Hola Cuba! I caught some rays and some intensive singing training earlier this month at the Worldsongs music workshop in Matanzas, Cuba. Got to sing every day under the direction of Cuba’s Dr. Jose Antonio Mendez, and Toronto’s Andrew Craig and Alan Gasser. We also cabbed it around Havana one weekend and caught some incredible live music. Musicians there do so much with so little – the level of musicianship is really high even though it’s hard for them to get their hands on good working equipment. Andrew brought drum heads and sticks to give out to the bands we saw, and they were much appreciated. If you’re ever headed to Cuba and plan to hear some music, take some some strings and picks! It was such an interesting trip.
At the Paddock in Toronto with Rob Macdonald, Chris Stringer and Peter King
We’re kicking off the month with an appearance at the Paddock in Toronto on Feb. 7th with Sarah Burton and Bluebelle. And on Saturday Feb. 27th I’ll be singing songs in The Way to San Jose – The Music of Burt Bacharach at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. I’ve always been a big Bacharach fan so I’m really excited to be joining some of this city’s top artists to be a part of this special night.
Artificial Heart! A new song I wrote and recorded with The Prince Brothers, featuring Eric and Bryan Prince, Chris Osti, Ben Kobayashi, and David A. Paoli. Mixed and mastered by Michael Wojewoda. You can listen HERE Also available on ITUNES
Barzin just put out a collection of previously unreleased recordings called moonpalace ep. I sang on one of these songs some time ago, and now its surfacing on this lovely EP. (you can hear me near the end of “Boxes of Poems”)
The Prince Brothers and I have been jamming together, and more recently we’ve been getting together to write and record. The result is a brand new single, called “Artificial Heart” and we’re really excited about it – release date soon so stay tuned!
This month I played the Village Vinyl Music Emporium and Cafe in the west end of Toronto. Its one of those places – proprietors Keith and Karyn are huge supporters of local musicians. When you play in a record store you know you’re playing for real music lovers, and I love people who love music so the feeling is mutual. More places like this please!