Sanctuary Suite!


Hola Happy People!

This is me checking in after a good week of ocean lotion and live streaming! Nice to connect and here’s what’s coming up for this week.

On Thursday night at our new start time of 6:30pm we’re easing into Episode #12 at Live(ish) From SpragueLand. For this installment of music and friendship we explore the sphere of chamber jazz with our group called Camarada. 

Camarada is a chamber music organization run by flutist Beth Ross Buckley and over the last several years I’ve had the good fortune collaborating with these high level classical musicians. Camarada presents a wide range of music and one of the styles they highlight is jazz. That’s when I’m in the loop with them and it’s always a wonderful ride!

On this concert we’re featuring “The Sanctuary Suite,” a three movement piece that I was commissioned to compose. Many thanks to Jennifer and Kurt Eve & Glen and Cornelia Feye for making this commission happen.

The theme of the piece is through sound, instilling the idea of a safe haven, a sanctuary. The inspiration came to me after a concert Beth and I played for some teenage African refugees 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. Even though they were somewhat typical teenagers, I also sensed a deep appreciation they had for the fragility of life — something they gained after all the hardship that they had been through.

In addition to the suite we’ve got an Afro beat ditty, a blendo of Spanish modality and samba groove, and a loopy calypso song on the playlist.

The band includes some of the best with Beth Ross Buckley on flute, Fred Benedetti on guitar, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Duncan Moore on drums, and me on guitar.

We hope to see you then for the livestream!

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Also up for this week on Saturday night is a private ticketed livestream concert benefiting the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. In years past I’ve played live music at the magnificent Torrey Pines Park for this event but with the new reality playing out we’re going virtual. 

Here’s their note and details:

A tradition continues. Our most important annual fundraising event — Wine in the Pines —  moves ONLINE to become Jazz for the Pines. Our longtime friend Peter Sprague, renowned jazz guitarist, will be joined by singer Rebecca Jade during an hour-long livestream broadcast available only to ticket holders.

Part of each ticket is a tax-deductible donation to Torrey Pines Association in support of our funding of new preservation, conservation, and education programs in the Reserve.

TICKET AND FINE-ART PRINT: $109.50 counts as a $90 donation (previous price of $99.50 was an “early bird” rate, which has expired). A signed, limited-edition Torrey Pines commemorative poster is part of your ticket. Designed and illustrated by nationally recognized designer Scott Ramsey, in the style of classic national park posters, it is printed on Mohawk, ‘Superfine’, 80-lb. cover, archival paper, 19″X 28.5″. A collector’s treasure!

Prints are ready for pick up. You will receive more information after you sign up. 

TICKET ONLY: $24.50 includes a $15 tax-deductible donation. 


Thank you for your support.


Your Torrey Pines Association

For more info:

link for concert

That’s it friends and see you the sky coming up, Peter