The weeping of the guitar begins…. wine glasses shatter in the dead of night…..
These were the first words of the show last Saturday night, the poetry of Garcia Lorca.
A poem that speaks to the bitter sweet and haunting sounds of the Spanish guitar.
I will frequently start my concerts with this poem called ‘La Guitarra’ while playing
a self accompaniment in the flamenco style.
In the concert I was joined by Anil Prasad on tabla, Steve Kim on bass, Stella Rossi
flamenco dancer and I had a special guest on piano, the amazing Overton Berry.
We played to a full house, close to 400 people, they were a mix of fans, friends, family
and I did meet many new people who had never been to one of my concerts in the past.
I try to take my audience on a journey in to the wonders of beauty, into places of
dream, into the poetic realms. I hope is that you can forget and disappear into a timeless
place for a couple of hours. I hope that you can walk away refreshed, relaxed and
have some prospective on your life, almost like you were just traveling to some
exotic place for a while. Inspiring people to return to creativity is a byproduct of
the experience, if I have someone talk to me after the show and express they
they are very inspired to get back into playing music, or painting, then I feel
like I’m doing my part to increase human awareness through the knowledge of
I also love to tell stories in my shows, last Saturday I told the story of my first
formal concert. I was 17, in Rome Italy, I had practiced a very difficult program of
classical music for about 4 months. Come the day of the night of the concert, I’m
walking out on stage and what do I hear instead of applause, I hear hysterical laughter.
Well, I did not know why until after the concert, my father, who is a practical joker had
recorded the sound of a horse neighing and then played it in the theater on his cassette player.
My twenty year anniversary show was a lot of fun and very fulfilling, I hope it was
a memorable night for all. I have a tradition of ending the show with an improvisation
with all of my musical guests. The song that I have played for the past 6 year is an
original called ‘Spain’ we love to take this song from a very soft and quiet place to
a powerful and rhythmic peek and the back down to silence. We had a gracious
crowd that gave us a standing ovation, there was a love of in the theater.
We ended with an encore ‘And I Love Her’ by the Beatles
I just talked to the KCP theater today, we are booked for next year.
The show will be on Saturday Feb 13 2016.