Castaway!

Friends! Mister Mozart is filling the house with fluffy little balls of sound bliss. It’s amazing and right now the Andantino section of his Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major has never sounded better with master Rampal at the helm. If you can hunt it down, take if for a spin and then listen to this,

http://www.store.petersprague.com/products/secret-code-solo

Some light bulbs might go off.

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It’s been a wonderful summer and it’s still going on. Loads of gigs, SpragueLand the studio is humming with activity, the surf is sweet, the family and friends are dear. I’m loving it!

Good news just in on the Ocean In Your Eyes front! My recording has been nominated along with an esteemed cast of other local jazzers as the best recording for 2014. The CD continues to sell and I’m thrilled with the positive response from friends and fans. The voting for the best album category isn’t open to the public so it’s all in fates hand. You can’t cast your vote, so castaway…

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Up for this week, we’re playing Ki’s in Cardiff on Friday night with vocalist Lisa Hightower, bassist Gunnar Biggs and me on the guitar. Last month we had the same band and it was a great time so we’re tuning up the instruments, looking over the tunes and we’ll see you for a beautiful sunset mixed in with tasty food and cool music.

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

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

My string consort group is heading out to the Idyllwild Jazz Festival on Sunday to play a set. This is a really fun event with music on multiple stages, great food and booths with all kinds of art, all taking place in the incredible setting of big time trees and greenery that is Idyllwild. It doesn’t get any better than this and we’re honored to be part of it.

I’ve arranged a new tune for this gig and I’m thrilled to get to hear for the first time tonight at our rehearsal in L.A. It’s called “India Zach” and I first recorded it on the Mill Creek Road CD with Geoffrey Keezer. It’s a zippy little number and I’m thinking the stringsters will devour it! Come and hear us at Idyllwild if you can!

Peter Sprague String Consort photo by Rick Sokol

Peter Sprague String Consort
photo by Rick Sokol

Therein are the words of the day emanating from Leucadia. All good things your way, stay cool, Peter

Slimmer Than Normal

Hi Everyone! Good life and a fantastic summer. I’ve been on a surf chasing mode and I’ll make this one slimmer than normal so I can slip back into the wild blue’s magic 70 degree warm curls.

Coming up this Friday at Northern Spirits I’m lassoing Leonard and Harley for a night of jazz at San Marcos’ newest jazz venue. I’ve played there once before and it was excellent fun—nice sound and a real listening audience. Let’s do it again this Friday and we hope you can make it out.

Jammin' the last time we we're at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

Jammin’ the last time we we’re at Northern Spirits with Harley, Leonard and Peter.

I’m driving out to El Cajon on Saturday to present some solo guitar music at the library there. I love library gigs! It’s the new frontier for live music! The audience loves the quiet setting and it’s free for them. I love it ‘cuz any day playing the guitar is all right by me and even better, playing for some folks that are eager to listen takes it up a notch. Hope to see you there and look below for the fine print.

That’s the word for this week and all good thoughts your way until the next time we meet.

adios, Peter

Surround it With Quietude

Hey Folks, life is good up here in Leucadia and this morning saxophonist Mark Turner along with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel are warping the sonic reality in a beautiful way. Their Dharma Days’ gorgeous tones are emanating from the speakers and it makes doing computer busywork even that much better.

We had a bunch of nice hits last weekend including the Tribute Rebels taking over Dizzy’s. It was a great turnout and the band brought the music front and center. It was such a cool experience that we have plans to further the revolution. Look for Episode Two coming to a jazz club near you in a couple of months or so. Every night is a world premier!

The Tribute Rebels with Julien, Tripp and Peter. photo by Steve Grant

The Tribute Rebels with Julien, Tripp and Peter.
photo by Steve Grant

The left side of the stage with Danny, Justin, Tripp and Peter photo by Steve Grant

The left side of the stage with Danny, Justin, Tripp and Peter
photo by Steve Grant

Up for tonight, I’ll be playing solo guitar at the Roxy in Encinitas. Last weeks gig included a party of 20 at the front table showcasing their spirited conversation. Hearing the music was a challenge and I’m trying again tonight hoping for possible moments of silence. Nothing makes music liftoff more than surrounding it with quietude. Hope to see you there!

Peter Sprague photo by Jonathan Ellis

Peter Sprague looking for the silence.
photo by Jonathan Ellis

I recently recorded L.A. guitarist Andy Waddell and his group’s latest effort Alive at SpragueLand. I love his playing and compositions and his band was sonically dismantling the two by fours at the studio. Smoke central and beautiful! On Friday August 1 Andy and the group are playing a show at Dizzy’s in Pacific Beach. Try and catch it and experience some brilliant players taking on some unique compositions.

Andy Waddell

Andy Waddell

Last up for the week, I’m riding solo at the Vista Library on Sunday afternoon. It’s a free concert and the performance space there sounds great and yes, silence again will be our friend. Hope to see you there!

That’s it folks and thanks for the read, Peter