Summer Zen

Friends!

Loving the heat of the summer. I know some folks who can’t wait for it all to be over but not me. Warm fingers, quick guitar moves, warm sun, warm ocean. This is summer Zen!

We’ve been rehearsing long days prepping my new composition for sonic delivery. Lars, Bridget, and Duncan are in the loop and together we navigated the new notes and shaped them to tell the story of Rendezvous in Realtime. Ram Dass was living his truth of “Be Here, Now” in the late ’60’s and the idea is still a great way to live life. My Rendezvous in Realtime is inspired by  that and hopes to take the listener on a journey from the state of mind that Everything Is Music, past the barrier in which we are Coded By Culture, and into the bliss state where possibly we have the freedom to dance like Tom O’Shea.

That last sentence is a mouthful and pretty cosmic and it was an attempt to include the names of each of the three movements. The first two names make sense but the title of the last movement, “Dancing Tom O’Shea” requires a little backstory. 

Every year at our annual Del Mar Christmas Eve concert you might have noticed this fellow dancing to our music. Even if we’re playing bebop this dude dances and has a beautiful sense of freedom to his moves. That’s Tom O’Shea! Where he really amps it up is dancing to Celtic music and one year we had an Irish reel up our sleeves and it turned into an epic moment with Tom O’Shea gliding through the crowd.

I named the third movement after him. As far as I can tell he’s perfected the art of rendezvousing in realtime.

Also, I don’t know how to get a hold of him (I think he’s on my email list) so Tom, if you’re out there, we have a free ticket waiting for you for the Encinitas show and be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

Tonight we play Rendezvous in Realtime at the Blue Whale in LA and on Sunday we share the sound with our San Diego peeps at the Encinitas Library. Look below for details…

Also planned for this week is a Friday concert at the La Jolla Community Center with Lisa Hightower on vocals and brother Tripp playing sax/flute and percussion. We’ve got some warped Cole Porter in the ready along with Jobim, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, and a few of my originals. Lisa is a gem and the Trippster plays it all!

Hope to see you!

That’s Tripp, Lisa, and Peter

Peeking around the bend of next week, on Monday evening we play our annual NC Rep Theater concert with Leonard Patton on vocals and percussion, Tripp saxing it and me on guitar. This is a cool venue for music and these shows have been a real hoot. Check it out with details below…

Peter, Leonard, and Tripp.

That’s the story for now folks and thanks for tuning in, all best, Peter

I’m Not Fond of This Ratio

SoCal Creatures of Good!

I’m back from my trip (got back late last eve) and thrilled to see Stef and be free of airport security. Also I don’t think I ever left the west coast time zone while in Denmark so it was easy to flow back into the hours of the west.

Rested and in dire need of Leucadia health food, I made my way just now to my favorite bohemian beach hang — Mozy’s! Veggie burrito with plantains, rad cool folks hanging out talking surf stories, so good to be home.

And it was cool being there too! First up was Copenhagen for a concert as part of their week long jazz festival. Loved the music with Sinne and sure wish it all could be music because the very next day, at a mega brutal launch hour we boarded a Norwegian Air plane bound for the Canary Islands. Bad Norwegian Air! They hate guitar carrying jazz musos and made my life so difficult for that very long travel day. Huge fees, making me go through the security line 2 separate times, winner of the most crampy seats, all fodder for a sleepy head grump jazz head. 

Copenhagen concert with Sinne and me. What a backdrop, what a sound!
photo by Warny

Oh well!

The Canaries were cool with great folks, beautiful old cities, great music, enthusiasm, and pristine ocean with sun and warmth. It’s kind of like here, same weather, pretty dry, beautiful. 

Hard to unearth veggie food there so that’s why today’s outing to Mozy’s was a bliss machine. 

That’s me at a beach in Gran Canaria. Even though the surf wasn’t great you can see some folks behind me taking it all in.

After three concerts on each of the different islands we then made our way to back to Copenhagen with a half day off to hang with my pal Alejandro from Buenos Aires! We rode bikes to Freetown Christiania for lunch and took in a wild scene where one of the bodyguards for the pot business wrestled away a tourist woman’s expensive telephoto lens camera and broke it on the ground. This was alarming and I guess the rule there is no photos period. Tough lesson for her.

After the bike outing Warny (Sinne’s husband) and I went for a swim at the “snail structure” and I got to complete a few jumps. I love jumping into water!

Me and Warny wet, cold and happy at the “snail”.
photo by Sinne

Here’s one of my jumps off the launch pad at the “snail.”

Speaking of jumping, here’s a pic of us back in the day launching out from the cliffs into the pond at Three Sisters near Julian.

Then it was off to the airport again for a flight to London and then connecting back to SD.

As you can see, touring is only 90 minutes of music and the rest of the day is caught up in the tornado of travel. I’m not fond of this ratio!

So what happens next here on the west coast is Friday afternoon at Flower Hill Promenade for some solo guitar. That’s me and the six strings exploring the sound waves.

Friday night we’re at the Coronado Library for a free concert with the Trippster on sax, Rebecca Jade on vocals, and me on guitar. We’re already rehearsed up from the two weeks back concert in Laguna so off we’ll go into the music. Come on out and join us!

Tripp, Rebecca, and me.

At the top of the week next week on Monday eve, we’re playing our annual concert at the Point Loma Westminster Church. It’s Leonard, Tripp, and I and it takes place at their cool outdoor amphitheater. It’s free too!

Shapeshifting with Tripp, Leonard and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

And just a reminder about our string trio concert at the Encinitas Library on July 28!

Fantastic and see you all soon, Peter

A Hand Full of Possibly Interesting Things

Heya!

It’s the fourth of July and I’m just back from a surf. The waves are up, the sun is out, it’s a holiday! 

Discovered this really good group: 

Snowpoet

Super worth checking out!

Snowpoet

Rad cool LA gig earlier in the week!

Playing the modernized Cole Porter music with Nick on piano, Rebecca on vocals, Dave on drums, me, and Ahmet on bass.

We’re playing Ki’s on Friday night!

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

Saturday heading up to the Pagent of the Masters in Laguna Beach with Tripp and Rebecca. It’s a first class setup for music and friendship!

Peter and Rebecca
photos by James Kaspar

Off on Sunday to Denmark and the Canary Islands performing with the amazing Sinne Eeg!

Sinne and Peter in Denmark, 2018

Coming up when I get back, the world debut of the Chamber Music America grant composition highlighted in two concerts. First in LA and then we’ll be at the Encinitas Library later in the week. Maybe mark it on your calendar if you can make it.

That’s it and now, back to the guitar, another round of ocean, and a sunset dinner with Stef.

adios, Peter