It was a joy to revisit my project A Lorca Soundscape in the last few days, first in New York at my "home base" of the Jazz Gallery, and then at the International Society of Bassists conference in Ithaca, NY. The words of Federico García Lorca resonate with a new strength in a time in which basic liberties seem to be at risk, and it's a privilege to be able to revisit his message with a 21st century perspective.
I had the pleasure to perform with the amazing Claudia Acuña, Robert Rodriguez, Mark Ferber and alto sax virtuoso Miguel Zenón. Remy LeBeuf played alto with us in Ithaca for the first time, and was wonderful to have him in the group.
My dear maestro and mentor François Rabbath attended the ISB concert and it was a cathartic moment for me. He was the one who told me 20+ years ago to follow my dream, and my instincts and pursue playing and writing the music that was in my heart. I love him and owe him so much! I got all choked up having him in the audience, as it was the first time I actually performed with him in the audience, but he loved it and we played a great concert. We also raised over $300 on the spot for the ISB and their youth program.
Here are some nice pics of the events: