our friend Lothar Landenberger has the vision of a limited edition LP series featuring unique jazz projects and invited us to revive several recordings we did with saxophonist Bob Berg in 1997 and add new tracks with prominent German sax players. We recorded in an acoustically amazing studio in Trochtelfingen/ Germany over three days (Peter Kienle on guitar, Quinn Sternberg on bass, Josh Roberts on drums and myself on Fender Rhodes) and created five new original tracks featuring saxophonists Peter Lehel, Sandi Kuhn, Paul Heller, and Lutz Haefner. (more…)

August 3, 2016

Comparative Music Industry – European Perspective

Graz13Part two of the European summer adventures 2016 is the report about the IU Abroad course “Comparative Music Industry” in Graz, Austria. For the second year I organized a two-week course at the KUG Jazzinstitut in Graz, bringing a dozen IU students to Austria to study and compare the support systems for the Arts among continents. On Sunday, July 3, a tired but excited groupGraz21 of students filed into the courtyard behind the Jazzinstitut for the welcome reception hosted by KUG. The director of the University, Elisabeth Freismuth, honored us with a speech and warm greetings and the Jazzinstitut team of Ingrid Windisch and her husband Franz and Bennie Hrdina as well as Institut director Graz6Ed Partyka grilled up a storm. Larry Appelbaum, writer, radio host, and senior librarian at the Library of Congress, was our first guest and joined us for the reception. Such a warm and personal welcome sets the tone – the students knew they were in for something very special. (more…)