So happy to have finished arranging and rewriting my piece Beyond Ferguson for an extraordinary guitar trio. It’s based entirely on a melody from Michael Brown’s rap music and a reading of Du Bois. The quartet, trio and duo versions are now on my website for free download. #classicalguitar #newmusic #guitartrio #chambermusic #ferguson #michaelbrown

So happy to have finished arranging and rewriting my piece Beyond Ferguson for an extraordinary guitar trio. It’s based entirely on a melody from Michael Brown’s rap music and a reading of Du Bois. The quartet, trio and duo versions are now on my website for free download. #classicalguitar #newmusic #guitartrio #chambermusic #ferguson #michaelbrown

Standing ovations for the first night of H. Lawrence Freeman’s revived opera “Voodoo” at Columbia’s Miller Theater. Congratulations to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to put this together. Honored I get to play banjo in this one more time. #voodoo #opera #banjo #harlem (at Miller Theatre at Columbia University)

Standing ovations for the first night of H. Lawrence Freeman’s revived opera “Voodoo” at Columbia’s Miller Theater. Congratulations to everyone who worked so incredibly hard to put this together. Honored I get to play banjo in this one more time. #voodoo #opera #banjo #harlem (at Miller Theatre at Columbia University)

On this week one year ago Duo Noire and composer Ray Lustig released our debut album, Figments. It seems fitting that at the one year anniversary we have all come together to take this music half way around the world for its China premiere. Let the adventure begin!  http://youtu.be/G2tAGx0A5gM?t=92s  (at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac))

On this week one year ago Duo Noire and composer Ray Lustig released our debut album, Figments. It seems fitting that at the one year anniversary we have all come together to take this music half way around the world for its China premiere. Let the adventure begin! http://youtu.be/G2tAGx0A5gM?t=92s (at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac))

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We’ve realized that we fell in love with the guitar for the same reason- not because we saw somebody play perfectly but because it touches us where we live.
— David Tanenbaum, Classical Guitar Magazine (Spring 2015)
You know, music is just not that important … I don’t enjoy messing up, but I accept that the only way to get better is to suck. And some people work really hard to circumvent that process by never playing a song that they haven’t immaculately prepared, and when you play like that and think like that, then nothing magical can happen on stage. You have to learn to leave some room to let things happen. But that requires risk. And if you’re risk averse, you shouldn’t be doing this. You should be an accountant.
— Branford Marsalis, The San Antonio Current, February 18, 2015