Billy Rides Again!

Greetings Good People, what an exciting time! I’m listening now to Laura Nyro’s music reimagined by the brilliant pianist and composer Billy Childs and this all from his new CD “Map to the Treasure, Reimagining Laura Nyro”. I’m blown away! It starts out with Renee Fleming and Yo Yo Ma and from there touches down with the great Dianne Reeves, Shawn Colvin, Esperanza Spaulding, Alison Krauss and many others. Fantastic, lyrical, amazing music! Billy rides again!

And other great news, I’ll be joining the band for his gig of this music up in Orange County in mid October. Look below for the details and for me, I’m heading to the woodshed to learn his twists and turns.

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We had a super fun gig at Croce’s last week and the place is set up for full on listening and it’s a great sounding room. It’s wonderful to play with the boys again and we hope to do it again!

Peter and the gang at Croce's with Gunnar, Duncan, and Peter. Sorry, Tripp's out of the frame. photo by Bonnie Biggs

Peter and the gang at Croce’s with Gunnar, Duncan, and Peter. Sorry, Tripp’s out of the frame.
photo by Bonnie Biggs

Up for this week, I’ll be connecting with bassist Harley Magsino and drummer Duncan Moore for a night of trio music at The Merc in Temecula. Big fun and we’ll pull out some new stuff too! Hope to see you there…

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And rounding out the week, Stef and I are lucky folks to be joining some friends to take in Paul McCartney’s music concert at Petco Park. As you know, I’m his biggest fan and if he’ll let me, I’ll jump on stage and start playing jazz licks over “Got to Get You Into My Life”. Hah!

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There it is friends and thanks for tuning in, best, Peter

Atonality Front and Center and Proud of It!

Greetings Friends, Sting is singing “When the last ship sails,” it’s the music from his new CD, and it’s sounding good. A collection of sea chanty’s sung against a beautiful backdrop of acoustic instruments and an orchestra with a choir, all hovering on the main deck forty feet above the undulating wild blue. Ancient morphed into modern day surf music. I’m a believer!StingIn another chapter of believing in blue water, wow, the surf is up and going wild. I’ve been taking in large doses of the salt magic. Summer’s still cooking!

Last week Geoffrey Keezer and I weaved through the LA heat to find our way into Santa Monica for a sizzling night of friends, music, food and celebrating vocalist Denise Donatelli’s wedding. What a great hang and it wasn’t your garden variety affair where the ongoing mantra is, “can you turn the band down”. Heaven’s no, the atonality was front and center and proud of it! Big fun!

Celebrating marriage and atonality with Walter Rodriguez, Larry Koonse, Hamilton Price, and Peter

Celebrating marriage and atonality with the band including (left to right) Walter Rodriguez, Larry Koonse, Hamilton Price, and Peter

A month back we had a great ride at the Idyllwild Jazz Fest and this video clip of us scooting through “India Zach” just surfaced. It’s pretty cool and Pam’s viola solo is fantastic. Viola on fire!

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Coming up for this week on Friday we’re pulling together our long standing quartet with Tripp on sax, flute, and harmonica, Gunnar on bass, Duncan on drums and me on the guitar to play a night of music at the new Croce’s in San Diego. I haven’t played there yet and the word is out that it’s a great sounding room and a fantastic place to hear music. Stoke and I’m thrilled to get the group together and take the music for a ride. I hope you can join us!

Quartet music heading to Croce's with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

Quartet music heading to Croce’s with Tripp, Peter, Gunnar, and Duncan

I got a last minute call to play a set at the Carlsbad Music Festival on Sunday and it’ll be me playing solo starting at 2:10pm for one set. It’s a listening setup so it should be good. See you there!

The last hit of the week comes on Monday night for a house concert in Cardiff at John St. Claire’s abode. He has it setup in the living room with a stage with great sound. For this night of music the theme is meditation music. John will play gongs and various atmospherical instruments and I’ll improvise with my guitar and magic boxes of sound. And you, the listener, will be lying on one of the soft mats and taking a spin through your mind all the while enveloped in soothing sounds. Should be wild!

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Meditation music with Peter.

A gig I wish I could attend but won’t be able too because I’ve got a studio session is on September 23rd in Temecula featuring the Kornel Fekete-Kovacs & Modern Art Orchestra. Kornel is a trumpet player and composer of the highest order hailing from Budapest. A few years back we had the chance to play a couple of gigs and this fellow has it going on. He gave me his CD of his orchestral music and I’m blown away, beautiful and unique. I love it!

Here’s the link for this concert and if you can pull it off, it should be an amazing night of music:

Kornel and his orchestra.

Kornel and his orchestra.

There it is good people, thanks for listening and hope to see you out there.
adios, Peter

Hawaii’s Here!

Good People, hot, hot, hot! No need now to move to Hawaii, Hawaii’s here! I’m loving it and it all helps when you live near the coast, spend most of the time wearing shorts and no shirt, and those times that you’re not doing that you’re floating in the wild blue collecting little peaky wavelets gazing at the psychedelic tropical clouds moving ever so slowing by. It’s a great recipe for a relaxed life and it’s how we like to roll in SoCal if we can pull it off. Currently thrilled to be pulling it off!

Lucy's in the Sky and this all went down the other night. Superpsychedelicized in Leucadia! photo by Stef Sprague

Lucy’s in the Sky and this all went down the other night. Superpsychedelicized in Leucadia!
photo by Stef Sprague

Last week we had a chance to play at the newly updated Howard Brubeck Theater at Palomar College. Heavens it’s a great place with superior sound and beautiful warm wood appointments throughout. Stoke to have a new place to share in the magic of music and bravo to all of those in corporate positions for steering some dough into the vicinity of the performing arts. We had a wonderful concert with Gilbert on trumpet and Gunnar on bass and I’m crossing my fingers to get to play there again sometime this coming school year.

Making music in a great sounding room with Gilbert on trumpet, Gunnar on bass, and Peter on guitar. photo by Bonnie Biggs

Making music in a great sounding room with Gilbert on trumpet, Gunnar on bass, and Peter on guitar.
photo by Bonnie Biggs

Up for this week, tomorrow brother Leonard and I play a midday hit at Mesa College as part of their ongoing music series. It’s always a classy moment there with full on listening, good sound, and anytime Leonard’s in the house is a good reason to celebrate being a muso and a professional music listener. Lets do it together and it’s free and open to the public too!

Peter and Leonard coming up with a game plan to make songs up on the spot.

Peter and Leonard coming up with a game plan to make songs up on the spot.

The wizardry of solo guitar improvisations continues on at the famous Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas on Thursday night! It’s all about tasty food, being part of the good life of North County, and soaking up some nylon string stories of yore and now. Hope to see you there!

that’s right! Peter