Friday, April 4, 2014

Two Legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who - First Trip to the Beach

I'm on the road with the Quartet right now. I'm slowly getting the flu, and just want to be home. Was feeling down and sorry for myself.

Then I saw a clip from this on the morning news. I immediately looked it up on YouTube and it raised my spirits right away! I've decided I'm going to change my attitude and be like this little guy.



Inspired?



Friday, January 24, 2014

Tango suite No.1 | Music | 2014 National YoungArts Week

My 17 year old student Noah Kim (on your right) from the Pasadena Conservatory did a GREAT job! Very proud! Thanks to Gus Tomizuka also!! Rocked the house.










Sunday, January 5, 2014

Old School Flamenco!

Moraito Chico por Bulerias. Joyful playing with a smile, and a real master.

Monday, December 30, 2013

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

U.S. Air Force band and chorus flash mob. Enjoy, and all the best for the new year!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Julian Bream receives Gramophone Award!

The ever-elegant gentleman at 80 years of age, Sir Julian Bream is interviewed after receiving the prestigious Gramophone Award.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mr. Ed by Rodrigo?

This is a photo montage I posted on YouTube this evening. One of 3, actually. I have no videos of these, but I wanted to share them anyway. This one is from a CD called "MOZART TV", released by the old Delos label a decade or so ago. Yes, TV themes in the style of great composers!

This one is "Mr. Ed" in the style of JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo. Grant Gershon conducted the Hollywood Chamber Symphony, a group that was assembled specifically for this project, and included all of the top studio musicians in LA. What a blast it was to record this.

They did actually professionally film the session, although I don't have a copy. It can be seen now and then on public television's "Classical Showcase" late at night.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Add Shotat Taza

Taza in Sierra Madre is brewing Stumptown's Hair Bender today. Thought I'd sample it.
Any place that has there own personalized Italian scooter is hip, right?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

COC Guitar Week


Don’t miss your chance to win an all-inclusive Crown of the Continent 6 - day experience for you and a guest featuring workshops lead by Scott Tennant.  Enter to win at www.musiciansfriend.com/crownfestival

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A BOUQUET OF VIOLETS

I was searching for videos of my old flamenco guitar teacher, Juan Serrano. Nostalgic, trying to remember a zambra he had taught me. After a while of listening to some of my old favorites, which he also taught to me by ear many years ago, I came across this video which said "Juan Serrano-Un Ramito de Violetas". I watched the video. It certainly wasn't my old teacher Juan Serrano, but perhaps another JS who I certainly hadn't heard before.

Regardless, this guy does some outrageously amazing things on the guitar, old school. It's beautiful, and I simply had to post it. I hope you enjoy. Lyrics are below. Video ends abruptly...



Un ramito de violetas

Era feliz en su matrimonio
aunque su marido era el mismo demonio
tenia el hombre un poco de mal genio
ella se quejaba de que nunca fue tierno
desde hace ya mas de tres anos
recibe cartas de un extrano
cartas llenas de poesia
que le han devuelto la alegria.
Quien te escribia a ti versos
dime nina quien era
quien te mandaba flores por primavera
quien cada nueve de noviembre
como siempre sin tarjeta
te mandaba un ramito de violetas.
A veces suena ella y se imagina
como sera aquel que a ella tanto la estima
sera mas bien hombre de pelo cano
sonrisa abierta y ternura en sus manos
quien sera quien sufre en silencio
quien puede ser su amor secreto
ella que no sabe nada
mira a su marido y luego se calla.
Quien te escribia a ti versos
dime nina quien era
quien te mandaba flores por primavera
quien cada nueve de noviembre
como siempre sin tarjeta
te mandaba un ramito de violetas
Y cada tarde al volver su esposo
cansado del trabajo va y la mira de reojo
no dice nada porque lo sabe todo
ella es asi feliz de cualquier modo
porque el es quien le escribe versos
el es su amante, su amor secreto
ella que no sabe nada
mira a su marido y luego se calla
Quien te escribia a ti versos
dime nina quien era
quien te mandaba flores por primavera
quien cada nueve de noviembre
como siempre sin tarjeta
te mandaba un ramito de violetas..

(english...)

A Bouquet of Violets

She was happy during her wedding
Even though her groom was the very devil
The man had a bit of a bad temper
She complained that he was never affectionate
For about three years now
She's been receiving anonymous letters
Letters full of poetry
That have brought her joy again
Who wrote you [those] verses girl, tell me who was it
Who sent you flowers in the spring
Who every ninth of November
As always without a card
Sent you a bouquet of violets
Sometimes she dreams and tries to imagine
How that person must be who holds her in such high regard
Could he be a man with gray hair
A broad smile and tenderness in his hands
Who could he be that suffers in silence
Who could be her secret love
She who doesn't know anything
Looks at her husband and then falls silent
Who wrote you [those] verses girl, tell me who was it
Who sent you flowers in the spring
Who every ninth of November
As always without a card
Sent you a bouquet of violets
And every afternoon when her husband returns
Tired from work, he goes and looks at her from the corner of his eye
He doesn't say anything because he knows everything
She is happy nonetheless
Because it is he who is writing her the verses
He is her secret lover, her secret romance
She who doesn't know anything
Looks at her husband and then falls silent
Who wrote you [those] verses girl, tell me who was it
Who sent you flowers in the spring
Who every ninth of November
As always without a card
Sent you a bouquet of flowers.