Feb 26 2013
Kansas City-We arrived here yesterday around mid day-hours before a big snowstorm hit the midwest. Paul Hideyo and I had changed our flights to early morning flights to avoid the storm weather.
Today was rehearsal day, with focus on an arrangement of Blue Rondo by Dave Brubeck, and Allegro from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. We felt inspired to work on new dynamics for the Fifth, after hearing a great rendition for solo piano by Louis Lortie.
Brubeck’s piece is still in the beginning stages, but the arrangement is near complete-Last week I arranged the second of two cycles of ‘Brubeck’ chordal progressions based on the original studio recording–big fat jazzy chords! Brubeck’s dynamic playing and sense of humor is fascinating; I hope it will come across in this new CGT arrangement.
March 1, 2013
Leaving for Arkansas.
Little Rock, Arkansas: A busy morning on the phone with Paypal customer service. While I was on hold I practiced new fingerings for Beethoven’s Fifth-and some new ideas came for different phrasings.
An encouraging email from Andrew Keeling arrived about continuing our work on Robert Fripp’s Orchestral Sound Scapes…he suggested I make a transcription of ‘Here Comes the Flood’ next. After hearing the magnificent performance of OSC by the ‘Metropool Orkest’ in Amsterdam last May, we feel that more transcribing and composing needs to be done to create a more cohesive work. The last transcription I made of ‘On My Mother’s Birthday’ was much more ‘composed in’ by Andrew.
March 2, 2013
Late gig at Juanita’s in Little Rock last night… We played for about 15 people in a club in the center of town, at 10 pm. Fortunately the folks in the audience were really excited about coming to see us play.
I was happy to see Steve Ozark in the audience. He became CGT’s booking agent in the late nineties, after our tour as opening act with King Crimson. He worked with us for several years, and got us off to a great start, performing all over the US.
I made sure to thank him for that last night.
I’m now on a plane to Los Angeles for a three day visit with my daughter Tillie, and I also look forward to a couple of weeks at home, to rest up a bit, readying for an intense touring schedule with CGT and our pals from the Montreal Guitar Trio in the spring.