Phrygian Warfare, Tablas Percolating, Rhythmic Hemiola-ization!

Good Folks! It’s the end of a long studio day with clever musos in and out of SpragueLand creating some wonderful music. Kylie and I just took in the culinary bliss factor over at Mozy’s. Plantain burritos leading into the fourth dimension. Batacoto is cued up on iTunes and filling the airspace with Brazilian magic. It’s a been a good day and even better now that I’m talking story with you.

Last Sunday we zipped out to Idyllwild for the jazz festival. If you’ve never been, I’ll push harder next summer to inspire you to venture out. First off, the setting is breathtaking with perfect air temperature and green trees as far as your eyes take you. Next, the PEOPLE, good people everywhere! Happy people stoked to be living the California dream of ocean one moment, mountains the next, the desert, Hollywood, the city, fancy restaurants, the endless summer. And then the MUSIC! Great music going off on 4 stages, big range, soulful and intimate.

We presented our string consort music and it was great to be together again to fly the friendly skies of jazz and classical. The new tunes really connected and Pam’s viola solo on “India Zach” took the house down. Phrygian warfare, tablas percolating, rhythmic hemiola-ization! That’s the way we like to ride and I can’t wait to spin it again!

Here are some pics from the day:

Jeanne Skrocki on violin. photo by Scott Bump

Jeanne Skrocki on violin.
photo by Scott Bump

Peter photo by Scott Bump

Peter
photo by Scott Bump

The strings standing! photo by Scott Bump

The strings standing!
photo by Scott Bump

Duncan photo by Scott Bump

Duncan
photo by Scott Bump

Bridget on violin. photo by Scott Bump

Bridget on violin.
photo by Scott Bump

Peter and Bob Magnusson. photo by Scott Bump

Peter and Bob Magnusson.
photo by Scott Bump

Pam the violist. photo by Scott Bump

Pam the violist.
photo by Scott Bump

I have two hits this week and then there will be a little pause in the SD schedule as I’m heading up to Tacoma to launch our daughter Kylie into year three of the University of Puget Sound’s educational ride including a new living setup with her and her roommates scoring their own house. Can you spell rental car saviour Dad taxi man errand Zen master? I’m honored and stoked!

From Tacoma I ricochet to Curacao which is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast. I’m playing music with vocalist Dianne Reeves and the band as part of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. My hope is great music, a distant mini hurricane to generate some surf and on our day off, an epic surf session topped off with some pineapple and coconut smoothies. I’ll let you know how it pans out.

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For this week I’m heading to the Roxy Restaurant on Thursday night for my weekly solo guitar explorations. It’s always a fun evening with excellent and spirited food, folks, and family. Come and be part of it.

I’m thrilled to join Lori Bell and Bob Magnusson on Friday night to play music at the La Jolla Community Center. Lori has an ongoing concert series there and for this week I’m the honored guest. Lori is a masterful flutist and has a sound that soars! Her improvising skills are world class and add in Bob Magnusson’s resonate foundation of upright bass and we’re talking a stellar music moment in the making. It’ll be a night of my original music including a few new ones hot off the press. Hope you can make it out.

Lori Bell

Lori Bell

There it is friends and thanks for taking it all in….adios, Peter

Castaway!

Friends! Mister Mozart is filling the house with fluffy little balls of sound bliss. It’s amazing and right now the Andantino section of his Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major has never sounded better with master Rampal at the helm. If you can hunt it down, take if for a spin and then listen to this,

http://www.store.petersprague.com/products/secret-code-solo

Some light bulbs might go off.

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It’s been a wonderful summer and it’s still going on. Loads of gigs, SpragueLand the studio is humming with activity, the surf is sweet, the family and friends are dear. I’m loving it!

Good news just in on the Ocean In Your Eyes front! My recording has been nominated along with an esteemed cast of other local jazzers as the best recording for 2014. The CD continues to sell and I’m thrilled with the positive response from friends and fans. The voting for the best album category isn’t open to the public so it’s all in fates hand. You can’t cast your vote, so castaway…

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Up for this week, we’re playing Ki’s in Cardiff on Friday night with vocalist Lisa Hightower, bassist Gunnar Biggs and me on the guitar. Last month we had the same band and it was a great time so we’re tuning up the instruments, looking over the tunes and we’ll see you for a beautiful sunset mixed in with tasty food and cool music.

The Trio with Gunnar, Lisa, and Peter photo by Barbara Rix

The Trio with Gunnar, Lisa, and Peter
photo by Barbara Rix

My string consort group is heading out to the Idyllwild Jazz Festival on Sunday to play a set. This is a really fun event with music on multiple stages, great food and booths with all kinds of art, all taking place in the incredible setting of big time trees and greenery that is Idyllwild. It doesn’t get any better than this and we’re honored to be part of it.

I’ve arranged a new tune for this gig and I’m thrilled to get to hear for the first time tonight at our rehearsal in L.A. It’s called “India Zach” and I first recorded it on the Mill Creek Road CD with Geoffrey Keezer. It’s a zippy little number and I’m thinking the stringsters will devour it! Come and hear us at Idyllwild if you can!

Peter Sprague String Consort photo by Rick Sokol

Peter Sprague String Consort
photo by Rick Sokol

Therein are the words of the day emanating from Leucadia. All good things your way, stay cool, Peter

Slimmer Than Normal

Hi Everyone! Good life and a fantastic summer. I’ve been on a surf chasing mode and I’ll make this one slimmer than normal so I can slip back into the wild blue’s magic 70 degree warm curls.

Coming up this Friday at Northern Spirits I’m lassoing Leonard and Harley for a night of jazz at San Marcos’ newest jazz venue. I’ve played there once before and it was excellent fun—nice sound and a real listening audience. Let’s do it again this Friday and we hope you can make it out.

Jammin' the last time we we're at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

Jammin’ the last time we we’re at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

I’m driving out to El Cajon on Saturday to present some solo guitar music at the library there. I love library gigs! It’s the new frontier for live music! The audience loves the quiet setting and it’s free for them. I love it ‘cuz any day playing the guitar is all right by me and even better, playing for some folks that are eager to listen takes it up a notch. Hope to see you there and look below for the fine print.

That’s the word for this week and all good thoughts your way until the next time we meet.

adios, Peter