Bach Sinfonia Records Bach Motets

Bach Sinfonia Records Bach Motets November 12, 2010

Earlier this year I recorded the Bach Motets with the Bach Sinfonia, a period instrument group based in the DC area. I played the continuo part on the violone along with the organist. Dorian Records is putting out the CD this month (I have my copy!) on the Sono Luminus label and they have recently released some video of the recording session with a very interesting interview with the conductor, Daniel Abraham. The video is on Youtube and I’ve embedded them here, also (it’s in three parts).

People who make a difference

People who make a difference November 5, 2010

Every one of us has come in contact with someone who, even though he or she may be a total stranger, says or does something in such a kind and considerate way that it brightens even the darkest moments of our lives. Little acts of kindness. These days we need much more of that to counteract all the negativity and finger pointing and divisiveness in our society.

Performances this Weekend

Performances this Weekend April 23, 2010

Three exciting performances this weekend. Friday night at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham come hear two of my favorite vocalists in recital. I’ll be playing viola da gamba and baroque cello with Kristen Blackman and Erica Dunkle along with Scott Hill on harpsichord, John Orluk – lute, Sarah Griffin – violin, and Jane Lynch – organ. Erica and Kristen are well known for their solo work with several of Rodney Wynkoop’s fine choral groups and are presenting this recital of works by Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Schutz, Dowland, and a beautiful new work by a composer friend of theirs – Paul Leary. The acoustics at First Presby are perfect for this music – it’s a wonderful room and we’re so lucky that the church is supportive of having concerts there. The recital is free and open to the public. 8:00 pm Friday the 23rd. Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon I’ll be playing bass, cello, and bouzouki with Jim Crew and John Hanks accompanying the spectacular tap dancing of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. If you’ve never seen these young people dance – well – you really need to come out and see and hear them. VERY fine group of young people that I have been working with for many years now. Carolina Theater in downtown Durham. For more details click on the calendar listings on the right.  

BP Trio Tonight

BP Trio Tonight March 27, 2010

Tonight (Saturday) – 9:00 – 12:00 at the Beyu Caffee. This will be our first time there. Hope to see some friends show up since it looks like we won’t be at our regular General Store Cafe gig again until June.