Six String Liverpoolian Harmony!

Greetings Gifted Folks, the word on the street over here in Leucadia is you got to get your life into buying love in the sky with diamonds coming together with my dear Martha here there and everywhere, oh darlin’ within without you while my guitar gently weeps as you aquire a little help from my friends.

As you can imagine, Fred Benedetti and I are immersed in the details of Beatles music attempting to slide it around the corner for a Saturday night concert. I’ve got these arrangements that bring forth a jazz element in their music. Lots of tricky moves and even after the rehearsal there’s still some work to be done. That’s the RX for the week ‘cuz folks, we want to share only the BEST with you. From the raunch to the gentle ballads, it’s going to be a cool night of six stringed Liverpoolian harmony. Look below for the details.

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Last week we zipped to Fallbrook:

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter. photo by Steve Grant

Shapeshifting at the Fallbrook Library with Tripp, Leonard and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

and then we took in Solana Beach:

Beating the drum at the Belly Up with Leonard and Peter. photo by John Hancock

Beating the drum at the Belly Up with Leonard and Peter.
photo by John Hancock

and looking off into the future, next week I’ll be in Denver with Billy Childs and Dianne Reeves and come mid-May we’re venturing north to Tacoma to take in our daughter Kylie’s college graduation. This trip of living on earth is a mind blower! Time is just floor to the pedal one moment and then it’s chilled honey as you wait on hold through some mean spirited telephone cue. “Roll with it” a street sadhu once told me…

rolling, all best, Peter

Radical Red Tape!

Hi Good People, the red tape of modern living is overtaking me at the moment. The sun is out, there’s a little surf, yet the merchants of details beckons at the door. Thus, a short gig email is how it’ll unravel today. It’s a good life always, and it’s great to be in touch with you!

Killer last week concerts with the new music. Thanks to all of you that ventured out into the real world of live music and we had fun, yes? The new piece had a cool dynamic flow and there are plans to record it and release it downwind. Arc-ananda…

Camarada at Liberty Station with Fred, Gunnar, Beth, Duncan, and Peter photo by Barbara Wise

Camarada at Liberty Station with Fred, Gunnar, Beth, Duncan, and Peter
photo by Barbara Wise

The setlist.

The setlist.

Gearing for this week, it’s Tripp, Leonard, and I ditching the red tape and going for transcendence at the Fallbrook Library on Thursday night. They have a wonderful space for music and we hope to see you there!

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

And on Sunday Leonard and I are part of the latest installment of the Six String Society, lifting off from the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. The theme is New Orleans with loads of great players and stage props. Sounds fun and we’re looking forward to the hoopla!

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there it is and thanks for hanging with me, best, Peter

Sanctuary Suite

Folks, greetings from SpragueLand. Off and running…

Some good news floating in through the supreme algorithm of the sky. Vocalist and songwriter Nina Francis makes the cover of the SD Troubadour! You may know her through concerts that we’ve played together over the years or maybe through her own shows or YouTube vids. She’s full of talent and I’m so happy to see it going well for her. Check out her story below…

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Some sad news too, longtime jazz sax man Joe Marillo has left the planet. A bunch of us didn’t even know he was ill with cancer. It took him down and we’ll really miss him.

He was such an important figure to aspiring jazz players of my generation. He taught my brother Tripp how to play sax. He shared his magic jazz scales and they’re still part of our improvisational wheelhouse even today. Joe organized concerts and paved the way for live music in San Diego. He talked up a storm, had attitude to spare, and had a generous and helpful outlook that included everyone in his hurricane. He was a good man indeed and may he blow 12 choruses of the blues up there in heaven…

Here’s a recent article on him.

Joe and Peter at the Coyote Grill in Carlsbad a few years back.

Joe and Peter at the Coyote Grill in Carlsbad a few years back.

Last week, we had a super cool Encinitas Library hit with Beth!

Beth and Peter at the Encinitas Library.

Beth and Peter at the Encinitas Library.

and a magic meeting of the oldsters at Dizzy’s with Bob Magnusson and Jim Plank!

Bob, Jim, and Peter playing trio music at Dizzy's.

Bob, Jim, and Peter playing trio music at Dizzy’s.

SanctuarySuiteOK, the big news for this week is the WORLD debut of a new extended composition of mine. The art ensemble Camarada with flutist Beth Ross-Buckley at the helm, last year commissioned me to write a big piece for them. The ensemble is Fred Benedetti on guitar, Beth on flute, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar.

The theme of the piece is to sonically instill the idea of a safe haven, a sanctuary. This idea was galvanized after a concert Beth and I played for some teenage African orphans at a center in San Diego. This place was their sanctuary and they were rebuilding their lives after leaving dangerous situations in their homeland. They were an enthusiastic audience and afterwards we visited and I was inspired by their stories. Yes they were somewhat typical teenagers but I also sensed this deep appreciation they had for the fragility of life. They we’re starting anew.

The name of the new composition is the Sanctuary Suite. It’s in three movements and it’s fast, slow, and faster. We’re having fun pulling it together (the final rehearsal is tonight) and I can’t wait for you to hear it. This week there are two opportunities to check it out, one in North County and the second is in Liberty Station in San Diego. Look to the GIG page for the details and hopefully we’ll see you there.

Camarada ensemble with Peter, Duncan, Beth, Fred, and Gunnar. photo by Rick Sokol.

Camarada ensemble with Peter, Duncan, Beth, Fred, and Gunnar.
photo by Rick Sokol.

OK good folks, that’s the rap for this week. Thanks for tuning in and hope to see you out there in realtime…

all best, Peter