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

Coming Up For Air At the Miami Customs!

Friends, laughable and furious at the same time. Miami Customs, a line so long that the building couldn’t even take it. It’s an amazing contrast touching down after a mellow flight and an even more chill Curacao experience into the swirling anger of bureaucratic customs stew. Ten flights arriving all at once. Of course we’ve got luggage for days, hauling it around in search of the end of the line. My able constituents from the band, because they’re making a career out of traveling, zip right on through this hurricane with the aide of the almighty Global Entry pass. I gotta score one of those bad boys before the next out of town jaunt.

Anyway I survived, they lost my luggage between Miami and SD and yet another delay and line to deal with tracking it down to be delivered the next day. Life on the road sparkles with love and hate, boredom and inspiration. All of that mixed in coming up with the divine realization that it’s great to be home!

My first trip was a cool ride up to Tacoma to help my daughter Kylie slip into her new living quarters. We had bliss moments at Target and Wal-Mart, ah-ha eye openers discovering silverware at various thrift stores, Indian food with her roommates, a Trader Joe’s mega shop, walks with big green tree accompaniment to her school, a movie night seeing “Lucy” which rocked for about 3/4’s of the time and then fell apart and went the total “I don’t know how to end this movie” at the end. It was a good trip and I think she’s all set for a good year of learning and kicking the social chill factor into high gear. Press on!

Kylie and the Trader Joe mega shop. Infinite health food!

Kylie and the Trader Joe mega shop. Infinite health food!

The Dianne Reeves hit in Curacao was a fun scene with music, island humidity, the warmest water ever filtering into the fake beach, super expensive everything, a wild conglomeration of musos from everywhere. Chaka Kahn was on the plane along with Rod Stewart’s band. Entourages, tour managers, baritone saxophone cases shoved into the overhead bins, layers of guitars and basses taking up all of the space on the plane—it was a hoot! The island is on the dry side, not jungle-ish like Hawaii. No waves to surf and rocks up to the ocean. The sun was full on and our spare time was spent hiding under the palapas and talking endless life on the road stories. It was a good time and to hear Dianne sing again, wow that gal has it completely going on. Big league jazz vocals!

Smoking bridge at Curacao and as you can see, some really blue ocean and some clean air!

Smoking bridge at Curacao and as you can see, some really blue ocean and some clean air!

The Metropol Orchestra tearing it up at Curacao. This was on our day off so we got to take in the concert.

The Metropol Orchestra tearing it up at Curacao. This was on our day off so we got to take in the concert.

Big audience dancing to the music!

Big audience dancing to the music!

It’s a new fall chapter getting ready to kick in and my scene is a steady flow of studio work, a nice amount of gigs and then some time to think about what the next big project will be. I have a ton of options and I’m airing out the upstairs (the brain and it’s endless ruckus) and letting the truth filter in. I’ll let you know when it becomes clear. Exiting times!

Letting the truth filter in at 10,000 feet.

Letting the truth filter in at 10,000 feet.

In store for this week is a neat Palomar College midday gig tomorrow with Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, Gunnar on bass, and me on guitar playing a set for their ongoing concert series. It’s a nice listening space and the admission is free. Can’t wait!

Gilbert taking a breath, prepping for the next notes.

Gilbert taking a breath, prepping for the next notes.

Tomorrow night I’m geared up to play an evening of solo guitar at the Roxy Restaurant in Encinitas. I’ve been working on “Lush Life” leaning into “Got to Get You Into My Life” morphing over to “Gymnopedie” and passing it along to “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds”. There’s a good chance liftoff will occur!

That’s the word for now. Thanks for tuning in and I’ll be back for more exaggerated tales of the musos life next week. But I hope to see you before that, maybe at one of the gigs….

namaste, Peter