I am totally thrilled to be about to release a new album called 'The Dream.' It was recorded in New York last year and features Loren Stillman on sax, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Scott McLemore on drums. I have launched a very exciting project that I am calling "Making The Dream a Reality". I am inviting people to participate in the stages preceding the actual release which is scheduled on June 17th (Iceland's Independence Day). I have set up a page on kickstarter.com which is a funding tool for creative projects. Anyone with an amazon account can pledge an amount to pre-purchase the CD, receive unique rewards and help me pay the bills.
The most basic reward is downloading the CD (in any format) while I think the most extravagant ones might be commissioning a youtube video cover of any tune, or hosting a house concert. I am also offering a photo diary w/ CD featuring select live tracks from this year's performances. (read more…)
This week was an unusual one for me because I played four nights in a row, at the same venue, with the same jazz quintet, Scott plays Bop//Scott plays Scott. That is unusual in Iceland. We were premiering music by drummer Scott McLemore and I was playing both Wurlitzer electric piano and an acoustic piano. We had a great time playing and were pleasantly surprised by the attendance every night and most delighted with the review in the Morning Paper. Scott can not only play drums, write music and cook great food, he also a very creative designer and he designed his own poster. I love it! Don't you?
Today I'm reaping the emotional satisfaction of the project but also paying for the late (read more…)
I've been a terrible host lately but in my defense I have been busy preparing a new CD (to be released in June), booking tour dates in US in June, taking care of travel arrangements and rehearsing new music with the Scott McLemore quintet. We are playing 4 nights this week in Reykjavik and it is really great music. So if you are in the greater Reykjavik area don't miss this unique opportunity to see a band develop new material. The event is called "Scott plays Bop, Scott plays Scott"