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

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